Soviet Super Cup

The USSR Super Cup, or Season's Cup (Russian: Кубок сезона) was an unofficial exhibition game (or game series) not sanctioned by the Football Federation of the Soviet Union and that featured the winners of the previous season's Soviet Top League and USSR Cup in a one- or two-legged playoff for the trophy.

Soviet Super Cup
Founded1977 (introduced)
RegionSoviet Union
Number of teams2
Last championsDnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Most successful club(s)Dynamo Kyiv
(3 titles)


The mini-tournament was conducted on the initiative of the Komsomolskaya Pravda editor's administration out of Moscow. The tournament was unofficial and never was part of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union. It was played seven times in the last 15 years of Soviet football. It was not until 1983 that the Super Cup was played every year. The Super Cup was made to take place during midseason and further complicated clubs' schedules.

In 1987, with Spartak Moscow winning league honors and Dynamo Kyiv winning the USSR Cup, the Super Cup match was scheduled to take place in Chişinău, Moldova. However, the match never took place because of inadequate facilities in Chişinău. The last USSR Super Cup took place in Sochi, Russia, where the match was played in front of 1,500 fans.

Finals by year

1977 Season's Cup

Dinamo Moscow1 0Dinamo Kiev
Minayev  54' Report
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: G.Bakanidze (Tbilisi)

1981 Season's Cup

Dinamo Kiev1 1
5 4 (pen.) (a.e.t.)
Shakhter Donetsk
Boiko  41'
Report Kravchenko  52'
Attendance: unknown
Referee: A.Mushkovets (Moscow)

1984 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Shakhter Donetsk2 1Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk
Vyshnevsky  54' (o.g.)
Morozov  54'
Report Litovchenko  40'
Attendance: 32,840
Referee: V.Butenko (Moscow)
Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk1 1Shakhter Donetsk
Fedorenko  70'
Report Sokolovsky  89'
Attendance: 29,500
Referee: V.Kuznetsov [ru] (Omsk)

Shakhtar won the Cup play-off 3-2

1985 Season's Cup, consisted out of two games

Zenit Leningrad2 1Dinamo Moscow
Pozdnyakov  33' (o.g.)
Gerasimov  71'
Report Ataulin  5'
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: V.Miminoshvili (Tbilisi)
Dinamo Moscow0 1Zenit Leningrad
Report Melnikov  20'
Attendance: 12,200

Zenit won the Cup play-off 3-1

1986 USSR Super Cup

1987 USSR Super Cup

1988 USSR Super Cup

1989 USSR Super Cup

Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk3 1 (a.e.t.)Metallist Kharkov
Shakhov  64' (pen)
Son  97'
Lyuty  103'
Report Adzhoyev  62'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: A.Kirillov (Moscow)

Winners by year

Year Location Winner Score Runner-up
1977 Tbilisi,  Georgia Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1 – 0 Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1981 Simferopol,  Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
1984 Leg 1: Donetsk,  Ukraine
Leg 2: Dnipropetrovsk,  Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as cup winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 1
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
1985 Leg 1: Leningrad,  Russia
Leg 2: Moscow,  Russia
Zenit Leningrad
(qualified as league winner)
Leg 1: 2 – 1
Leg 2: 1 – 0
Dynamo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1986 Kiev,  Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
2 – 2 (aet)
3 – 1 (penalties)
Shakhtar Donetsk
(qualified as losing cup finalist)
1987 Moscow,  Russia Dynamo Kyiv
(qualified as league winner)
1 – 1 (aet)
5 – 4 (penalties)
Torpedo Moscow
(qualified as cup winner)
1988 Chisinau,  Moldavia ppd
1989 Sochi,  Russia Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
(qualified as league winner)
3 – 1 (aet) Metalist Kharkiv
(qualified as cup winner)

Performance by club

Club Republic Winners Runners-up Years won
Dynamo Kyiv UKR 3 1 1981, 1986, 1987
Shakhtar Donetsk UKR 1 2 1984
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk UKR 1 1 1988
Dynamo Moscow RUS 1 1 1977
Zenit Leningrad RUS 1 0 1985
Metalist Kharkiv UKR 0 1
Torpedo Moscow RUS 0 1
Total 7 7

Performance by republic

Republic Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs
 Ukrainian SSR 5 5 Dynamo Kyiv (3), Shakhtar Donetsk (1), Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1)
 Russian SFSR 2 2 Dynamo Moscow (1), Zenit Leningrad (1)
Total 7 7

See also

National super cups of former Soviet republics: