Minsk

Founded In
2003 / 2006
Location
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk

About Minsk

Football Club Minsk was founded in 2006 as a successor to FC Smena Minsk, who had previously disbanded. As a result, FC Minsk were able to take over Smena Minsk's playing license and started out in the second tier of Belarusian football. Despite the club's relative youth, they have been able to make rapid progress and have already competed for major honours and achieved notable success in domestic football.

Upon entering the Belarusian league system, Minsk hit the ground running and finished their first season as the winners of the Belarusian First League, gaining promotion to the Premier League in the process. Their initial stay was short-lived and the team suffered relegation at the end of 2007, but bounced back at the first opportunity.

The club enjoyed its best ever league season in 2010, eventually finishing in 3rd place in the Premier League table. In 2012, Minsk made it to the final of the Belarusian Cup, where they lost to FC Naftan Novopolotsk. However, it served as a springboard for the side and the following year, they returned to the final once again. On this occasion, they were able to beat their city rivals, Dinamo Minsk, via a penalty shootout in order to claim their first piece of major silverware. In addition to their domestic form, the club have recently made their first appearances in the UEFA Europa League, where they have already beaten opposition including St. Johnstone and AZAL Baku.

Andrey Razin, Dzmitry Asipenka and Raman Vasilyuk are amongst the best-known footballers to have reprented the team.

Minsk play their home matches at Dinamo Stadium, which first opened in 1934. The venue was previously the home of Dinamo Minsk and is also the current home of the Belarus national team. It has a maximum capacity of 40,000, although one section of the stadium is rarely used, due to safety concerns. As a result, the capacity for most matches is 34,000.