FC Metalurg is a professional football club from the city of Zaporizhia. The club has always been in the top league, since the first season in 1992.
Early years (1935-1946)
The history of Metalurg began in 1935 when a steel production company, Zaporizhstal, formed the football club 'Stal'. By the end of the year a local sports union gave Stal the status of a main club in the region. Throughout the 1930s the team appeared regularly in domestic competitions and often played against clubs from the Soviet Top League, the most notable of which was FC Spartak Moscow. The tough times of World War II soon followed, however, bringing decline to both Zaporizhstal and its team. Nonetheless, in 1946 the club was revived and in 1949 Stal won the cup in Zaporizhia Oblast.
USSR Era (1946-1990)
In October 1949 the team was renamed to 'Metalurg'. In 1950 Metalurg debuts in the USSR Cup and in the round of 64 they defeated Lokomotiv Petrozavodsk with the score of 5:0, but go out in the next stage, losing 2:3 to Torpedo Stalingrad. However, the very next year club went to eighth-finals, notably defeating FC Dynamo Minsk 1:0 and FC Lokomotiv Moscow 4:0 on the way. In 1953 the club debuted in the USSR Championship. From 1953 to 1962 Metalurg played in USSR Championship division 'B'.
In 1963 Metalurg won a place in USSR Championship division 'A' and had some moderate success. They stayed there until 1971, when in the 1970 season club secured a position in division 'A' and a place in the USSR First League. In their first season they came in fourth place, which became the club's highest achievement in the USSR Championships.
Ukrainian Premier League (1991-present)
In 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent and Ukrainian Premier League was formed. Metalurg was among the founders of the League. The club has remained in the Vyshcha Liga for all 16 seasons with their highest achievement in the 1995/1996 season, taking 5th place.
Metalurg have entered the UEFA Cup on two occasions; the first in 2002-03 after finishing fourth in the league the previous season. In the qualifying round they beat Maltese side Birkirkara F.C. 3-0 on aggregate, before losing 2-1 to Leeds United in the first round.
After finishing as runners-up in the Ukrainian Cup in 2006, Metalurg secured a place in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup. In the second qualifying round, Metalurg defeated Moldavian side Zimbru Chişinău 3-0 over two legs. However, Metalurg went out in the first stage, losing to Greek club Panathinaikos.
The history of FC Metalurg dates back to a factory team 'Stal' that has been sponsored by one of the largest steel production companies in Ukraine, Zaporizhstal. The company has remained a sponsor of the club for over 70 years and now is a general sponsor of the club. Other notable sponsors are the Ukrainian bank 'Industrialbank'.
The official kit manufacturer for the club is German company Adidas and the official beer sponsor of the club is Slavutych.
Ukrainian Championship 2001-2002
Ukrainian Cup Silver Medalist
Ukrainian Cup Semifinalist: 2