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FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg

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Dynamo St. Petersburg
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Full nameFootball Club Dynamo Saint Petersburg
Nickname(s)The Blues
GroundMCA, Saint Petersburg
OwnerKonstantin Samsonov
ChairmanKonstantin Samsonov
ManagerAlexandru Curtianu
LeagueFNL 2, Group 2
Old logo from 2001 to 2021
Old logo from 2001 to 2021

FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg is a Russian football club from Saint Petersburg, in Northwest Russia. Founded in 1922, the club was one of the oldest in the city. It plays in the third-tier Russian Football National League 2.

They were a regular in the Soviet Top League until relegation in 1963. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, their highest status was in the second-level Russian National Football League for several seasons, and the fifth place in the league is their greatest achievement.

In July 2015, the club was purchased by Boris Rotenberg. In June 2018, the team moved to Sochi, becoming PFC Sochi; in Saint Petersburg there remained Dynamo youth team. In April 2019 Dynamo was reestablished by Clubs' Veterans on resources of FC LAZ Luga. Since August 2021, Chinese trucks manufacturer SAIC Iveco Hongyan is the main sponsor.


The glorious past

The club was founded in 1922 as part of the All-Union Sport Society "Dinamo" that had clubs in a variety of sports throughout the Soviet Union. The society was the main sponsor of the club. Dinamo debuted in the Soviet Top League in 1936 among the original seven teams in the first edition of the Soviet Top League. The club reentered the Soviet Top League following the end of World War II as the member of the interrupted edition of 1941. The club then participated in the Top League between 1936 and 1954, finishing in the top five, three times. In 1954, its record was cause to replace Dynamo with TRL after the team's tenth-place finish in the League. From 1955 to 1961, they had only Jewish striker, Israel "Zolik" Olshanetsky.

A resurrection

The club was resurrected in 1960 in the place of TRL and spent the next two seasons in "the second tier (Class B) of the Soviet league, before making it back to the Top Division.

Loss of professional status

Dynamo lost its professional status in 2000 with the lack of financing; a local building society stepped in. Professional status was lost in 2004.

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg
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Full nameFootball Club Petrotrest Saint Petersburg
Founded2001; 21 years ago (2001)
Dissolved2013; 9 years ago (2013)

FC Petrotrest Saint Petersburg (Russian: ФК "Петротрест" Санкт-Петербург) was a former association football club from Saint Petersburg, Russia, founded in 2001. In 2002 the team played in Amateur Football League (North-West zone), in 2003, 2004, 2006 and since 2011 - in Second Division (West zone), in 2005 - in First Division (was relegated).

From 2007 to 2010 the team played under the name of FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg. After the team was relegated to the Russian Second Division after the 2010 season, the team returned to their previous name FC Petrotrest and another independent team called FC Dynamo was organized to play in the Amateur Football League. In 2012 the club was finished in the 1st place and was promoted to the First division. In 2013 it was merged back into Dynamo Saint Petersburg.

The United FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg

In preparations to 2013–14 season, FC Petrotrest and Dynamo signed on an agreement of merging FC Petrotrest into Dynamo in order to play in the Russian First Division, now called the National Football League.

At the end of the 2014–15 season, the club was relegated to the third level league, the Russian Professional Football League. Following the season, the club was purchased by the billionaire Boris Rotenberg (technically, a new club called FC Dynamo-Saint Petersburg was formed, with SMP Racing becoming the new sponsor) and at the end of June 2015 "Dynamo" has with the new founders and sponsors were allowed to participate in the Second Division.

The first season of the renewed team was not easy - meeting in full strength only a few days before the start of the Championship, Dynamo failed to show good performances in the first round, once in the basement of the standings at the end of the first part of the season. But in spring 2016, thanks to high-quality training in the winter and breeding spot, Dynamo straighten their figures, nearly becoming the best team in the "West" zone on the results of matches of the second stage of the Championship. in November 2016 The team finish in the 1st place in the table standing of Western Zone in the 2nd Division. They secured the top spot in their PFL zone and promotion back to the Russian National Football League on 21 May 2017.[1]

The move to Sochi

Since 2019

Dynamo Saint Petersburg was re-established on the base of another Saint Petersburg club, this time it was FC LAZ Luga in 2019, and they won the Champions Cup of North-West Championship.

In May 2020, it was reported that the club will be reorganize as a private football club to compete in the Russian Professional Football League during 2020–21 season. Former Zenit's goalkeeper, Vyacheslav Malafeev, was attached to manage the club.[2][3][4][5]

Dynamo reentered PFL (which was renamed to FNL 2) for the 2021–22 season.[6] In August 2021, a Chinese company SAIC Iveco Hongyan has become the main sponsor.

Current squad

As of 8 September 2022, according to the Second League website.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Russia RUS Nikolay Zirikov
2 DF Russia RUS Nikita Olishevsky
3 MF Russia RUS Anton Sholokh
5 DF Russia RUS Aleksey Plotnikov
6 MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Korenblyum
7 MF Russia RUS Danila Yashchuk
9 MF Russia RUS Dmitri Shilov
10 MF Russia RUS Ivan Andreyev
11 FW Russia RUS Ilya Kuzmichyov
12 DF Russia RUS Vitali Brovchuk
13 DF Russia RUS Yegor Reshetov
14 DF Russia RUS Leonid Osokin
15 DF Russia RUS Aleksey Kolesnikov
16 GK Russia RUS Pavel Vaygichev
19 DF Russia RUS Dan Novitsky
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF Russia RUS Zakhar Vedernikov
26 MF Russia RUS Bogdan Samsonov
27 FW Russia RUS Aleksandr Boldyrev
28 MF Russia RUS Artyom Pikarev
29 FW Russia RUS Nikita Pavlyuk
30 MF Russia RUS Denis Mikhaylov
31 FW Russia RUS Igor Bugayenko
32 DF Russia RUS Timofey Kalistratov
33 FW Russia RUS Artyom Lebedev
34 MF Russia RUS Zakhar Studennikov
37 MF Russia RUS Nikolai Shikov
39 MF Russia RUS Timur Khudogulov
77 MF Russia RUS Nikita Stepanov
78 MF Russia RUS Nikita Kozlov
96 GK Russia RUS Vyacheslav Zuyev

Team name history

  • Dynamo Leningrad (1936–1990)
  • FC Prometey-Dynamo St. Petersburg (1991–1995)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (1995–1999)
  • FC Dynamo-Stroyimpuls St. Petersburg (2000)
  • FC Dynamo-SPb St. Petersburg (2001–2003)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (2007–2010)
  • FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg (2011)
  • FC Dynamo St. Petersburg (2013–2018, 2019–)

Home Stadium

Dynamo Stadium

In 1929, Dinamo gained its own stadium, Dinamo.

The Dynamo Stadium was built and designed by the architects O. Lyalin and Y. Svirskiy. The stadium was located on Krestovsky Island in Leningrad and was the home stadium for Dynamo F.C., the stadium had a capacity of 500 fans.

On May 22, 1936, the stadium hosted 12,000 fans in the first ever game of the Soviet Championship. The game was between Dynamo Leningrad and Lokomotiv Moscow and finished with Lokomotiv winning 1:3. During the Siege of Leningrad, On May 31, 1942, the stadium host The Siege Game, between Dynamo Leningrad and the local football clubs.

Nowadays, the stadium is used as a training compound for Dynamo. In 2007 the Saint Petersburg City Administration announced a project to destroy the stadium and replace it with a housing building and a business center. In 2009 the compound become a full municipal property after the City Administration purchased the ground from Dynamo's owners.

Petrovsky Stadium

Since the end of the 2000s, Dinamo plays at Sport Complex Petrovsky in Saint Petersburg. The complex consists of two arenas (stadiums): the central sport arena (CSA) and the minor sport arena (MSA). Dinamo shares the complex with four other professional teams. In 2008 Zenit plays at CSA, the MSA is used by Dinamo, Zenit-2, Zenit-D, and Sever (Murmansk). The MSA provides 2,835 seats to its spectators. There are talks that Zenit will move out of this complex to its new stadium that will be built in 2009 in place of the Kirov Stadium. This migration might provide Dinamo with full exploitation of the whole complex.

League and cup history

Soviet Union

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1936 (Spring) 1st (Group A) 6/(7) 6 1 1 4 5 12 9 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1936 (Autumn) 1st (Group A) 7/(8) 7 1 3 3 7 15 12 ¼ finals 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1937 1st (Group A) 7/(9) 16 2 9 5 21 25 29 1/16 3 pts for win, 2 - draw, 1 – lost
1938 1st (Group A) 7/(26) 25 12 6 7 52 32 30 1/2 shifted to the two point system
1939 1st (Group A) 10/(14) 26 8 6 12 41 56 22 1/16
1940 1st (Group A) 5/(13) 24 11 5 8 47 44 21 No competition
1941 1st (Group A) 2/(15) 10 5 4 1 18 8 14 No competition Unofficial (did not finish due to World War II)
1942 Was not played due to World War II
1943 Was not played due to World War II
1944 1/4 Was not played due to World War II
1945 1st (1st Group) 5/(12) 22 11 3 8 42 29 25 1/4
1946 1st (1st Group) 5/(12) 22 10 4 8 37 35 24 1/8
1947 1st (1st Group) 10/(13) 24 7 5 12 32 48 19 1/2
1948 1st (1st Group) 6/(14) 26 10 5 11 42 47 25 1/8
1949 1st (1st Group) 9/(18) 34 12 10 12 53 53 34 1/16
1950 1st (Class A) 8/(19) 36 14 10 12 63 50 38 1/16
1951 1st (Class A) 9/(15) 28 11 5 12 46 53 27 1/16
1952 1st (Class A) 5/(14) 13 5 5 3 17 17 15 1/2
1953 1st (Class A) 10/(11) 20 5 4 11 20 33 14 1/8
1954 1st (Class A) 4/(13) 24 8 10 6 29 25 26 ? as TRL
1955 1st (Class A) 10/(12) 22 5 6 11 28 41 16 ? as TRL
1956 1st (Class A) 12/(12) 22 3 7 12 25 47 13 ? as TRL
1957 2nd ? as TRL
1958 2nd ? as TRL
1959 2nd ? as TRL
1960 2nd (II Zone) 9 28 9 6 13 46 43 24 ? reestablished in place of TRL
1961 2nd (II Zone) 3 30 18 9 3 58 28 45 1/128 Promoted
1962 1st (Class A) 16 30 8 6 16 27 49 22 1/16 replaced the disbanded FC Admiralteets Leningrad
1963 1st (Class A) 16 38 7 15 16 37 51 29 1/4 relegated


Year Competition Position Cup Head Coach Notes
1992 First League, Western Zone 17 Vladimir Pronin, Vladimir Goncharov
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relegated to the Second Division.
1993 Second Division, 5th Zone 10 Vladimir Goncharov
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relegated to the Third Division.
1994 Third Division, 4th Zone 6 Aleksandr Fyodorov
1995 Third Division, 4th Zone 2
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promoted to Second Division
1996 Second Division, Western Zone 20 transferred to Central Zone
1997 Second Division, Central Zone 18 Mark Rubin returned to Western Zone
1998 Second Division, Western Zone 8 Boris Rappoport
1999 Second Division, Western Zone 13
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lost status as Professional Club and relegated to the Amateur League
2000 Amateur League, North-West Football Championship 2 Sergey Gerasimets, Sergey Lomakin
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promoted to Second Division, after winning the Cup of Russian Amateur League.
2001 Russian Professional Football League, Western Zone 1 Sergey Lomakin, Sergey Vedeneyev
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promoted to First Division
2002 1st Division 16(4)[7] Sergey Lomakin, Dmitry Galyamin, Valery Gladilin
2003 1st Division 5 1/8 Oleg Dolmatov, Vladimir Kazachyonok
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Dynamo has been demolished due to financial problems
2007 2nd Division, Western Zone 3 Sergey Dmitriev, Yuri Zheludkov, Leonid Tkachenko
2008 2nd Division, Western Zone 7 Leonid Tkachenko, Vyacheslav Melnikov, Eduard Malofeyev
2009 2nd Division, Western Zone 1 Eduard Malofeyev
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promoted to First Division
2010 First Division 16 Alexander Averyanov, Grigori Mikhalyuk, Boris Zhuravlyov, Eduard Malofeyev, Sergey Frantsev, Igor Zazulin
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relegated to Russian Amateur Football League
2011 Amateur League, North-West Football Championship ?
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FC Dynamo dissolved due to bankrupt announcement of the club's sponsor.
2012/13 First Division 17 Pavel Gusev
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promoted to Russian National Football League, due to union agreement with FC Petrotrest.
2013/14 First Division 14 Pavel Gusev
2014/15 First Division 18 Adyam Kuzyayev
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FC Dynamo dissolved due to bankrupt announcement of the club's sponsor, but before the next season start was reestablish.
2015/16 2nd Division, Western Zone 7 Aleksandr Tochilin
2016/17 2nd Division, Western Zone 1 Aleksandr Tochilin
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Promoted to Russian National Football League.
2017/18 1st Division 6 1/8 Aleksandr Tochilin
2018/19 Dissolved
2019/20 Amateur League, North-West Football Championship 2 Won the Saint Petersburg cup and North-West Football Championship cup Yuri Solntsev
2020/21 Amateur League, North-West Football Championship Sergei Poltavets

Farm club

Following Dynamo's promotion to the Russian National Football League at the end of the 2016–17 season, the club organized a farm-club FC Dynamo-2 Saint Petersburg and entered it into the Russian Professional Football League.

Notable players

These are players who won international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Dynamo.


Honours and Achievements

Soviet Top League:

  • 5th Place: 1940, 1945, 1946, 1952

Soviet Cup:

  • Semi-Finals: 1938, 1947, 1952

Russian Cup:

  • Eighth final: 2003, 2018

Russian Professional Football League

  • Gold medal icon.svg
    Champion (3): 2001, 2009, 2017

City Championship:

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    Champion (29): 1926–1927, 1930–1931, 1933, 1935–1936, 1938, 1945, 1948, 1950–1951, 1953, 1963–1964, 1966–1968, 1970–1978, 1980–1981, 1993
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    Runner-up (1): 2019

City Cup:

  • Gold medal icon.svg
    Winner (12): 1943–1944, 1948, 1950, 1969–1971, 1973, 1977–1979, 1983, 2019

See also


  1. ^ Питерское «Динамо» и курский «Авангард» вышли в ФНЛ (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 21 May 2017.
  2. ^ В Петербурге появится частный клуб «Динамо». Малафеев может занять руководящий пост
  3. ^ В Санкт-Петербурге может появиться частный футбольный клуб «Динамо»
  4. ^ Малафеев в «Динамо»? «Ловите инсайд» – о будущем экс менеджера «Зенита»
  5. ^ Соседом "Зенита" по Санкт-Петербургу может стать новый клуб "Динамо",
  6. ^ "Итоги заседания Комиссии РФС по лицензированию футбольных клубов" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ Dynamo finished the season in 4th place, but the Russian Football Federation has decided to give technical losses to Dynamo in some games, due to breaking some regulations in the league. These losses dropped Dynamo to 16th position. Russian Source: Сообщение ЦОС ПФЛ от 27 ноября 2002 года Archived 2008-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
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