Dinamo Brest stun BATE in Belarus Cup semifinal first leg
April 5 evening was marked by the first legs of the Belarusian Cup semifinals. And there was one unexpected result, to be fair.
Despite being favorites FC BATE Borisov conceded already in the second minute thanks to a Leandro Torres shot. After the break, Brest doubled their lead thanks to another international Joel Fameyeh. The Borisov team failed to score and will seek their chances in the second leg. They now need to score three times without conceding to proceed to the final.
Dynamo Brest snap up Junior Etoundi
Another international footballer will play in Belarus Football Championship. And again it's Dinamo Brest that upsets the Belarusian transfer market. On Thursday Dinamo signed Junior Etoundi. A native of Cameroon, he moved to Europe as a child.
He started his career in the youth teams of Metz and Strasbourg, where he was spotted by Dynamo scouts.
The contract with the 18-year-old midfielder ends in two years.
Pandev on fire as Belarus lose to Macedonia in friendly
The national football team of Belarus has lost away to FYR Macedonia in a friendly match.
The team of manager Igor Kriushenko started the friendly with a new line-up. Only Sergei Politevich was left from the squad that a few days ago lost to Sweden 0:4.
Throughout most of the first half the opponents played at a low pace and without much attacking action. Vitali Rodionov was trying to create some chances but without success.
Belarus national football team to play friendly match against Macedonia
Belarus national football team to play a friendly match with Macedonia on March 28, 2017. This match is very important for team’s manager Igor Kriushenko. Not so long ago Sweden blanked Belarus in World Cup qualifying match. Rehabilitation is lifesaving for the Belarusian team.
Belarus will have to play without defenseman Igor Shitov, who suffered minor injuries. Sergei Chernik won’t be playing the match against Macedonia as well; he had to go to France upon the request of AS Nancy-Lorraine.
FC Isloch presents kits for new season
The Belarusian football club Isloch has presented their kits for the new season in Minsk. The event was held in a friendly and even family atmosphere: wives or girlfriends of players also took part in the presentation.
The main issue - whether the club can find a title sponsor - is still hanging in the air. During the presentation, the players kits were free from any sponsors' ads.
The names on the players' backs are written in the Belarusian language. In addition, the fans could meet the club's newcomers.
Sweden blank Belarus in World Cup 2018 qualifier
The coach of Belarus has changed but the result remained the same. The Belarus national football team lost 0:4 against Sweden in an away World Cup qualifying match.
Manager Igor Kriushenko's Belarus were fruitless in attack and very vulnerable in defense. As a result they conceded four goals. Two of them were scored by Emil Forsberg. In the first case he scored from a penalty, while the second was due to the fault of Andrey Gorbunov.
Belarus manager Igor Kriushenko on WC 2018 qualifier against Sweden
The national football team of Belarus is ready to play against any opponent, and a draw or a win will be a successful outcome of the next World Cup qualifying match against Sweden. Manager Igor Kriushenko shared expectations of the upcoming match before flying to Stockholm.
The head coach has almost determined the starting lineup but some positions still require a particular decision, including the goalkeeper. By the way, goalie Sergei Chernik will leave the team after the battle with the Swedes on March 25.
Igor Kriushenko appointed Belarus national football team manager
Igor Kriushenko has become manager of the national football team of Belarus. This decision was taken at the Executive Committee meeting held on 22 March by the Belarusian Football Federation (ABFF).
Earlier Kriushenko was caretaker manager after the resignation of the previous head coach Alexander Khatskevich under whom Belarus did not get a successful start in the WC 2018 qualification gaining only 2 points in four matches.
Also, the ABFF meeting decided that Grodno will be the venue for the Belarusian Cup 2017.
Hleb out for Belarus' WC qualifiers against Sweden and Macedonia
Midfielder of Samara's Kryila Sovetov Alexander Hleb will not play for Belarus in World Cup qualifiers 2018 against Sweden and Macedonia, which are due in March. The new manager Igor Kriushenko is now coaching Belarus.
- On Monday, I did an MRI. The survey showed damage to two ligaments of my ankle. I sent the reports to doctors of Krylia and the national team. On Tuesday, they will make their own decisions on the timing and methods of recovery. But now it is already obvious that I will not play in the March matches, Hleb told a Pressball correspondent.
Belarus Cup 2017 semifinalists determined
All the semifinalists of the Belarusian Football Cup have been determined. On Saturday, Shakhter and Dinamo Brest paid their way to the semis, while on Sunday, they were joined by FC Slutsk and FC BATE.
It's notable that the Slutsk team knocked out the current holder of the trophy Torpedo-BelAZ.
The Zhodino club won the first match 1:0 but conceded twice in the away game. First, Dmitry Yusov made it 1:1 on aggregate and then Zhodino's defender Vladimir Scherbo scored an own goal.
FC Dinamo Brest present new kits
The football club Dinamo Brest has presented its new kits for the forthcoming season. The ambitious team of Vladimir Zhuravel will play their first match on Sunday - in the quarterfinal of the Belarus Cup against Dinamo Minsk.
The presentation of new kits took place during a catwalk show. Players were assisted by the most beautiful girls of the country, including Miss Belarus 2016 Polina Borodacheva.
Liudas Rumbutis appointed Belarus U21 national football team
Liudas Rumbutis has been officially appointed as Belarus U21 national football team coach.
Rumors about this went around for two weeks and on February 28 the executive committee of ABFF officially appointed him for the post.
Rumbutis, born in Lithuania, played for Dinamo Minsk from 1976 to 1986 and won the title of the USSR champion.
After playing career, he stayed in Belarus and managed many domestic clubs.
It is already known that Rumbutis will hold friendlies with Latvia U21 and Lithuania U21 in March.
FC BATE adds national ornament to its logo
FC BATE Borisov have presented their new kits for friendly matches at the training camp in Turkey. The logo is now adorned by the national ornament.
As for BATE's official match kits for the season 2017, it will be presented to fans in March.
National ornaments have become a trend in various areas of life in Belarus in recent years.
MORE: Vyshyvanka national ornament in Belarus
Alexander Hleb could return to Russian FC Krylia Sovetov
Veteran of Belarusian football Alexander Hleb is close to moving to Russian Krylia Sovetov.
The 35-year-old midfielder of Belarus national football team has passed a medical examination in the Samara club.
Krylia confirms the high probability of Hleb's move.
It is expected that the contract will be up to the end of the Russian championship.
Alexander already played in Samara in 2012.
Back then the Belarusian played eight games in Krylia Sovetov shirt and did not score a goal.
Belarus to play friendly with FYR Macedonia March 28
Belarus national football team will play against FYR Macedonia on March 28. The friendly match will be held in Skopje at the stadium Philip II, the press service of the Belarusian Football Federation reports. The BFF has reached an agreement to conduct this match with the Football Federation of FYR Macedonia.
It should be noted that three days before this match Belarus will hold an away match of 2018 World Cup qualification against Sweden.
BATE among top 20 European clubs by revenue in 2015/2016 season
FC BATE Borisov has been ranked among the top 20 clubs in Europe in terms of income in the 2015/2016 season. According to Pressball, the Yellow-Blues during this period earned 24 million euros.
This allowed the team to take places from 18th to 20th.
Juventus from Italy was the top earning team that season, with 92 million euros.
The total operating revenue of European clubs in the 2015/16 season decreased by 9% and amounted to 727 million euros.
Timofei Kalachev: Level of Belarus' football championship is not growing
Timofei Kalachev, the best football player of Belarus 2016, has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Very often you can hear that in principle, Mother Nature did not give Belarus a number of athletes capable of competing at a good level. And we can't do anything about this. The same situation is in Lithuania, in small European countries. In general, is it only a rare stroke of luck or coincidence that can help us break into the elite?
FC Rostov's Timofei Kalachev leaving Belarus national team
Timofei Kalachev, the best football player of Belarus 2016 has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Timofei, good evening! I congratulate you on this wonderful title. It has been, however, a bit overshadowed by your statement that you end career in the Belarus national team. I honestly thought that, in general, you decided to end your football career. You wrote that the decision was not easy. But why?
Alexander Hleb becomes father for the first time
35-year-old Belarusian footballer Alexander Hleb has become father for the first time. His wife Svetlana gave Alexander a daughter.
Svetlana gave birth in Minsk, in the same hospital as the famous biathlete Darya Domracheva.
Mom and baby are doing well. Hleb is happy and is now with his family.
The news about the birth of the daughter was a pleasant surprise for Hleb's fans. Only close friends knew that the couple was expecting a baby.
Belarus to play Switzerland in June 1 FIFA friendly
The football federations of Belarus and Switzerland have agreed to hold a friendly match between two teams on June 1, 2017.
The White Wings will play away but it has not been announced in which Swiss city.
At the moment, Switzerland are 11th in the FIFA rankings. It also leads their World Cup 2018 qualifying group with four wins in four games.
Belarus national football team manager Alexander Khatskevich resigns
Alexander Khatskevich has resigned as head coach of the national football team of Belarus. The management of the football federation decided to terminate the contract. The reason is the poor performance of the team in the qualifying tournament for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The manager was proposed a pay cut since the team had not achieved the goals but Khatskevich decided not to accept the deal. As a result, the contract was terminated unilaterally.
Bulgaria down Belarus in WC 2018 qualifier
After an unsuccessful start in the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament, both Belarus and Bulgaria wanted to bounce back and earn some vital points.
However, only the hosts delivered leaving Belarus without points again. They first attacked more and quickly achieved success.
On 10 minutes, the Bulgarians intercepted the ball in midfield, with Spas Delev racing down the right wing and passing to Ivelin Popov, who struck past Andrey Gorbunov.
Belarus beats Greece in FIFA friendly
The national football team of Belarus has won against Greece in a friendly match 1:0.
The meeting, held at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, has not caused much interest among Greek fans. The 34,000-capacity stands saw only about 2,000 fans coming to see the game.
In the first 10 minutes, the hosts owned the initiative, but could not succeed.
After that, Belarusians have become more active, with Sergei Politevich bringing Belarus a 1:0 lead in the 14th minute, after a perfectly executed free-kick.
Belarus national football team preparing for matches with Greece and Bulgaria
The Belarus national football team started preparation for the final matches of 2016.
The Belarusian team will have a guest sparring with Greece, and on Sunday, they will compete with the Bulgarian team. This match will be an official one and will be held in the framework of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Head coach of the team Alexander Khatskevich invited debutant from BATE Yuri Kendysh.
Belarus national football team drop to 77th place in FIFA ranking
The national football team of Belarus has dropped 20 positions in the updated FIFA rankings. Belarus now shares the 77th place with the team of Curacao.
The list was released on October 20 by the international football federation.
Over the past month, the Belarusians held two World Cup qualifying matches, losing to the Dutch away 1:4 and then being held by Luxembourg 1:1 at home.
BATE becomes Belarus’ champion for 13th time
The 25th round of the Highest League confirmed what everybody has known for a long time. BATE became the Champion of Belarus for the 13 time.
It happened in a very small town Luninets where BATE had a match with FC Granit from Mikashevichi.
However, the outsiders of the Highest League had several good chances in the first half. In the second half the defense of Granit became weaker and Nikolai Signevich scored the winning goal bringing BATE another title.
FC Minsk lose to Barcelona in UEFA Women's Champions League last 32
FC Minsk have failed to enter the last 16 of the Women's Champions League.
In the second leg of the last 32 the Spanish Barcelona beat four-time champions of Belarus 2:1. On 52 minutes Minsk went in front but could not keep the advantage - after 10 minutes Jennifer Hermoso equalized from the penalty spot. 15 minutes before the final whistle Andress Alves delivered the winning goal to make it 2:1 in favor of Barcelona.
In the first leg, which took place on October 6 in Minsk, manager Yuri Maleev's Minsk lost to Spaniards 0:3.
Luxembourg hold Belarus to 1:1 draw in 2018 WC qualifier
The football team of Belarus drew their match against Luxembourg in the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier.
Belarusians took possession and had playing advantage throughout the game, but the visitors successfully repelled all attacks of Alexander Khatskevich's team for a long time. However, the hosts' perseverance brought fruit not long before the final whistle.
Belarus to face Luxemburg in WC 2018 qualifier after defeat vs Netherlands
The Belarus national football team is going to hold another match of the qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2018 on October 10. Behind is a home draw vs France (0:0) and an away defeat against the Netherlands (1:4) on Saturday.
This evening Borisov Arena is waiting for the underdogs Luxemburg.
However, the Belarusian team's relationship with semi-amateurs from a small duchy has never been simple.
Suffice it to recall the dramatic defeat of Belarus 0:1 in Gomel in 2007 when the visitors scored the winning goal in stoppage time.
Belarus preparing for Netherlands WC 2018 qualifier
The national football team of Belarus will hold a qualifying match of the World Cup 2018.
The Belarus national team has travelled to Rotterdam where they will take on qualifying Group A rivals the Netherlands. This meeting will be refereed by a Scottish ref team led by Craig Thomson.
The match will take place at the Feyenoord stadium, which seats 51,000 spectators.
Belarus U21 draw vs Netherlands U21 in UEFA European Championships qualifier
The Belarusian U21 team remains in 3rd place in their Group 8 after drawing the score with the Dutch team (2:2).
The match with the Netherlands took place in Minsk, and Belarus got two goals thanks to Pavel Savitski. He opened the score from the penalty spot in the 18th minute and he scored one more goal on the 79th minute. However, the guests managed to score two goals as well.
Belarus beat Norway in away friendly ahead of FIFA WC qualifier against France
The beginning of the meeting at Ullevaal in Oslo was quite equal, with rivals creating only a few chances. Gradually, however, the Norwegians, as befits the hosts, began to play a more active game and created several dangerous chances at the goal of Andrei Gorbunov, but the Belarusian goalkeeper coolly eliminated all threats.
Closer to the break the guests moved the game from their goal and created two brilliant chances within three minutes.
ZFK Minsk into Women's Champions League last 32
The football club Minsk (women) has successfully passed the qualifying round of the Women's Champions League and reached the last 32 of the tournament.
The champions of Belarus, who performed in the second qualifying group in Osijek, Croatia, won three matches conceding just one goal, with 17 goals scored.
BATE fail to qualify to Europa League after defeat at FC Astana
After losing in Astana, coach Alexander Ermakovich's BATE did not have other options except for attacking right away and trying to score as quickly as possible. In the absence of the chief organizer of attacks Alexander Hleb, injured in the first leg, Igor Stasevich took up the leader's role. His crosses from the left were dangerous but BATE failed to put the ball on target.
FC BATE Borisov to host Astana in bid for Europa League group stage
FC BATE Borisov is one match from parting with European competitions this autumn. Previously, the Yellow-Blues disappointed their fans after being knocked out of the Champions League and now they are on the verge of farewell and with the Europa League.
In the first play-off match against Kazakh Astana Alexander Ermakovich's team lots 0:2 and now they have to score three times without conceding to redress the situation. BATE will be without Sergei Veremko and Alexander Hleb, who are injured after the first leg in Astana.
BATE go down to Astana in Europa League playoff first leg
August 18 the Belarusian champion FC BATE held the first leg of the Europa League qualification play-off. In Astana, the Belarusian football players met with the Kazakh club Astana.
The meeting was tough. Alexander Hleb received a cut in one of duels and was forced to leave the pitch at the end of the first half. Astana achieved the victory 2:0 as a result.
Belarusian footballer Alexander Hleb marries again
The most decorated Belarusian footballer Alexander Hleb has remarried. The athlete placed the first wedding photo himself on his page on a social network.
Later, there was another one:
Alex and Svetlana have been together for more than a year.
Belarus' preliminary squad for Norway friendly announced
The players of the national team of Belarus on August 28 will begin preparations for a friendly match against Norway and the opening match of the 2018 World Cup qualifying against France.
The coaching staff of the Belarusian team led by Alexander Khatskevich named an long list of candidates, which includes 30 players:
Goalkeepers - Andrei Gorbunov (Atromitos, Athens, Greece), Sergey Chernik (Nancy, France), Andrei Klimovich (Minsk), Aleksandr Gutor (Orenburg, Russia);
Belarus national team rises to 70th place in FIFA ranking
The Belarus national team has risen two lines in the updated ranking of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and now occupies 70th place.
In July, Belarus team did not play, with 507 points remaining. Belarus' next match is in Oslo against Norway on August 31. Norway are in 50th place in the August FIFA ranking.
Belarus U21 draw 1:1 vs Moldova prior to Euro 2017 qualifier against the Netherlands
A friendly match between the U21 teams of Belarus and Moldova was held at the stadium of FC Minsk. Manager Igor Kovalevich's Belarus had to equalize to bring the final score to 1:1.
The game against Moldova was the final stage of preparation of Igor Kovalevich's team for the U21 Euro qualification against the Netherlands. The match will take place in Minsk on September 2.
Belarus national football team gets kits with national pattern
August 9, the updated kits of the national football team of Belarus was presented. The event was held in one of the Silver Screen cinemas.
Many of those present, including the players themselves, noted that the new kits are very stylish. Their peculiarity is in the national ornament.
Acting as models were some of the players from the national team: Alexander Hleb, Nikolai Signevich, Nikolay Yanush, Denis Polyakov, Nikita Korzun, Igor Stasevich and goalkeeper Andrei Klimovich.
BATE Borisov to play Astana in Europa League qualification play-off
FC BATE Borisov of Belarus will face Astana from Kazakhstan in the Europa League qualification playoff, according to the results of the draw made in Swiss Nyon by the UEFA.
BATE have remained the only Belarusian club in European competitions this season. They initially started in the Champions League playoff but were stopped by Ireland’s Dundalk in the second leg. BATE won the first leg 1-0 but lost 0-3 in the second.
Torpedo-BelAZ, Dinamo Minsk knocked out of 2016/17 Europa League
Footballers of Torpedo Zhodino and Dinamo Minsk have failed to reach the play-offs for the Europa League.
The Minsk team, after the away draw against Serbian Vojvodina from Novi Sad (1:1), had a good chance to win on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round. However, in the return match in Brest, Dinamo played poorly, conceding a goal in each half - 0:2.
Belarus football team to play friendly against Norway
The football teams of Belarus and Norway on August 31 will hold a friendly match in Oslo, the Belarusian Football Federation reports.
Previously, Belarus and Norway met each other six times, with Belarus winning only once, two draws and three Norway's wins. In the July FIFA rankings, the Norwegian team took 49th place, while Belarusians are 72nd.
Dundalk knock FC BATE Borisov out of Champions League
FC BATE Borisov were shocked by underdogs Dundalk in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg.
Dundalk v BATE - 3:0. First leg - 0:1.
After a home victory a week ago at Borisov Arena with a minimum score 1:0 Borisov knew they could not afford themselves to relax. Manager Alexander Ermakovich's charges did not have much ball possession at the beginning of the match. At first, this tactic worked - BATE players did not allow the opponents to pose serious threats to their goal.
BATE holds training session in Dublin prior to Dundalk Champions League encounter
BATE footballers have arrived in Dublin for a match of the 3rd qualification round of the Champions League against Dundalk.
The away squad includes 21 footballers:
goalkeepers - Sergey Veremko, Artem Soroko, Denis Scherbitsky;
defenders - Vitaly Gayduchik, Kaspars Dubra, Maxim Zhavnerchik, Denis Polyakov, Artur Pikk;
midfielders - Aleksandr Volodko, Valerian Gvilia, Alexander Hleb, Mirko Ivanic, Alexander Karnitsky, Yuri Kendysh, Alex Rios, Igor Stasevich, Yevgeny Yablonsky;
Both Belarusian clubs draw Europa League third qualifying round first legs
FC Dinamo Minsk, in an away game, as well as Torpedo Zhodino at home, have drawn their first legs of the 3rd qualifying round of the 2016/17 Europa League.
In the game in Serbia's Novi Sad against Vojvodina Sergei Borovsky's Dinamo Minsk conceded on 29 minutes and could not reply for a long time. Only at the end of the match, when less than 10 minutes remained before the final whistle, Ukrainian striker Yevgeny Budnik equalized with a stunning shot for a 1-1 scoreline giving his team an away goal advantage prior to the second leg.
SOHRA Overeseas' Paul Daher becomes new owner of FC Dinamo Brest
The press service of Dinamo Brest has prepared an interview with the new owner of the Brest club Paul Daher.
There have long been rumors in Brest that sheikhs came to Dinamo Brest...
- My family is from Lebanon and we have long been living in the Emirates. Our family has the title of sheikhs. This is true. I am the fourth of five sons.
- And how did a sheikh made a choice of Brest?
FC BATE defeat Dundalk in Champions League 3rd qualifying round first leg
On Tuesday, July 26 FC BATE took on Ireland's Dundalk in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. BATE took initiative from the beginning of the match and won 1:0.
The only goal of the match was scored after an Alexander Hleb pass. The veteran, who had just returned to BATE, made a delicious pass to Mikhail Gordeichuk, who converted from a difficult angle. The Irish side created only one dangerous episode, in the first half, but the goalie Sergei Veremko rescured the team with a stunning reaction save.
BATE manager on first leg against Dundalk
BATE Borisov continues its progress in the 2016/17 Champions League qualification. In the second round, the Yellow-Blues ousted Finland's SJK and in the third round they are to face the familiar opponents from Ireland FC Dundalk, the team with which the Borisov club met in last year's qualifying. Back then, it was BATE who won on aggregate and progressed to the next round.
FC BATE to take on Dundalk in Champions League 3rd qualifying round
The Irish Club Dundalk will for a second time be the rivals of FC BATE Borisov in Champions League qualification.
In the second qualifying round, the Irish champions twice drew against the Icelandic club Hafnarfjordur 1:1 (home) and 2:2 (away) and entered the third qualifying round thanks to the higher aggregate number of away goals. The Borisov club beat Finnish Seinäjoki 2:0 (home) and drew 2:2 (away).
In 2015, BATE and Dundalk met in the 2nd qualifying round and the Borisov team won 2:1 (home, watch the video) and 0:0 (away).
BATE into Champions League 3rd qualifying round
FC BATE has reached the third qualifying round of the Champions League. In the second leg of the 2nd round BATE went to Finland to take on champions Seinäjoki. The game ended in a draw 2:2, with the Belarusian club progressing to the next round on aggregate.
The visitors began the match in a very confident manner immediately taking the initiative in their hands. BATE then opened the scoring thanks to Alexander Karnitsky's header.
BATE Borisov defeat Seinäjoki 2-0 in Champions League qualifier
FC BATE Borisov of Belarus has started with a win in the Champions League qualifying. They defeated Finland's Seinäjoki 2-0 in the first leg of the second qualifying round at Borisov-Arena July 12.
The 12-time champions of Belarus had a big advantage in their first match of the new European season. 32 minutes into the game, Yuri Kendysh opened the scoring after a corner kick.
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk into UEFA Youth League
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk will represent Belarus in the next Champions League season. However, for now this is only the Youth League. On Sunday, the Shakhtyor youth team in the gold match beat peers from Dinamo Minsk.
After 34 rounds, the competitors had the same number of points. To address such situations, the regulations provide for a championship match to be held.
There were no goals in normal time, but in the penalty shootout, the Miners were stronger than the team from the Belarus capital.
Two Belarusian football clubs enter Europa League 2nd qualifying round
Two Belarusian clubs have entered the second qualifying round of the 2016/17 Europa League.
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk have entered the second qualifying round of Europa League. In the return game at the Stroitel Stadium in Soligorsk, FC Shakhtyor crushed Faroe Islands’ Runavík 5-0. The first leg was also won by the Soligorsk club 2-0.
Shakhtyor will take on Slovenia’s Domžale, who overpowered Andorra’s Lusitans 3-1 (at home) and 2-1 (away).
Belarus to play in shirts with national patterns vs France in WC 2018 qualifier
In an interview with Tribuna.com, director of the Department of Marketing and Communications of the Belarusian Football Federation Vladimir Berezhkov said that the Belarus national football team will play in shirts with national pattern in the World Cup 2018 qualification. Also, white wings will become the team's brand.
Belarus goalie Sergei Chernik joins AS Nancy
BATE goalkeeper Sergei Chernik has officially become the player of the French club AS Nancy. Today he passed the medical examination, and then was presented as Nancy player and signed a contract for three seasons.
After promoting to the elite division of AS Nancy started searching for quality players and chose the 28-year-old goalkeeper of Belarus champions FC BATE. After several weeks of difficult negotiations, the parties came to an agreement. Chernik will be competing for a place in the goal with Cameroonian goalkeeper Guy N'dy Assembé.
Belarusian football clubs in 2016/17 UEFA competitions
UEFA has held today the draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of the Champions League 2016/2017 in Nyon, Switzerland.
Belarus' BATE Borisov kicks off the Champions League campaign from the 2nd qualifying round against the Finnish club SJK Seinäjoki.
The first match will be held in Borisov on 12 or 13 July, while the return game takes place 19 or 20 of July on the pitch of the Finnish champions.
Alexander Lukashenko at Spartak factory: Belarus to finally reform entire healthcare and education system in 2016-2020
Before building plans for the future and listening to people's delegates, the Belarus President made a trip to the Gomel region. In principle, this is usual practice when the President personally gets familiar with the situation in Belarus’ regions and meets with labor collectives. This time he met with Spartak factory workers. Alexander Lukashenko wanted to see whether the life of the working class is “sweet”. And before starting the “economic locomotive” for the next five years, the President opened the Gomel-Minsk route for electric traction trains.
Belarus drops to 78th place in FIFA rankings
Belarus national team has lost one position in the updated ranking of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and now occupies 78th place.
In May, Alexander Khatskevich's Belarus held two friendly matches away against the future participants of Euro 2016 Finals. In Belfast Belarus lost to Northern Ireland 0:3 but then won against Ireland in Cork 2:1. Now the Belarusian team has 442 points.
FIFA's Gianni Infantino may visit Belarus in September 2016
The visit to Minsk of the new President of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, could take place in September, first deputy chairman of the association "Belarusian Football Federation" (ABFF) Sergei Safaryan told media.
Belarus planning to tighten grip on violent football fans
The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs offers a number of initiatives to improve safety at football matches. Conflicts between police and fans often cause a public outcry. And the legal field here is a bit blurry, experts say. For example, the new law may specify such terms as "fan", "volunteer" and "steward".
Belarus sink Ireland 2:1 in pre-Euro 2016 friendly
After an insulting defeat against Northern Ireland on May 27, the coaching staff of the national team of Belarus worked on their mistakes. In the first half of the match against Ireland Belarus played unexpectedly well. Footballers were strictly playing in defense, but were constantly looking for happiness near the opponents' goal.
One of attacks in the 20th minute resulted in a goal. Stasevich passed to Gordeychuk, who sent the ball into Given's net.
Strong defensive play allowed Belarusians to maintain a clean sheet in the first half.
Northern Ireland beat Belarus 3-0 in friendly
In the first of the May friendly matches the national football team of Belarus lost to Northern Ireland.
Already in the 6th minute, Lafferty opened the scoring taking advantage of the misunderstanding between Belarusian defenders.
At the end of the first half, Washington doubled the lead, thanks to his agile playing in the penalty area.
Nikolai Yanush made an attempt to reduce the gap in the middle of the first half but his shot after a corner kick went wide. He also tried his best at the start of the second half, but with the same efficiency.
Belarus to take on Ireland, Northern Ireland in May FIFA friendlies
Head coach of the national team of Belarus Alexander Khatskevich has named the players who will be preparing for the friendly matches against Northern Ireland (27 May) and Ireland (31 May), the Association Belarusian Football Federation reports.
22 players have been called up for the training camp, which will begin in Minsk on May 23:
Goalkeepers - Andrei Gorbunov ( Atromitos, Athens, Greece), Sergey Chernik (BATE Borisov), Andrei Klimovich (Minsk);
Belarusian student to go to Milan Champions League final
A pupil of one of the Borisov gymnasia will go to the UEFA Champions League final in Milan, Italy.
The guy will not just get to the final football match, but also take part in a youth forum and meet with famous athletes.
The schoolboy got this opportunity after winning a competition for young journalists. The young Borisov citizen wrote the best essay about football and made a report from the game. All this was done in English.
Belarus national football team keep clean sheet for 5th game in row
The Belarus national football team played out an away draw in a friendly against Montenegro team, 0:0.
In the ninth minute Belarus striker Sergei Kornilenko was sent off for hitting defender Marko Baša.
Nevertheless, this fact did not affect the quality of the game of Belarus, who resisted the pressure of higher-class Montenegro.
Belarus in sporting events: 21-27 March 2016
The national football team of Belarus have gathered for the first time since the beginning of 2016. Friday's friendly match against the Armenians in Yerevan ended in a goalless draw. Belarus will take on Montenegro in Podgorica March 29.
The U21 team of Belarus last weekend also played a friendly match. The younger generation has gone on a visit to the western neighbors to test their strength. However, the test showed that young footballers from Poland are stronger than their counterparts from Belarus, 3-0.
Belarus manager on Armenia, Montenegro football friendlies
Without Hleb but in a good mood. On March 23 Belarus manager Alexander Khatskevich gave his first press conference in 2016 in the House of Football. It was dedicated to Belarus' friendly matches against Armenia and Montenegro, due in March.
Rumas: UEFA appreciates Belarusian Football Federation activities in 2015
Activities of the association "Belarusian Football Federation" in 2015 was appreciated by UEFA, said Belarusian Football Federation (ABFF) chairman Sergei Rumas during an ABFF conference.
The Belarusian Football Federation in 2015 won two prizes in line with the UEFA program "Hat-trick": for the best investment project related to the organization of the online broadcasts of matches of the national championship and for the best social project - Hope Cup.
Belarus begins preparation for FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying
The national football team of Belarus has gathered for the first time in 2016. The best players of the country are training under coach Alexander Khatskevich. The national team have already begun preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying.
Khatskevich will face selection headache as Pavel Nekhaichik is injured; he has been replaced by FC Shakhter Soligorsk striker Nikolai Yanush. Maksim Bordachev and Igor Stasevich are also sidelined.
FC BATE on course to Belarus Cup semifinal
Novopolotsk's FC Naftan and Bobruisk's Belshina played out a 1-1 draw in the last of the first-leg quarterfinals of the Belarus Cup.
In the middle of the second half of the meeting Bobruisk newcomer Ghanaian Joel Fameyeh opened the scoring netting for the first time for the new club. Then, however, five minutes before the final whistle, Nikita Shugunkov made it 1-1.
This is the only draw in the first leg quarterfinals. Results of other Belarus Cup matches are as follows:
Belarus to face Northern Ireland in May 27 football friendly
The Belarus national football team will play a friendly match against the Northern Ireland team, reports the press service of the Association "Belarusian Football Federation".
The match is scheduled for May 27 in Belfast. Northern Ireland entered the finals of the European Championship 2016 taking first place in their qualifying group. At the moment, Belarus' opponents occupy 29th place in the FIFA rankings.
Previously, Belarus and Northern Ireland did not meet.
FC Isloch founder about 2016 Belarusian Highest League season
The founder of the Belarusian FC Isloch, Vladimir Pinchuk, was the guest of the recent TV program Sports Week on the CTV.
Good evening. How are you feeling, is there a feeling of the beginning of the football season?
Good evening. The mood is excellent, because we all smell spring and this is the smell of football. We look forward to new experiences and emotions. Therefore mood is good.
Belarus' sporting events next week (14-20 March)
BGK Meshkov hold on Saturday the first match of the 1/8 finals of the EHF Champions League. Opponents are Poland's strongest squad Vive-Kielce. In the EHF CL group stage the Polish club took second place behind Barcelona. The first leg takes place in Brest at 19:00 Belarus time.
FC BATE lift Belarus Super Cup for sixth time
In the Super Cup of Belarus, FC BATE Borisov beat Soligorsk Shakhtyor 2:1 and lifted the trophy for the sixth time.
Interestingly, these same teams battled for the first trophy of the season in 2015. Then, the winner was decided in a penalty shootout and the reliable game of Sergei Chernik brought the Borisov club the trophy.
BATE struck first on 23 minutes but the ref disallowed the goal saying Rodionov was offside.
Belarus Football Federation about new FIFA president Gianni Infantino
FIFA has finally got a new president - Gianni Infantino - former UEFA general secretary. However, the impressive Swiss citizen could not celebrate a landslide win. He was just three votes ahead of his main rival - the president of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman.
Nevertheless, in the second round, the ex-Secretary General of UEFA was supported by the absolute majority of 115 voters against Sheikh Salman's 88.
Valyantsin Byalkevich memorial match held in Minsk
Gennady Tumilovich, former player of the Belarusian national football team:Such people should be remembered forever. I think it would be impossible to forget Valyantsin.
Maksim Shatskikh, former player of Dynamo Kyiv:In one word, he was the life and soul of the party.
Maksim Romashchenko, former player of the Belarusian national football team:He’s a Footballer with a capital “F”.
Belarus supports Infantino in FIFA presidential election
The Belarusian Football Federation (ABFF) will support the candidature of the FIFA general secretary Gianni Infantino in the upcoming FIFA presidential election, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Sergei Safaryan told media.
Mr Safaryan noted that since the beginning of the scandalous events, with the removal of the heads of FIFA and UEFA Belarus supported Michel Platini, but after the Frenchman was forced to withdraw his candidacy, the country decided to vote in favor of Infantino, who has already presented his program.
Belarus 2nd at Development Cup 2016
Footballers of Team Belarus U18 took second place at the Development Cup 2016, which ended at Minsk's Futbolnyi Manezh Arena.
In the decisive match for the grand prize coach Roman Kirenkin's charges lost to Ukraine 1:3. The only goal for Belarus came after the shot of Pavel Sadovsky, on 20 minutes, when Ukrainians were already 2:0 up. This is the third success of the Ukrainian U18 team at the Development Cup, which is usually held in Minsk. Before that, they won the trophy in 2009 and 2012.
2015: One of FC BATE's best seasons
The Belarusian club BATE Borisov can consider 2015 among the best years in the history of the Yellow-Blues. The Borisov club, as before, has no equals in the domestic arena. BATE made a treble in 2015 winning the Belarus Cup, the Supercup and the Belarusian Premier League, 10th in a row.
Only the champion of Gibraltar, the Latvian club Skonto and Norwegian Rosenborg can boast the same or more impressive hegemonies in their championships. These clubs have won 13 consecutive championships in their countries. Well, maybe BATE will repeat this success...
Belarus' Yegor Filipenko makes debut for Málaga CF in Spanish La Liga
The footballer of the Belarusian national team Egor Filipenko has held the first match in La Liga after being included in the starting XI in the away match against Athletic Bilbao.
Filipenko was in an unaccustomed position of defensive midfielder in the starting lineup, while his natural position is central defender. The Belarusian spent 45 minutes on the field and was substituted at half-time for Juanpi.
Decline in Belarusian football match attendance needs to be addressed
A traditional media briefing held on November 30 in the House of Football. This meeting became the longest of all the previous ones, which is not surprising, because many things were to be discussed. After summarizing the November football events, First Deputy Chairman of the Football Federation, Sergey Safaryan, assessed the whole past season.
FC Dinamo Minsk beat Viktoria Plzen in Europa League's last home match
Dinamo Minsk have beaten Czech Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League group match, which was the last one for the club at home this season. However, even before the match Dinamo had lost any chance of progressing to the playoff after losing four Group I games and scoring only once. However, Viktoria is not doing well either: it is third in the group.
FC BATE Borisov draw Bayer Leverkusen 1-1, chances for playoff slim
Belarus' FC BATE Borisov were held by Bayer Leverkusen of Germany in the 5th-tour game of the Champions League at Borisov Arena on November 25.
The Belarusians had a decent first half, with Mihkail Gordeychuk scoring inside the first 90 seconds of the match. Bayer goalie Leno made a horrendous mistake letting the seemingly easy shot between the legs.
Champions League main trophy in FC BATE Borisov's hometown
On November 20, BATE Borisov will play their last 16 game of the Belarus football cup against modest club Granit from Mikashevichi. This game would hardly attract much attention, if not for one fact. The real Champions League trophy will be put on display before that match in Borisov. On 19 November, the trophy traveled to the major Borisov plant with the same name BATE.
Belarus sporting events review: 10-16 November 2015
HC Dinamo Minsk played four home games within a week in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). It was difficult to play all the matches in one breath, but Dinamo managed to save face.
The results are quite mixed:
Dinamo 1-4 Medvescak;
Dinamo 2-1 Slovan;
Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Dinamo Moscow;
Dinamo 3-2 Vityaz.
Dinamo Minsk scoop Belarusian Premier League silver
For the second round in a row the medal intrigue has been dying in the Belarusian football championship. Dinamo Minsk took on Mozyr's FC Slavia and won the silver medals several tours before the end of the championship.
Dinamo Minsk won 2-0 through a double by Chigozie Udoji and won second place. Slavia’s hopes of leaving the last position in the championship evaporated.
Dinamo thus became a record holder in terms of the number of times it won second place in the Belarusian Highest League – it won silver eight times.
BATE Borisov go down to Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League
In a match of the 3rd round of the Champions League group stage FC BATE lost to one of the strongest teams in Europe, Spain's Barcelona 0:2.
On the crowded Borisov Arena stadium Barcelona from the first minute predictably took the match under control and attacked the Belarusian goal many times. However, the confident game of the BATE goalkeeper Sergei Chernik did not allow the Spaniards to score in the first half. Moreover, inspired by the game of their goalkeeper, BATE in the second part of the first half organized several potentially dangerous attacks.
Anatoly Baydachny: Self-respecting quality footballer will never play in Belarusian championship
Football coach Anatoly Baydachny and head of the Belarusian version of the international project Tribuna.com Maxim Berezinski answer the questions of the TV program Sports Week on the CTV.
What do you think about the upcoming match BATE v Barcelona?
I think that BATE will try to fight. First, the against Roma showed it. If Barcelona treats this match as an easy walk, then they may face serious trouble.
Belarus football team at Euro 2016: three coaches, antirecord and missed opportunities
Upon learning of his rivals in the qualifying group, Belarusian fans began to dream of the first top tournament in the history of the country.
We knew that we would not be able to hope for the positive result against Spain but what about Slovaks and Ukrainians?
The start of Euro 2016 qualification began under the slogan "The collapse of all hopes." Our team scored only one point in three games and the resignation of Georgi Kondratyev followed.
Belarus play out 0-0 draw vs Macedonia in Euro 2016 qualification
On October 12, the football team of Belarus held the last match of qualification for the Euro 2016 at Borisov Arena. The match against FYR Macedonia was goalless 0:0.
In the first half, Belarus had an advantage but failed to score.
In the second, Belarusians and Macedonians both had some chances. However fans (1,545 people, anti-record in official matches of the Belarusian national team) did not see goals in the end.
Presidential election in Belarus: How country's sports elite voted
Lots of athletes and coaches voted on October 11 at the presidential election 2015.
For Lyubov Cherkashina moving about Belarus and the world is a usual thing. The Olympic bronze medalist today is standing between heaven and earth. However, she carries lots of social functions - a member of the Executive Committee of National Olympic Committee of Belarus and the International Gymnastics Federation, as well as the coach of the national team. Cherkashina did find time on October 11 Sunday morning and voted.
FC Dinamo Minsk's second defeat in 2015/16 Europa League group stage
FC Dinamo Minsk lost to Rapid Wien in the second group stage match of the 2015/16 Europa League.
The narrow 0-1 home defeat at Borisov Arena was quite painful for the players. Nenad Adamovic says that the team should not have lost. “Their only goal is a luck. But this is football. For several games, we have been lacking the final pass, the assist. We want to score more.”
Dinamo manager Vuk Rašović: Rapid is a quality side
Dinamo Minsk will hold their first Europa League group stage home match in 2015 on October 1. The White-Blues will take on Austrian Rapid Wien at Borisov Arena.
On September 30 the head coach of the Minsk club held a press conference.
Vuk Rašović, head coach of FC Dinamo Minsk:Rapid is a quality team, they are the first in the championship of Austria. They beat Villarreal in the first game. We believe in ourselves. I think that Dinamo Minsk are 100% ready for tomorrow's game and need to show it on the field.
FC BATE Borisov sensationally defeat Roma 3:2 in Champions League
On September 29 evening, the football club BATE in the group stage of the Champions League won against visitors Roma 3:2. That was the first home match of the season at Borisov Arena. The game against the Italians brought Belarusians the first 3 points.
Also in our group Barcelona won against German Bayer 2:1 trailing for the most of the match. Now Barcelona has 4 points, Bayer and BATE have 3 while Roma 1.
In the next round, on October 20, the Belarusian players meet Barcelona at Borisov Arena.
FC Minsk in top three of Belarusian Highest League six tours before finish
The Belarusian football championship, the Highest League, is about to end. FC BATE will for sure secure their first place and another title, not everything is that clear with Dinamo Minsk, Shakhtyor and FC Minsk. The previous two are traditional contenders for a place on the podium but FC Minsk is like a dark horse here.
FC Minsk coach, Andrei Pyshnik, told the CTV that they have a squad that includes players of all ages, a mixture of young energy and experience.
Viktoria Plzen 2-0 Dinamo Minsk. UEFA Europa League group stage
Dinamo Minsk went down to Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic in the UEFA Europa League group stage. Dinamo looked weaker and could not oppose the pressure of Viktoria initially losing 0:2.
Tomas Horava and Milan Petržela were among the best in the Czech team's squad scoring one each.
In the other Group I game Rapid Wien of Austria beat Spain's Villarreal 2:1.