28 Facts About Dynamo Kyiv


Football Club Dynamo Kyiv is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kyiv.

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Since 1936, Dynamo Kyiv has spent its entire history in the top league of Soviet and later Ukrainian football.

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Since becoming the first Soviet football club to participate in UEFA competition in 1965, Dynamo Kyiv has played in European competitions almost every season.

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Over its history, Dynamo Kyiv have won 16 Ukrainian top-flight league titles, 13 Soviet top-flight league titles, 11 Ukrainian national cup competitions, 9 Soviet national cup competitions, and three continental titles.

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The all-Union Dynamo Kyiv sports society was a sports department of the Soviet state security KGB, originally Cheka-OGPU.

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On 13 May 1927, the statute of the Kyivan Proletarian Sport Society Dynamo was officially registered by the special commission in affairs of public organizations and unions of the Kyiv district.

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Under the banner of Kyivan Dynamo gathered the representatives of the GPU, the best footballers of which defended the honors of the Trade Union club "Sovtorgsluzhashchie".

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The leadership of Dynamo did not dare to reorganize the well-established club and the main title contender in the middle of a playing season and therefore the first mentioning about the football club Dynamo could only be found on 5 April 1928 in the Russian-language newspaper Vecherniy Kiev.

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Dynamo Kyiv tried several counter attacks and even earned a free kick which was not able to convert.

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In 1936, the first Soviet Championship was played, and Dynamo Kyiv was one of the pioneers of the newly formed league.

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The founders besides the football team and the Dynamo Kyiv councils became the commercial consulting centre Slavutych and the British firm Newport Management.

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However, Dynamo Kyiv was punished by UEFA for a racist incident in the home game against Chelsea where four black men were attacked in the stands by Dynamo Kyiv fans.

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In Khatskevich's first two seasons at the helm, Dynamo Kyiv failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, having to settle for the UEFA Europa League group stage instead.

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Domestically, Dynamo Kyiv remained firmly in second place behind Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League.

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In 2003 after Dynamo Kyiv won their 10th domestic trophy, a golden star was added at the top of the logo to celebrate the club's success.

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Dynamo Kyiv has participated in all of the USSR and Ukrainian championships to date, and has won both competitions more times than any other team.

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Dynamo Kyiv tied the national record for winning three consecutive Soviet Premier League titles in 1966,1967, and 1968.

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Dynamo Kyiv won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1975 and 1986 as well as the European Super Cup in 1975, after two games against Bayern Munich.

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Dynamo Kyiv is was one of the base clubs of the Soviet Union national football team and many players of the club represented the Soviet Union at international level.

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Four former Dynamo Kyiv's players were appointed as a head coach of the Soviet Union national team, among which Valeriy Lobanovsky, Oleh Bazylevych, Vladimir Salkov and Anatoliy Byshovets.

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Club's home ground, Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Kyiv Stadium, is situated in a park located in the centre of the city, close to the Dnieper River bank.

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Many notable Dynamo Kyiv players progressed through the club's youth system, among them is Andriy Shevchenko, one of the graduates of the school.

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Besides its normal junior squads, FC Dynamo Kyiv has fielded its second team Dynamo-2 which competed among regular "teams of masters" as well as republican competitions during the Soviet period.

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Dynamo Kyiv ultras are usually associated with right-wing politics and many adhere to nationalist ideas.

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The ultras Dynamo Kyiv took part in the Independence Day of Ukraine and Heroes Day celebrations.

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Dynamo Kyiv maintains friendly relations with: Karpaty Lviv, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Hutnik Krakow and with Zalgiris Vilnius, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Dinamo Tbilisi, Stade Rennais FC fans.

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Dynamo Kyiv holds the record for Ukrainian Premier League appearances with 426, while Oleh Blokhin remains unreachable for Soviet Top League appearances with 432.

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Dynamo Kyiv has not missed a single season of European competition since 1990 and, since 1973, has only missed out twice.

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