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Metalist Kharkiv

Metalist Kharkiv is a football (soccer) club from Ukraine.

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About Metalist Kharkiv

FC Metalist Kharkiv is a Ukraine professional Association football club based in Kharkiv. It competes in the Ukrainian Premier League, the top football league in the country. Founded in 1925, the team worked its way up the rungs of the Soviet Union football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a difficult period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution. The club won the Soviet Cup once, and were also runners-up once. They have also won the bronze title of the Ukrainian Premier League five times in a row, starting in the 2006–07 Ukrainian Premier League.

Metalist's home is the 38,633 capacity multi-use Metalist Stadium. The stadium was originally built in 1926 and was recently reconstructed to its current capacity to host Euro 2012 football matches.


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 (Malyshev Factory) provided funding and allowed use of its land to start a football club. Ten years later, the club won the city of Kharkiv championship, which allowed the club to enter the USSR Cup in the following season. Following World War II, the club resumed playing 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 was promoted first to Soviet First League in 1958, and later to the Soviet Top League in 1960. The club stayed in Top League for 4 seasons, but was demoted to First League in 1963, continuing its decline with demotion 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 narrowly 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 sustained 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 2–0. As a result, Metalist Kharkiv earned a trip to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Metalist only advanced to the last sixteen of the competition, beating Yugoslavian side Borac Banja Luka and losing to the Dutch club Roda JC.

Ukrainian Premier League

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the formation of an independent Ukraine, Metalist joined the inaugural season of the Ukrainian Premier League in 1996. The club finished in 5th place, an achievement it would never top until the Ukrainian Premier League 2006-07, finishing in 5th place three more times since, the most notable coming during the Ukrainian Premier League 2001-02 season. The club finished with 40 points, on a 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 bottom in 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 Ukrainian Premier League 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 England club Everton F.C.. The first leg, away at Goodison Park, 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. Metalist beat Beşiktaş J.K. 4–2 on aggregate in the first round to qualify for the group stage. Here they were grouped with Galatasaray S.K. (football team), Olympiacos F.C., Hertha BSC Berlin, and S.L. 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 U.C. Sampdoria 3–0 on aggregrate, setting up for an all-Ukrainian Round of 16 tie versus FC 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.


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 has been increased by 13,000, with final capacity is 41,411. Restoration works commenced in the fall of 2006 and had been finished by the end of 2009. 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 Kiev.


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

Honours and achievements


Ukrainian Premier League
- Third placed: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11

Ukrainian Cup
- Runners-up: 1992


- Winners: 1988
- Runners-up: 1983

USSR Super Cup
- Runners-up: 1988

USSR Federation Cup
- Runners-up: 1987


As of February 22, 2012:

Out on loan

Former players

- For all Metalist Kharkiv players with a article see :Category:FC Metalist Kharkiv players.

Player records

Top goalscorers

- Other - National Super Cup & USSR Federation Cup

Most appearances

- Other - National Super Cup & USSR Federation Cup

Former coaches

- Adam Bem (1947–48)
- Ivan Zolotukhin (1957–58)
- Vitaliy Zub (1959)
- Oleksandr Ponomaryov (1960–61)
- Vitaliy Zub (1962)
- Viktor Zhilin (1962–63)
- Viktor Novikov (1963–64)
- Yevhen Eliseev (1965–66)
- Viktor Kanevski (1966–71)
- Vitaliy Zub (1974–75)

- Oleh Oshenkov (1975–76)
- Yevhen Lemeshko (1977–88)
- Leonid Tkachenko (1989–92)
- Viktor Kamarzaev (1994–95)
- Viktor Udovenko (1996)
- Mykhailo Fomenko (1996–00)
- Mykhailo Fomenko (2001–03)
- Gennadiy Litovchenko (2003–04)
- Oleksandr Zavarov (2005)
- Myron Markevych (2005–)

League and Cup history

Soviet Union


Metalist in Europe

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