Year by year

The maiden journey of BATE in the Belarusian top flight proved that the country got another club with strong determination and huge ambitions and targets. The Yellow Blues managed to finish as runners up, adding silver medals to their trophy collection. The second round was the key for this success.

New faces

During the pre-season period BATE worked a lot on recruiting new players in to the team. There were times during the training camps when about 50 players worked with the team as the coaching staff were determined to sign best players for the best possible performance in the debut season. Some veterans retired or left the club. Instead new generation of players appeared in the squad. Many of them represented FC Ataka Aura Minsk in the past. The club ceased to exist, releasing all its players. Thus BATE signed several strong and young players such as Aliaksandr Yermakovich, Aliaksandr Lisouski, Yuriy Doroshkevich, Vasiliy Khomutovskiy, Sergei Zenevich, Dmitriy Kapelyan. The Republican School of Olympic Reserve (RUOR) also supplied good footballers, such as Viktar Hancharenka and Vitali Kutuzau. Kutuzau in the end became a good substitute for Nikolai Ryndziuk who left to Russian FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

There was no any definite task for the team in the season. The board of directors saw trying to win in every match as the main target. But the ambitions of Yuriy Puntus and his squad were not just to get honorable defeats. The contracts of players and coaches also had clause that guaranteed bonuses for the finish in top 3.

First victory

The calendar for BATE was quite lucky. The Borisovites started with weak opponents that managed to get the team into the new rhythm. 12 April 1998, on the club's second birthday, the Yellow Blues got their first ever top-flight win. The trip to FC Molodechno brought BATE three points. Uladzimir Niavinski scored the first ever goal in the first division heading the ball into the net after a set-piece. Yuriy Tikhomirov scored the second goal from the penalty spot. The home team managed to score once, but that did not spoil the party for BATE.

After that the Yellow Blues beat FC Kommunalnik Slonim (3-1 away) and FC Naftan-Devon Novopolotsk (2-1 home, played at Orbita Stadium in Minsk). Then BATE had to face the almighty Dinamo Minsk. At that time the match was not called Belarusian El Clasico. Dinamo were stronger with 2-0.

On matchday 5 BATE played their first true home match. Borisov Gorodskoi Stadium was finally opened after renovation and incredible 11000 watched the match from the only stand and all the nearby houses. BATE won confidently 3-0, setting the town on a big celebration.

After that the Yellow Blues had an unlucky spell. Draws against FC Slaviya, FC Gomel, FC Dinamo-93, losses against FC Torpedo Minsk and FC Torpedo Kadino Mogilev brought BATE to the middle of the table.

The board of directors had to speak to the players very seriously and this worked for the home match against FC Belshina Bobruisk (1-0) and two more games, but the end of the first round was sad again due to losses against FC Locomotiv Vitebsk (1-3) and FC Dnepr Mogilev (0-1).

Fantastic finish

The mid-season break was important for the team to understand what the problems were. In 17 days the Yellow Blues made the corrections in fitness and psychology, worked a lot on combinations and were set to change the situation in the table. 5 wins in a row after the start of the second round were the reward for this hard work. The match against FC Dinamo Minsk was or particular importance. BATE won against the White Blues for the first time in history, beating the biggest club of Belarus at the time 3-0. Doroshkevich, Savostikov and Kutuzov were the goalscorers.

After a goalles draw in Gomel BATE started to win again, beating FC Slaviya Mozyr, FC Torpedo Minsk and FC Torpedo Kadino Mogilev. This helped BATE through the table and soon the Yellow Blues were already very close to the top three. The only bad memory from the second part of 1998 was the loss in Bobruisk in the match against FC Belshina Bobruisk (0-4). In 47th Minute Savostikov was sent off, and although Belshina's leader Khlebosolov did not score a penalty, the Bobruisk side managed to use the advantage in full.

Nevertheless, this loss did not influence the teams determination. In the remaining four matches Khomutovskiy and Fedarovich did not concede a single goal, and upfront BATE was always a strong side. On the last matchday BATE faced FC Dnepr Mogilev, who already guaranteed the title. In case of a victory the Yellow Blues would take the second spot and a ticket to UEFA Cup. And this dream became reality in 79th minute of the game when Aliaksandr Lisuouski found the back of the net with a fantastic shot.

Three BATE players were included in the list of 22 best players of the Belarusian Championship. Those were Vadzim Skrypchanka (Team A), Aliaksandr Lisouski and Aleksandr Baranov (Team B). And Anatoli Kapski was named the best chairman of a football club in Belarus.



    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 30

    01 december 2019, 14:00
    Torpedo (Zhodino)

    Referee: Sevostyanik V.

    1:2 BATE


    Torpedo-BelAZ — BATE

    0 : 2

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Belarusian Champ.

Team Pld Pts
1 Dynamo Br 30 75
2 BATE 30 70
3 Shakhtyor 30 65
4 Dinamo Mn 30 50
5 Isloch 30 47
6 Torpedo-BelAZ 30 45
7 Gorodeya 30 44
8 Slaviya 30 37
9 Minsk 30 36
10 Neman 30 36
11 Slutsk 30 34
12 Energetik-BGU 30 33
13 Vitebsk 30 31
14 Dnyapro 30 30
15 Gomel 30 29
16 Torpedo Mn 30 6
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