FC Iskra-Stal

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Iskra-Stal Rîbnița
Club crest
Full name Football Club Iskra-Stal Rîbnița
Nickname(s) The Steelmakers
Founded 2005; 9 years ago (2005)
Ground Gorodskoi Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,500
Chairman Ilia Freidchin
League Moldovan "B" Division
2013–14 2012–13, 9th
Website Club home page

FC Iskra-Stal Rîbnița is a Moldovan football club based in Rîbnița, Moldova (Transnistria). They play in Moldovan "B" Division, the top division in Moldovan football.

History[edit]

FC Iskra-Stal (Rybnitsa) was founded in 2005 by merging an amateur team Stal that was owned by the metallurgical plant in Rîbnița, with the local team "Iskra", that was competing in the Moldovan "A" Division. In the 2005–2006 season Iskra-Stal took the second place in the "A" championship of Moldova and won a ticket for the national premier division. Head coach of this achievement was Vasily Raiko.

In the 2006–2007 season Iskra-Stal debuted in the National Division and finished 9th from 10 teams. Head coach was Sergey Sîrbu.

In 2007 the club was transformed into an autonomous non-profit organization "FC Iskra-Stal".

In the 2007–2008 season Iskra-Stal concluded the championship on 6th place among 11 teams and became one of the stronger teams in National Division. Head coach Vlad Ivanovich Goyan was replaced by Victor Baryshev.

In the 2008–2009 season, Iskra-Stal for the first time in the history of the football in Ribnita, won the bronze medals in the championship of Moldova (3rd place) and won the right to take part in games Europa League. Some of the players of the squad in that season played in the National team of Moldova: Artur Ioniță, Serghei Alexeev, Vitali Manaliu.

In the 2009–2010 season Iskra-Stal won the silver medal (2nd place) in the National Division and for the second time received the right to participate in the Europa League.

In 2011 Iskra-Stal participated in the CIS Cup, held in St. Petersburg. The team played in Group A along with the Inter Baku, Istiqlol Dushanbe and Neftchi Kochkor. Iskra-Stal took third place, earning 4 points in the group.

At the end of the 2010–2011 season Iskra-Stal won the Moldovan Cup, winning the first trophy in its history, and qualifying for the third consecutive time into Europa League. After financial problems after the 2012/2013 season, the club was relegated to the Moldovan Second division.[1]

European record[edit]

UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2009–10 2Q Bulgaria Cherno More Varna 0–3 0–1 0–4
2010–11 2Q Sweden Elfsborg 0–1 1–2 1–3
2011–12 2Q Croatia NK Varaždin 1–1 1–3 2–4
Commonwealth of Independent States Cup
Season Round Opponents Score
2011 Group stage Tajikistan Esteghlal Dushanbe 1–1
Kyrgyzstan Neftchi Kochkor-Ata 1–0
Azerbaijan Inter Baku 0–1

Notable players[edit]

Managers[edit]

Achievements[edit]

UEFA Rating[edit]

Updated: 15.7.2011 09:20:16

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