The lowdown on Dynamo Kyiv

The lowdown on Dynamo Kyiv

A closer look at the Ukrainian champions, who have been drawn in the same group as Barça for the second year in a row

Barça beat Dynamo 1-0 at the Camp Nou, and now they'll need to do it again in Kyiv on Tuesday at 9.00pm CET. Let's take a closer look at the Ukrainian champions.

 

WHERE ARE THEY FROM?

Kyiv, also known as Kiev, is the largest city in Ukraine, located to the country’s north on the Dnieper River with a population of around 3 million. Naturally, it has seen many changes since the break-up of the Soviet Union and becoming the capital of a newly independent country.

It has fully recovered from the devastation of World War II and is a remarkably green city. In fact, it is claimed that in summer you can walk right across the city without ever leaving the shade of trees. In winter, however, it can get very cold indeed.

HISTORY

In the days of the Soviet Union, Dynamo Kyiv were not just the darlings of Ukrainian football but of the Ukrainian cause in general, and actually won more leagues (13) than any of the big Moscow clubs. They also won two European Cup Winners’ Cup titles and had two winners of the Ballon d’Or, Oleg Blokhin (1975) and Ihor Belanov (1986).

Following independence, Dynamo dominated the early years of the new Ukrainian league, once winning nine titles in a row. But rival clubs have grown stronger as the years have gone by, and particularly Shakhtar Donetsk, who as winners of nine of the last 12 leagues are, at least statistically, now the strongest force in the country

THE STADIUM

Dynamo play at the Olympic Stadium. The second largest stadium in Eastern Europe, with a capacity of just over 70,000.

Although it was originally built in 1923, when it was called the Red Stadium, it has undergone a series of upgrades since then. The latest of these was in preparation for Euro 2012, when it hosted the final, and which involved virtually reconstructing the entire venue.

The stadium hosted the Champions League Final in 2018.

Due to the conflict in the Donbas region, the stadium is currently also being used by Dynamo’s staunch rivals, Shakhtar Donetsk.

LAST TEN YEARS IN EUROPE

2011/12: Europa League group stage
2012/13: Europa League round of 32 (lost to Bordeaux)
2013/14: Europa League round of 32 (lost to Valencia)
2014/15: Europa League quarter finals (lost to Fiorentina)
2015/16: Champions League round of 16 (lost to Manchester City)
2016/17: Champions League group stage
2017/18: Europa League round of 16 (lost to Lazio)
2018/19: Europa League round of 16 (lost to Chelsea)
2019/20: Europa League group stage
2020/21: Europa League round of 16 (lost to Villarreal)

THE SQUAD

Most capped internationals
Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine, 41), Oleksandr Karavayev (Ukraine, 38), Benjamin Verbič (Slovenia, 34), Denys Harmash (Ukraine, 30), Viktor Tsyhankov (Ukraine, 29), Tomasz Kędziora (Poland, 24), Mykola Shaparenko (Ukraine, 19), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Ukraine, 19), Artem Besyedin (Ukraine, 18), Illya Zabarnyi (Ukraine, 15), Heorhiy Bushchan (Ukraine, 11)

Top scorers 2020/21 (all competitions)
Viktor Tsyhankov (15), Vitaliy Buyalskyi (9), Carlos de Pena (7), Gerson Rodrigues (7, now on loan to Troyes)

THE BOSS

Romanian Mircea Lucescu, one his country’s greatest players in the 1970s, later became manager of his national side. He has since been in charge at such clubs as Inter Milan, Galatasaray, Shakhtar Donetsk (who he led to the UCL quarter finals, where they lost to Barça) and Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Before taking the Dynamo job last year, he had been coach of the Turkish national team.

LAST SEASON

Dynamo ended Shakhtar’s four-year run as Ukrainian Premier League champions to celebrate their first title since 2016, and also beat Zorya Luhansk to win the cup for the second year in a row.

In the Champions League they only amassed four points from a group dominated by FC Barcelona and Juventus, but that was still enough to ensure they qualified for the Europa League, where they beat Brugge but then crashed out 4-0 on aggregate to Villarreal.

THIS SEASON

Dynamo have been in emphatic form in their domestic championship, where they are unbeaten after the first 13 games and have a three-point lead on their main rivals Shakthar.

As Ukrainian champions they qualified directly for the Champions League group stage, but like have failed to score in any of their first three games. They drew 0-0 at home to Benfica on the opening day, were trounced 5-0 by Bayern at the Allianz Arena and then lost 1-0 at Camp Nou.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS WITH BARÇA

1990/91 Cup Winners' Cup Quarter Final
Kyiv 2 Barça 3 (Bakero, Urbano, Stoichkov)
Barça 1 (Amor) Kyiv 1
Barça won 4-3 on aggregate and went on to lose to Man United in the final

1991/92 European Cup Group Stage
Kyiv 0 Barça 2 (Stoichkov, Salinas)
Barça 3 (Stoichkov 2, Salinas) Kyiv 0
Barça won the group and went on to beat Sampdoria in the final

1993/94 Champions League Qualifying Round
Kyiv 3 Barça 1 (Koeman)
Barça 4 (Laudrup, Bakero 2, Koeman) Kyiv 1
Barça won 5-4 on aggregate and went on to lose to Milan in the final

1997/98 Champions League Group Stage
Kyiv 3 Barça 0
Barça 0 Kyiv 4
Kyiv advanced but lost to Juventus in the following round. Barça failed to progress from the group

2009/10 Champions League Group Stage
Barça 2 (Messi, Pedro) Kyiv 0
Kyiv 1 Barça 2 (Xavi, Messi)
Barça advanced and lost to Inter Milan in the semi-final. Kyiv failed to progress from the group

 

2020/21 Champions League Group Stage
Barça 2 (Messi, Pique) Kyiv 1
Kyiv 0 Barça 4 (Dest, Braithwaite 2, Griezmann)
Barça advanced and lost to PSG in the round of16. Kyiv failed to progress from the group

 

2021/22 Champions League Group Stage
Barça 1 (Pique) Kyiv 0

Barça's overall record v Dynamo
P 13; W 9; D 1; L 3; F 25; A 16

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