HC Dynama Minsk vs FC BATE Borisov
BATE's success at the Champions' League groupe stage brings world football stars to Minsk. HC Dynama Minsk sign top hockey players.
While the Borisov side has reached the most prestigious club competition in European football for five times
on end, they are yet to have a new modern stadium.
Dynama Minsk has advanced to the play-offs of the Continental Hockey League (KHL)twice in four
years but dropped out in the first rounds despite enjoying the state-of-the-art arena and substantial financial support.
wage of a Dynama Minsk player is 22.3 thousand dollars a month.
The highest salary
in BATE (excluding former Arsenal and Barceona man Aleksandr Hleb) is 19 thousand dollars a month (Vital Radzivonau),
18 out of
26 Dynama players hold Belarus passports. Some Belarusian players are not in
the main squad, so it seems like the club counts on foreigners more.
Only 3 out of
26 BATE players are foreign nationals. Experts praise BATE for such a small number
The example of BATE (one of the poorest teams in the Champions
League) and Dynama Minsk proves once again that money is not always everything a club needs.