FC Minsk

FC Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Мінск) is a professional football club based in Minsk, Belarus. They play in the Belarusian Premier League, the highest division in Belarusian football. Their colours are red and navy blue.

FC Minsk
Full nameFootball Club Minsk
Founded2006
GroundFC Minsk Stadium
Minsk, Belarus
Capacity3,000
ChairmanIgor Shloido
ManagerAndrey Razin
LeagueBelarusian Premier League
201910th

History

The club was established in 2006 and was based on the Belarusian First League club Smena Minsk. FC Minsk took over Smena's license and was able to start immediately operating in the Belarusian First League without having to first play in the Second League, the third tier in Belarus. In the club's inaugural season in the First League, they were able to finish in first place guaranteeing them promotion to the Belarusian Premier League.

In their top tier debut season, FC Minsk showed weak performances and were relegated at end of 2007, but they managed to bounce straight back the following year with a dominant campaign in the Belarusian First League scoring 72 goals and failing to win in only 3 of the 26 games. 2008 therefore saw them once again competing in the Belarusian Premier League where they have remained ever since.

A 3rd-placed finish in 2010 saw FC Minsk embark on their first ever European campaign in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. In the first qualifying round, they were pitched against AZAL Baku of Azerbaijan and managed a 3–2 aggregate win over two legs. The second qualifying round saw them drawn against Gaziantepspor of Turkey. After a 1–1 draw at home, the away fixture in Gaziantep saw the Turkish side win 4–1 as the tie finished 5–2 on aggregate in favour of Gaziantepspor.

In 2013, FC Minsk changed their club crest for the current one. The same year they have qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League by winning Belarusian Cup. This campaign was more successful as Minsk first eliminated Valletta of Malta 3–1 on aggregate before beating the Scottish team St. Johnstone in the third qualifying round. After losing 0–1 at home, FC Minsk managed to win 1–0 in Perth and prevailed in penalty shootout 3–2, advancing to the play-offs, where they have lost to Standard Liège of Belgium 5–1 on aggregate.

Club Crest

Upon their formation in 2006, FC Minsk adopted a simple white and blue crest which they kept for 7 years until 2013. In 2013, they changed their crest to the current red and navy blue.

Current squad

As of December 2019[1]

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

No. Position Player
2 DF Alyaksey Ivanow
3 DF Dzmitry Zinovich
4 MF Gleb Zherdev
5 FW Artsyom Vasilyew
7 MF Mikhail Shibun
8 MF Pavel Seleznev
11 FW Yevgeniy Shevchenko
12 DF Gleb Yakushevich
14 DF Maksim Kasarab
16 GK Syarhey Vyeramko
17 MF Ivan Bakhar
18 DF Yaroslav Yarotsky
20 DF Dzmitry Klimovich
21 MF Oleksandr Vasylyev
22 MF Sergey Sazonchik
No. Position Player
23 GK Artyom Leonov
24 MF Andrey Shamruk
27 FW Pavel Gorbach
28 MF Illya Aleksiyevich
29 DF Aleksa Vidić
31 GK Pavel Prishivalko
33 DF Yevhen Chahovets
35 DF Gleb Gurban
41 DF Yevgeniy Malinovskiy
44 MF Taysir Adamchik
81 FW Leonid Kovel
87 DF Aleksey Lavrik
89 MF Vladyslav Nasibulin
91 MF Viktor Svezhov
DF Yury Astravukh

League and Cup history

Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
20062nd126175444–1356Promoted
20071st1426491318–3421Semi-finalsRelegated
20082nd126232172–1171Round of 16Promoted
20091st9261131233–2636Round of 16
20101st333186959–3260Round of 16
20111st9338111433–4035Quarter-finals
20121st6301161336–4639Runners-up
20131st9321081436–4038Winners
20141st7321641245–3652Semi-finals
20151st6261241029–2840Round of 32
20161st430158749–2453Semi-finals
20171st14303141319–3923Round of 16

Honours

FC Minsk in Europe

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 1Q AZAL Baku 1–1 2–1 3–2
2Q Gaziantepspor 1–1 1–4 2–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Valletta 1–1 2–0 3–1
3Q St Johnstone 0–1 1–0 (aet) 1–1 (3–2 p.)
PO Standard 0–2 1–3 1–5
Notes
  • Home results are noted in bold.
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European record

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 8 3 3 2 9 9

Managers

Women's team

The women's team of Minsk has won the Belarusian Premier League in 2013 and 2014. It also has won the Belarusian Women's Cup in 2011, 2013 and 2014.[2]

References

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