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BATE: the Yellow Blues from Borisov

Football Club BATE Borisov was founded 12th April, 1996. Current chairman of the club Anatoliy Kapskiy was one of the founders. In autumn 1997 the Yellow Blues promoted to the Vysshaya Liga, Belarusian top football tier. In their very first season in the elite division the Borisovites finished as runners-up and in 1999 won their first national title. Since those times BATE has been the most consistent clubs of Belarus, winning a national record breaking 13th title in 2016. BATE could also boast three triumphs in Belarusian Cup and seven in Belarusian Supercup. In just 21 years BATE has become the most successful club of the country.

Since 1999 BATE has participated in European Club Competitions, never missing a start in UEFA club tournaments. The Yellow Blues are the most experienced Belarusian club in the European Competitions. They set a number of unique records. BATE were the first to participate in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2008/09. The Yellow Blues faced Real Madrid CF, FC Juventus and FC Zenit St.Petersburg. The team was coached by Viktor Goncharenko, who at the age of 31 became the youngest ever manager to take a club to the group stage.

Another important milestone was breakthrough to Last 32 in UEFA Europa League. And in 2011/12 it was time for another Champions League campaign to compete with FC Barcelona, the strongest club of the world at the time, Milan AC and FC Viktoria Plzen.

In 2012/13 BATE managed to get to the group stage of the biggest club competition of Europe again. And this time created a true sensation beating LOSC Lille away and Bayern Munich at home, becoming the group leader after Matchday 2. After that BATE was not that successful, but managed to take third spot and qualify for Last 32 of Europa League for the second time in club's history. This time Fenerbahce SK were the opponents, and the fate of the game was decided just by one penalty converted by Christian Baroni.

Developing young talents has always been main strategic direction of the club. BATE works hard to bring up new stars. A lot of BATE players represented Belarus at U-21 level. The club from Borisov was the first professional club for top Belaruisan players such as Alexander Hleb, Yuri Zhevnov, Vitaliy Kutuzov, Alexey Baga.

In 2009 BATE Supporters' Club was formed. It was an important milestone in club's passion for its fans, as supporters are indivisible part of the club's life.

FC BATE Borisov as one of the most recognizable brands of its hometown tries to do all possible efforts to get involved into the life of community. The club understands its social task and shows its commitment in making life of its compatriots better. In the past the club held many different activities aimed at helping local community. In 2011 FC BATE decided to unite them under one name. In May 2011 the club declared launching of a new initiative called "БАТЭ за жизнь!" ('BATE for Life!'). It got a lot of positive response at once.

From the very day of foundation BATE's aim was never to stop developing. And the club has been successfully following this ever since.

Belarusian Champ.

Team Pld Pts
1 Shakhtyor 30 59
2 BATE 30 58
3 Torpedo-BelAZ 30 56
4 Dinamo Br 30 54
5 Neman 30 53
6 Dinamo Mn 30 52
7 Isloch 30 45
8 Rukh 30 44
9 Slaviya 30 39
10 Energetik-BGU 30 38
11 Minsk 30 38
12 Vitebsk 30 36
13 Gorodeya 30 31
14 Slutsk 29 27
15 Belshina 30 21
16 Smolevichi 29 14
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