Football Club Dynamo Kyiv

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Is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kyiv. Founded in 1927 as part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, the club currently plays in the Ukrainian Premier League, and has never been relegated to a lower division. Their home is the 70,050 capacity Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex. It is by far Ukraine’s most popular football club.

Since 1936 Dynamo has spent its entire history in the top league of Soviet and later Ukrainian football. Its most successful periods are associated with Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who coached the team during three stints, leading them to numerous domestic and European titles. Dynamo Kyiv became the only Soviet club outside of Moscow that managed to overcome the total hegemony of Moscow-based clubs in the Soviet Top League. The Spartak Moscow – Dynamo Kyiv became the most exciting football rivalry in the Soviet Union that almost completely eclipsed the Moscow’s derby Spartak – Dynamo. Since late 1960s the club almost annually (with few breaks) participates at the UEFA continental competitions.

Over the history Dynamo Kyiv has won 26 national titles (including 13 Soviet), 18 national cup competitions (including 9 Soviet Cups), and 3 continental titles (including 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups). Along with FC Dinamo Tbilisi, they were the only two Soviet clubs that succeeded in the UEFA competitions. The first team of Dynamo became a base team for the Soviet Union national football team in 1970-80s and the Ukraine national football team in 1990-2000s. The two stars on the club’s crest signify every 10 domestic titles the club has won.