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FC Partizan Minsk

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Partizan Minsk
FK Partizan Minsk Logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Partizan Minsk
GroundSOK Olimpiysky, Minsk
LeagueBelarusian Second League

FC Partizan Minsk (Belarusian: ФК Партызан Мінск) was a Belarusian football club based in Minsk.


The old MTZ-RIPO logo.
The old MTZ-RIPO logo.

The club was founded as MTZ-RIPO Minsk in 2002 as a merger of two Minsk teams from the Second League (Traktor Minsk, a club with a 55-year history, and Trudovye Rezervy-RIPO Minsk, a football academy-based team which only spent one season in the Second League). The merge allowed the new team to have its own football school to recruit young players from as well as financial supply from the Minsk Tractor Works, the main sponsor of Traktor Minsk.

MTZ-RIPO Minsk started playing in the Second League in 2002. In their first season the team finished first, and then did the same in the First League in 2003. Since 2004, they played in Belarusian Premier League.

At the end of 2004 the club was acquired by a Russian-Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov and became a part of his football holding alongside Scottish Premier League club Hearts and Lithuanian A Lyga club FBK Kaunas. During 2005–2010 many foreign players owned by FBK Kaunas or Hearts had successful loan spells in MTZ-RIPO.

Before the start of the 2010 season, the club announced a name change.[1] On 27 January 2010, the new name was revealed to be Partizan Minsk.

Partizan finished the 2010 season at bottom of the table and were relegated. In the following season in the Belarusian First League, they finished second and had to face FC Vitebsk in a two-legged play-off, which they won 3–2 on aggregate to secure a place in the 2012 Belarusian Premier League.

In early 2012, the club was mostly abandoned by Romanov (who withdrew his financial support, having some legal troubles himself) and had to release all players.[2] Partizan withdrew from the Premier League, leaving it with only 11 teams.[3] The team spent the 2012 season playing at the amateur level in Minsk Championship. In 2013, they renamed to Partizan-MTZ Minsk and joined the Second League, before renaming back to Partizan Minsk in 2014. Midway through 2014, season the club announced its withdrawal from the league and was folded.



The club had a fierce rivalry with Dinamo Minsk. The support across the two Minsk clubs was drawn across political lines, with Dinamo fans being strongly right-wing and Partizan fans being strongly left-wing. Partizan fans were known for their anarchist, anti-government, anti-fascist, and pro-LGBT rights stances.[4] As a result of their political views, they had a strong friendship with fans of Arsenal Kiev[5] and SV Babelsberg.

Former managers

League and Cup history

Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup Notes
2002 3rd 1 24 22 2 0 102–21 68 Promoted
2003 2nd 2 311 22 4 5 64–17 70 Round of 32 Promoted
2004 1st 14 312 7 9 15 36–57 30 Round of 16
2005 1st 3 26 16 1 9 43–30 49 Winners
2006 1st 4 26 16 3 7 54–24 51 Round of 16
2007 1st 5 26 11 9 6 32–25 42 Quarter-finals
2008 1st 3 30 17 6 7 65–37 57 Winners
2009 1st 11 26 8 6 12 34–38 30 Quarter-finals
2010 1st 12 33 5 8 20 24–70 23 Quarter-finals Relegated
2011 2nd 2 30 20 5 5 59–26 65 Quarter-finals
1 2 1 0 1 3–2 3 Promotion Play-off
2012 4th 5 14 6 4 4 17–17 22 Promoted
2013 3rd 11 24 5 7 12 26-46 22

MTZ-RIPO in Europe

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Ferencváros 2–0 (A) 1–2 (H)
2Q Czech Republic Teplice 1–1 (H) 1–2 (A)
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy 5–1 (A) 1–3 (H)
2R Russia Moscow 0–2 (A) 0–1 (H)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Slovakia Žilina 2–2 (H) 0–1 (A)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 1–1 (A) 2–1(aet) (H)
2Q Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk 0–3 (A) 1–2 (H)


  1. ^ "New name will be announced soon". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  2. ^ Partizan with not play in Premier League,, retrieved 2012-01-31
  3. ^ 11 teams will participate in 22nd Belarusian championship,, retrieved 2012-02-03
  4. ^ "Partizan Minsk - the DIY Football Club from Belarus". Futbolgrad. August 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Ukrainian Ultras - Where Two Wings Collide". Futbolgrad. July 20, 2013.

External links

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