FC Dynamo Kyiv
FC Dynamo Kyiv is a Ukrainian football club based in the city of Kyiv. They currently feature in the Ukrainian Premier League and are one of the most successful clubs in Ukrainian football history, having also produced legendary footballer such as Sergei Rebrov and Andriy Shevchenko.
FC Dynamo Kyiv were founded in 1927 as an amateur team, part of the nation-wide Soviet sport society of Dinamo patronized by a KGB predecessor (the NKVD). From the 1950s to the 1980s players of the teams were often officially ranked armed force members.
During the Soviet era, Dynamo Kyiv were one of the biggest teams in the USSR and were the main rivals to the teams from Moscow. They were one of the founding members of the Soviet Championship in 1936 and finished second in the first season.
Dynamo Kyiv continued winning titles in the Soviet era and and established them as a major club in Ukrainian football when the Soviet regime collapsed. Dynamo Kyiv have since gone onto establish themselves as one of the top two teams in Ukrainian domestic football and have also established themselves as a known force in European football.
However in 1995, Dynamo were caught in a match fixing scandal in the UEFA Champions League in 1995 and were banned from all UEFA competitions for the subsequent two years. However they bounced back in Europe with immediate effects and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 1998 and then led by Andriy Shevchenko and Sergei Rebrov reached the semi-finals in 1999.
FC Dynamo Kyiv play their home matches at the Lobanovsky Dynamo that has a capacity of 16,900. They bear the nickname the White-Blue.
Some of the club’s major achievements include: -12 Ukrainian Championships -9 Ukrainian Cups -3 Ukrainian Super Cups -13 USSR Championships -2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup -1 UEFA Super Cup
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