Soviet Super Cup

The USSR Super Cup, or Season's Cup (Russian: Кубок сезона) was an unofficial exhibition game (or game series) not sanctioned by the Football Federation of the Soviet Union and that featured the winners of the previous season's Soviet Top League and USSR Cup in a one- or two-legged playoff for the trophy.

Soviet Super Cup
Founded1977 (introduced)
Abolished1989
RegionSoviet Union
Number of teams2
Last championsDnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Most successful club(s)Dynamo Kyiv
(3 titles)

HistoryEdit

The mini-tournament was conducted on the initiative of the Komsomolskaya Pravda editor's administration out of Moscow. The tournament was unofficial and never was part of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union. It was played seven times in the last 15 years of Soviet football. It was not until 1983 that the Super Cup was played every year. The Super Cup was made to take place during midseason and further complicated clubs' schedules.[citation needed]

In 1987, with Spartak Moscow winning league honors and Dynamo Kyiv winning the USSR Cup, the Super Cup match was scheduled to take place in Chişinău, Moldova. However, the match never took place because of inadequate facilities in Chişinău. The last USSR Super Cup took place in Sochi, Russia, where the match was played in front of 1,500 fans.[citation needed]

Finals by yearEdit

1977 Season's Cup

Dinamo Moscow1 – 0Dinamo Kiev
Minayev   54' Report
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: G.Bakanidze (Tbilisi)

1981 Season's Cup

Dinamo Kiev1 – 1
5 – 4 (pen.) (a.e.t.)
Shakhter Donetsk
Boiko   41'
Penalties:
Report Kravchenko   52'
Attendance: unknown
Referee: A.Mushkovets (Moscow)

1984 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Shakhter Donetsk2 – 1Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk
Vyshnevsky   54' (o.g.)
Morozov   54'
Report Litovchenko   40'
Attendance: 32,840
Referee: V.Butenko (Moscow)

Shakhtar won the Cup play-off 3-2


1985 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Zenit Leningrad2 – 1Dinamo Moscow
Pozdnyakov   33' (o.g.)
Gerasimov   71'
Report Ataulin   5'
Attendance: 31,000
Dinamo Moscow0 – 1Zenit Leningrad
Report Melnikov   20'
Attendance: 12,200

Zenit won the Cup play-off 3-1


1986 USSR Super Cup


1987 USSR Super Cup


1988 USSR Super Cup


1989 USSR Super Cup

Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk3 – 1 (a.e.t.)Metallist Kharkov
Shakhov   64' (pen)
Son   97'
Lyuty   103'
Report Adzhoyev   62'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: A.Kirillov (Moscow)

Winners by yearEdit

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up
1977 Tbilisi,   Georgia   Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1 – 0   Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1981 Simferopol,   Ukraine   Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
  Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
1984 Leg 1: Donetsk,   Ukraine
Leg 2: Dnipropetrovsk,   Ukraine
  Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 1
  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
1985 Leg 1: Leningrad,   Russia
Leg 2: Moscow,   Russia
  Zenit Leningrad
(qualified as league winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 0
  Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1986 Kiev,   Ukraine   Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
2 – 2 (aet)
3 – 1 (penalties)
  Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as losing cup finalist)
1987 Moscow,   Russia   Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
  Torpedo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1988 Chisinau,   Moldavia ppd
1989 Sochi,   Russia   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
3 – 1 (aet)   Metalist Kharkiv
(qualified as cup winner)

Performance by clubEdit

Club Republic Winners Runners-up Years won
Dynamo Kyiv UKR 3 1 1981, 1986, 1987
Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 1 2 1984
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 1 1 1988
Dynamo Moscow RUS 1 1 1977
Zenit Leningrad RUS 1 0 1985
Metalist Kharkiv UKR 0 1
Torpedo Moscow RUS 0 1
Total 7 7

Performance by republicEdit

Republic Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs
  Ukrainian SSR 5 5 Dynamo Kyiv (3), Shakhtar Donetsk (1), Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1)
  Russian SFSR 2 2 Dynamo Moscow (1), Zenit Leningrad (1)
Total 7 7

See alsoEdit

National super cups of former Soviet republics:

ReferencesEdit