Club History

History of football in Borisov

Borisov has always been considered to be a football town. It was first documented on the banks of the Berezina in 1913, when P.I.Ivanov, principle of Borisov Gymnasium, organised a coterie called School Sport. At the outskirts of the town its participants equip a football pitch, a tennis court and croquette ground. And just in a year's time there already four football teams in Borisov: Gorodskaya, Gimnazicheskaya, Pervaya Novoborisovskaya and Vtoraya Novoborisovskaya. Twice a year School Sport organised and held Silver Cup, town football competition.

In 1922 unofficial championship of the Belarusian Republic was organised with just four participating teams from Minsk, Bobruisk, Borisov and Igumen (now Cherven). The squad from the capital turned out to be the best.

After that football in the town had a lot of good and bad days. After Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic was established and became part of the Soviet Union, Borisov was represented in the republican football championship by different teams. That was a minor amateur competition in the pyramid of Soviet Football. First it was Team Borisov, then Torpedo Borisov, after that Stroitel Borisov. Stroitel was one of the strongest teams of the competition in the late 60s and in 1968 the Borisovites were the favourites to win the competition, but after the first round the team had to withdraw due to financial problems.

In the next four years Borisov was not represented in the republican football competitions. Until a new team emerged in the town. BATE was the name.

1973-1984: BATE era


BATE, the team that represented Borisov Automobile and Tractor Electric Equipment factory, debuted in the republican competitions in 1973. Nikolai Busel, the director of the factory, was the patron of the team. BATE started from east zone of second group (Division 2) of the BSSR Championship. And in the very first year got promoted to the first time, having lost just once in 22 matches!

БАТЭ образца 1974 года.

And already next season, in 1974, the team won the competition, although it was hard to get the title. First BATE had to perform well in second zone of 10 teams and to get to the final tournament. There BATE had to face winners of two other zones - Motor and SKA from Minsk. The Borisovites coached by Lev Mazurkevich managed to get five points (Motor - 4, SKA - 3) and grabbed the title.

Next year BATE did not manage to repeat the success. In 1975 USSR Sport Committee abolished Reserves competition, and Dinamo Minsk Reserves were to play in the BSSR Championship in second zone, where BATE played. The Borisovites finished third in the preliminary tournament (after Dinamo Minsk Reserves and SKIF Minsk), but in the final tournament did not manage to get higher than the fifth place.

In 1976 BATE returned the title to Borisov. What is more, the team of Lev Mazurkevich managed to make a double, adding BSSR Cup to the BSSR Championship win. Team captained by Igor Zaitsev beat Start Orsha and Trud Volkovyssk to get to the final where the Borisovites defeated Burevestnik Minsk 2-0.


In that season BATE squad consisted of Valeriy Fridrikh, Bronislav Yasinskiy (who later became a well-known Belarusian referee), Anatoliy Nikitin, Vladimir Gamezo, Viktor Pavlovets, Bronislav Yanushkovskiy, Gennadiy Drobaha, Yuriy Martynov, Valeriy Yerohovets, Aleksandr Sychov, Petr Karan, Anastas Keralidi, Anatoliy Kishko, Valentin Babitskiy, Viktor Brilo, Aleksandr Borisevich, Gennadiy Sharonov, Aleksandr Rogov.

In 1977 BATE were just fourth. The Borisovites had to face Dinamo Minsk Reserves again. And that team was full of future Soviet Champions and USSR national team players. For example, Sergey Borovskiy, Petr Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Vergeenko, Sergey Gotsmanov, Igor Gurinovich, Yuriy Kurbyko, Aleksandr Prokopenko, Ludas Rumbutis, Yuriy Trukhan, Viktor Yanushevskiy and Yuriy Pudyshev (who in about 20 years will join revived BATE as one of the coaches). BATE did not have any arguments against such a star squad and finished just fourth in the final tournament.

In 1978 BATE played better: first place in preliminary zone tournament and second in the final tournament, after a tough rivalry with Shinnik Bobruisk.

In 1979 BATE won the title for the third time. In preliminary zone competitions the Borisovites finished second just one point from Temp Mogilev, but in the final tournament team of Lev Mazurkevich were unstoppable, finishing four points off their main competitiors Burevestnik Minsk.

1980 season was not that successful. After a confident performance in zone competition, where BATE shared the top place with Pedinstitut Minsk, the Borisovites were just first in the final tournament.

In 1981 BATE shared the first place of zonal preliminaries, this time with Shinnik Bobruisk, but again were just first in the finals.

That year was the last for BATE in BSSR competitions. The team that won three titles (1974, 1976, 1979) and one BSSR Cup (1976) was dissolved.

In 1984 there was an attempt to revive BATE. But in preliminaries the team was just 11th of 12. For eight years Borisov remained without a football team.

ROARING 90s: FC Berezina and FC Fomalgaut


Football was back in town in 1992 when the first independent Belarusian Championship was held. It was played in just one round. Borisov was represented by Berezina that played in Division 3 and finished 7th. In Belarusian Cup it was even more confusing. Berezina had to face Selmash from Mogilev, but did not manage to arrive in Mogilev and the opponents grabbed a technical win.

Switch of the Championship to autumn-spring system did not change a lot. In 1992/93 season Berezina finished 8th.

But 1993/94 season was about to become a true breakthrough. After the first round the team was in the first place and had good chances of promoting to Division 2. But then faced a crisis and finished just fourth. At the beginning of 1994 the club changed the name to Fomalgaut.

In 1994/95 season Fomalgaut set a goal to promote to Division 2. And the squad completed the mission brilliantly. In the first round there were some adventures, but in the second Fomalgaut won all the matches but for one and the goal difference equaled amazing 33-2. Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Mikhail Khlus, who later played for BATE and occupied managing posts in BATE, were a part of that Fomalgaut squad.

1995 season was again a transitional one. Belarusian football was switching to spring-autumn system again. In Division 2 the Borisovites finished 3rd. Good run was made in Belarusian Cup as well: Fomalgaut got to quarterfinals and were stopped only by almighty Dinamo Minsk (1-3).

That season Fomalgaut was full of players that would become famous in BATE like Vitali Shimko, Sergei Petrukovich, Mikhail Khlus, Sergei Kuznetsov, Sergei Sergel, Mikhail Zhorov, future captain of the Yellow Blues.

1995 season was the last for Fomalgaut. In 1996 the club faced serious financial troubles and was dissembled. Luckily football did not disappear in Borisov. A new football club, FC BATE Borisov, was founded.

Revival of BATE

One of the most concerned people about the future of football in Borisov was Nikolai Busel, the director of BATE Factory. In spring 1996 people who wanted to keep football in town gathered in his office. Among those were young Anatoli Kapski, coach of glorious BATE of the 70s Lev Mazurkevich. After a discussion it was decided to revive BATE this year and to start competing in Division 3 of the national championship. Anatoli Kapski was unanimously voted to be the chairman of the new club, as he was known for his creative personality and ability to invest into the club.

The problem was the only things that the club had were the name and the chairman. But the coach was soon found. It was Yury Puntus. In 1995 he and a group of Belarusian players were working in Sakhalin, but in 1996 were left without a club. 'I was telling the players that we will continue training in a group and wait for offers. Ragunovich, Yarosh, Zubkovskiy just gathered every day in a small gym in Dinamo stadium and had training sessions. When I talked to the people who were launching a project in Borisov, I immediately understood it wasn't a one-season club. Their approach was quite ambitious and I liked it', recalled later Puntus.

Anatoli Kapski's company Stalker was one of the sponsors of Fomalgaut, but the club's strategy did not appeal to the young businessman. 'There was just no strategy, and I did not like that. And the bosses of Fomalgaut were not ready to come up with one. In BATE I wanted to make it differently. I wanted the club to develop sustainably and to have a clear vision on what we try to achieve', explains Kapski.

Stalker, the company of Kapski, became the main source of financing of the revived club. BATE Factory helped with the bus and organised a training camp in Dudinka, where the factory health and recreational centre was located.

12 April 1996 the newly formed team for the first time gathered in Dudinka for a full training session. This day is now considered to be the birthday of the team.

In just two years BATE promoted from Division 3 to the country's top football team and in 16 years became the most successful club of Belarus.



    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 30

    28 november 2021, 13:00

    Referee: Shcherbakov D.

    4:0 Vitebsk


    BATE — Vitebsk

    3 : 1

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1 Shakhtyor 30 75
2 BATE 30 65
3 Dinamo Mn 30 62
4 Gomel 30 59
5 Rukh 30 58
6 Dynamo Br 30 38
7 Vitebsk 30 37
8 Torpedo-BelAZ 30 36
9 Slutsk 30 35
10 Isloch 30 34
11 Neman 30 34
12 Minsk 30 33
13 Energetik-BGU 30 33
14 Slaviya 30 32
15 Smorgon 30 21
16 Sputnik 30 7
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