Year by year

After the highly unsuccessful 2005 season BATE could not set another goal but for return to the top three of the Vysshaya Liga. What is more, on 12 April 2006 BATE was celebrating 10 years since the foundation of the club, and it was crucial that the team performed well. And the Yellow Blues made a present for the supporters and themselves and won the title for the third time in their history. As it turned out, this season started a fantastic title run by the club from Borisov.

LEFT THE CLUB: Roman Garkusha (defender), Roman Krasko (defender), Roman Ovchinnikov (forward), Dmitriy Rubnenko (forward, FC Lokomotiv Vitebsk), Vadzim Skrypchanka (midfielder, Lokomotiv Vitebsk), Pavel Shmigero (midfielder, FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk), Andrei Shorokh (midfielder, FC Neman Grodno), Aleksandr Baranov (midfielder, Smorgon).

JOINED THE CLUB: Aleksei Zaitsev (midfielder, Slaviya), Vitaliy Kazantsev (Olimpiya Volgograd, Russa), Sergei Krivets (midfielder, FC Lokomotiv Minsk), Yuriy Ostroukh (midfielder, FC Lida), Dmitriy Platonov (midfielder, Zvezda-BGU, Minsk), Vitali Radzionau (forward, FC Torpedo Zhodino).

Young and determined

Unlike the main competitors, the Borisovites decided not to invite a lot of experienced players. Instead the team signed young players who were not in the spotlight. Russian defender Vitaliy Kazantsev was found in half-amateur competitions in Russia. Sergei Krivets and the Platonov brothers played at outsiders of the Vysshaya Liga. Vitali Radzionau, despite showing good goalscoring statistics in Zhodino, was not an obvious move. In other words, there was a bunch of talented young players, but obviously they still needed some experience and clever treatment from the head coach. On the whole a lot of pundits said BATE had a squad which is too young to fight for top three.

The beginning of the Vysshaya Liga competition showed that there was the rub in their words. Suddenly own goals became an issue for the team. For example, BATE fully controlled the run of play against FC Dinamo Minsk. But at the end of the first half Aliaksei Baha sent the ball into own net trying to intercept a cross into the box. And in the second half Ihar Stasevich headed the ball into his own goal after a free kick and Dinamo players were quicker on the rebound. As a result just 2-2, although BATE was a better side on the night. A loss against FC Darida Minsk away did not add positive emotions. In this match Dmitriy Molosh was the unlucky one scoring an own goal.

Nevertheless, the unlucky streak did not break the team's self-confidence. After that BATE recorded clean sheets in the following four matches and came closer to the leaders. The victory in the Belarusian Cup gave another impulse to the team.

No light in August

Certainly, this success was important for the Yellow Blues, who did not lose a single match left in the fixtures of the first round and went for the three week's break on top of the table together with FC Darida Minsk.

Unsuccessful participation in the UEFA cup caused a setback in August results. BATE lost in the Belarusian El Clasico against FC Dinamo Minsk 2-4. After that a home loss to FC MTZ-RIPO followed (1-3) and a draw with mid-table dweller FC Torpedo Zhodino (1-1).

Successful Autumn

The break for the national teams was very timely. In ten days Igor Kriushenko managed to do a lot in order to bring the team to top form both physically and psychologically. The effect was really great. In September and October BATE was confidently fighting for the title, leading the table with 44 points. Gomel was four points behind, FC Dinamo Minsk, FC MTZ-RIPO and FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk were trailing by 5 points.

The calendar of the remaining matches was tough as BATE had to face the closest chasers. In Gomel Dzmitry Likhtarovich made the difference in the dying seconds of the match with a fantastic header. After that BATE beat FC Lokomotiv confidently (4-2).

The key match was played in Vitebsk, where local FC Lokomotiv were fighting hard to clinch place 6 in the table. The home team was the first to score late in the match - 1-0 for the Vitebsk side in 81th minute! But Dmitriy Molosh managed to equalise with an amazing long-range missile (1-1).

In the next matchday BATE won against FC Dinamo Brest and could have become champions with a game in hand. But FC Dinamo Minsk managed to beat Lokomotiv Vitebsk to prolong the fight for the title for another week.

Thriller ending

The last matchday was also tough for BATE. They had to travel to snow-covered Soligorsk to face FC Shakhtyor, who were desperately looking for points to finish third. But in the first half it seemed to be a decided match. Aleksandr Lebedev and Ihar Stasevich scored to make it 2-0 for the guests. But in the second half the Moles not only came back into the game, but managed to score their third. The final whistle of Russian referee Aleksandr Gvardis invited for the important match from Kaliningrad proved that Shakhtyor were stronger 3-2.

It was also snowing hard in Brest, where Dinamo Minsk had to face Dinamo Brest. The match was postponed due to cleaning of the pitch. As a result, the Minsk side new about the loss of BATE. Which meant that if they won against the southerners, a golden match would be needed to decide the owner of the title. And this task seemed to be quite easy. Brest were definitely underdogs of the fixture.

But the Brest side managed to keep a clean sheet and gained the pivotal 0-0, which meant BATE were champions second year running!

The time between the final whistle in Soligorsk was a moment to remember for every BATE player. The team was driving back from Soligorsk on the bus totally frustrated, and all of a sudden the team learnt the news from Brest. The reaction cannot even be described and imagined. The third title came quite unexpectedly. Together with the Belarusian Cup that was a fantastic result in the Decennial Jubilee of the club. And in a couple of weeks the coach of BATE Igor Kriushenko became the Coach of the Year in Belarus.

 

  • LAST MATCH

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 21

    14 september 2019, 20:45
    Borisov-Arena

    Referee: Shcherbakov D.

    BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
    2:1 Gorodeya
    Gorodeya
    (Gorodeya)
     

    Дублеры

    BATE — Gorodeya

    4 : 0

  • Next Match

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 18

    25 september 2019, 20:45
    Brestski Sports Complex (Brest)

    Dinamo Br
    Dinamo Br
    (Brest)
    VS BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
  • UPCOMING FIXTURES

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 23

    28 september 2019, 20:45
    Borisov-Arena

    BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
    VS Neman
    Neman
    (Grodno)

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 24

    05 october 2019
    Slutsk. Gorodskoi Stadium

    Slutsk
    Slutsk
    (Slutsk)
    VS BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 25

    19 october 2019
    Borisov-Arena

    BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
    VS Gomel
    Gomel
    (Gomel)

Belarusian Champ.

Team Pld Pts
1 Dynamo Br 20 51
2 BATE 19 46
3 Shakhtyor 19 46
4 Dinamo Mn 20 40
5 Torpedo-BelAZ 21 35
6 Isloch 21 34
7 Gorodeya 20 30
8 Slutsk 21 26
9 Slaviya 19 23
10 Neman 21 23
11 Vitebsk 20 21
12 Minsk 21 20
13 Gomel 21 18
14 Energetik-BGU 21 16
15 Dnyapro 20 16
16 Torpedo Mn 20 6
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