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Karpaty Lviv

Karpaty Lviv is a football (soccer) club from Ukraine.

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About Karpaty Lviv

FC Karpaty Lviv is a Ukraine professional Association football club from the city of Lviv. Named after the Carpathian Mountains, they are one of perennial mid-table clubs in Ukraine.


Early years (1963–1968)

FC Karpaty was founded in 1963 in association football, the main initiators of the club's foundation were Lviv football veterans from a team of the local machine plant Lvivsilmash (Lviv agrarian machine). Karpaty debuted in Soviet Second League that year and had remained there for four seasons, until in 1968 they were promoted to Soviet First League.

They original sponsor was the Lviv's TV-manufacturer Elektron while the club became also a member of the Republican Voluntary Sports Societies of the Soviet Union. In actuality only two players of the former Silmash joined the newly organized club. They were Ihor Kulchytsky and Yosyp Fales. Karpaty also adopted the green stripe uniform of Silmash. Later Karpaty was reinforced by the Lviv army-men from the local SKA Lviv. Their first game they played at the former Dynamo stadium (today, in place of it stands a building of the State Tax Administration). That game was against FC Zenit Izhevsk which resulted in the victory for the Lions 1:0, goal was scored by Oleksandr Filiayev. On April 21, 1963 Karpaty played their first official game which was against FC Gomel. Lvivians were victorious there as well 1:0.

Winning the USSR Cup

On August 17, 1969, Karpaty became the first (and the only) club in the Soviet Union football history which won the USSR Cup while playing in the Soviet First League. The road to the cup was no less exciting as the final itself. On the way there the Lions were challenged by the Soviet heavy-weights such as FC Ararat Yerevan and FC Chornomorets Odessa. The quarterfinal round matched them with FC Fakel Voronezh that in the prior round eliminated FC Spartak Moscow. After the minimal score victory Karpaty were faced with the Mykolaiv's MFK Mykolaiv. The game was perceived by the Lvivians as the chance to avenge for the last year loss to the Mykolaivans, which cost them a ticket to the Soviet Soviet Top League. Two-nil score was enough to secure the trip to Moscow.

In the final, Karpaty played against the FC SKA Rostov-on-Don from Rostov-on-Don at the Luzhniki Stadium. The Rostov army-men were one of the best Soviet clubs in the mid-1960s and for that game they were considered as the favorites being the representatives of the Soviet Top League. Before the start of the game the Karpaty's captain Ihor Kulchytsky traditionally shacked hands with every referee... except the side-liner Eugen Harms. The reason was that the Estonians referee in their last year game against FC Ural Yekaterinburg counted a goal from an obvious offside that eventually contributed to the Karpaty's denial of a promotion. Karpaty were trailing 0:1 already after the first 20 minutes and to the end of the half were not able to equalize, but numerous Karpaty's fans drove their team forward.

(Petro Danylchuk, "Karpaty's" defender)

(Ihor Kulchytsky, "Karpaty's" captain)

In the second half the Ukrainians broke the course of the game flow and two goals from Lykhachov and Bulhakov put the Lions ahead. Near the end of the game the Rostov-men scored another goal, but from offside. The main main referee without even looking to his assistants has counted the goal and the Russians ran joyfully towards the center of the field. However a moment later he noticed the Harms' signal. The linesman clearly identified the offside. The Lvivians led the game to the victory.

In the following season, Karpaty's first opponent in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was Romanian FC Steaua Bucureşti, that led by István Kovács (footballer born 1920) advanced on 4:3 aggregate.

Soviet Top League (1970–1977)

In 1970–1977 and 1980, Karpaty played in the Soviet Top League. Karpaty's best achievement was 4th place in 1976. Karpaty placed 4th twice that year since the season was split into 2 separate championships (spring and fall). Karpaty were primed to take silver that season, but an unexpected loss in the last home game to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg pushed Karpaty back into 4th place.

While playing in the Soviet First League in 1979, Karpaty were close to repeating their 1969 achievement, when they met FC Dinamo Moscow in the USSR Cup semi-final. The match which was played in Moscow, went into overtime with a 1:1 score. Dinamo however prevailed, scoring on a penalty kick in extra time.

SKA Karpaty (1981–1989)

In 1981, Karpaty were merged with another Lviv team, FC Halychyna Drohobych. The new team, SKA Karpaty, continued playing in the Soviet First League, almost achieving promotion in 1986 when PFC CSKA Moscow was promoted ahead of Karpaty on goal differences. In 1989 the original name of the club was restored.

Ukrainian League (1991–present)

Since Ukraine gained its independence, Karpaty have primarily participated in Ukrainian Premier League competitions. They have taken 3rd place once and were Ukrainian Cup runners-up twice, losing both times to Dynamo Kyiv in the final.

The thirteen’s season in Ukrainian Premier League became an unfortunate one for Karpaty and in 2003–04 season the team was relegated to Persha Liha. However Karpaty remained there only for two seasons and in the 2005–06 season, the club was successful in taking second place in the Persha Liha, which allowed them to participate in the Vyscha Liha the following year.


Main articles: Ukraina Stadium and Arena Lviv

FC Karpaty play their home games at the Ukraina Stadium. The stadium was built in 1963 as Druzhba (meaning Friendship) stadium and renamed into Ukraina Stadium in 1992. The stadium was renovated on several occasions since, the latest taking place in 2001. Currently the arena has a capacity of 29,004 spectators.

The stadium was also the venue hosting the final match of the first Ukrainian Premier League season in 1992, in which Tavriya Simferopol defeated Dynamo Kyiv.

It has also been one of the venues for Ukraine national football team matches, the most recent being a 1–0 Ukraine national football team win over Belarus national football team on September 6, 2008 for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

From 10 December 2011 the new home ground of FC Karpaty is the Arena Lviv.

Sponsors and Partners

Partners: Karpaty MEGAzon, Karpaty-mania, Karpaty (weekly), MEGAklas

Official Sponsors: Lvivskyi Standart, Halytska Korona, Perlova, other – Halytska Zdoba, MAC - Media (Lviv), Radio Luks 104.7, 24 news, and others.

Logo history

Since the club has been named after the Carpathian Mountains, the image of the forest and mountains has been present on team's logo for many years. However the logo has since been updated, inspired by Coat of arms of Lviv with a segment of a fortress and lion shown on the new crest. The club's nickname 'The Green Lions' was also derived from their new logo.

The club also has a ceremonial logo, however, it is very rarely used, mostly during TV broadcasts or video packages.


Traditionally the club colours are white and green. Throughout the club's history kit has always been designed of green and white tones; other colours are almost never used and are highly criticized by fans.

Green is considered to be the dominant of the two as clubs nicknames are "Green-Lions" and "Green-Whites". For some time black was also used and was even displayed on one of the club's former logos.


Karpaty's biggest rival today is FC Volyn Lutsk. The match between is called the Галицько-Волинське дербі. This derbys are the main football events in western Ukraine.
Club's main rivals are considered to be the neighbouring clubs FC Lviv, FC Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk, FC Nyva Ternopil and FC Zakarpattia Uzhhorod. Not so long ago the rivalries with the FC Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk and FC Nyva Ternopil were the most heated when the clubs were playing each other in the same division. Since then those rivalries cooled off. It seems that the new rivalry is emerging as the new FC Lviv club has entered the Ukrainian Premier League.

European record

UEFA Cup/Europa League

Cup Winners' Cup


Soviet Union

- Soviet Cup
- - Winners (1): Soviet Cup Finals


- Ukrainian Cup
- - Runners-up (2): 1993 Ukrainian Cup Final, Ukrainian Cup 1998-99
- Ukrainian First League
- - Runners-up (1): 2004–05 Ukrainian First League


- Copa del Sol
- - Winners (1): 2011 Copa del Sol

Squad is given according to the club's

Youth team

For recent transfers, see List of Ukrainian football transfers summer 2010 and List of Ukrainian football transfers Winter 2008-09.

Out on loan

Famous players

- / Gábor Vajda
- Stepan Yurchishin, the second best goalscorer in the club's history
- Lev Brovarsky, the most games for the club
- Andriy Bal
- Bohdan Strontsits'kyi
- Oleh Luzhny
- Andriy Husin
- Bohdan Shust
- Volodymyr Yezerskiy
- Radosław Cierzniak

- Andriy Pokladok
- Sergei Zenjov
- Serhiy Kovalets
- Ivan Hetsko
- Vasyl Kardash
- Dmytro Chygrynskiy
- Răzvan Cociş
- Aivars Drupass
- Volodymyr Danyliuk, all-time leader goals scored
- Yanosh Gabovda, the king of air, his nephew Yuriy Habovda continues his legacy
- Roman Khyzhak (Predator)


- Oleh Zhukov (1963)
- Serhiy Korshunov (1964)
- Mykola Dementyev (1965–66)
- Yevhen Lemeshko (1967)
- Vasyl Vasylyev (1967–68)
- Ernő Juszt (1969–72)
- Valentin Bubukin (1972–74)
- Ernő Juszt (1974–78)
- Ishtvan Sekech (1978–80)
- Yaroslav Dmytrasevych (1980–81)
- Boris Rassykhin (1989)
- Volodymyr Bulhakov (1990)
- Rostyslav Potochnyak (1991)
- Stepan Yurchyshyn (1991–92)
- Myron Markevych (1992–95)
- Volodymyr Zhuravchak (1995–96)
- Myron Markevych (1996–99)
- Stepan Yurchyshyn (1999)

- Lev Brovarskyi (1999-01)
- Stepan Yurchyshyn (2001)
- Myron Markevych (2001–02)
- Volodymyr Zhuravchak (2002)
- Lev Brovarskyi (2002)
- Valentyn Khodukin (2002)
- Ivan Golac (2002–03)
- Myron Markevych (2003–04)
- Yuriy Dyachuk-Stavytskyi (2004)
- Valentyn Khodukin (2004)
- Yuriy Dyachuk-Stavytskyi (2004–06)
- Oleksandr Ischenko (2006–07)
- Yuriy Dyachuk-Stavytskyi (2007)
- Oleksandr Ischenko (2007)
- Valery Yaremchenko (2007–08)
- Oleg Georgiyevich Kononov (2008–11)
- Pavel Kucherov (2011–12)
- Volodymyr Sharan (2012–)

League and Cup history

Soviet Union


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