FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
|Full name||Football Club Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih|
|General Director||Taras Stretovych|
|Head coach||Serhiy Mazur|
Until 2013 the club participated in professional competitions. In June 2013 the club went bankrupt and was expelled from the Ukrainian Premier League. There was a failed attempt to revive the club in 2014, until finally the club was reestablished again in 2015. In 2020, the club merged with Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih which took on the Kryvbas's brand.
The team was founded as FC Kryvyi Rih in 1959. The next year it was part of the republican sport society Avanhard. After a couple of years it changed to Hirnyk, before obtaining current its name in 1966. Over the years in the Soviet competitions Kryvbas became a record holder for Ukrainian championship wins tying it at four along with SKA Kiev.
Kryvbas debuted in the Ukrainian Premier League in the 1992–1993 season. They have been in the top league since their debut in the second season. Their best finish was in third place in the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons which made them the only club out of a provincial city that managed to place among the top three best.
At the end of the UPL 2012–2013 season the team finished in 7th place, however, due to financial difficulties the club declared itself bankrupt in June 2013.
In 2013-14 local authorities created the Sport Club Kryvbas that included teams of several sports including football. FC Kryvbas played several friendlies in the spring of 2014. Due to the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, the project was suspended for undefined period. In the summer of 2015 there was created a public organization "Kryvbas maye buty" (Kryvbas has to be) that is involved in a revival of sportive symbol of the city.
In August 2015 FC Kryvbas was allowed to start at the mid-season of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Championship where it played 11 games winning four and losing five. At finish, the club ended up at the 10th place among 13 participants. In 2016 FC Kryvbas started out in the 2016 Ukrainian Football Amateur League. The new club will start out at the Spartak Stadium that was renovated back in 2013 and holds approximately 4,000 seats.
Presidents and chairmen
- Championship of the Ukrainian SSR
- Winners (4): 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981
- Ukrainian First League
- Winners (1): 1992
- Ukrainian Cup
- Runners-up: 2000
Football kits and sponsors
|Years||Football kit||Shirt sponsor|
League and Cup history
|1986||3rd (VI Zone)||6||40||16||13||11||58||48||45|
|1987||3rd (VI Zone)||11||52||23||10||19||68||68||56|
|1988||3rd (VI Zone)||6||50||21||14||15||53||45||56|
|1989||3rd (VI Zone)||10||52||23||10||19||78||70||56||10th place or lower|
|1990||4th (I Zone)||15||36||10||6||20||40||53||26|
|1991||4th (I Zone)||11||52||19||13||20||75||64||51|
|1992||2nd "B"||1||26||15||10||1||46||23||40||1/8 finals||Promoted|
|2000–01||1st||11||26||6||6||14||22||36||24||1/4 finals||UC||1st round|
|Dnipropetrovsk Oblast championship 2015–|
- Myron Markevich (Jan 1996 – June 96)
- Oleh Taran (July 1997 – Sept 00)
- Hennadiy Lytovchenko (Sept 2000 – Dec 01)
- Ihor Nadein (Jan 2002 – Aug 02)
- Oleksandr Ishchenko (Aug 2002 – June 3)
- Volodymyr Muntyan (July 2003 – Dec 03)
- Oleksandr Kosevych (Jan 2004 – Feb 07)
- Oleh Taran (Feb 2007 – Dec 09)
- Yuriy Maksymov (Jan 2010 – June 12)
- Vitaliy Kvartsyanyi (June 2012 – July 12)
- Oleh Taran (July 2012 – May 13)
- "FC Kryvbas launches bankruptcy procedure". Interfax-Ukraine. 12 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
- Gen.Director of Kryvbas: The team has marvelous chances to start playing in the PFL already this summer. Kryvbas fan's side. 6 April 2016
- Jerseys of Ukrainian clubs Archived 25 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine