Year by year

2005 is without any doubt the most difficult year in the history of FC BATE Borisov. A lot of players left the club, which made medal perspectives of the club quite vague. And although the new coach together with the players tried their best, the team did not make it to the first three for the first time in their Vysshaya Liga history.

LEFT THE CLUB: Yuriy Puntus (head coach), Mikhail Afanasiev (midfielder), Pavel Chasnouski (goalkeeper), Dmitriy Shchegrikovich (midfielder) (all switched for FC MTZ-RIPO Minsk), Yuriy Zhevnov (goalkeeper) (FC Moskva, Russia, D1), Dmitriy Komarovskiy (forward, FC Torpedo Moscow, Russia, D1), Yevgeniy Loshankov (midfielder, Chernomorets Odessa, Ukraine, D1), Gennadiy Mardas (defender), Oleg Strakhanovich (midfielder, FC Tobol Kustanai, Kazakhstan, D1), Valeriy Tarasenko (defender, FC Gomel), Oleg Shkabara (midfielder, FC Dinamo Moscow, Russia, D1).

JOINED THE CLUB: Igor Kriushenko (head coach, from another post in the club), Aleksandr Baranov (midfielder, from FC Naftan Novopolotsk), Aliaksandr Fedarovich (goalkeeper, from FC Naftan Novopolotsk), Pavel Beganskiy (forward, FC MTZ-RIPO Minsk), Roman Garkusha (defender, from FC Zvezda-VA-BGU), Aleksei Khaletskiy (defender, from FC Zvezda-VA-BGU), Dmitry Klimovich (midfielder, FC Torpedo Zhodino), Artsiom Radzkou (defender, FC Torpedo Zhodino), Roman Krasko (defender, FC Lokomotiv Minsk), Boris Pankratov (goalkeeper, Spartak-UOR, Shkov, D3).

 New life

In order to understand the hard task of BATE in 2005 it is enough to have a quick look at the list of those who left the club. First of all the head coach and the architect of all the wins Yuriy Puntus switched for FC MTZ-RIPO Minsk. Three players followed the coach - Chasnouski, Shchegrikovich and Afanasyev.

Apart from them, several other leaders left for foreign career opportunities. BATE filled in the gaps by the players who were previously loaned to other clubs. Together with that BATE failed to sign top players. Thus it was difficult to predict what would happen to the team during the season.

Ihar Kryushenka, who had worked with the reserves before, became the head coach. His ability to get along with the youngsters well was crucial as there were few experienced players in the team.

Summer tailspin

The cornerstone of the season was the Belarusian Cup final against MTZ-RIPO Minsk coached by Puntus. BATE lost the game (1-2), and what was even more frustrating, lost their captain Aliaksandr Yermakovich due to an injury. The Yellow Blues were not bad at all in the showdown at Dinamo Stadium, but conceded two unnecessary goals and the Cup went to the opponents.

The shock of the Cup loss was huge. BATE played several bad matches in a row. For example, the Borisovites lost at home against the neighbours from FC Torpedo Zhodino (0-1) and drew a match against Lokomotiv Minsk after leading 3-0.

The unlucky streak was over after a 1-0 win against FC Dinamo Minsk, but on the whole the summer turned out to be a disappointment. BATE lost against FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk and MTZ-RIPO at home and were not looking their usual self. In the UEFA competitions the run was also quickly over. Russian FC Krylya Sovietov were stronger in the UEFA Cup.

Too late

In autumn our team finally got over the summer troubles and started to win consistently again. There was one nice unbeaten run of eight matches (five wins and three draws). Unfortunately, this did not help to reach for the top three. BATE were just fifth - the lowest place in the club's Vysshaya Liga record. What was especially sad, the runners-up FC Dinamo Minsk were just three points away, and third-placed MTZ-RIPO - for two. Thus just one victory was missing for BATE to claim a place on the pedestal.

The worst season for the team that never finished out of top three. But the team was young, and there was hope that next season it can do a lot better.



    Belarusian Championship
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    04 july 2020, 16:00

    Referee: Kurgkheli A.

    : Energetik-BGU
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Team Pld Pts
1 BATE 15 30
2 Shakhtyor 15 27
3 Neman 14 26
4 Dinamo Br 16 26
5 Torpedo-BelAZ 15 26
6 Energetik-BGU 15 26
7 Dinamo Mn 15 23
8 Isloch 15 23
9 Slaviya 16 21
10 Vitebsk 15 21
11 Rukh 15 19
12 Slutsk 16 18
13 Gorodeya 15 15
14 Minsk 13 14
15 Smolevichi 15 11
16 Belshina 15 6
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