Type of project:
Completed project
Business location:
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Year of acquisition:
2005–2012

FC Metalist (Kharkiv) used to be one of the strongest football clubs of Ukraine. Founded in 1925, it deteriorated after the USSR collapsed. Yet, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s social investment saved FC Metalist from closure. Under Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s presidency, Metalist was one of the three leaders of the national championship. Due to the DCH investment in the team and the club’s amenities, it won the bronze medals at the Ukrainian Football Championship seven times. After it was sold, the club won the silver medal by inertia at the national tournament. It represented Ukraine in European Cup matches numerous times. In the season of 2011/2012, it became a quarterfinalist of the UEFA Europa League.

DCH investments helped pay for the reconstruction of the club’s home arena – the Metalist Stadium. In addition, the new training center and Metalist children’s football academy were created.

In 2012, Oleksandr Yaroslavsky had to sell the club. Later, FC Metalist deteriorated and ceased to exist as a professional football club.