FC Krasnodar

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For the other Russian Premier League club from Krasnodar, see FC Kuban Krasnodar.
Full name Футбольный клуб Краснодар
(Football Club Krasnodar)
Nickname(s) Byki (The Bulls), The black-greens
Founded 22 February 2008; 7 years ago (2008-02-22)
Ground Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar
Ground Capacity 31,654
Chairman Sergey Galitsky
Manager Aleh Konanaw
League Russian Premier League
2013–14 Russian Premier League, 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Krasnodar is a Russian association football club from Krasnodar that plays in the Russian Premier League. The club was founded in 2008. In 2009 the club was promoted to the Russian First Division, the second highest division of the Russian football league system despite finishing Zone South of Second Division as 3rd. And at the end of the 2010 they were promoted to the Russian Premier League for the 2011 season, despite finishing 5th in the first division.[1]

FC Krasnodar is known for its Youth Academy. The infrastructure of this Academy is outstanding by world standards.[2]

In May 2013 FC Krasnodar began the construction on a 36,260-seat stadium[3] which is expected to be opened in late 2015. Until the stadium is completed FC Krasnodar plays their home matches in the Kuban Stadium.


The club owner and founder is Sergey Galitsky, a Russian businessman who has been rewarded by the Russian Football Union for his dedication to development of football in Russia.[4]

Early years[edit]

In February 2008 FC Krasnodar had been granted professional status which allowed them enter Second Division (the third tier of Russian professional football). Its first official match was a 0-0 draw against FC Nika (Krasny Sulin). The team was at that time managed by Vladimir Volchek.

FC Krasnodar finished third in the 2008 Second Division season. Although the third place doesn’t grant promotion to the upper tier of Russian football league, FC Krasnodar had been invited by PFL to take part in the 2009 First Division tournament. This happened because FC SKA Rostov-on-Don and FC Sportakademklub Moscow refused to take part in the tournament despite finishing high enough to avoid relegation.[5]

After being promoted the club appointed Nurbiy Khakunov as manager. Krasnodar finished its debut First Division campaign 10th in the league table.

In the next season FC Krasnodar was managed by Sergey Tashuyev. In this year the team faced another club from Krasnodar city, FC Kuban. The first match between the rival clubs took place on 12 June 2010. FC Kuban won 3-0. The second match also granted no points to FC Krasnodar as they lost the game 0-1.[6] However the team’s overall performance in this season had been more successful compared to previous year. They ended up 5th.

Promotion to the Premier League[edit]

In December 2010 FC Krasnodar signed a contract with a Serbian manager Slavoljub Muslin. Before the start of the next season FC Krasnodar got another promotion despite finishing 5th in the league. This happened because of the fact that FC Saturn and FC Moskva rejected to play in the Russian Premier League due to financial problems. On 25 January 2011 the Premier League committee decided to replace FC Saturn with FC Krasnodar.[7]

After promotion to Premier League the team performed with mixed success. Both matches against FC CSKA Moscow (the club which eventually finished 3rd in the league) ended up in a draw which could be considered success regarding the difference in a strength between the clubs.[8]

However, during both matches against another top Premier League club FC Spartak Moscow the team conceded 8 goals; FC Krasnodar lost away and home matches 4-0 and 2-4 respectively. Other notable matches FC Krasnodar played were the ones against FC Kuban. Matches between these teams made a start on the first non-Moscow local Premier league derby. The first ever derby match was won by FC Krasnodar; the score was 0-1. However, FC Kuban won the second match 0-2. The club owner Sergey Galitsky stated that he is satisfied with team performance. He also said that he wants his team to play in a manner fascinating for spectators. However, the club doesn't plan buying expensive players; the club should evolve steadily, “step by step”.[8]

By the end of the season FC Krasnodar reached the 9th place in the league table.

The 2012-13 season became less successful. The team lost all but one match against the teams which finished on the top 3 places in the league.[9]

FC Krasnodar ended up 10th which is one place behind the team result in the preceding season. This possibly became one of the reasons that lead the board to cancel the contract with Slavoljub Muslin. Muslin himself stated that he was sacked because the club stopped improving its performance.[10]

On August 11 2013 Belarusian coach Aleh Konanaw became a manager of FC Krasnodar. The squad had been renewed; several foreign players (including Ari, Artur Jędrzejczyk and Andreas Granqvist) joined the club.[11]

These changes awarded the club a top five Premier league finish which made it eligible to Europa League for the first time in its history. FC Krasnodar also advanced to the Russian Cup Final where the club was narrowly defeated by FC Rostov in a penalty shoot-out. FC Krasnodar successfully completed three Europa League qualification phases by defeating Sillamäe Kalev, Diósgyőr and Real Sociedad on aggregate. The team advanced to the group stage where they were drawn against Lille, Wolfsburg and Everton.

League position[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W. D. L. GS GA Pts. Cup Europe Top Scorer
Head Coach
2008 3rd (South) 3 34 22 6 6 60 23 72 Russia Dorozhkin - 12 Russia Volchek


2nd 10 38 14 10 14 50 47 52 R128 Russia Mikheev - 8 Russia Khakunov
2010 5 38 17 10 11 60 44 61 R32 Russia Kaleshin - 11 Russia Tashuev
2011–12 1st 9 44 16 13 15 58 61 61 R32 Armenia Movsisyan - 14 Serbia Muslin
2012–13 10 30 12 6 12 45 39 42 R16 Brazil Wánderson - 13 Serbia Muslin
2013–14 5 30 15 5 10 46 39 50 RU Brazil Wánderson - 9 Serbia Muslin/
Belarus Konanaw

European history[edit]

On 17 July 2014 FC Krasnodar played its first ever match in the Europa League. Their opponent was an Estonian club Sillamäe Kalev. FC Krasnodar took a conclusive victory 0-4. The second match between these teams was also won by Krasnodar; the score was 5-0. In the next round FC Krasnodar faced Diósgyőr. FC Krasnodar won both matches by a considerable goal margin 1-5 and 3-0. In a draw for the play-off round FC Krasnodar was unseeded which brought them a much stronger opponent. They were drawn against Real Sociedad. The first match against this club ended up in a 1-0 defeat. However, FC Krasnodar won the second match 3-0 which led them to the group stage.


Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 7 5 1 1 20 2 +18


Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia Sillamäe Kalev 5–0 4–0 9–0
3Q Hungary Diósgyőr 3–0 5–1 8–1
PO Spain Real Sociedad 3–0 0–1 3–1
Group H France Lille 1–1 1–1 3rd
Germany Wolfsburg 2–4 1–5
England Everton 1–1 1–0
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round


The first stadium FC Krasnodar played its official matches at is Trud stadium. It is a 3,000-seat stadium situated in the southern part of Krasnodar city.[12]

The stadium was used in 2008 when FC Krasnodar was playing in the Second Division.[13] But after promotion to the First Division the stadium’s capacity ceased to be enough. Therefore in 2009 FC Krasnodar had to move to Kuban Stadium (the stadium which is also used by FC Kuban).

In 2013 FC Krasnodar began to construct its own stadium with expected capacity of 36,260 seats. The stadium project was created by English and German companies. The estimated cost of this stadium is €200 million. The stadium will meet the requirements for hosting international matches. Café, club shop, museum, nightclub, several banquet rooms, fitness room, business clubs and children's room will be located inside the stadium.[14]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 June 2014[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Belarus DF Alyaksandr Martynovich (C)
5 Poland DF Artur Jędrzejczyk
6 Sweden DF Andreas Granqvist
7 Russia MF Pavel Mamayev
8 Russia MF Yuri Gazinskiy
9 Brazil FW Ari
10 Uzbekistan MF Odil Ahmedov
11 Russia MF Marat Izmailov
14 Brazil FW Wánderson
15 Russia MF Roman Shirokov (on loan from Spartak)
17 Russia DF Vitali Kaleshin
No. Position Player
18 Russia MF Vladimir Bystrov
20 Russia MF Ruslan Adzhindzhal
21 Colombia MF Ricardo Laborde
22 Brazil MF Joãozinho
25 Russia MF Yevgeni Shipitsin
27 Iceland DF Ragnar Sigurðsson
31 Ukraine GK Andriy Dykan
33 Uruguay MF Mauricio Pereyra
88 Russia GK Andrey Sinitsyn
98 Russia MF Sergei Petrov

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
10 Armenia FW Marcos Pizzelli (at Aktobe until 31 December 2014)
No. Position Player
87 Russia FW Ruslan Bolov (at FC Volgar Astrakhan)

For recent transfers, see List of Russian football transfers winter 2012–13.

Reserve squad[edit]

The following players are registered with the RFPL and are listed by club's website as reserve players. They are eligible to play for the first team.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
37 Russia DF Aleksandr Luzin
41 Russia DF Aleksei Tatayev
42 Russia DF Dmitri Novak
43 Russia MF Daur Kvekveskiri
45 Russia GK Vsevolod Yermakov
46 Russia DF Vitali Stezhko
47 Russia MF Ilya Zhigulyov
48 Russia MF Aleksandr Sergeev
49 Russia FW Dmitri Bakay
51 Russia GK Denis Kavlinov
52 Russia GK Evgeni Latyshonok
53 Russia FW Pavel Marushko
56 Russia FW Ilya Belous
57 Russia MF Nikita Akimov
58 Russia FW Ilya Yurchenko
59 Russia DF Nikita Kataev
61 Russia GK Dmitri Goryachkin
62 Russia MF Ruslan Rzaev
63 Russia MF Vladislav Pavlyuchenko
64 Russia MF Oleg Lanin
65 Russia DF Andrei Gamalyan
66 Russia GK Denis Adamov
67 Russia MF Yaroslav Komarov
68 Russia FW Andrei Batyutin
69 Russia FW Denis Vasenin
No. Position Player
71 Russia DF Dmitri Kuzmichyov
72 Russia DF Daniil Bochkaryov
73 Russia GK Stanislav Antipin
74 Russia MF Daniil Fomin
75 Russia FW Levon Bayramyan
76 Russia MF Aleksandr Ageyev
78 Russia FW Dmitri Vorobyov
79 Russia DF Batraz Gurtsiev
80 Russia FW Vladislav Sklyar
81 Russia DF Yevgeni Nesterenko
82 Russia MF Nikita Rulevsky
83 Russia DF Maksim Starkov
84 Russia GK Anton Fedyushkin
86 Russia DF Vasili Cherov
87 Russia DF Arutyun Grigoryan
89 Russia DF Aleksei Shishkin
90 Russia MF Inal Cherchesov
91 Russia DF Leo Goglichidze
92 Russia MF Ivan Takhmazov
93 Russia DF Anton Maltsev
95 Russia FW Aslan Vershinin
96 Russia MF Ilya Borisov
97 Russia FW Nurik Gadzhiyev
99 Russia FW Vladislav Bragin

FC Krasnodar-2[edit]

A professional farm club called FC Krasnodar-2 was founded in 2013 and participates in the Russian Professional Football League (third tier).

Youth Academy[edit]

FC Krasnodar owns a network of youth football schools spread over 20 cities in two Russian regions – Krasnodar Krai and Adygea.[16] The main school is situated in the eastern part of Krasnodar. The Academy infrastructure includes 10 football fields, a 3000-seat stadium, a medical rehabilitation center, a swimming pool, a sauna, and a gym. There is also a dining room, an assembly hall, offices and hotel rooms for students’ parents.[17] The club owner Sergey Galitsky has stated that his goal is to compose the majority of the FC Krasnodar squad from locally trained players.[18]

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Krasnodar.


Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Sergei Tashuyev  Russia Jan 1, 2010 Dec 10, 2010 42 20 10 12 65 47 47.62
Slavoljub Muslin  Serbia Jan 1, 2011 Aug 9, 2013 83 31 20 32 114 109 37.35
Aleh Konanaw  Belarus Aug 11, 2013 Present 21 13 3 5 39 19 61.90
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).


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  18. ^ История Академии ФК Краснодар (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15. 

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