FC Metalist Kharkiv

Football Club Metalist Kharkiv (Ukrainian: Футбо́льний Клуб Металі́ст Ха́рків [metɐˈl(j)ist ˈxɑrkiu̯]) is a Ukrainian football club based in Kharkiv that plays in the Ukrainian First League during the 2021–22 season. It was revived 5 years after the original FC Metalist Kharkiv ceased operations.

Metalist Kharkiv
Full nameФутбо́льний Клуб Металі́ст Ха́рків
Football Club Metalist Kharkiv
Nickname(s)Zhovto-syni (Yellow-blue)
Founded11 December 1925; 97 years ago (1925-12-11)
GroundOSC Metalist
OwnerOleksandr Yaroslavskyi
Head coachOleh Ratiy (caretaker)
LeagueUkrainian Premier League
2021–22Ukrainian First League, 1st of 16 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Founded in 1925, FC Metalist Kharkiv had worked its way up the rungs of the Soviet football system, eventually being promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1960. After a difficult period which included relegation, Metalist was promoted to the Top League again in 1982, where it remained until the league's dissolution.

The club won the Soviet Cup once, and were also runners-up once. They have also won silver medals of the 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League and six bronze medals of the Ukrainian Premier League, starting from the 2006–07 season. Their home was the Metalist Stadium, a multi-use facility with a capacity of 40,003. The stadium was originally built in 1926 and was expanded to host Euro 2012 football matches.

Metalist ceased operations in 2016 due to insolvency. Metalist owed in salary to its players 32 million Euros with 5 million to Cleiton Xavier in particular.[1][2][3] It was removed from the Ukrainian Premier League after owner Serhiy Kurchenko absconded in February 2014, following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

Following the demise of Metalist Kharkiv in 2016, two new clubs were created in Kharkiv with variations of the Metalist club name. Since July 2016, a team named "SK Metalist Kharkiv" has been playing in the Kharkiv Oblast Championship,[4] whose owner is former Metalist owner Serhiy Kurchenko.[5]

In August 2016, another club named "FC Metalist 1925 Kharkiv" began to operate in the Ukrainian Amateur Football League[6] with the stated intention of competing in the (professional) Ukrainian Second League as soon as possible.[6] "FC Metalist 1925 Kharkiv" is owned by a company not linked with the original FC Metalist Kharkiv.[7][6]

In October 2017, a Ukrainian court confiscated (the original) Metalist Kharkiv from Kurchenko and placed it under state property.[8] At the time the club did not participate in any official sanctioned competitions.[8]

Also, in July 2020 former FC Metalist sports director Yevhen Krasnikov created FC Metal Kharkiv which since has participated in the Ukrainian Second League. Earlier on 5 May 2020, Oleksandr Yaroslavskyi announced that he wishes to take care of the debts of the liquidated Metalist.[9][10][11][12] The return of Yaroslavskyi to football arose some criticism connected with politics of the city of Kharkiv.[13] After winning the Second League in June 2021, it was confirmed that Metal will be renamed to Metalist and the old FC Metalist Kharkiv logo will be returned to the club, along with its brand and history.[14]

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