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1918 — 1935 / First Steps

The club was founded in 1918. There was a team called «BRIT» (Bryansk worker Industrial College) for technical and craft classes which prepared personnel for the Bryansk Metallurgical Plant (since November 1922, it called the Plant by Petrovsky’s name). Subsequently, the team was called Petrovets, Stal, Metallurg, and from the end of 1961 - Dnepr.

BRIT’s players were pioneers of football in the Bryansk residential colony located next to the plant as well as in other workers' settlements: Dievka, Factore and Chechelovka. This colony was the largest and most famous of all the factory right-bank settlements. In the early twentieth century it was populated mainly Bryansk factory employees and foreign specialists: the Belgians and the French.

«BRIT» participated in the championship of Yekaterinoslav, which was also challenged by Orion, Alcor (champion of 1915-1917), Shtandart, Stadion, coming to the title in 1918, and Zadneprov’e. All championship games were held at the sports ground Sokol, which was on the corner of Pushkin Avenue and the Cooperative Street (now the street Yuri Savchenko).

After the Civil War football life in Yekaterynoslav fully renewed in 1923. BRIT took part in the autumn city championship and became a champion! In the final match in a bitter struggle Rabfak was beaten.
The team failed repeating the success next year. In the same time, it won Season opening
championship early in the season.

May 9, 1925 factory workers first met with a team from another city - Moscow's Trekhgorka, representing the Moscow Cotton Mill Trekhgornaya manufactory. Muscovites won 2:1.

In those years, the plant Petrovsky was released in the vanguard of USSR Metallurgy, and along with improvements in core business the company is actively developing sports section. In 1925 at the factory working sports club Petrovec was founded and football team proceeded to its department.

Under the new name team won the Spring Dnepropetrovsk championship in 1927. In the final with 2:1 score was crashed unconditional leader of the city football in recent years Zheldor. This success was repeated in eight years, and a powerful impetus to the team’s development was given by the USSR club championship organization.

1936 — 1940 / Start at Union Competitions

In the 1st USSR championship, which was held in the spring of 1936, teams of just three largest cities - Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev – participated. Our city was given only two places: Dynamo became the only Ukrainian representative in the group B and Stal participated in the group G. I would like to dwell in order on this name to further avoid confusion. Stal, which participated in the premiere USSR championships in 1936 (spring and fall), represented Pipe Plant by Lenin’s name. The Dnipro predecessor took the start in Union championships in 1937.

In 1936 Stal, to defend the honor of the plant Petrovsky, played in the Ukraine Championship among amateurs, as well as in the first USSR Cup. In the opening match of the tournament in Round of 128 it won at home over Baranowski porcelain factory with a score of 10:0. Line-up in the first Union tournament official match was: Shinkarenko, Ivchenko, Shebanov, Zmeev, Avdeenko, Radchenko, Yanovsky, Posukh, Gotsalyuk, Kletskin, Mikheev. That victory remains the largest for the Dnipro in cup competitions. Only half a century later, this result was repeated when the rout was subjected to Uralan Elista.

In 1936 another significant event in club history occurred. In July, the downtown was opened stadium Stal, later renamed the Metallurg. In a friendly opening match in the presence of 25,000 spectators Stal met with the first USSR champion Dinamo Moscow. Our team though lost 2:4 gave to opponents worthy of resistance.

In its inaugural championship in 1937, Stal took the 9th place in group G. Dnepropetrovsk fairly evenly played, both at home and away. In subsequent years the Schedule of the Championship and Cup is constantly changing because of what our team was forced to play mainly in the FA Cup tournament. Here in 1939 Stal celebrate the victory 3:2 over Metallurg Moscow - one of the strongest teams in the USSR at that time.

This success coupled with a successful performance at the regional level let Dnipropetrovsk start in the second tier of Union championship - group B. Our team finished 15th among 23 teams.

1941 — 1948 / Stal's Reviving

The Great Patriotic War broke the story of Stal as well as all other teams for a few years.

On the first day of the war, June 22, martial law was imposed on the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. And on June 23, in accordance with the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, general mobilization was begun.

Many Dnepropetrovsk citizens including the athletes were called to the military offices. Stal’s players Valentine Zabuga, Vladimir Aleksopolsky, Tsalik Tsadikov, the future coach Ivan Lukin and many others defended their homeland; Petr Layko worked in a military hospital. They gave up everything to bring the light of the Victory Day.

So, Valentine Zabuga went through the war from day one. He participated in the battles in Ukraine, Crimea, Northern Caucasus and met the victory in East Prussia.

In June 1945, almost a month after the celebration of Victory, stadium Metallurg was renovated in Dnepropetrovsk. Since then serious revival of Stal began. Nicholay Luschitsky and Ivan Lukin have led the team and created a collective of local students for a short time.

It was a difficult time for the entire country: not enough food and clothing, not all were built on the job. Here is Ivan Lukin’s memories about the first training of new Dnepropetrovsk team: «13 players came at the first training. Their appearance left much to be desired, but desire to play burning in the eyes of every. The boys ran two laps and stayed exhausted. Stand and wait for instructions, but no one complains. It became clear: they are simply exhausted to the limit. I had to stop training and give them a two-day holiday».

But gradually the hardships were overcome, and Stal began to gain speed. The team got used to the second group of the USSR championship and became eligible for promotion to the grade soon. Unfortunately, it lacked the very smallness in 1948 to play at the highest level of Soviet football. Collecting equal points with the Lokomotive Kharkov in the final tournament of Ukrainian band, Stal has given way in additional match 1:3.

In that time Dnepropetrovsk was noticed with aggressive attack. A powerful center-forward Mikhail Janowski with Petr Layko and Vladimir Mushta, as well as technical wingers Petr Stupakov and Sergei Korolyov, formidable force.

1949 — 1961 / Metallurg Instead of Stal

In 1949 Stal was renamed on Metallurg. Despite the relatively successful performance during the past two years, city and the Petrovsky factory leaders were unhappy with the results. Nevertheless, team failed improving because of the living a number of experienced players. And in 1950 Dnepropetrovsk football was dealt a heavy and unexpected blow. Metallurg as well as a number of other teams was expelled from the significantly cut class B. Three years our team held an amateur status.

Return to the USSR championship was in 1953. Naturally, playing at high level required update squad. At this time a young goalkeeper Vladimir Maslachenko who later became one of the best goalkeepers of the country and the well-known TV commentators came to the team. Defender Nikolay Maysuradze also became “metallurgist”. He was a prominent figure in the team, and after his retirement - a coach of children's and youth groups Energy from Pridneprovsk, trained a lot of players.

For almost ten years Dnepropetrovsk were very uneven. And though Metallurg sometimes even had to fight for survival in the class B, the team passed all tests well. Our team became one of the area leaders only in 1959, after the squad rejuvenation.

But the real breakthrough Metalurg made in the USSR Cup in 1954 - the first time in history, it reached the semifinals!

In round of 64 Metallurg beat Avangard Sverdlovsk with score 6:0. In the next round victory was counted automatically - by the refusal Iskra Frunze to arrive in Dnepropetrovsk. And in the round of 16 Metallurg defeated Torpedo Gorky 5:3.

In the quarterfinals our team had to meet twice with a team of the Leningrad District House Officers. Both matches were finished in extra time. In the first fight, despite the extra time, was recorded a draw 1:1. A re-match, played the next day, ended with Metallurg’s victory 2:1. Leonid Filatov scored the winning goal a minute before the final whistle.

Semi-finals against Spartak Yerevan was held in Moscow on Oct. 11 at the Dynamo Stadium. Miracle has not occurred: Metallurg was defeated by more experienced opponent 0:4. In the historic match for our team played: goalkeeper Michael Tisovsky, defenders Semen Gulevich, Nicholay Maisuradze and Nicholay Yemelianov; midfielders Grigoriy Kolosov and Fedor Beletsky, who was replaced by Yury Kozachenko; forwards Mikhail Gurkin, Ivan Gorovoy, Mikhail Didevich, Leonid Filatov and Vakhtang Gvaramadze.

It is impossible not to note an increasing role in the team of center-forward Mikhail Didevich. The player, who had a behind performance in the legendary «team of lieutenants” – Bobrov’s and Fedotov’s CDKA Moscow, fell in Dnepropetrovsk to the court. He immediately became nature in the team and among the fans; rightfully was elected Metallurg captain, scored many goals.

1962 — 1967 / Under the Dnipro Flag at the New Stadium

At the end of 1961 there was event which radically changed the fate of main Dnepropetrovsk team history: it was transferred to the balance of the Southern Machine-building Plant. The name was changed from Metallurg to Dnepr.

And in 1963 Dnepr made its debut in the Class «A». This happened as a result of the reorganization of the regular football economy. Our team was included in the second group of Class A. For several years Dnepr finished in the middle, and in 1966 the first time tried to drive a wedge in the struggle for victory in their subgroup.

In the same year stadium Meteor was opened. Dnepr beat 3:1 Shinnik Yaroslavl in the first game on new arena on Aug. 30. In this game the first time in front of native supporters brought 19-year-old midfielder Roman Schneiderman. It was career start of multi-year Dnepr captain, whose achievement - 360 matches in the championship (second group of Class A, the first and high leagues) - remains unbeaten until now.

The Meteor name connects to all the significant Dnipro achievements. At this stadium our team became the champion of the Soviet Union, medalist of the USSR and Ukraine championships, managed memorable victories in the international arena. In 2001 Meteor has been reconstructed in accordance with UEFA requirements: all seats were equipped with individual plastic seats. Dnipro held home matches at this stadium until the autumn of 2008.

In the late 60's clear progress has been noticed in the our team performance and results. Thanks to the powerful nourishment talented players from reserve Dnipro every year finished higher and higher in the standings. Region and Plant leaders along with fans thought about promotion for the first group of Class «A».

Noticeable phenomenon was the transfer to Dnipro of the Best USSR Player 1966 Andrey Biba. He not only skillfully conducted on the field actions of players in our team, giving the game harmony and order, but was a role model for young players. The appearance such quality player tells one thing - Dnepropetrovsk seriously set his sights on the qualifying to the elite of domestic football.

1968 — 1971 / Breakthrough to the High League

Soon The Person appeared in Dnipro coach position. October 31, 1968 a new 29 year old coach Valery Lobanovsky led the team for the game with Metallurg Kuybyshev. His name is linked with a real Dnipro’s breakthrough!

With the Lobanovskyy’s coming, a professional approach has appeared in everything  in Dnipro, above all, of course, in the training process. The following season Dnipro became the top in their subgroup, qualifying to the final round to compete for qualifying to the high league. But the height not obeyed from the first attempt – Spartak Ordzhonikidze promoted.

Failure was also the second attempt. In 1970, when the best teams in the second group of Class A were combined into the first league, Dnipro finished third. To win one of two cherished trips to the elite did not allow even a unique series: our team has not lost a single game from 20 August to 4 November, managing 13 victories in 17 games. Karpaty Lviv and Kayrat Alma-Ata promoted to high league.

But in 1971 Dnipro went the tournament distance with triumph. Eliminate the backlog of Lokomotiv Moscow and Chernomorets Odessa, formed at the start, our team led the standings. And over 5 rounds to finish Dnipro, beating at home Alga Frunze, exclude even the theoretical possibility of losing tickets to the high league! October, 15 Dnipro convincingly crashed the team from the capital of Kyrgyzstan - 3:0 (goals was scored by Schneiderman, Evseenko and Nazarov). The last matchday brought to Lobanovskyy’s team small gold medals.

Awards received: Leonid Koltun, Sergei Sobetsky, Vladimir Sergeyev, Petr Nayda, Nikolay Bogdanov, Petr Tsunin, Nicholay Artyukh, Anatoly Grinko, Roman Shneiderman, Stanislav Evseenko, Viktor Nazarov, Vasily Lyabik, Alexei Hristyan, Victor Romanyuk. First-degree diplomas were awarded to team chief Anatoly Arkhipov, head coach Valery Lobanovsky, coach Alexander Petrashevsky. Also, diplomas were awarded to the team doctor Nickolay Bozhko, masseur Vyacheslav Chebanov, administrator Vasily Palchik.

1971 was marked with another good news for our team – the training camp was built in Prydniprovsk. The place for location was chosen personally by Valery Lobanovsky in picturesque pine forest. It was a great event: Dnipro receive great terms to improve the training process.

1972 — 1978 / Successful Debut in Elite

Since 1972 began absolutely new era in the history of FC Dnipro: for next following years our club only once (for two years) - at the junction of the seventies and eighties - left the strongest class. Debut match in the high league our team played at the native Meteor against CSKA Moscow. Test for maturity passed: Sobetsky, Sergeev, Denezh, Ivanov, Fedorenko, Grinko, Shneiderman, Nazarov (Evseenko, 61), Lyabik, Porkuyan, Romaniuk (Pilipchuk, 58). And newcomer won - 2:1! The historic first Dnipro goal in the high league was scored by Valery Porkuyan which became well-known after the World Cup 1966.

Dnipro wasn’t whipping boys in the elite, come to the equator of the championship top five. According to the results as the championship the team could well finish in the top three, but remained sixth. Along the way our team has found one kind of achievement, becoming the first newcomer from lower division, which became the owner of one of the prizes of the Soviet football - "The will to win.» Dnipro won three times in matches in which the opponent opened the score. Three of these victories also had Dynamo Kiev and Zenit but Dnipro beat the teams that were higher in the standings.

Next season Dnipro started with four straight victories, first leading the table. However, unsuccessful away matches are not allowed to hold the lead. And ending the championship was slurred, although the final 8th place for the second season in the high leagues was seen as perfectly acceptable result.

In October 1973 a seam in the history of our team was ended: head coach Valery Lobanovsky went to work in the Dynamo Kiev. For five years he had raised Dnipro to unprecedented heights - Dnepropetrovsk confidently entrenched in the top league of domestic football.

For a long time there wasn’t a figure equal with Lobanovsky. And if a few more years Dnipro held out the old baggage, then it began to gradually hand over positions. Finally, after 1978 season the team had to say goodbye to the high league.

A year before this sad event Dnipro won the first trophy of the All-Union significance. In the tournament for the Soviet Sport newspaper prize, our team has overcome group stage, then beat in the semifinal Kryl’ya Sovetov Kuibyshev, and in the final defeated Lokomotiv Moscow. In the beginning Vladimir Kutsev scored by header after Sergey Malko’s cross from  the right flank. In the second half Lokomotive forward Vladimir Eshtrekov made individual pass, and the match was decided in extra-time. Five minutes before the end the decisive goal scored Dnipro: Sergey Malko burst into the penalty area and sent the ball into the bottom corner.

1979 — 1982 / Returning to the Top

It took two years to return to the high leagues, and during the first of them Dnipro was on the brink of relegation to the second league. The second promotion to the strongest class maybe was wasn’t too bright, as in 1971, however, we can’t called the success unfair. In heavy fighting with Metalist our team took second place behind Tavria.

As befitted a novice, Dnipro has set itself the task to gain a foothold among the strongest. Initially had hard - bet on the players, managed ticket to the high leagues, has not justified itself. After the first leg the team was second from the end, and to change the situation have been taken extraordinary measures. Withdrawing from the crisis was ordered to Vladimir Yemets and Gennady Zhizdik - coaches of Kolos Nikopol, which they raised from the amateur tournament up to the leaders of the first league.

Gradually the situation was rectifying. And entering into the taste by the end of the championship, Dnipro rapidly rose to the middle of the table. Finish on the eighth place recently nobody can even imagine!

The following season fans no longer needed sedatives. Our team played smoothly, confidently holding near the equator of standing. Significantly, that was able to stabilize the squad, where the harmony between experienced players invited by Yemets and Zhizdik and talented young local players was advancing.

1983 — 1991 / Golden Era

Season-1983, despite the middle peasant status, Dnipro started off well, but without great results. Often, winning at home, our team could not boast the same in away matches. Dnipro drew attention to itself at the end of the first leg, beating the USSR title-holder and the current leader in Minsk with 2:1 score. Three straight victories followed after some time: over Shakhtar, Chernomorets (leader of the championship at the time) and Nistru. Moreover, the latter were defeated 6:0, while 19-year-old Oleg Protasov became the first Dnipro player who made a hat-trick in the high league.

The team completed the first leg in the lead six. The density of the top of the table was such that Zalgiris (debutant and current leader) had only three points more.

Finishing spurt of the first leg was continued in the second, and Dnipro has become a truly irresistible! Our team went on the top due away success against Torpedo Kutaisi 3:2, collecting seven points in four games before. In that game Dnipro goalkeeper Sergei Krakovskiy saved a penalty kick on the last minute.

Winning streak that reached four games was interrupted by the defeat in Moscow from Torpedo, but it was only an episode. After three wins it finally became clear: Dnipro were not contenders on the top three winners, but on the championship title. Dnipro was two points ahead Spartak Moscow before 4 matchdays finish!

This gap remained until the last game, in which the contenders for the gold met in Dnepropetrovsk. Hosts suit draw, and in case of Spartak victory replay should be assigned. However, Dnipro did not set aside the question «for later». And he did it just brilliantly, giving an unforgettable holiday for whole Dnipropetrovsk.

Say that in Dnepropetrovsk excitement prevailed before this meeting - do not say anything! Tickets were distributed to businesses, and the number of applications in several times the capacity of Meteor. Even despite the fact that in those years speculation was punished by law enforcement agencies are very strict, tickets flew «away with» 10 times more expensive than face value.

Match number 1 in the Dnipro history has turned a bright, exciting with a unique storyline. It began with the continuous attacks of our team. On the 16th minute, Dylay sent the ball on the flank to Protasov. Oleg beat two defenders and laid the ball for Taran like on a plate. Forward sent the ball into the near corner. After 6 minutes Litovchenko struck his trademark powerful shot but the ball hit the body of someone from Spartak and jumped straight to the Taran. Oleg sent the ball under the crossbar.

Dnepr not deduct the pace. At intervals of several minutes Litovchenko, Taran and Victor Kuznetsov missed a good opportunity to score. But on the 32th minute Gladilin kicked straight into the far «nine».

6 minutes after the half-time Gladilin scored his second goal - 2:2. In the stands deathly silence reigned, and it seemed that the cherished dream turns into a mirage. But on the 59th minute superbly on the right wing has played Litovchenko. Gennady beat several defenders and made the perfect diagonal. To throw the ball in the rushed Taran and Protasov, and the first little bit ahead of junior partner, scored a hat-trick! Again came out ahead, Dnepr has not released the initiative out of their hands. On the 85th minute Sochnov  knocked Kuznetsov in his own penalty area. Lysenko realized the penalty kick. The last minutes the audience watched standing. Hardly sounded the final whistle, both on the field and the stands began the general rejoicing.

Holders of gold medals were: Andriy Dylay, Sergei Krakowskyy, Nikolay Pavlov, Viktor Kuznetsov, Oleg Taran, Vladimir Ustimchik, Petr Kutuzov, Gennady Litovchenko, Vladimir Lyutiy, Aleksandr Pogorelov, Oleg Protasov, Oleksandr Lysenko, Yuri Mirgorodskii, Nikolay Fedorenko. Also in this triumphant season played: Serhiy Puchkov, Alexandr Chervonyi, Andrey Bobrykov, Vladimir Bagmut, Vladimir Ustinov, Vladimir Kobzarev, Anatoly Nazarenko, Valery Zuev.

In the next two seasons, Dnepr confounded the skeptics who thought our team king for a day. Two sets of bronze medals were worthy of response. And besides the club left its mark in Europe, reaching in the first Eurocup season the quarterfinal of the Champions Cup. Trabzonspor and Levski were passed, while Bordeaux proved to be stronger only on penalties (both games ended in a draw 1:1).

These years have been remarkable in terms of individual achievement. In 1984, Gennady Litovchenko was voted The best USSR player, and in 1985 Oleg Protasov set a new record in Union championships, scoring 35 goals for a season. Previous record belonged to Nikita Simonyan, who had 34 goals in 1950. Protasov’s result remained the best in Europe for a long time. Only in May 1986 Marco Van Basten became on two goals ahead, winning the Golden Boot. Silver went to Protasov.

In the same year Dnepr has obeyed the third trophy in club history. By the 50th anniversary of the national championships was established Federation Cup football USSR. His prototype was the Cup of the newspaper Soviet Sport, won the Dnepr in 1977.

As well as nine years ago, Dnepropetrovsk overcome group stage, in the semifinals beat Spartak Moscow, and in the final - Zenit.

But in the championship in 1986 was failure - only 11th place. Thise led to a coach change. Instead Vladimir Yemets Yevgeniy Kucherevskiy began to work.

And after this shake-up Dnepr has gone to a second medal round. In 1987, the first time in club history was won silver. Oleg Protasov became not only again top scorer but also was named the best USSR player. A year later, despite the quit to Dinamo Litovchenko and Protasov, our team has once again become the champion!

As in the first golden season, Dnepr held heavily the start of the championship typing in four games only half the possible points. But then the team issued the best in its history 20-matches unbeaten series!

Holders of gold medals were: Valery Gorodov, Vladimir Bagmut, Sergei Bashkirov, Ivan Vishnevsky, Vadim Yevtushenko, Nicholay Kudrytskiy, Vladimir Lyutiy, Sergey Puchkov, Eduard Son, Alexander Sorokalet, Alexei Cherednik, Eugene Shakhov, Anton Schoch. Also played: Sergei Krakowskiy, Igor Tyuterev, Sergei Bezhenar, Petr Butz, Vladimir Gerashchenko, Konstantin Eremenko, Oleg Koshelyuk, Yuri Leonov, Valentin Moskvin, Petr Neyshteter, Eugene Pokhlebaev, Victor Rafalchuk, Andrei Sidelnikov, Vasiliy Storchak, Oleg Taran, Vadim Tishchenko, Oleg Fedyukov, Alexander Chervonyi, Igor Shkvyrin.

The next season the double champion of the Soviet Union expected more than ever a lot of testing. Dnepropetrovsk should participate in five tournaments - the USSR championship and Cup, Fed Cup, the Season Cup and the Cup Champions.

Were won the Cup of the season (in a single match for the trophy in extra time with the score 3:1 defeated Metalist), Federation Cup football USSR (in the final was won by a strong-willed victory over Dinamo Minsk) and USSR Cup.

In the championship Depr finished the second after Spartak. But even without that, our team became the author of eternal achievements - only Dnepr has won everything the competition, which took place in the Soviet football!

The last years of Soviet Union weren’t successful for Dnepr. Our team lost a lot of top-players who went to play abroad. In December 1991after a stormy political events USSR was broken. Along with the other Soviet republics Ukraine gained independence. Ended a long and defining period in the club history - from the moment when Dnepr’s «Grandma» Stal made the debut in USSR Cup. Begins a new era...

1992 — 1994 / Mykola Pavlov's Kindergarten

...The era of new independent country Ukraine football.

Dnipro as well as Dynamo Kiev were the undisputed leader of Ukrainian football. Also Chornomorets, Shakhtar and Metalist were highly quoted. But the first champion of independent Ukraine became Tavria Simferopol. Our team took third place, winning the match for the bronze medal against Shakhtar 3:2.

Update Dnipro under the influence of socio-political processes has accelerated even more. From the veterans in the first Ukrainian Premier League played only Gorodov, Yudin, Gorily, Tishchenko and Bagmut. After starting the championship Yevgen Kucherevskiy went to Tunisia, and the team was headed by Mykola Pavlov.

The winners of the last union championship among reserve squads were the basis of the team. The boys, whose age has passed for nearly 20 years, became a real discovery. Many of them have participated in the first matches of the Ukrainian national team.

Talented generation which named "Mykola Pavlov’s kindergarten” could win the second Ukrainian championship. Dnipro exactly went through the entire tournament distance, but lost to Dynamo on goal difference.

High result allowed returning in European competition. In UEFA Cup was passed very strong Austrian Admira-Wacker, after which Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga current leader) beat Pavlov’s boys.

Dnipropetrovsk young team did not succeed to rise again in the championship, taken the 4th place. And six months later Mykola Pavlov left the club, and with him to Dynamo moved leaders: Konovalov, Pokhlebaev, Bezhenar, Maksimov. Mikhailenko went to the capital earlier.
 

1995 — 2011 / Bronze Rises

New team has been entrusted to construct to Pavlov’s former assistant Olexander Lysenko. Dnipro started the second part of the season well, after that the position of head coach was given to Bernd Stange. The former coach of East Germany became the first foreign coach in the Ukrainian league.

Dnipro immediately issued a series of seven wins with a total goal difference 20:0. But in the end our team left the third. In the same position Dnepropetrovsk finished in the next championships.

In 1995 our team for the first time reached the Cup final. Scoring the first in the match against Shakhtar, Dnipro had advantage but let to rival to equalize. And in aftermatch penalties Shakhtar won the prize.

In summer 1996 FC Dnipro was headed by Vyacheslav Grozny, the former Nyva Vinnytsya coach and Spartak Moscow assistant coach. He was named The best coach of Ukraine in the first leg, and Dnipro on the break in the championship went second. But the team finished championship sixth, and lost again to Shakhtar in Cup final.

The following season was another remarkable phenomenon dnepryan matches in the UEFA Cup. In qualifying FC Yerevan was passed, and Dnipro managed a record victory in the eurocups - 6:1 (hat-trick was made by Volodymyr Sharan). But the Russia runner-up Alania was an insurmountable barrier.

The recession ended the resignation of Groznyy. New Dnipro head coach was approved Vadym Tishchenko. But neither he nor Vladimir Kobzarev and Leonid Koltun could return to previous high results.

Dnipro managed medals again in 2001. Mykola Fedorenko’s team did not show a bright play, but the result sought regularly. This brought the bronze medals, which were provided for three matchdays before the end of the championship.

Next autumn Yevgen Kucherevskiy head Dnipro the second time. And coach managed to re-create an interesting team. Spectacular game, the victory and the absence of foreign players have made lovely across the country.

In the 2002-2003 season Dnipro managed to win a record eight consecutive victories. And while that season our team was left with no awards, it was laid a solid foundation for future achievements.

Successful was 2003-2004 season. Its result was bronze medals and recognition throughout the Europe - Dnipro became the first Ukrainian club qualified in the spring part of UEFA Cup. At its international road Dnipropetrovsk left out of the tournament not only Vaduz, but also menacing Hamburger SV with a strong Dynamo Zagreb. Only Olympique de Marseille with Didier Drogba could stop our team.

In 2004 Dnipro the 3rd time played in the Ukraine Cup final. And again the trophy went to Donetsk.

The next UEFA Cup campaign was also successful. The team made its way to the newly created group stage of UEFA Cup and won its quintet, leaving behind Austria, Real Zaragoza, Utrecht and Brugges. Here are just in the playoffs Dnipro no luck lost to Partizan.

After the failure in duel with the Serbs Dnipropetrovsk got into a series of setbacks. The case ended with the resignation of Kucherevskiy. Oleg Protasov was appointed a new head coach. And after a year and a half Dnipro shot like a machine passing the distance of the autumn part of the championship 2007-2008. Issuing two impressive series of victories, our team went for the winter break as leader!

However, the big aim wasn’t achieved. And then the coach changing again followed: Protasov was replaced on Vladimir Bezsonov. In the first match under his leadership Dnipro in brilliant style won over Metalist 2:0. This game was the last on the Meteor stadium - our team moved to Dnipro Arena.

At the new stadium Dnipropetrovsk for a long time could not win that led to the loss of many points. However, in next season Dnipro has been so hospitable, having lost at home only once – to Dynamo Kyiv. Successful home games have a guarantee that following the 2009-2010 season our team could start in European competition.

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