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|Full name||Municipal Football Club Metalurh Zaporizhya|
|Head coach||Volodymyr Mykytyn|
|League||Ukrainian Second League|
|2020–21||Ukrainian Second League, 3rd of 12|
MFC Metalurh Zaporizhya (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний клуб «Металу́рг» Запорі́жжя [metɐˈlurɦ zɐpoˈr(j)iʒːɐ]) is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Zaporizhzhia. Reestablished in 2017, it is a "phoenix club" of the original Soviet factory team Metalurh that existed in 1935–2016. The original club holds several historical records of the Soviet football, particularly while participating in the Soviet second tier (in 1971–1991 known as Pervaya Liga). The club has the highest number of seasons spent in the Soviet second tier as well as the highest number of tournament points it earned. The club also is a three-times champion of Ukrainian republican competitions.
Following dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and until 2015 the club was a member of the Ukrainian top tier and on couple of occasions competed at European club competitions representing Ukraine.
In 2015, the original club went bankrupt and in 2016 the Ukrainian Premier League finally removed it from its competitions. In 2016, it was announced that another amateur club from Zaporizhzhia (FC Rosso-Nero Zaporizhia) has officially changed its name to FC Metalurh Zaporizhya and intends to start participation at the Ukrainian Amateur Football League the same year.
In 2018, the Rosso-Nero's Metalurh was denied license for professional league competitions, while the city-sponsored club was admitted to the Second League.
With Metalurh–Rosso Nero already competing, in May 2017 the mayor of Zaporizhzhia decided to form a separate city club which was formed based on the existing Metalurh sports school of Olympic Reserve. On 31 May 2017 the Zaporizhzhia city council approved the mayor's initiative and created the city's club Metalurh Zaporizhya. On proposition of the Rosso-Nero's Metalurh to merge, the newly created club refused.
The history of Metalurg began in 1935 when a steel production company, Zaporizhstal, formed the football club 'Stal'. By the end of the year a local sports union gave Stal the status of a main club in the region. Throughout the 1930s, the team appeared regularly in domestic competitions and often played against clubs from the Soviet Top League, the most notable of which was Spartak Moscow. The tough times of World War II soon followed, however, bringing decline to both Zaporizhstal and its team. Nonetheless, in 1946 the club was revived and in 1949, Stal won the cup in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
In October 1949, the team was renamed to 'Metalurg'. In 1950 Metalurg debuts in the USSR Cup and in the round of 64 they defeated Lokomotiv Petrozavodsk with the score of 5–0, but go out in the next stage, losing 2–3 to Torpedo Stalingrad. However, the very next year club went to eighth-finals, notably defeating Dinamo Minsk 1–0 and Lokomotiv Moscow 4–0 on the way. In 1953, the club debuted in the USSR Championship after becoming the champion of Ukrainian SSR in 1952. From 1953 to 1962, Metalurg played in USSR Championship division 'B'.
In 1963 Metalurg won a place in USSR Championship division 'A' and had some moderate success. They stayed there until 1971, when in the 1970 season club secured a position in division 'A' and a place in the USSR First League. In their first season they came in fourth place, which became the club's highest achievement in the USSR Championships.
In 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent and Ukrainian Premier League was formed. Metalurh was among the founders of the League. The club has remained in the Vyshcha Liga for all 16 seasons with their highest achievement in the 1995–96 season, taking 5th place. The club's best performance in a domestic cup came in 2006, when Metalurh reached the final, there they met with Dynamo Kyiv and were beaten 2 goals to none, however this performance allowed them to enter the UEFA Cup next season. Zaporizhstal still remains as a largest club sponsor and actively finances most of club's expenses.
The club had always been in the top league, since the first season in 1992 until the 2010–11 season when they finished last position and were relegated to the Ukrainian First League. After one season in the Ukrainian First League the club was promoted back to the Ukrainian Premier League. During the 2015–16 season on 2 March 2016, Metalurh was recognized as bankrupt on decision of the commercial court of Zaporizhzhia Oblast and a liquidation procedure was initiated.
- European history
Throughout its history in Ukrainian Premier League, Metalurh has entered the UEFA Cup on two occasions; the first in 2002–03 UEFA Cup after finishing fourth in the league the previous season. In the qualifying round they beat Maltese side Birkirkara 3–0 on aggregate, before losing 2–1 to English side Leeds United in the first round.
The second time club had to wait 4 years to qualify again. After finishing as runners-up in the Ukrainian Cup in 2006, Metalurh secured a place in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. The club entered the competition in the second qualifying round, Metalurh defeated Moldavian side Zimbru Chișinău 3–0 over two legs. However, Metalurh went out in the first stage, losing to Greek club Panathinaikos.
FC Rosso Nero was created in 2009 by Andriy Bohatchenko who owns a pizzeria with the same name in Zaporizhzhia. The first two seasons the club played in futsal (indoor football). In 2011, the club won the Zaporizhzhia city Cup and the beach football city league. In 2012, Rosso Nero were runners-up at 8x8 football (variant of association football popular in Russia). In 2014, the club became a city champions by beating the defending city champions Motor Zaporizhia. The victory inspired Rosso Nero to apply for the Second League of national competitions. In fall of 2015, when Metalurh Zaporizhya started the process for liquidation, Rosso Nero offered to pass the legendary club to them, however no agreement was reached.
On 26 March 2016, in Zaporizhzhia held a meeting of non-governmental organization "Metalurh forever", at which it was decided to rename the "FC Rosso Nero" into "FC Metalurh". At the same meeting, the group adopted symbols and colors of the original club "Metalurh".
The club was denied in receiving certificate for the next season and was dissolved in June 2018. The Metalurh—Rosso Nero performance was terrible. It played 65 games at professional level (3rd tier) winning 9, tying 3 and losing 53 games. Its goal tallies was 49 goals scored while allowing 237 (-188). The Metalurh—Rosso Nero also took part in Ukrainian Cup where it was eliminated at its earliest rounds on both occasions.
On 6 August 2017, a new municipal football club MFC Metalurh Zaporizhya started its participation in the 2017–18 Ukrainian Football Amateur League with an away game against Yarud at Azovets Stadium in Mariupol. In 2016, the new club was established by the Zaporizhzhia city authorities based on a communal company "Tsentralnyi Stadion" (Central Stadium) which owns Slavutych Arena.
Throughout their history, the club has played in various stadiums around Zaporizhzhia, but in 2001 the Football Federation of Ukraine forbade Metalurh from playing in their home stadium, Tsentarlnyi Metalurh Stadium, due to security concern and the club was forced to play at the Avto ZAZ Stadium (which formerly belong to now-bankrupt Torpedo Zaporizhya). Soon after, the club's board approved plans to construct a brand new stadium for the team in place of the old one. Construction commenced in late 2004 and on 29 July 2006, Slavutych Arena was opened, in their first game on a new stadium Metalurh faced Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv. The stadium is situated in a central part of the city, on a street that has been recently renamed after legendary Ukrainian player and coach Valery Lobanovsky.
The stadium is purposed for football only use and has a total capacity of 12,000 seats. It consists out of four separate stands, north, south, east and west, two of which are covered by a roof, stadium is equipped with a single, multi-colour screen with dimensions of 6x10m and a lighting system of 1400 lux. The pitch dimensions are 105х68 м. Lately it has often been used as a venue for the Ukrainian Premier League FC Zorya Luhansk, while Metalurh is forced to play at its own training base. Metalurh Training Base is also known as Velykyi Luh (Great Meadow).
The history of FC Metalurh dates back to a factory team 'Stal' that has been sponsored by one of the largest steel production companies in Ukraine, Zaporizhstal. The company has remained a sponsor of the club for over 70 years and now is a general sponsor of the club. The main partner of the club is OAO Zaporizhstalbud-1.
- 1935–2012: Zaporizhstal (Ihor Dvoretskyi)
- 2012–2015: Motor Sich (Oleksandr Bohuslayev)
- 2016–2018: Rosso-Nero Pizza (Andriy Bohatchenko)
- 2017–present: city of Zaporizhzhia
|Years||Football kit||Shirt sponsor|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Head coach – TBA
See also: List of FC Metalurh Zaporizhya seasons
|1952||1||1/64 finals||Won championship game, Champion of Ukraine|
|3 (Group 3)||14||6||3||5||34||26||15||1/8 finals||In play-offs Metalurh Odessa 1–4|
and Torpedo Rostov/Donu 4–5
|1954||3 (Group 3)||22||11||5||6||34||24||27||1/32 finals|
|1955||8 (Group 1)||30||13||6||11||37||33||32||1/32 finals|
|1956||3 (Group 1)||34||21||4||9||54||35||46|
|1957||8 (Group 1)||34||14||11||9||41||34||39||1/16 finals|
|1958||2 (Group 2)||30||17||5||8||55||29||39||1/64 finals|
|1959||6 (Group 1)||28||14||4||10||40||30||32|
(Group B of UkrSSR)
|1 (Group 2)||36||25||9||2||78||29||59||1/128 finals||Won championship play-off over Sudnobudivnyk|
Lost promotion play-off to FC Shakhtar Donetsk
|1961||4 (Group 2)||36||15||12||9||50||37||42||1/128 finals||Lost play-off to SKA Lviv, placed 8th overall|
|1962||2 (Group 2)||24||13||5||6||42||21||31||1/64 finals||Qualified for promotion group|
(Class A Second Group)
|1964||8 (Group 2)||26||7||12||7||19||16||26||1/32 finals||Qualified for Relegation group|
|1965||14 (Group 1)||30||8||9||13||28||37||25||1/32 finals||Qualified for Relegation group|
|1966||7 (Group 2)||34||12||12||10||35||28||36||1/32 finals|
|1967||2 (Group 2)||38||18||14||6||50||24||50||1/128 finals||Qualified for play-off for teams placed 2nd|
|4||4||2||1||1||6||5||5||Won the group for the 2nd placed teams|
|1968||9 (Group 2)||40||14||15||11||52||42||43||1/64 finals|
|1969||7 (Group 3)||42||15||14||13||49||35||44||1/32 finals||Relegated|
(Class A Second Group)
|1 (Zone 1)||42||26||10||6||73||33||62||1/64 finals||Promoted, Champion of Ukraine|
|1973||6||38||14||6||18||62||53||34||1/16 finals||5 other draws included as losses|
|1981||13||42||16||14||16||57||51||44||-2 pts draw overlimit|
|1985||7 (West Zone)||20||7||5||8||17||25||19||1/64 finals||Qualified for Group B|
|13||18||9||3||6||32||27||21||Group B (13–22 places)|
|1988||17||42||12||13||17||30||43||36||1/32 finals||-1 point, draw overlimit|
|1992||league competition discontinued||1/16 finals|
|2002–03||15||30||6||8||16||22||41||26||1⁄16 finals||UC||1st round|
|2006–07||7||30||10||10||10||25||32||40||1⁄16 finals||UC||1st round|
|2017–18||3rd "B"||12||33||2||1||30||14||133||7||1⁄64 finals||Dissolved|
|2017–18||4th "C"||4||16||9||4||3||39||18||31||1⁄4 finals (amateurs)||Admitted|
|15||30||6||4||20||28||58||22||1⁄32 finals||Lost playoffs; Relegated|
FC Metalurh Zaporizhya participates in European competitions on few occasions since 2002 after playing its first game against Birkirkara F.C..
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||QR||Birkirkara F.C.||3–0||0–0||3–0|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||2Q||Zimbru Chișinău||3–0||0–0||3–0|
- Запорожский ФК "Россо Неро" переименован в "Металлург" [Zaporozhian FC Rosso Nero is renamed into Metalurh]. UA-Football (in Russian). 26 March 2016. Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
- In Zaporizhia created the municipal football club Metalurh (У Запоріжжі створили муніципальний футбольний клуб «Металург»). Hromadske. 31 May 2017
- "Small description of club" (in Ukrainian). football24.ua.
- Ex-sports director of Metalurh Zaporizhia Mike Snoei wants to sue the club more than 15 mln hryvnia (Екс-спортдиректор запорізького Металурга Майк Снуі хоче відсудити у клубу понад 15 млн гривень). Football 24. 6 December 2017
- Cofounder Rosso Nero: We are all pupils of Metalurh therefore cannot turn away from the club. Metalurh Zaporizhya website. 15 January 2016
- "Запорожский ФК Россо Неро переименован в Металлург". 26 March 2016.
- How much costs revival of FC Metalurh. Metalurh Zaporizhya website. 27 April 2016
- "Запорожский Металлург прекращает существование".
- MFC Metalurh conducted its first game in amateur championship (МФК «Металлург» провел свой первый матч в аматорском первенстве). Akzent.ZP. 7 August 2017
- In Zaporizhia a communal company "Tsentralnyi Stadion" will be renamed into a communal company "Futbolnyi klub Metalurh", document (В Запорожье КП "Центральный стадион" переименуют в КП "Футбольный клуб Металлург", - ДОКУМЕНТ). 061 (Zaporizhzhia city news portal). 12 May 2016
- In Zaporizhia for stadium renovations and new Metalurh will be allocated almost 5 millions (В Запорожье на ремонт стадиона и новый «Металлург» выделят почти 5 миллионов). Akzent.
- More Metalurhs, better and different – there was published a statute of the Zaporizhian Municipal Football Club (Больше «Металлургов», хороших и разных – опубликован устав запорожского муниципального футбольного клуба). Akzent.
- In Zaporizhia was established a municipal football club (В Запорожье создали муниципальный футбольный клуб). Akzent.
- For an amateur "Metalurh" out of the city budget, there will be allocated 7-8 millions – the mayor of Zaporizhia Buryak (На любительский «Металлург» из бюджета выделят 7-8 миллионов – мэр Запорожья Буряк). Akzent.
- Metalurh Training Base Stadium (Стадіон УТБ "Металург" (Запоріжжя)). Ground hopping, Team Ukraine portal.
- Game report (ПРОТОКОЛ МАТЧУ). Professional Football League of Ukraine.
- Bohuslayev-junior acquired FC Metalurh (Богуслаев-младший приобрел ФК "Металлург"). ZaBor. 15 June 2012
- Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "Професіональна футбольна ліга України".
- In 1964 and 1965 seasons the league was split into two groups with the first eight teams from each qualify for promotion and the last eight teams – for relegation. Teams in the promotion group had their record recalculated and results with teams from relegation group were scratched. The teams in the promotion group played with the other candidate teams from other qualifying group. The teams in the relegation group had their records kept and also played only with the teams from the other qualifying group.
- In 1965, the league was split into two groups with the first eight teams from each qualify for promotion and the last eight teams – for relegation. Teams in the promotion group had their record recalculated and results with teams from relegation group were scratched. The teams in the promotion group played with the other candidate teams from other qualifying group. The teams in the relegation group had their records kept and also played only with the teams from the other qualifying group.
- In 1973 in case of a draw the game went to a penalty shoot-out. Whichever team won it would earn a point in the league standings; the losing team would earn nothing.
- Metalurh Zaporizhya were expelled from the competition after the winter break. Technical victories were to be awarded to their opponents for the rest of season.
Металург виключений зі змагань під егідою УПЛ [Metalurh is excluded from competition sponsored by the UPL] (in Ukrainian). UA-Football. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- After completing the season the club failed attestation for the 2018–19 Ukrainian Second League season and the club's administration decided to dissolve the team.
Металург Запоріжжя припиняє існування [Metalurh Zaporizhia terminated its existence]. UA-Football (in Ukrainian). 7 June 2018.
- FC Metalurh Zaporizhya at FootballFacts.ru (in Russian)
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