Neman Grodno

Founded In
Hrodna (Grodno), Belarus

Neman Grodno

About Neman Grodno

Football Club Neman Grodno was originally founded in 1964. Based in the city of Grodno, the club takes the first part of its name from the nearby Neman River. The team are currently one of only four sides to have competed in every single Belarusian Premier League season since the division was founded back in 1992, along with Dinamo Minsk, Shakhtyor Soligorsk and Dinamo Brest. 

Prior to Belarus gaining independence, Neman Grodno competed as part of the Soviet league system and spent the duration of their time there in the lower divisions. For most of their history, they competed in the third tier, but briefly competed in the second tier during the late 1960s.

Since entering the Belarusian league structure, the team have risen to far greater prominence. Despite never having won the Premier League title, they currently rank 5th in the league's all-time table and finished the 2002 season as league runners up. Major domestic success has come in the shape of the Belarusian Cup, which they won in 1993, after beating Vedrich Rechytsa 2-1 in the final. In 2011, they reached the final for a second time, but ultimately had to settle for finishing as runners up, after losing to FC Gomel. Neman Grodno's performances in domestic competitions have seen them enter a number of continental competitions, including the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Cup.

Notable former players include Sergei Davydov and Dzmitry Kavalyonak, who were both prolific goalscorers during their spells with the club, as well as Ivan Dzenisevich; a goalscoring midfielder, who had represented his country at under-21 level.

Neman Grodno's home matches are played at Neman Stadium, formerly known as Krasnoye Zmamya Stadium. The venue first opened in 1963 and its original capacity was 15,000. However, after a lengthy renovation process, which lasted from 2002 to 2008, the stadium's capacity was reduced to 8,500.