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SKA Lviv

SKA Lviv
Full name SKA Lviv
Founded 1949
Dissolved 1989
Ground Army Sports Club Stadium (Lviv)
Ground Capacity 23,000
Home colours

SKA Lviv is a Soviet football club founded in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR. The club was created as part of sport section of the Carpathian Military District in 1949 and existed until 1989. As SKA Karpaty the club dissolved the main team was reorganized as SFK Drohobych and moved to Drohobych, Lviv Oblast (see FC Halychyna Drohobych), simultaneously FC Karpaty Lviv was reinstated as well. Over most of its history the club was the secondary team in Lviv.

History

Poor start and Spartak Lviv oblivion

During its history the club went through several transformations and mergers. It was founded in 1949 as ODO Lviv (in Russian ODO means the Oblast Dome [Club] of Officers) and began its legacy in the Second Group of the Soviet football competitions (Soviet First League). SKA Lviv was part of the Fitness-Sports Union of Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of the Sports Committee of the Armed Forces of USSR. In western Ukraine all organizations of central government were centers of the Russian culture, especially the Soviet Army. The army-men team played along with their city rivals Spartak Lviv which placed second. The performance of the SKA Lviv was under par and the club relegated next year to amateur level as the Second Group was liquidated in 1950. Spartak Lviv was transferred under the jurisdiction of FSC Dynamo which was not able to prepare the team for the next season, therefore Spartak Lviv was successfully dissolved.

This way SKA Lviv became the best club of the city. For the next several years the club participated in the republican championship among the Fitness and Sports clubs (KFK competitions). In 1950 SKA Lviv placed second after Spartak Uzhhorod which became the champion of Ukrainian SSR. Next season the club won its zonal tournament against several other Lviv teams such as Kharchovyk (Tobacco factory), Iskra, Dynamo and eventually became vice-champion winning over ODO Kiev. In 1952 SKA Lviv placed only 4th in its zone and higher than its city rival Kharchovyk Vynnyky.

First League successes

With another reorganization of championship SKA Lviv returned to the Soviet First League under the leadership of Aleksey Grinin. Among notable players that time were Yozhef Betsa, Myroslav Dumansky, Ernest Kesler, and others. In 1956 for SKA Lviv played the future Dynamo Kiev captain, Vasyl Turyanchyk. In 1957 ODO Lviv won the Class B tournament and managed to advamce to the 1/8 finals of Soviet Cup where they were facing Spartak Moscow. On June 6, 1957 both teams met at the SKA Stadium. Most of the Spartak players a year ago won the Olympic gold in Melbourne and managed to pull a win in the second half 1:2.

In 1960 it became SKA (Sport Club of Army) for all Army clubs except the Moscow's one, which became CSKA (the Central Sport Club of the Army). In 1982 the SKA Lviv from the Soviet Second League was united with the other club from Lviv, FC Karpaty Lviv, which participated in the Soviet First League. The new team has taken place of FC Karpaty Lviv and was renamed into SKA Karpaty Lviv. In 1990 the team was liquidated and in its place was formed SFC Drohobych in the Soviet Second League. Soon, after few months, the club was renamed again in FC Halychyna Drohobych. Later, there was another club that entered the Ukrainian Second League called as the SKA-Orbita Lviv, and in 2008 FC Halychyna Lviv that won the national amateur cup entered the Ukrainian Cup.

FC Karpaty Lviv split from SKA Karpaty Lviv in 1989 and entered the Soviet Second League. In 1990 both teams competed in the Buffer League, West Zone.

League and Cup history

SKA Lviv

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1949 2nd 17 34 7 6 21 37 90 20 1/256 finals Ukrainian SSR Relegated
1950 3rd 2 no participation Ukrainian SSR Finals
1951 2
1952 4 Ukrainian SSR Zone 4
1953 Death of Joseph Stalin
1954 2nd 7 22 7 6 9 24 32 20 1/8 finals Zone 3
1955 7 30 13 6 11 47 40 32 1/64 finals Zone 1
1956 5 34 16 9 9 49 25 41
1957 2 34 21 6 7 51 32 48 Zone 2
1958 1 30 18 7 5 45 26 43 1/8 finals Zone 3
5 5 1 1 3 8 13 3 Finals
1959 6 28 14 5 9 48 27 33 Zone 4
1960 6 32 17 6 9 46 29 40 1/32 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 1
1961 4 34 17 8 9 42 30 42 1/64 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 1
Playoff 2 1 1 0 2 1 3 vs Metalurh Zaporizhia
1962 4 24 10 6 8 37 25 26 1/256 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 1
1 10 5 5 0 18 6 15 7-17 places tournament
1963 3rd 2 38 26 7 5 82 35 59 1/512 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 1
Playoff 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 vs Azovstal Zhdanov
1964 2 30 14 9 7 47 21 37 1/4 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 1
6 10 2 0 8 12 16 4 1-6 places tournament
1965 1 30 20 6 4 74 20 46 1/256 finals Ukrainian SSR Zone 2
1 10 7 2 1 24 9 16 1-6 places tournament
1966 2nd 3 34 15 10 9 44 29 40 1/64 finals 2nd subgroup
1967 3 38 17 14 7 42 27 48 1/128 finals
1968 7 40 16 14 10 40 42 46 1/64 finals 1st subgroup
1969 13 42 14 11 17 40 47 39 1/128 finals 3rd subgroup
1970 3rd 14 42 12 15 15 30 41 39 1/128 finals 1st Zone
1971 23 50 10 17 23 33 55 37
see SC Lutsk (1972 - 1976)
1977 3rd 10 44 16 16 12 61 43 48 2nd Zone
1978 9 44 16 14 14 52 43 46
1979 3 46 25 11 10 67 33 61
1980 3 44 24 12 8 64 32 60 5th Zone
merged w/Karpaty
1981 9 44 16 15 13 49 47 47
see SKA Karpaty Lviv (1982-1989)

SC Lutsk

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1972 3rd 22 46 8 17 21 30 52 33 1st Zone
1973 19 44 11 11 22 25 50 30 1st Zone (-3)
1974 9 38 14 12 12 33 31 40 6th Zone
1975 3 32 13 12 7 46 26 38 6th Zone
6 5 0 0 5 2 12 0 League Semifinals
1976 9 38 11 16 11 34 34 38 6th Zone

SKA Karpaty Lviv

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe Notes
1982 2nd 10 42 16 10 16 44 37 42 Group stage
1983 11 42 15 12 15 43 46 42 1/32 finals
1984 3 42 20 9 13 63 44 49 1/16 finals
1985 2 20 8 7 5 25 18 23 1/64 finals West
3 42 21 13 8 66 44 54 Group A
1986 4 46 22 10 14 69 52 54 1/64 finals
1987 5 42 17 12 13 62 46 46 1/4 finals
1988 7 42 18 8 16 51 39 44 1/32 finals
1989 22 42 5 7 30 37 37 17 1/8 finals Relegated
1990 converted to SFC Drohobych 1/64 finals Dissolved

Notable players

  • Oleh Luzhny

See also

References

  • Team history and records (English)
  • Short historical overview of SKA Karpaty Lviv (Russian)
  • Short historical overview of SKA Lviv (Russian)

External links

  • Soviet Archives

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