Football in Belarus
In Belarus, a country that gained independence in 1991, football is the most popular sport, closely followed by ice hockey. The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and UEFA at senior and youth level, as well as in women's football. Dynamo Minsk were once one of the powerhouses in the top flight of Soviet Union football, sometimes playing in European club competitions. A number of Belarusian players and coaches, such as Sergei Aleinikov, Andrei Zygmantovich (1986) and Eduard Malofeiev (1966 as player, 1984 as coach), represented the Soviet Union at FIFA World Cups and Olympic Football Tournaments. Today, the star of Belarusian football is Alexander Hleb, who currently plays for VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga.
Second Goal project
On 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau formally agreed to support a large-scale project that will pave the way for major progress in Belorussian football. The planned project will provide facilities for a wide range of football activities on a single site. Three pitches (artificial and natural turf), an indoor pitch, accommodation, meeting rooms and offices will ensure that national teams at all levels have ideal training conditions, while a seminar room will provide a suitable venue for various training courses.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Training centre in Minsk
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 7,000,000 Other sources USD 3,000,000 Total cost USD 10,400,000