Dinamo Minsk

Founded In
1927
Location
Minsk, Belarus

Dinamo Minsk

About Dinamo Minsk

Football Club Dinamo Minsk was established back in June 1927, as a section of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Club. Based in the capital city of Minsk, the team are one of the most successful in Belarus and have a large fanbase throughout the country. Over the years, they have operated under several other names, including Spartak Minsk, but reverted back to using the name Dinamo Minsk in 1962.

During the Soviet era, Dinamo Minsk were the only team from the old Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic to compete in the Soviet Top League. The club competed in 39 of the 54 Soviet Top League seasons and challenged near the top of the table on multiple occasions. Their greatest success came in 1982, when they were crowned as the league champions for the first and only time.

Since Belarus gained independence from the Soviet Union, the team have continued to enjoy high levels of success, winning the Belarusian Premier League title in the 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995, 1997 and 2004 seasons. They have been league runners up on six occasions and have won the Belarusian Cup three times, making them the second most successful club in the country's modern era, behind BATE Borisov. Over the years, Dinamo Minsk have also made their mark on the continental stage, reaching the quarter finals of the European Cup in 1983–84 and the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup the following year.

Some of the club's most notable former players include Sergey Baranovsky, Pyotr Kachuro and Sergei Kornilenko, who each won the golden boot with the side.

Dinamo Minsk play their home matches at Dinamo-Yuni Stadium, which opened in 2000. The venue, which was previously known as Darida Stadium, had been the home of FC Darida Minsk Raion up until the club's closure in 2008. At that point, Dinamo Minsk purchased the ground and have occupied it ever since. Its capacity currently stands at 4,500.