FC Zorya Luhansk

FC Zorya Luhansk (Ukrainian: ФК «Зоря» Луганськ [zoˈrʲɑ lʊˈɦɑnʲsʲk]), formerly known as Zaria Voroshilovgrad and Zorya-MALS, is a Ukrainian football team. Zorya Luhansk is based in the city of Luhansk (formerly known as Voroshilovgrad), Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine. However, because of the war in Eastern Ukraine, the team play their games at Slavutych-Arena in Zaporizhzhia.

Zorya Luhansk
Full nameFootball Club Zorya Luhansk
Nickname(s)Muzhyky (The Men)
Founded5 May 1923; 98 years ago (5 May 1923)[1]
GroundSlavutych-Arena, Zaporizhzhia
(Avanhard Stadium, Luhansk
Stadion imeni Lenina, Luhansk)
Capacity12,000
ChairmanYevhen Heller
Head CoachViktor Skrypnyk
LeagueUkrainian Premier League
2020–21Ukrainian Premier League, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The modern club as a team of masters was established on 10 April 1964 by the Football Federation of the Soviet Union merging the October Revolution Plant (Luhanskteplovoz) sports club Zorya and the Luhansk regional branch of the "Trudovye Rezervy" sports society. In 1972, as Zaria Voroshilovgrad, the club became the first provincial Soviet club to win the Soviet Top League title. Today, the modern club considers its predecessor the football team of the Luhansk Steam Locomotive Plant[1] (October Revolution Steam Locomotive Plant, today Luhanskteplovoz) that was established back in 1923.

The club is a flagman club in Luhansk Oblast and one of three Ukrainian football "teams of masters" that won the Soviet Top League. The name Zorya means "dawn" in Ukrainian. As it is located near the eastern border of Ukraine, the club has strong Russian culture influence and a Russian name variation of the club Zarya could be seen in many reports and logos.

FC Zorya Lugansk in 2019