Founded In
Bobrujsk (Bobruisk), Belarus


About Belshina

Football Club Belshina Bobruisk, often referred to more simply as Belshina, was founded in 1977. Initially operating under the name Shinnik Bobruisk, the club adopted its current name in 1996. Since Belarusian independence, the team have gone on to enjoy huge levels of success within domestic football, especially in the Belarusian Cup. However, they have also endured difficult times, suffering relegation to the second tier on multiple occasions.

Upon the foundation of the Belarusian Premier League in 1992, Belshina began play in the second tier. In their first season, they finished on equal points with Dinamo-2 Minsk, but lost a promotion playoff and remained in the division. The following year, however, they were crowned as league champions and gained promotion to the Premier League.

The 1997 season brought about the club's first major success, as they won the Belarusian Cup. A second success in that competition followed in 1999, before Belshina enjoyed their greatest success to date, by winning the Premier League title in 2001. The 2001 season also saw the club lift the Belarusian Cup for a third time, completing a league and cup double. At present, Belshina's record of three Belarusian Cup wins leaves them tied with Dinamo Minsk as the most successful club in the competition's modern era. Unfortunately, the 2004 season spelled disaster for the side, as they won just two league matches over the entire season and were relegated. Since that time, Belshina have bounced up and down between the first and second tier on several occasions.

Prolific striker, Andrey Hlebasolaw, is perhaps the club's best-known former player. Hlebasolaw won the Belarusian Premier League's golden boot during his time with the club in 1996 and 1997. Other notable former players include Valery Strypeykis and Aleksandr Sednev.

Belshina play their home matches at Spartak Stadium. The venue originally opened in 1934 but was reconstructed and modernised in 2004. It is currently able to hold up to 3,700 supporters.