Dinamo Minsk
Full nameFootball Club Dinamo Minsk
Founded18 June 1927; 94 years ago (1927-06-18)
GroundDinamo Stadium, Minsk
Capacity22,000
ChairmanAndrey Tolmach
ManagerArtsyom Chelyadzinski (caretaker)
LeagueBelarusian Premier League
20206th
WebsiteClub website

FC Dinamo Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Дынама Мінск, FK Dynama Minsk; Russian: ФК Динамо Минск) is a professional football club based in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.

It was founded in 1927 as part of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Society, and was the only club from the Byelorussian SSR that competed in the Soviet Top League, playing 39 of the 54 seasons, and winning the title in 1982. Since the independence of Belarus, the club participates in the Belarusian Premier League, having won 7 league titles and 3 Belarusian Cups.

Dinamo plays its home games in the 22,246 capacity Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. Dinamo is the second Belarusian team, after BATE Borisov to reach UEFA Europa League group stages (2014–15 and 2015–16).

History

Soviet Union

Dinamo Minsk was founded in 1927 as a part of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Society. They spent some of their history in the lower leagues of the Soviet Union, but in 1940, they were promoted to the Soviet Top League, becoming the first and only Belarusian team to compete in the Soviet top division. They were relegated to the second level in 1952, but returned to the top level the next year. In 1954, they finished in the third place, their best performance in the top flight to date, and were dissolved, being re-founded as Spartak Minsk, only to be renamed in Belarus Minsk in 1959, in honor of the Soviet republic in the national championship. However, in 1962, they return to the original name of Dinamo Minsk. They were relegated again from top level in 1955 and in 1957. They played in the top level again in the 1960 season. They were relegated again in 1973 and returned to the top level in the 1975 season. But they relegated immediately in 1976. They returned top level after 2 years.

In 1982, Dinamo Minsk won the Soviet championship for the first and only time in their history. The following year saw them debuting in the European Cup against Grasshopper of Switzerland. They reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup after eliminating Grasshoppers and Győri ETO of Hungary, only to be eliminated by Dinamo București. In the 1984–85 season, Dinamo Minsk reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup after beating HJK Helsinki, Sporting CP and Widzew Łódź, but were eventually stopped by Željezničar Sarajevo. 1988 saw Dinamo Minsk up to a new European performance, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, passing through Gençlerbirliği and Real Sociedad, but being eliminated by KV Mechelen.

Dinamo Minsk also participated in Belarusian SSR league. Since the mid-50s, their appearances were only sporadic and they were represented by youth teams in later seasons. They have won the championship 7 times.

Belarus

Dinamo Minsk won the inaugural season of the Belarusian Premier League in 1992. They became the top team in the new Belarusian championship and won 5 league titles until 1995, making only one appearance in the UEFA Champions League, in 1993. However, after a title in 1997, Dinamo Minsk last won the championship in 2004. The 2000s saw Dinamo Minsk failing to secure any league title in the battle against BATE Borisov, thus finishing on lower places, mostly second.

In 2014, Dinamo Minsk beat MYPA, CFR Cluj and Nacional to be drawn in Group K of Europa League, along with Italian side Fiorentina, French team Guingamp and Greek side PAOK, becoming the second team, after BATE Borisov, to reach group stages of Europa League. Dinamo finished at the bottom with four points, after a draw with Guingamp and a historical 2–1 victory over Fiorentina.

Name history

Supporters and Rivalries

Dinamo Minsk is one of the most popular teams in Belarus. Among ultras groups, the largest is called Blue White Will. Fans of Dinamo Minsk are friends with Dinamo Brest fans.

The ultras of Dinamo Minsk are famous for their right-wing political orientation and there have been several riots, clashes with the police forces and chants against the Belarusian authoritarian regime, led by long-time President Alexander Lukashenko.

Their political views as well as geographic proximity and contest for dominance of the city make them huge rivals with neighbours Partizan Minsk, whose fans tend to be strongly left-wing.[1] Dinamo Minsk also has a big rivalry with BATE Borisov from the city of Barysaw.[2]

Honours

Belarus Belarus

Belarusian Premier League

Belarusian Cup

Season Cup

Belarusian Premier League Reserves Championship

Soviet Union Soviet Union

Soviet Top League

Soviet Cup

Federation Cup

Soviet First League:

Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic Football Championship of the Belarusian SSR

Belarusian SSR Cup

Current squad

As of July 2021[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Belarus BLR Yahor Hatkevich
3 DF Belarus BLR Maksim Shvyatsow
5 DF Belarus BLR Nikita Naumov
6 DF Serbia SRB Dominik Dinga
7 MF Belarus BLR Artem Bykov
8 MF Belarus BLR Aleksandr Selyava
10 MF Belarus BLR Syarhey Kislyak
11 FW Senegal SEN Ablaye Mbengue
13 MF Belarus BLR Nikita Demchenko
14 MF Belarus BLR Anton Putsila
15 FW Belarus BLR Vladislav Klimovich
17 FW Belarus BLR Ivan Bakhar
18 FW Belarus BLR Kirill Zabelin
19 DF Belarus BLR Vladislav Lyakh
21 MF Belarus BLR Roman Davyskiba
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF Belarus BLR Konstantin Kuchinskiy
25 FW Belarus BLR Vladislav Lozhkin
26 DF Belarus BLR Vladislav Kalinin
29 DF Ukraine UKR Andriy Batsula
31 GK Belarus BLR Denis Shpakovskiy
33 DF Belarus BLR Syarhey Matsveychyk
34 DF Belarus BLR Aleksey Firsov
37 MF Belarus BLR Gleb Rovdo
49 GK Belarus BLR Maksim Plotnikov
71 MF Belarus BLR Mikhail Kazlow
77 FW Belarus BLR Dmitriy Latykhov
97 MF Ivory Coast CIV Jean Morel Poé
DF Belarus BLR Alexei Rios
FW Belarus BLR Artem Kuratnik
DF Belarus BLR Yevgeniy Semenchuk

Coaching staff

Name Role
Belarus Leonid Kuchuk Head Coach
Belarus Syarhey Amelyanchuk Assistant Coach
Belarus Dzyanis Parechyn Goalkeeping Coach

Reserves

Main articles: FC Dinamo-93 Minsk, FC Dinamo-Juni Minsk, FC Dinamo-2 Minsk, and FC Bereza-2010

There has been several teams that served as Dinamo Minsk official reserve or farm clubs.

Notable managers

League history

Belarus Belarus

Season Level Pld W D L Goals Points Pos Domestic Cup
1992 1st 15 11 3 1 38–7 25 1 (16) Winner
1992–93 1st 32 26 5 1 90–25 57 1 (17) Semi-finals
1993–94 1st 30 24 4 2 76–20 52 1 (16) Winner
1994–95 1st 30 20 8 2 83–24 48 1 (16) Round of 16
1995 (autumn) 1st 15 12 2 1 42–13 38 1 (16) Round of 16
1996 1st 30 23 6 1 83–20 75 2 (16) Finals
1997 1st 30 21 7 2 74–24 70 1 (16) Semi-finals
1998 1st 28 11 6 11 39–38 39 8 (15) Finals
1999 1st 30 14 9 7 51–30 51 6 (16) Round of 16
2000 1st 30 19 5 6 49–21 62 3 (16) Round of 16
2001 1st 26 16 5 5 52–21 53 2 (14) Semi-finals
2002 1st 26 12 6 8 44–28 42 7 (14) Quarter-finals
2003 1st 30 20 4 6 62–24 64 3 (16) Winner
2004 1st 30 24 3 3 64–18 75 1 (16) Quarter-finals
2005 1st 26 15 5 6 50–26 50 2 (14) Round of 16
2006 1st 26 15 7 4 44–22 52 2 (14) Quarter-finals
2007 1st 26 8 11 7 27–28 35 9 (14) Quarter-finals
2008 1st 30 19 5 6 49–29 62 2 (16) Semi-finals
2009 1st 26 14 8 4 38–18 50 2 (14) Round of 16
2010 1st 33 17 5 11 49–34 56 4 (12) Quarter-finals
2011 1st 33 14 7 12 50–43 49 4 (12) Round of 16
2012 1st 30 16 8 6 37–19 56 3 (11) Round of 16
2013 1st 32 15 9 8 44–33 54 3 (12) Finals
2014 1st 32 18 7 7 44–21 61 2 (12) Round of 16
2015 1st 26 15 8 3 36–13 53 2 (14) Semi-finals
2016 1st 30 15 10 5 46–28 55 3 (16) Quarter-finals
2017 1st 30 22 2 6 46–15 68 2 (16) Quarter-finals
2018 1st 30 18 9 3 20–7 63 3 (16) Round of 16
2019 1st 30 15 5 10 43–39 50 4 (16) Semi-finals
2020 1st 30 16 4 10 38-25 52 6 (16) Quarter-finals

European record

Accurate as of 27 August 2020
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
European Cup / Champions League 12 3 5 4 18 18 +0 025.00
Cup Winners' Cup 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 033.33
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 103 41 23 39 137 127 +10 039.81
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 5 3 4 22 13 +9 041.67
Total 133 51 34 48 183 162 +21 038.35

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg
1983–84 European Cup 1R Switzerland Grasshopper 1–0 (H) 2–2 (A)
2R Hungary Raba ETO 6–3 (A) 3–1 (H)
QF Romania Dinamo București 1–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
1984–85 UEFA Cup 1R Finland HJK Helsinki 4–0 (H) 6–0 (A)
2R Portugal Sporting CP 0–2 (A) 2–0 (p. 5–3) (H)
3R Poland Widzew Łódź 2–0 (A) 0–1 (H)
QF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željezničar Sarajevo 0–2 (A) 1–1 (H)
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Hungary Raba ETO 2–4 (H) 1–0 (A)
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Turkey Gençlerbirliği 2–0 (H) 2–1 (A)
2R Spain Real Sociedad 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
QF Belgium Mechelen 0–1 (A) 1–1 (H)
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Bulgaria Trakia Plovdiv 2–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2R Romania Victoria București 2–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
1993–94 UEFA Champions League 1R Germany Werder Bremen 2–5 (A) 1–1 (H)
1994–95 UEFA Cup QR Malta Hibernians 3–1 (H) 3–4 (a.e.t.) (A)
1R Italy Lazio 0–0 (H) 1–4 (A)
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR Romania Universitatea Craiova 0–0 (A) 0–0 (p. 3–1) (H)
1R Austria Austria Wien 2–1 (A) 1–0 (H)
2R Germany Werder Bremen 0–5 (A) 2–1 (H)
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of Ireland Bohemian 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2Q Turkey Beşiktaş 2–1 (H) 0–2 (A)
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Kolkheti-1913 Poti 1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)
2Q Norway Lillestrøm 0–2 (H) 0–1 (A)
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1Q Latvia Skonto Riga 0–0 (A) 1–2 (H)
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Luxembourg Hobscheid 6–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
2R Israel Hapoel Haifa 2–0 (H) 1–0 (A)
3R Germany Wolfsburg 3–4 (A) 0–0 (H)
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–4 (H) 0–1 (A)
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Denmark Brøndby 0–3 (A) 0–2 (H)
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Poland Odra Wodzisław 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
2R Serbia and Montenegro Sartid Smederevo 1–2 (H) 3–1 (a.e.t.) (A)
3R France Lille 1–2 (A) 2–2 (H)
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Cyprus Anorthosis 1–1 (H) 0–1 (A)
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Poland Zagłębie Lubin 1–1 (A) 0–0 (H)
2Q Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 1–2 (A) 2–3 (H)
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Latvia Skonto Riga 1–1 (A) 2–0 (H)
2Q Denmark Odense 1–1 (H) 0–4 (A)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q North Macedonia Renova 2–1 (H) 1–1 (A)
2Q Norway Tromsø 0–0 (H) 1–4 (A)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia Sillamäe Kalev 5–1 (H) 5–0 (A)
3Q Israel Maccabi Haifa 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H)
PO Belgium Club Brugge 1–2 (A) 2–3 (H)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lithuania Kruoja Pakruojis 3–0 (A) 5–0 (H)
2Q Croatia Lokomotiva 1–2 (H) 3–2 (A)
3Q Turkey Trabzonspor 0–1 (H) 0–0 (A)
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Finland MyPa 3–0 (H) 0–0 (A)
3Q Romania CFR Cluj 1–0 (H) 2–0 (A)
PO Portugal Nacional 2–0 (H) 3–2 (A)
Group K Greece PAOK 1–6 (A) 0–2 (H)
Italy Fiorentina 0–3 (H) 2–1 (A)
France Guingamp 0–0 (H) 0–2 (A)
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 2Q Bulgaria Cherno More 1–1 (A) 4–0 (H)
3Q Switzerland Zürich 1–0 (A) 1–1 (a.e.t.) (H)
PO Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 (H) 0–2 (A) (p. 3–2)
Group E Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 0–2 (A) 1–0 (H)
Austria Rapid Wien 0–1 (H) 1–2 (A)
Spain Villarreal 0–4 (A) 1–2 (H)
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A)
2Q Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 (H) 1–0 (A)
3Q Serbia Vojvodina 1–1 (A) 0–2 (H)
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 2–1 (H) 2–0 (A)
2Q North Macedonia Rabotnički 1–1 (A) 3–0 (H)
3Q Cyprus AEK Larnaca 0–2 (A) 1–1 (H)
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 2–0 (A) 1–2 (H)
2Q Slovakia Dunajská Streda 3–1 (A) 4–1 (H)
3Q Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 4–0 (H) 1–8 (a.e.t) (A)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Latvia Liepāja 1–1 (A) 1–2 (H)
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q Poland Piast Gliwice 0–2 (H) N/A

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