Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Metalist are one of my favourite clubs in ukraine. they are a proper club with proper fans. I first came across them when they played CSKA in Kyiv in June 2001 and lost 1-0. The thing about the game that stuck in my mind though was the number of fans Metalist brought to Kyiv and at the time merchandisng in ukraine virtually didn't exist, however all of the Metalist fans had yellow shirts with Metalist on the front and Narodna Komanda ( The People's Team on the back.
My next encounter was 11 months later when I had to go to Kharkiv for work and decided to contact the fans on their forum. This was how I met Vasya and Han and how this website was eventually born. The game was fairly poor, a 0-0 draw with Kryvbas, but I couldn't forget the passion and the hospitality of the fans there and I was really glad to return last March for the game against Vorskla.
Dynamo will take on Metalist this weekend and finally I have an excuse to write a club focus on them.
The club that is now known as Metalist and who are seen as the embryonic Metalist team were formed in 1925 when the local railway factory allowed goalkeeper Alexander Babkin, Andrey Ponomarenko and brothers Petr and Pavel Semenov to form a club, which bore the name Kharkov Parovozostrotelnovo Zavoda. Good job they changed their name to Metalist, I'd hate to see how long their scarves would be if they had to have that name on them.
In 1936 Metalist (KhPZ) became the Kharkiv City Champions which allowed them to take part in the Soviet Cup for the first time.
In 1947, after the war, Metalist won promotion to the Soviet League Division 2B, before being relegated again in 1950.
In 1956 they returned to the Soviet League 2B and in 1960 they were promoted to the Soviet League Division 2 where they stayed until 1978 when they got promoted. They didn't hang around for long in the 1st division though, as they nearly won promotion to the top league the following year and then in 1980 won the first division championship. They remained in the top flight of the Soviet League until the break up of the USSR.
Metalist's only major piece of silverware to date is the Soviet Cup, which they won in 1988 by beating Torpedo Moscow 2-0.
Since 1992 Metalist have played in the Ukrainian League. For the most part they have been a top half club, but spent 1995-1998 and 2004-2005 in the first division. The nearest they have come to winning a trophy was in the inaugral year of the league when they lost 2-0 to Chornomorets in the Cup Final.
Last season Metalist finished 3rd for the second season in a row. Their President Oleksandr Yaroslavskiy coming good on his promise to deliver European football to the club every season. As well as building a good team Metalist are in the process of building an impressive stadium for Euro 2012.
Metalist will appear in the UEFA Cup this season. Last season they lost in an epic game against Everton. Their only previous appearance in Europe was in the Cup Winners Cup in 1988-89 where they beat Yugoslavian team Borac Canja Luk before losing to Roda JC of Holland. They should also have appeared in the UEFA Cup in 2002, but metalurg Zapporizhya did some pretty cunning things to get themselves in the competition at Metalist's expense.
Apart from being known as Kh.P.Z they also played under the name of Avangard from 1956-67.
Let's hope the future is bright for Metalist and that they can become the club that finally breaks the dominance of Shakhtar and Dynamo.
The top picture shows the badge of Metalist.
Middle: The First Metalist team - KhPZ in 1925
Bottom: Avangard 1961
Are Knyazha the most environmentally friendly team in ukraine or is Jim bowen their manager and only gives them their BFH (Bus Fair Home) when they lose?
Either way you don't often see professional footballers travelleing home by public transport.
The 3 lads in this picture all play for Knyazha, unfortunately I missed their game against Obolon, which they lost 2-1 on sunday, but spotted them travelling home from the game on the underground.
Knyazha have lost their first 2 games since getting promoted, but at the same time they have had a relatively tough start playing away to yo-yo club Zakaparpattya, who just came down from the premier and a local derby against the perennially 3rd placed Obolon
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Either way it looks like I won't be able to go to the game, as I have a lot of work commitments this weekend, so I am hoping that the game won't be at Bannikov, as one of my last unfulfilled ambitions regarding watching Ukrainian football is to see a game at this stadium, well a meaningful one at least.
Hopefully I'll make the Knyazha v Obolon game at Boryspil on Sunday, but even that looks doubtful at the moment
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Taras Mykhalyk (as the official website spells it) puts Dynamo 1 up in the second minute. When it was announced that it was the quickest goal in league history. I presume they were having a laugh, as this was the first match of the new Ukrainian Premier League
Saturday, July 19, 2008
1. Help She Can't Swim - Fermez La Bouche
This comes from the band's debut album from 2004. Unfortunately they split up recently, if you like BYOP you're bound to like them.
2. The Seahorses - Happiness Is Egg Shaped
John Squire's post Stone Roses band from the Brit Pop era hammering out some melodic guitar music
3. Mogwai - Portfolio
Taken from the Scottish Post-Rockers 1997 album Young Team which was recently re-released in the US
4. The Manhattan Love Suicides- Kick it Back
A band heavily influenced by C86 who still sound up to date
5. The Shortwave Set - The Downer Song
Taken from the indie popsters recent album
6. Spiritualized - Don't Hold Me Close
Taken from the ex- Spacemen 3's recent album Songs in A&E
7. Teenage Filmstars - I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape
Music from the mod reveival scene of the late 70's
8. Catherine Wheel - Show Me Mary
They were lumped in with the other British shoegaze bands of the early 90's, but in my opinion this doesn't really do their music justice
9. Hartfield - 16 Lover's Ruin
Japanese shoegaze, you can't beat it!
10. Glasvegas - I'm Gonna Get Stabbed
I found out about his band by mistake when I was trying to download some Brazilian music, apparently they've been quite hyped, but I think they're worth it.
Here's the link:
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The thing that struck me was that where as in England Scott Carson ,when at Aston Villa wasn't allowed to play against Liverpool and similarly when Jermaine Defoe was on loan to Portsmouth he wasn't allowed to play against Spurs. However both Seleznev and Yarmash were permitted to play (and scored) against the clubs that owned them. Seleznev put in a spirited performance against Shakhtar, although Arsenal ultimately lost 4-2 and Yarmash almost ruined Dynamo's title hopes by putting Vorskla ahead in spectacular fashion near the end of the season. Dynamo ultimately won 2-1 with a last minute goal, but what if ?......
It seems strange that there are different rules for different countries, and with the Bosman and Kolpak rulings you'd think there would be some kind of ruling or are Akhmetov and Surkis more reasonable than their English counterparts in this issue?!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The curtain raiser for the season takes part with the Super Cup being played between shakhtar and Dynamo (who else?) in Poltava on wednesday.
Platini was in town this week and it spurred a bit more deassembling work to the shopping centre outside Respublikansky and a few more seats were taken out of the stadium. So I suppose Arsenal will be back to playing at Dynamo fairly soon. whether the work will continue now the fat French one has gone remains to be seen. At least the Polish have come out and said that they will continue to work with Ukraine in an official statement, despite growing rumours that they wanted the tournament all to themselves or to share it with Germany instead.
Anyway, it will be good to be back after a massive 3 weeks without football!