Year by year

As it is well-known, it is easier to win the title than to defend one. BATE, the Belarusian Champions 1999 faced very strong opposition next season. All the opponents did their best to take points from the reigning champions. And it was very hard for the Yellow Blues to continue flying high. But Borisovites managed to finish second.

Poor start

In the preseason BATE had to undergo changes of the squad. Most of them was related to the defensive line. Veterans Aleksandr Arzamastsev, Sergei Miroshkin, Yuriy Tikhomirov and Kirill Savostikov left the club. Instead other experienced players came - Oleg Korol from DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda and Gennadiy Mardas from FC Tavriya Simferopol. Another portion of talented youngsters came from Republican School of Olympic Reserve (RUOR). Those were defender Vitali Panasiuk, midfielder Vyacheslav Grigorov and goalkeeper Yuriy Zhevnov. Zhevnov substituted Vasiliy Khomutovskiy who left for FC Torpedo-Maz Minsk. Three of BATE leaders decided to test themselves in a tougher competition. Vadzim Skrypchanka went to CSKA Moscow, Aleksandr Baranov went to Russian FC Rostselmash Rostov and Nikolai Ryndiuk returned from his loan period to Lokomotiv Moscow.

The starting spell was a difficult one for BATE. The Yellow Blues won against FC Dnepr Mogilev and FC Vedrich Rechitsa, but dropped points against FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, FC Neman-Belkard Grodno and FC Lida, and that affected the team's position in the table. Losses against main competitors FC Slaviya Mozyr and FC Gomel made the situation even worse. After that BATE had to do something special, and a record winning against Naftan 8-0 was definitely one of the nice rescue measures. Vitali Kutuzau scored four goals and Aliaksandr Hleb and Vyacheslav Grigorov each scored a double.

Renaissance begins

The end of the first round gave the Yellow Blue fans some hope for the top three. The team drew against FC Dinamo Minsk and FC Torpedo-SKA Minsk and took all three points from FC Dinamo Brest and FC Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev. The team occupied 8th place and was getting ready for the true battle in the second round.

In the middle of the summer BATE got eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and could concentrate on the domestic competitions. The team got Vadzim Skrypchanka on loan from the Russian CSKA. The versatile defender and midfielder had not had a lot of time on the pitch in Moscow and was happy to join BATE. The team was very motivated as it was obvious that the reigning champions are to play better.

The match against FC Belshina Bobruisk was an important battle for the comeback into the big game. And the Borisovites managed to do it. The only goal scored by Skrypchanka after 56th minute of play. That was an important win from the psychological point of view. The wins against Shakhtyor, Neman and Lida followed as revenge for the misfortunes of the first round.

Glorious end of the season

In the middle of September the Borisovites slowed down a bit drawing in the match against FC Lokomotiv Vitebsk in Baran (0-0). Eight days later the Yellow Blues could not do anything against FC Slaviya Mozyr (0-2) who were cruising to their second ever Belarusian title win. After that it was an 'all or nothing' situation for the team. Next mistake would create a lot of troubles for BATE.

And the Yellow Blues manage to switch on their trademark superfinish of the Championship. They beat FC Goeml 2-0, smashed FC Naftan Novopolotsk 7-0 and then in front of the Borisov crowd knocked down FC Dinamo Minsk, the main competitor in the tie for the second spot in the table. Kutuzau's double and Skrypchanka goal.

After the wins against FC Dinamo Brest (1-0) and FC Torpedo-Kadino Mogilev (4-0) everything BATE had to do to clinch the second spot in the table was to win against FC Torpedo-SKA Minsk. Torpedo have already lost all the chances to get into the top three. However, the team had a strong squad that was still dangerous. Nevertheless, BATE managed to take vital three points courtesy of Kutuzau's penalty in 45th minute.

As a result BATE finished as runners-up. In the second part of the season the performance of the team was outstanding 40 out of 45 possible. But the first round of the tournament prevented the team from fighting for the title (just 24 points).

 

  • LAST MATCH

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 21

    08 august 2020, 20:00
    Borisov. Gorodskoi stadion

    Referee: Lashuk A.

    BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
    1:0 Gorodeya
    Gorodeya
    (Gorodeya)
     

    Дублеры

    BATE — Gorodeya

    2 : 0

  • Next Match

    Belarusian Championship
    Matchday 22

    23 august 2020, 20:00
    Central Sport Complex Neman (Grodno)

    Neman
    Neman
    (Grodno)
    VS BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)
  • UPCOMING FIXTURES

    Belarusian Cup
    Last 32

    29 august 2020, 17:00
    Polesye (Luninets)

    Granit
    Granit
    (Mikashevichi)
    VS BATE
    BATE
    (Borisov)

Belarusian Champ.

Team Pld Pts
1 Shakhtyor 21 43
2 BATE 21 40
3 Neman 20 38
4 Torpedo-BelAZ 21 34
5 Isloch 21 32
6 Energetik-BGU 21 31
7 Rukh 21 30
8 Dinamo Mn 20 30
9 Dinamo Br 19 29
10 Vitebsk 21 29
11 Slaviya 19 23
12 Slutsk 20 21
13 Gorodeya 21 20
14 Minsk 18 18
15 Belshina 21 16
16 Smolevichi 19 14
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