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FC Metalist Kharkiv ( ) is a professional Ukrainianmarker football team based in Kharkivmarker, Ukrainemarker. It competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the highest football level in the country. Founded in 1925, the team worked its way up the rungs of the Sovietmarker football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a rough period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution. The team has won the Soviet Cup once, and were runners-up once. They have also won the bronze title of the Ukrainian Premier League three times in a row, starting in the 2006–07 season.

Metalist's home is the 43,000 capacity multi-use Metalist Stadiummarker. The stadium was originally built in 1926. Recently, it was reconstructed to host Euro 2012 football matches to reach its current capacity.

History

USSR competitions

The team has played under the following names: KhPZ (1936-1946), Dzerzhinets (1947-1956), Avangard (1956-1965), Metallist (1965-1991) and FC Metalist (since 1992).FC Metalist Kharkiv was initially founded in 1925, when a local train construction facility (KhPZ) provided funding and allowed use of its territory to start a football club. Ten years later, the club won the city of Kharkivmarker championship, which allowed the club to enter the USSR Cup in the following season. Following World War II, the club resumed its play in local competitions, promoting itself to the Soviet Second League B in 1947 only to be demoted three seasons later.

In 1956, Metalist returned to the Soviet Second League B and would be promoted at first to Soviet First League in 1958 later to the Soviet Top League in 1960. She stayed in Top League for 4 seasons and demoted to First League in 1963. She continued her decline and demoted to Second League. In 1978, the club was promoted to the Soviet First League and two years later, the club finished third in the competition barely missing promotion to the top flight. The following season, the club improved on their previous performance and won the Soviet First League outright to earn a spot in Soviet Top League. The club would appear in the remaining 10 seasons of the Soviet Top League with several successes on the domestic front. In 1983, Metalist was the runner-up in the USSR Cup (losing 1-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk) and a few years later in 1988 would win the cup, beating Torpedo Moscow by a score of 2-0. As a result, Metalist Kharkiv earned a trip to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Metalist would only advance to the 1/16 finals of the competition, beating Yugoslavian side Borac Banja Luka and losing to the Dutch club Roda JC.

Ukrainian Premier League

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the formation of an independent Ukrainemarker, Metalist would take part in the premier season of the Ukrainian Premier League in 1992. That season, Metalist took 5th place, an achievement it would never top until the 2006-07 season, finishing in 5th place three more times since, the most notable coming during the 2001-02 season. The club finished with 40 points, on par with FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for a three-way tie. Metalist was expected to take 4th place (and subsequently compete in the UEFA Cup) by virtue of having the best three-way head-to-head record among the three teams (which is the official tie-breaker to be used in domestic competitions), but following a protest by FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya and an arbitrary decision by PFL (the administrative body of the UPL), FC Metalurh Zaporizhzhya was awarded 4th place on grounds that they had better head-to-head records independently against either side . Following unsuccessful protests from Metalist, a disheartened management, team and fan base would see the club finish last the following season and earning a demotion to the Ukrainian First League. However, the club would return to the UPL after one season and following a financial crisis and a takeover of the club by UkrSibbank co-owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, steady investment would see Metalist show improvement and balanced performance.

European Competitions

In the 2006-07 season, Metalist finished third place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Cup 2007–08, for their second appearance in a UEFA competition. They were drawn against Englishmarker club Everton. The first leg, away at Goodison Parkmarker, ended in a 1-1 draw. Everton won the second leg 3-2, eliminating Metalist.

Metalist's next European competition was the UEFA Cup 2008–09 season. Metalist beat Beşiktaş 4-2 on aggregate in the first round to qualify for the group stage. Here they were grouped with Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Hertha Berlin, and Benfica. Metalist finished top of the group, beating Galatasaray, Olympiacos, and Benfica, and drawing 0-0 with Hertha. In the Round of 32 Metalist defeated Italian club Sampdoria 3-0 on aggregrate, setting up for an all-Ukrainian Round of 16 tie versus Dynamo Kyiv. After losing in Kiev 1-0, Metalist won the return leg to win the match 3-2, but were eliminated on the away goals rule.

Stadium

The club's main ground is Metalist Stadiummarker, which was constructed in 1926 and currently holds slightly over 30,000 spectators. The ground was reconstructed on several occasions, with the latest one starting in 2006 and ongoing to the present day. During the 1960s, the stadium gained fame in the Soviet Union for having the best pitch quality and the first drainage system in the country.

As Metalist Stadium is scheduled to be one of the venues for Euro 2012, the management decided to reconstruct and expand the arena and turn it into a modern recreational and leisure facility. Capacity of the stadium is planned to increase by 13 000, with final capacity being around 43 000. Restoration works commenced in the fall of 2006 and are due to be finished by the end of 2008. In May 2008, Metalist Arena was the venue for 2008 Ukrainian Cup Final, this is the first and so far only occasion that the Cup has traveled away from Kievmarker.

Sponsors

The main sponsor is DCH - Development Construction Holding, the club technical sponsor is Adidas.

Honours and achievements

Ukraine

Ukrainian Premier League
  • Highest finish, Third: 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09


Ukrainian Cup
  • Runners-up: 1992


USSR

USSR Cup
  • Winners: 1988
  • Runners-up: 1983


USSR Super Cup
  • Runners-up: 1988


USSR Federation Cup
  • Runners-up: 1987


Current squad

As of September 18, 2009:

For recent transfers, see List of Ukrainian football transfers summer 2009 and List of Ukrainian football transfers Winter 2008-09.

Out on loan



Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Metalist.

USSR/Ukraine




Former USSR countries




Europe


South America


Africa


Former coaches



League and Cup history

Soviet Unionmarker

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Ukrainemarker

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Metalist in Europe

As of July 2009.



See also



References

External links





Season
Div.
Pos.
Pl.
W
D
L
GS
GA
P
Domestic Cup
Europe
Notes
1978
3rd
1
44
29
12
3
66
20
70
Promoted
Champions Ukraine
1979
2nd
7
46
19
10
17
43
47
48
Group stage
1980
2nd
3
46
24
12
10
76
40
60
Group stage
1981
2nd
1
46
25
12
9
68
33
62
Group stage
Promoted
1982
1st
12
34
10
11
13
32
34
30
Group stage
1983
1st
11
34
12
8
14
38
40
32
Finalist
1984
1st
12
34
12
5
17
42
53
29
1/8
1985
1st
10
34
12
7
15
39
55
31
1/16
1986
1st
12
30
9
9
12
21
25
27
1/16
1987
1st
11
30
10
7
13
23
32
27
1/4
1988
1st
11
30
8
10
12
29
36
26
Winner
1989
1st
7
30
10
10
10
30
33
30
1/8
CW
2nd Round
First international participation
1990
1st
11
24
5
8
11
13
28
18
1/4
lost to FC Dynamo Kyiv for the Cup
1991
1st
15
30
8
9
13
32
43
25
1/16
Joined Ukrainian Supreme League
lost to FC Karpaty Lviv for the Cup
Season
Div.
Pos.
Pl.
W
D
L
GS
GA
P
Domestic Cup
Europe
Notes
1992
1st
6
18
8
5
5
21
16
21
Runner-up
quit Soviet Cup
1992-93
1st
5
30
12
7
11
37
34
31
1/2 finals
1993-94
1st
18
34
6
8
20
22
63
20
1/16 finals
Relegated
1994-95
2nd
10
42
17
9
16
48
44
60
Second round
1995-96
2nd
19
42
10
9
23
40
54
39
1/32 finals
1996-97
2nd
12
46
18
9
19
55
53
63
Second round
1997-98
2nd
3
42
26
11
5
74
29
89
1/16 finals
Promoted
1998-99
1st
6
30
14
5
11
31
32
47
1/4 finals
1999-00
1st
5
30
12
8
10
41
35
44
1/16 finals
2000-01
1st
9
26
8
7
11
27
37
31
1/8 finals
2001-02
1st
5
26
11
7
8
35
36
40
1/4 finals
2002-03
1st
16
30
6
5
19
19
43
23
1/16 finals
Relegated
2003-04
2nd
2
34
19
9
6
51
24
66
1/16 finals
Promoted
2004-05
1st
11
30
9
7
14
25
37
34
1/16 finals
2005-06
1st
5
30
12
7
11
35
42
43
1/8 finals
2006-07
1st
3
30
18
7
5
40
20
61
1/2 finals
2007-08
1st
3
30
19
6
5
50
27
63
1/8 finals
UC
1st Round
2008-09
1st
3
30
17
8
5
44
25
59
1/2 finals
UC
1/8 finals
2009-10
1st
1/8 finals
EL
Play-off Round
Season
Competition
Round
Club
Home
Away
1988–89
Cup Winners' Cup
1R
Borac Banja Luka
4-0
0-2
2R
Roda JC
0-0
0-1
2007-08
UEFA Cup
1R
Everton
2-3
1-1
2008-09
UEFA Cup
1R
Beşiktaş J.K.
4-1
0-1
GS
Hertha BSC
0-0
GS
Galatasaray
1-0
GS
Olympiacos
1-0
GS
Benfica
1-0
1/16
Sampdoria
2-0
1-0
1/8
Dynamo Kyiv
3-2
0-1
2009-10
UEFA Europa League
3QR
Rijeka
2-0
2-1
PR
Sturm Graz
0-1
1-1

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