Torpedo Zhodino

Founded In
Zhodzina (Zhodino), Belarus

About Torpedo Zhodino

Football Club Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino, often known more simply as Torpedo Zhodino, was first established back in 1961. Having previously competed in the lower divisions of the Soviet league system, the team became a founding member of the Belarusian Premier League back in 1992. Since that time, they have occasionally challenged for major honours, but have also suffered their share of difficulties on the field.

The club's initial stay in the Premier League was short-lived. After a 13th place finish in 1992, the team slumped further and finished 17th in 1993. As a result, they were relegated to the second tier. They subsequently spent nine seasons outside of the top flight, before returning ahead of the 2002 season.

Since returning to the Premier League, Torpedo Zhodino have established themselves as a top flight team. In their first season back, they finished 5th in the league, while in 2004, 2005 and 2007, they finished in 4th place, which is currently their highest final league position. The 2010 campaign saw the team reached the final of the Belarusian Cup for the first time, but they were ultimately unsuccessful, losing out to BATE Borisov. In both 2010 and 2012, the team also competed in relegation playoff matches, but were able to win on both occasions. In 2010-11, they made their debut in a European competition by competing in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

Yawhen Zuew, Vitali Rodionov and Andrey Sherakow are amongst the club's most notable former players. All three were prolific goalscorers during their time with the side.

Torpedo Zhodino's home matches are played at Torpedo Stadium, which opened in 1969. The venue underwent a renovation process in 2011, in order to bring it in line with modern standards. At present, it is able to hold a maximum of 6,524 supporters.

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