MFC Metalurh Zaporizhya (@5.0) vs FC Minaj (@1.55)

Our Prediction:

FC Minaj will win

MFC Metalurh Zaporizhya – FC Minaj Match Prediction | 21-09-2019 11:00

The club had always been in the top league, since the first season in 1992 until the 201011 season when they finished last position and were relegated to the Ukrainian First League.

It consists out of four separate stands, north, south, east and west, two of which are covered by a roof, stadium is equipped with a single, multi-colour screen with dimensions of 6x10m and a lighting system of 1400 lux. The stadium is purposed for football only use and has a total capacity of 12,000 seats. Lately it has often been used as a venue for the Ukrainian Premier League FC Zorya Luhansk, while Metalurh is forced to play at its own training base.[14][15] Metalurh Training Base is also known as Velykyi Luh (Great Meadow). The pitch dimensions are 10568 .

Construction commenced in late 2004 and on 29 July 2006, Slavutych Arena was opened, in their first game on a new stadium Metalurh faced Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv. Throughout their history, the club has played in various stadiums around Zaporizhia, but in 2001 the Football Federation of Ukraine forbade Metalurh from playing in their home stadium, Tsentarlnyi Metalurh Stadium, due to security concer and the club was forced to play at the Avto ZAZ Stadium (which formerly belong to now-bankrupt Torpedo Zaporizhya). The stadium is situated in a central part of the city, on a street that has been recently renamed after legendary Ukrainian player and coach Valery Lobanovsky. Soon after, the club's board approved plans to construct a brand new stadium for the team in place of the old one.

The first two seasons the club played in futsal (indoor football). In 2014, the club became a city champions by beating the defending city champions Motor Zaporizhia. In fall of 2015, when Metalurh Zaporizhia started the process for liquidation, Rosso Nero offered to pass the legendary club to them,[4] however no agreement was reached. In 2012, Rosso Nero were runners-up at 8x8 football (variant of association football popular in Russia). FC Rosso Nero was created in 2009 by Andriy Bohatchenko who owns a pizzeria with the same name in Zaporizhia. In 2011, the club won the Zaporizhia city Cup and the beach football city league. The victory inspired Rosso Nero to apply for the Second League of national competitions.

League and Cup history[edit]

However, Metalurh went out in the first stage, losing to Greek club Panathinaikos. The club entered the competition in the second qualifying round, Metalurh defeated Moldavian side Zimbru Chiinu 30 over two legs. After finishing as runners-up in the Ukrainian Cup in 2006, Metalurh secured a place in the 200607 UEFA Cup. The second time club had to wait 4 years to qualify again.

Its goal tallies was 49 goals scored while allowing 237 (-188). The club was denied in receiving certificate for the next season and was dissolved in June 2018.[7] The MetalurhRosso Nero performance was terrible. The MetalurhRosso Nero also took part in Ukrainian Cup where it was eliminated at its earliest rounds on both occasions. It played 65 games at professional level (3rd tier) winning 9, tying 3 and losing 53 games.

Zaporizhstal still remains as a largest club sponsor and actively finances most of club's expenses. In 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent and Ukrainian Premier League was formed. Metalurh was among the founders of the League. The club's best performance in a domestic cup came in 2006, when Metalurh reached the final, there they met with Dynamo Kyiv and were beaten 2 goals to none, however this performance allowed them to enter the UEFA Cup next season. The club has remained in the Vyshcha Liga for all 16 seasons with their highest achievement in the 199596 season, taking 5th place.

Nonetheless, in 1946 the club was revived and in 1949 Stal won the cup in Zaporizhia Oblast. The tough times of World War II soon followed, however, bringing decline to both Zaporizhstal and its team. By the end of the year a local sports union gave Stal the status of a main club in the region. Throughout the 1930s the team appeared regularly in domestic competitions and often played against clubs from the Soviet Top League, the most notable of which was Spartak Moscow. In 1939 and 1940 under the name of Lokomotiv won the Ukrainian championships. The history of Metalurg began in 1935 when a steel production company, Zaporizhstal, formed the football club 'Stal'.

In October 1949, the team was renamed to 'Metalurg'. From 1953 to 1962 Metalurg played in USSR Championship division 'B'. In 1953, the club debuted in the USSR Championship after becoming the champion of Ukrainian SSR in 1952. However, the very next year club went to eighth-finals, notably defeating Dinamo Minsk 10 and Lokomotiv Moscow 40 on the way. In 1950 Metalurg debuts in the USSR Cup and in the round of 64 they defeated Lokomotiv Petrozavodsk with the score of 50, but go out in the next stage, losing 23 to Torpedo Stalingrad.