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. FC BATE Borisov was formed in 1973 and play their home games at the Borisov City Stadium. The club are currently managed by Viktor Goncharenko. BATE is an acronym of Borisov Works of Automobile and Tractor Electric Equipment and was founded when part of the Soviet Union. The club was re-established in 1996 in independent Belarus, since then, BATE have won the Belarusian Premier League five times and are the current champions . Last year saw BATE beat Valur, R.S.C. Anderlecht and Levski Sofia to become the first Belarusian team to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

. Notable former BATE players include Alexander Hleb (Arsenal,Barcelona), Vitali Kutuzov (AC Milan, Sporting CP, Parma, Pisa) and Yuri Zhevnov (FC Moscow, Chelsea).. BATE's last league outing saw them win 3-1 at Granit Mikashevichi on Sunday. Midfielder Sergei Kivets has found the net on 13 occasions this season.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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