Football team Dinamo Minsk is symbolical for Belarusian fans. Many years of participation in the USSR championship made it popular with the Belarusian fans countrywide. In 1982, Dinamo became the champion of the Soviet Union.
In the independent Belarus, Dinamo had been a top team in Belarus football for many years before it conceded leadership and viewer's attention to football club BATE from Borisov in the 2000s. The latter has repeatedly reached the group stage of the prestigious European cups – the Champions League and the Europa League. Because the team had no proper stadium to host UEFA games, BATE Borisov played their international matches at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk - thus succeeding to build a considerable fan base in the capital city.
Among other Minsk football clubs are interesting teams that have their history closely connected with the largest industrial enterprises: Partizan – MTZ Minsk and Torpedo Minsk. They have one thing in common: for various reasons, the both clubs were once on the verge of disappearance but remained on the football map of the country thanks to numerous fans who have taken control of the teams. Matches between these two teams in the lower divisions of the championship can be characterized by a super-high intensity on the pitch and an amazing atmosphere created by their fans.
Where to play football
Football and mini-football are quite popular with residents of Minsk. There are several amateur football leagues in Minsk: Amateur Football Association, Minsk Amateur Futsal League, Amateur Football League, Minsk football League.