FC Vorskla Poltava

FC Vorskla Poltava (Ukrainian: ФК «Во́рскла» Полта́ва [ˈwɔrsklɐ polˈtɑwɐ]) is a professional football club in Poltava, Ukraine that competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the top flight of Ukrainian football.

Vorskla
FC Vorskla Poltava logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Vorskla Poltava
Nickname(s)Zeleno-Bili (Green-Whites)
Founded1955
GroundButovsky Vorskla Stadium
Capacity24,795[1]
Honorary PresidentKostyantyn Zhevago
PresidentRoman Cherniak
ManagerYuriy Maksymov
LeagueUkrainian Premier League
2019–20UPL, 10th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Kolos PoltavaEdit

The club draws its history from 1955 when in the city of Poltava was established a football club Kolhospnyk within the republican trade union sports society Kolos. In 1957 the club obtained its professional status and was included in the competitions of the Soviet third division (then "Class B"). However, in 1982 the club went into bankruptcy and was dissolved. In 1983 many players moved to play for an amateur football team Kooperator from Poltava that represented the Poltava Institute of Cooperation. During its history for a short period of time from 1968 to 1972, Kolos was also carrying names Silbud and Budivelnyk.

Vorskla PoltavaEdit

In 1984, the club was reanimated based on the Kolos academy (sports school) as Vorskla after the river Vorskla, which flows through Poltava. In 1986, Vorskla entered the Soviet professional ranks of the third division where it participated until the collapse of the Soviet system.

Upon establishing of the Ukrainian football competitions in 1992 the club was admitted to the Ukrainian First League (the second tier of Ukrainian football) which it won in 1996. At that time Vorskla was sponsored by "Poltavagasprom".[2] The team debuted in the Ukrainian Premier League in the 1996–97 season, taking that season the 3rd place. Vorskla have remained in the Premier League since, and participated twice in the UEFA Cup. In 2009, Vorskla met Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2009 Ukrainian Cup Final. Mykola Pavlov's men won the match 1–0 after Vasyl Sachko's goal in the 49th minute.

In 2003-2005, the club was named Vorskla-Naftogaz due to sponsorship reasons.

As a Domestic Cup winner, Vorskla participated in the annual opening game of the season Ukrainian Super Cup meeting the champions Dynamo Kyiv. After a 0–0 draw at full-time, Vorskla lost the cup to Dynamo on penalties.

The first team plays its home matches at Butovsky Memorial Vorskla Stadium which is named after one of the founders of the modern Olympic games and the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

One of the biggest successes of Vorskla in European competition was their qualification to the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group phase.

On 26 July 2014, the club's president Oleh Babayev was shot dead, while police has opened a criminal cases under Article “premeditated murder".[3][4]

In the 2017-18 season, the club finished third in the top division for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

StadiumEdit

Vorskla plays its games at Oleksiy Butovskyi Vorskla Stadium (Ukrainian: Стадіон «Ворскла» імені Олексія Бутовського). Vorskla has been playing there since 1955. The stadium underwent significant reconstruction between 1968 and 1975 and 1995 and 2000.

Supporters & RivalriesEdit

Development of fan movement in Poltava started in 1985. Then on the stadium began to appear first green-white scarves and fan chants. In the 1990s, fans began to actively go abroad. In particular Vorskla fans were present at the legendary match between Ukraine and Russia October 9, 1999 in Moscow. European competition games with FC Daugava from Latvia and Anderlecht[5] from Brussels in 1997 allowed fans try their hand on the European stage.

The largest fan club is known as the Crew of Golden Eagle.[6]

Vorskla maintains friendly relations with Shakhtar Donetsk[7] and Chornomorets Odesa fans. Strained relations with: Metalist Kharkiv,[8] Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Kyiv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Zorya Luhansk and Obolon Kyiv. Now all fans have declared a truce because of the war in Eastern Ukraine.

Reserve teamsEdit

The reserve team of Vorskla, Vorskla Poltava Reserves (Ukrainian: ФК "Ворскла" Полтава дубль) are playing in the Ukrainian Premier Reserve League.

There also was FC Vorskla-2 Poltava.

HonoursEdit

Football kits and sponsorsEdit

Years[9] Football kit Shirt sponsor
2000–01 Lotto/Adidas  –
2001–03 Adidas
2002–04 Puma НАФТОГАЗ
України
2004–05 Puma/Lotto
2005–06 Adidas/Puma FERROEXPO
Poltava Mining
2006–07 Adidas
FERROEXPO
2007–14 FERROEXPO

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponents Home Away Aggregate
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q   Daugava Rīga 2–1 3–1 5–2
2Q   Anderlecht 0–2 0–2 0–4
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Leiftur 3–0 3–0 6–0
2R   AB 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
3R   Fortuna Sittard 2–2 0–3 2–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q   Rabotnički 2–0 2–0 4–0
1R   Boavista 1–2 1–2 2–4
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO   Benfica 2–1 0–4 2–5
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Glentoran 3–0 2–0 5–0
3Q   Sligo Rovers 0–0 2–0 2–0
PO   Dinamo București 2–1 3–2 5–3
Group B   Hannover 96 1–2 1–3 4th
  Standard Liège 1–3 0–0
  Copenhagen 1–1 0–1
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Žilina 3–1 (a.e.t) 0–2 3–3 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Lokomotiva 2–3 0–0 2–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Group E   Arsenal 0–3 2–4 3rd
  Sporting CP 1–2 0–3
  Qarabag 0–1 1–0
  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off

Current squadEdit

As of 1 December 2020[10][11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 DF   UKR Ihor Perduta (vice-captain)
5 DF   GHA Najeeb Yakubu
6 MF   UKR Oleksandr Sklyar
7 MF   UKR Mykyta Tatarkov
9 MF   CRO Ivan Pešić
10 FW   UKR Vladyslav Kulach
11 FW   UKR Ruslan Stepanyuk
13 DF   UKR Serhiy Yavorskyi
14 FW   UKR Danylo Kravchuk
15 MF   UKR Artem Kulakovskyi
17 MF   UKR Volodymyr Chesnakov (captain)
21 GK   UKR Oleksandr Tkachenko
23 DF   UKR Vadym Sapay
25 MF   UKR Oleh Vlasov
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 DF   UKR Volodymyr Bayenko
28 MF   CRO David Puclin
31 GK   UKR Dmytro Riznyk
38 MF   UKR Artem Chelyadin
39 DF   UKR Yevhen Opanasenko
50 DF   MLI Ibrahim Kane
51 GK   UKR Pavlo Isenko
52 MF   UKR Daniil Syemilyet
77 FW   UKR Denys Vasin
82 MF   UKR Pavlo Rebenok
92 MF   FRA Pape-Alioune Ndiaye
99 MF   UKR Dmytro Shcherbak
FW   UKR Yuriy Kozyrenko

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 FW   UKR Denys Halata (at Kremin Kremenchuk)
No. Pos. Nation Player

Coaches and administrationEdit

Administration[12] Coaching[13] (main team) Coaching[13] (U-21 team) Coaching[13] (U-19 team)

Head coachesEdit

   

League and Cup historyEdit

Soviet UnionEdit

Kolos
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1955 4th
(Ukrainian championship)
3 14 8 2 4 25 13 18 qualified for final group
8 7 0 2 5 15 24 2
1956 4th
(Ukrainian championship)
2 14 8 4 2 23 11 20
1957 2nd
(Klass B)
12 34 12 4 18 43 57 28
Vorskla
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
club reorganized Vorskla based on the Kolos academy
1984 4th
(KFK (Ukraine))
1 16 11 3 2 33 13 25 qualified for final group
1985 1 14 11 2 1 37 10 24 qualified for final group
3 5 3 1 1 8 3 7
1986 1 16 13 1 2 45 13 27 qualified for final group
1 5 4 1 0 11 1 9 Promoted
1987 3rd
(Vtoraya Liga)
9 52 22 14 16 74 59 58 Ukrainian Championship
1988 2 50 30 8 12 70 42 68 Ukrainian Championship
1989 8 52 24 10 18 62 55 58 Ukrainian Championship
1990 12 42 15 11 16 47 51 41 116 finals Zone West
1991 19 42 10 11 21 39 60 31 132 finals Zone West
1992 no competition 164 finals

UkraineEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1992 2nd
(Persha Liha)
8 26 12 5 9 33 25 29 1/16 finals Group B
1992–93 4 42 21 9 12 57 46 51 1/32 finals
1993–94 8 38 15 7 16 30 52 37 1/16 finals
1994–95 11 42 17 8 17 49 48 59 1/8 finals
1995–96 1 42 32 7 3 92 37 103 1/32 finals Promoted
1996–97 1st
(Vyshcha Liha)
3 30 17 7 6 50 26 58 1/4 finals
1997–98 5 30 15 4 11 41 46 49 1/4 finals UC 2nd qual round
1998–99 10 30 10 5 15 36 43 35 1/4 finals
1999–00 4 30 14 7 9 50 34 49 1/8 finals
2000–01 12 26 6 5 15 16 29 23 1/16 finals UC 1st round
2001–02 11 26 6 7 13 19 33 25 1/16 finals
2002–03 11 30 8 8 14 26 41 32 1/4 finals
2003–04 14 30 6 9 15 26 49 27 1/8 finals
2004–05 14 30 8 6 16 18 35 30 1/16 finals
2005–06 10 30 9 10 11 28 34 37 1/4 finals
2006–07 13 30 7 10 13 23 28 31 1/16 finals
2007–08 8 30 9 9 12 28 30 36 1/4 finals
2008–09 1st
(Premier Liha)
5 30 14 7 9 32 26 49 Winners
2009–10 10 30 6 13 11 29 32 31 1/16 finals EL Play-off Round
2010–11 6 30 10 9 11 37 32 39 1/8 finals
2011–12 8 30 9 10 11 38 43 37 1/8 finals EL Group stage
2012–13 12 30 8 7 15 31 36 31 1/8 finals
2013–14 8 28 10 10 8 36 38 40 1/8 finals
2014–15 5 26 11 9 6 35 22 42 1/8 finals
2015–16 5 26 11 9 6 32 26 42 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual. round
2016–17[14] 7 32 11 9 12 32 32 42 1/4 finals EL 3rd qual. round
2017–18 3 32 14 7 11 37 35 49 1/4 finals
2018–19 7 32 12 6 14 31 43 42 1/4 finals EL Group stage
2019–20 10 32 9 7 16 23 48 34 Runners-up
2020–21

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/EuroExperience/competitions/UEFACup/01/67/58/86/1675886_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  2. ^ Ozirnyi, O. In anticipation of Sevastopol: the best newcomers of the elite (В ожидании Севастополя: лучшие новички элиты). Football.ua. 14 July 2013
  3. ^ "Mayor of central Ukrainian city shot dead". uk.reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ Mayor of central Ukrainian city shot dead, Reuters (26 July 2014)
    Former Azerbaijani Deputy of Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, mayor of Kremenchuk Oleh Babayev murdered Archived 2014-07-30 at the Wayback Machine, Azerbaijan Press Agency (26 July 2014)
    У Кременчуці застрелили мера (Ukrainian)
  5. ^ Artemio2014 (11 April 2010). "Vorskla Poltava - Anderlecht 0:2, 1997/1998 qualifiers". Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Crew of Golden Eagle official site Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Фанати "Динамо", "Шахтаря" та "Ворскли" готують марш єдності перед Кубком України". tsn.ua. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ football24.ua. "Ультрас "Металіста" побили фанатів "Ворскли" у Полтаві. ФОТО - Футбол 24". Футбол 24. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived September 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Vorskla". vorskla.com.ua.
  11. ^ https://upl.ua/en/clubs/view/5?id=5
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-08. Retrieved 2016-06-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b c "Тренерський штаб – ФК Ворскла, Полтава". vorskla.com.ua. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. ^ Competition was played in two phases. Official final league standings are cumulative from both phases. Vorskla competed in the Relegation Group in Phase II.
    "Ліга Парі-Матч Сезон 2016/17" [League Pari-Match 2016–17 Season]. Ukrainian Premier League. 31 May 2017. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.

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