FC Kuban Krasnodar
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|Full name||Футбольный клуб Кубань Краснодар
(Football Club Kuban Krasnodar)
|Nickname(s)||Kazaki (The Cossacks)
Zhelto-zeleniye (The Yellow-Greens)
Zhabi (The Toads)
|Ground||Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar|
|League||Russian Premier League|
FC Kuban (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Кубань" Краснодар) is a Russian football club based in Krasnodar. In 2011, after winning the Russian First Division, the team began playing in the Russian Premier League.
FC Kuban is one of the oldest football clubs in Russia. Founded as team Dynamo in Krasnodar NKVD, FC Kuban has repeatedly changed its institutional affiliation because of political circumstances in the USSR.
All members of the club and the fans are called Kubantsies (based on the geographic area Kuban) or yellow-greens (according to the official club colours).
For a large part of the fan base, the club is affectionately known as the Cossacks. In addition, informal names associated with the club's colors include The Canaries (by analogy with the similar colours of the French FC Nantes and the English Norwich City F.C.) and The Toads (used mainly by opponents as well as part of the Kuban Ultras).
- 1 Chronology of club names
- 2 History
- 3 Achievements
- 4 League results
- 5 European record
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Managers
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Chronology of club names
- Dynamo (1928–53)
- Neftyanik (1954–57)
- Kuban (1958–60)
- Spartak (1960–62)
- Kuban (1963–)
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In Kuban football first appeared in the early 20th century, when various sports clubs were created in Ekaterinodar. At first matches were held exclusively within the clubs and football was initially competing on an equal footing with other sports, but gradually as a new game it began to motivate more people. Therefore there began occasional friendly meetings between clubs in different cities. The first intercity football match was played in Ekaterinodar on 6 August (other sources claim 9 August) 1912 when local club Achilles (other sources claim an Ekaterinodar city-team based on players of club Achilles) beat novorossiysk Olympia by the score 5–0. Since 1913, when the first full city championship was completed, matches between city teams ( Achilles, Sport, Victoria, etc.) have become regular fixtures.
FC Kuban maintains its history began in the year 1928, after the organization in Krasnodar of NKVD and a team called Dynamo. According to some reports, the team had actually been organized a year earlier, in 1927, but documentary evidence of this version does not exist. Therefore, the accepted version is the countdown to the year was preparatory with the official team organization in 1928, as this matches relevant documents in the archives.
Dynamo in 1928–1953
Before there was a fully-fledged, national mass championships established, there began a very popular era where Dynamo embarked upon friendly matches against the best teams from Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and other neighbours from the cities of the North Caucasus. In addition to these matches, various tournaments were held in the city, such as the 'Lottery Friendship Cup', which was attended by various sports clubs and teams of the Krasnodar military garrison. According to store data, meeting this tournament started quite original: on the game board the plane falling, and dumped him with football.
In 1931, Dynamo finally got its own stadium, which was built in the center of Krasnodar. The same stadium is still there to this day recognised as the oldest preserved city sports facility. In the same year, Dynamo also achieved the award of 'Sports people of Northern Caucasus'.
In 1935, Dynamo, as the sole Krasnodar team, participated in the USSR Championship, then held between certain prefabricated cities. At the group stage in Pyatigorsk the team faced 3 games in 5 days: on 26 June, they played out a 2–2 draw with the team Yerevan; on 28 June the team won with a score 1–0 against Makhachkala, but then lost on 30 June to Pyatigorsk with a score 1–2, and eventually only finished in 3rd place in the group.
In 1948 Dynamo took part in the championship RSFSR, beginning with preliminary games in the North Caucasus area, where their opponents were the teams Stavropol, Rostov-on-Don, Grozny, Stalingrad, Nalchik, Makhachkala, as well as another Krasnodar team named Lightning. After not losing a single match, Dynamo was therefore awarded the zonal tournament. The Games final tournament championship RSFSR then began on 3 October in the Dynamo stadium, which as hosts they confidently reached the finals without a single defeat. And on 17 October 1948 in the final match Dynamo beat a team of Molotov with a score of 4–0 and became for the first time in their history the RSFSR champions. For this the team was awarded the prize rolling the first degree and a diploma of All-Russian Committee for Physical Culture and Sports under the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR. In addition, all team members received a tape of the Champions republic, diplomas, breast tokens and valuable gifts.
Neftyanik in 1954–1957
In 1953, club Dynamo changed institutional affiliation, to society Neftyanik, and it was in that form that it was entrusted to represent the city in the Soviet league Class B, when Krasnodar received its place to join in 1954. In the first round (circle) of the 1953 championship the team played well but failed in the second round, eventually taking only 10th place.
In the 1955 season, Neftyanik finished in 5th place. According to many fans, this team were simply not lucky, but soon to be very successful with, Neftyanik is already able to reach out to class A, because many of his players this season in the future were different teams in the Soviet Top League.
In 1956, Neftyanik finished in 4th place, having a very good selection of players to pick from, many of whom in three years time were able to rise in the league, however, already composed of Rostov-on-Don FC SKVO, which, through departmental affiliation, had the opportunity to select their composition best players from all over the North Caucasus as well and enjoyed.
In the 1957 season, the team again won 4th place, but, as fans thought, it changed because it has experience and increased quality of the game, in those days, Neftyanik was strong and intransigent opponent for almost any team.
Kuban in 1958–1960
In 1958, the team changed its institutional affiliation, moving to the established sector (Trud society). This resulted in a changed name and from there on they became known as Kuban. During almost the entire 1958-59 season, Kuban was in the leading group of the championship, despite having lost 8 players and the core of the team who were called into the army and therefore most of whom represented FC SKVO instead.
In the 1959-60 season, Kuban retained the bulk of their current group, but due to their inability to win the championship the previous year, few believed that the team was making the right progression and also managing the change of generations correctly. They eventually only managed to finish in 5th place.
Spartak in 1960–1962
In the second part of the 1960 championship the team moved in society to Spartak and was therefore renamed respectively. At the season end the team finished in 3rd place that gave the fans some hope for future success.
In 1961 however, Spartak competed very badly, finishing only in 8th place. According to fans, the main reasons for this lay in the work of weak coaching staff, primarily in psychological terms.
After the first (circle) round of the championship in 1962 Spartak sat in 6th place, playing badly with virtually no leaders. In the season interim the team changed, and a new manager Gorokhov Vladimir was brought in who was as a 'master of sports' in the USSR. The second (circle) championship round saw Spartak play without injuries, which in the end resulted in them winning their zonal tournament.
The final tournament followed involving the five best clubs in Krasnodar RSFSR. Spartak played 4 matches which they won 3: over Voronezh Trud (1–0), army Novosibirsk (2–0) and Yaroslavl Shinnik (2–0); and gained 1 draw, in the third match of the tournament, versus Sverdlovsk Uralmash (2–2).
As a result, Spartak came first in the final tournament of their zone RSFSR, receiving the title of champion of the RSFSR and winning the right to play in the elite league. However, not for the first or the last time in the 1960s the Soviet league system structure was "reorganized", with the result being that, against all sporting principles, Spartak were not permitted this time to join the Soviet Top League.
Kuban in 1963–1979
In 1963, the club changed its name again, and now finally became known as Kuban, although their social / departmental affiliation remained the same. This season the Kuban team played unevenly. In the view of the fans, their problems were primarily psychological in nature, and this was largely in reaction to losing an honest fight the previous season to be admitted to the Soviet Top League. In the end, Kuban finished 10th place in the 2 group of Class A.
In the following two seasons 1964 and 1965, Kuban ranked 15th and 25th places respectively, but then their fortunes grew slightly with three good seasons: 1966, 1967 and 1969, but despite ranking 3rd place neither of these seasons were enough to see promotion from the league.
In the season of 1970, Kuban competed very badly and were relegated to the Second League. In 1971, the team went under new ownership.
In the 1973 season, Kuban finished in 3rd place in the final tournament, which won them a return to the First League. In addition, the team succeeded for the third time in the club history to win their zonal Championship of RSFSR.
In the following two years Kuban struggled for survival in the First League, until finally in 1976, they were relegated again to the Second League.
After 1 season, in 1977, Kuban returned to the First League.
The championship season started well in 1978, but Kuban eventually finished in 6th place, nevertheless this was not a bad result for the team, after having only just been promoted from the Second League.
The 1979 season was one of the most successful ones in their recent history. Kuban from the very first game of the season reaffirmed their serious promotion intentions, and finally, their play from the Tour Championship round until the end, earned themselves 2nd place and subsequently a right to play in next year's Top League. This could only happen under fair circumstances however (as they had already been unfairly denied promotion in 1962), but this time no "reorganization" of the Soviet League occurred, and so Ruban rightfully earned the promotion their class in play had deserved.
Kuban in 1980–1991
In 1980, Kuban played for the very first time in the Soviet Top League, and before the start of the season their Kuban Stadium was reconstructed with its capacity having been significantly increased. The first home game was held on 7 April against Lokomotiv Moscow (0–0), and in their next Soviet Top League game on 12 April Kuban was able to score their first top flight goals against Dynamo Tbilisi (2–2). At the end of the season, Kuban won the "Together with the team" prize, because the Kuban Stadium in all games was filled to capacity, whilst matches against certain leading visiting clubs was reportedly more than 50 thousand, which was in conflict with what the official capacity was declared as.
In the season of 1981, Kuban finished in 13th place, which was the club's highest achievement to date in Soviet history.
In season 1982, Kuban had a good beginning, and after the first round sat in 6th place, however, by the end of the season they were relegated from the Soviet Top League. According to many fans, contemporaries of the events, the main cause of failure in the season was that the final departure from cases still alive Leonid Brezhnev, as a result of confrontation and the struggle for power at the top of the CPSU, in the summer of 1982 was removed from office "Chief fan" of Kuban – the first secretary of Krasnodar kraikom CPSU, "Brezhnev's favorite" Sergey Medunov that immediately affected the respect of football officials to his beloved brainchild – football team Kuban, which successfully conducted the first circle, "unexpectedly" and "unclear reasons" simply collapsed in the second round. The only positive point in this season proved just what in this year was organized the oldest fan-firm of Kuban "Green Mile".
In season 1983, Kuban played very unevenly, achieving good results against the leading clubs, but losing a lot of points from the other 'so-called' teams, and this also affected spectator interest. Their final position in the table, saw Kuban only take 8th place.
In the 1984 season, Kuban finally finished in 4th place, even though into September they were still maintaining their chances of a top 2 place, and the chance to return to the Soviet Top League, but ultimately in their final game they lost which proved vital. Nevertheless, compared to the previous season, it was noticeable that there had been clear progress made and this made both the fans and professionals hugely optimistic. However the optimism was not warranted, as in season 1985, the team finished in 18th place narrowly just surviving relegation from the 1st league. Then in season 1986 they were relegated with Kuban playing very poorly, even in home matches, and finishing the season in 20th place.
In the next season of 1987, Kuban was able to win back promotion to 1 league, and then later, in November, participated in the final tournament championship RSFSR and became the champion for the 4th time, which is a record for Russian non-capital clubs.
Over the next four seasons, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991, Kuban took 19th place three times, however in the last USSR championship Kuban finished second bottom in 21st place in the 1st league.
Kuban in 1992–1999
In 1992, owing to the disintegration of the USSR and the consequent collapse of the Soviet championship, Kuban appeared in the Russian Premier League. Season for Kuban was a very badly, somewhere to assign the team objectively, as a weaker rivals frankly, somewhere, rivals helped judge (that in those times of economic crisis and general lawlessness were almost in order of things), somewhere just not lucky, the same team, most players were young football players aged 20 to 22 years. As a result, Kuban was absolutely not ready for the championship and naturally left the High League.
In the season of 1993 to the timetable of only 8 teams from 22 stayed in 1 league the following year, Kuban in their numbers to the outcome of the season did not hit. In the early season team led by new head coach – the master of sports of international class Leonid Nazarenko. Until mid-May, Kuban belonged to the group leaders, but then followed the series of defeats and the team was in the 2-nd dozen tables tournament, and finally completed the season at 15 place.
Before the championship in 1994 before the team was to return to 1 league. The season started well, after the first round Kuban ranked 2. However, in the second round the team is not thinking of them to work out, and Kuban has taken on the basis of only 6th place, the primary cause of its failure this season were intrigues against teams of a number of functionaries boundary Football Federation.
In 1995, Kuban managed to return to 1 league, despite the unfortunate start and problems during the season, however, for 2 matches before the end of the championship, defeating in the last home match Anzhi (3–0), Kuban prematurely took 2nd place in the zone West in 1st league.
In the season of 1996 Kuban played an unstable, playing not bad at the exit, however, a lot of points lost at home, while in mid-season team was even close to the leading group. As a result, Kuban still won only 10th place, that it was generally a good result for a "returnee" from 2 league.
1997 for Kuban proved unsuccessful, the team won only 16 place, which nevertheless allowed it to remain in the 1league.
The season in 1998 proved disastrous for just Kuban, following the denial of the territorial administration finance team, club was on the verge of collapse, in recent matches players Kuban just frankly "serving room" on the field. In the end, after the departure of 1 league in end of 1998 in the club from the whole of the administrative and playing left only one person – the 3-rd team goalkeeper. Survivors Kuban solely because of one single man – Ivan Panenko, general director of OAO Rosneft-Krasnodarneftegaz, which became the new president of the club and over the next 2 years, and spare no funds of its own, managed to lay a solid foundation for a brighter future team.
Since 1999, began the revival of Kuban, was appointed head coach Soferbi Yeshugov, consisting were recruited mainly just their local players. From the outset of the season Kuban was unqualified leader, significantly ahead of chief rival – SKA Rostov. However, whereas in the 2 Division acted system matches between the winners of the transitional zones in them "Kuban has not been able to beat the then strong and forward-looking FC Lada Togliatti, giving it in Togliatti (1–2), in response match at home Kuban was able to achieve only a draw (1–1). Thus, losing on the amount of 2 matches, Kuban has not been able to return to 1 division this year.
Kuban in the 21st century
The year 2000 season, saw Kuban compete successfully in the first round of the championship and the team recorded a series of 14 matches without defeat and steadily moved into 1st place. However, because of the conflict in the leadership of the club during the summer there was also a change of coach. This did not prevent Kuban taking 1st place in the South zone and winning on aggregate in 2 meetings against the transitional FC Lighting - in Saransk Kuban won (1–0), and in the return leg, the match ended as a draw (0–0). At the end of the year in order to prepare the team for the season in the First Division, the club entrusted Irhin Alexandr who was appointed head coach of Kuban.
In early 2001, there was another change in leadership of Kuban - the club management moved to the administration of Krasnodar krai, and the new president became Alexander Tkachev, a provincial Governor, whose first task was to recruit for the post of head coach to win promotion to the Russian Premier League and ultimately invited the famous coach Oleg Dolmatov to the role. Under his leadership the team had a very confident start, before the end of the season when they struggled to sustain a promotion place to the Premier League, and ultimately they failed, finishing in only 3rd place. That was seen however as an excellent result for a "returnee" from the 2nd division.
The 2002 season failed because of inner turmoil within the club. There had been ongoing conflict between the coach and several players during the close season and from the season outset matches were played as if in hope of the coaches resignation. After a change in coach eventually came the team "tuned up" and were able to rise to the challenge of the group leaders, but they had no real justified claim on promotion to the Russian Premier League on the basis of their overall season record, and finished in only 4th place.
Despite the initial absence of a head coach in 2003, but with the target still very much to become a Russian Premier League team, nevertheless, the teams' effort shown at the start of the season meant hopes soon became very confident. After the first round Kuban was in 1st position, and therefore, the leadership of the club had the task of accessing the Russian Premier League on the basis of what had already been achieved this season. However, the beginning of the second circle proved unsuccessful, the team suffered a series of defeats that subsequently led to changes in the leadership of the club. After which however, Kuban embarked upon a winning series of 11 consecutive matches (which at that time was a record for 1 Division) and was able to eventually take 2nd place, and a glorious return to what they saw as their rightful place in the Russian Premier League.
The Championship campaign in 2004 proved unsuccessful. Because of the low-skilled head coach, they had failed to start the season well, and subsequent changes in the coaching of the team were not able to fundamentally affect the situation positively. As a result, Kuban, finished 15 place, and left the Russian Premier League again. The only bright point of the season being a home victory over Lokomotiv Moscow (2–1), who eventually finished this year as the Russian Premier League champion.
In 2005, the team was managed for the first time in the club's history by a foreign coach Jozef Chovanec. The season started well, and the first circle was completed with Kuban in 1st place. However, after several losses in the early second round the situation worsened, and by the end of the season Kuban took only 5th place. This position was not helped by their refusal to travel to Nalchik (which at that time was occupied by fighting federal forces due to continual attacks on the city from militant terrorists), and as a result it was decided by the authorities that Kuban forfeited that match to their rival team (0–3). The only positive development of this season was that the team finished with the best defensive record in the league (conceding only 25 goals in 42 matches), which is still the club record.
Season 2006 was conducted under the leadership of Pavel Yakovenko. During this season the team consistently showed a meaningful and effective purpose, leading throughout the championship and taking up 1st place in the table until the very last round. However, a last round defeat, claimed tolerable by the supporters due to "errors" of the referee, against rivals Khimki (0–2), meant Kuban took 2nd place, but which nevertheless meant promotion to the Russian Premier League.
The Championship in 2007 began badly for the first 5 rounds and the team was unable to win any games, with the result being the dismissal of Pavel Yakovenko as head coach and his replacement appointed as Leonid Nazarenko. In circle 2, after a series of setbacks, Leonid Nazarenko resigned from the post of head coach "for family reasons" (official version), but nevertheless remained within the infrastructure of the club and coached at the team headquarters. The new head coach now became Soferbi Yeshugov, but he was also soon dismissed, and the team was headed by Leonid Nazarenko again. All these changes did not yield positive results, Kuban finished second from bottom (15th place) and thus relegation back to 1 Division.
The only positive point in the season was the reserves of Kuban managed to take 3rd place in the reserves tournament.
On 8 December 2007, near the Kuban Stadium, for the first time in the club history there was a supporters rally for the team, as a result of leaked rumours from various sources about the possibility of the loss of the teams' professional status for financial reasons.
In 2008, Kuban celebrated their 80th year anniversary. In the winter there was a reshuffling of the senior team, consisting almost entirely renewed, but the team was preparing for the season-known specialist Aleksandr Tarkhanov, however, after the first 2 rounds, in which Kuban absolutely unnecessary suffered a defeat, he decided to resign "for health reasons" (official version), and his place as head coach the club won no less well-known coach Sergey Pavlov. Despite some pity lost in the beginning of the season, however, the first circle Kuban won 3rd place behind from second only 1 point. Kuban promoted to Russian Premier League as 2nd behind of FC Rostov in 2008 but relegated again to First Division as 15th after 3–0 losing home match against Rubin Kazan, who won championship twice. Kuban returned the top league again their first spell in First Division after defeating 1–0 Zhemchuzhina at Sochi on 17 October 2010. They celebrated championship of the second level after goalless draw with Nizhny Novgorod on 24 October 2010.
Kuban began the 2011–12 Premier League season with 2–0 home defeat to Rubin Kazan. But they improved their form and eventually qualified to the Championship Play-off's after finishing normal season as 6th. This also meant they were guaranteed to play in the Premier League again next season. During the play-off's their form dropped and they finished the league in 8th place. After the season Dan Petrescu moved to Dynamo Moscow.
Kuban began the 2012–13 Premier League season with 2–1 away defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala. Despite the sacking of Yuri Krasnozhan and replacing him with Belarussian Leonid Kuchuk, Kuban remained in the top half of the league and broke a home attendance record with 313,997 spectators in 15 matches. Finally Kuban defeated Anzhi 1-0 on 26 May 2013, with a sole goal from Bulgarian forward Ivelin Popov, and finished the league in 5th, the best position of Kuban ever in the Russian League. With this position Kuban also qualified for the first ever time to the UEFA Europe League. At the end of the 2012–13 season the team had the highest home-game attendance in the league.
Nikola Nikezić incident
Nikola Nikezić, a forward from Montenegro, was part of FC Kuban in 2010 and had a valid contract with the club until November 2011. However, in early 2011, FC Kuban decided they want to buy different players in his position and tried to force him to dissolve the contract by mutual consent. When he refused, he was beaten up by unknown persons, allegedly with ties to the Russian Mafia, at the club office and he was forced to sign the contract dissolution papers. After being beaten for an unknown amount of minutes (no-one can be sure how long but he stated that it was around 20 minutes), by two armed men, he did finally sign the paperwork. He thereafter filed a complaint with FIFA president Sepp Blatter a couple of days after the incident, with attached photos of bruises sustained during the beating. Eventually the FIFPro (International Federation of Professional Footballers), with the assistance of Russian Football Union, forced the club to pay Nikezić a compensation of 180,000 euros.
- RSFSR Championship: 4
- Winners: 1948, 1962, 1973, 1987
- Russian First Division:
- Winners: 2010
- Runner-ups: 2003, 2006, 2008
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer
Head coach 1992 1st 18 30 4 9 17 24 53 17 - — Lemish – 5 Marushkin
1993 2nd, "West" 15 42 15 8 19 62 84 38 R64 — Gomleshko – 19 Nazarenko 1994 3rd, "West" 6 40 23 6 11 83 44 52 R256 — Gerasimenko – 16 Nazarenko 1995 2 42 27 6 9 107 61 87 R128 — Gerasimenko – 30 F. Novikov
1996 2nd 10 42 15 14 13 65 60 59 R32 — Shushlyakov – 15 Brazhnikov 1997 16 42 16 9 17 63 66 57 R512 — Shushlyakov – 15 Brazhnikov 1998 20 42 10 13 19 42 68 43 R16 — Suanov – 6 Sinau 1999 3rd, "South" 1 36 29 4 3 80 13 91 R128 — Gabiskiria – 18 Yeshugov 2000 1 38 32 3 3 95 13 99 R128 — Tsatskin – 14 Yeshugov
2001 2nd 3 34 16 12 6 56 29 60 R16 — Teryokhin – 15 Dolmatov 2002 4 34 15 9 10 44 30 54 R16 — Yermak – 5
Kiselyov – 5
2003 2 42 27 5 10 75 38 86 R32 — Biang – 13 Lagoida
2004 1st 15 30 6 10 14 26 42 28 R16 — Kantonistov – 8 Yuzhanin
2005 2nd 5 42 23 12 7 55 25 81 R16 — Kantonistov – 11 Chovanec 2006 2 42 30 7 5 92 25 97 R32 — Zebelyan – 23 Yakovenko 2007 1st 15 30 7 11 12 27 38 32 R32 — O.Ivanov – 4
Kuzmichyov – 4
Laizāns – 4
Yeshugov 2008 2nd 2 42 27 6 9 84 36 87 R16 — Zubko – 18 Protasov 2009 1st 15 30 6 10 14 23 51 28 R32 — Traoré – 8 Ovchinnikov
2010 2nd 1 38 24 8 6 51 20 80 R32 — Davydov – 10 Petrescu 2011–12 1st 8 44 15 16 13 50 45 61 R32 — Traoré – 18 Petrescu 2012–13 1st 5 30 14 9 7 48 28 51 QF — Popov – 9
Özbiliz – 9
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||3Q||Motherwell||1–0||2–0||3–0|
|Group A||Valencia||0–2||1–1||3rd place|
Updated 8 March 2014, according to the club's official website.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
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Kuban's reserve squad played professionally as FC Kuban-d Krasnodar in the Russian Third League in 1996 and 1997.
The following players are listed by club's website as reserve players and are registered with the RFPL. 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.
- The Russian history of Kuban is marked by constant coaching changes. In over 17 seasons from 1992 to the present (as of 1 October 2008) the first team has changed its coach 25 times, and the post in the Russian period in the history of the club, it has had 20 different trainers, while none had served as head coach for even two full seasons, and only 5 of them were able to last one full season.
- Until 2005, when the team appointed a Czech coach, Jozef Chovanec, never previously in the history of the club had the head coach been foreign.
- Alexander Irhin is the only head coach of Kuban, under whom the team did not play any official matches.
- Vladimir Gabulov in 2007 became the national first team goalie, who played in starting the main Russia national football team, while playing for Kuban.
- Then young goalkeeper Yevgeny Pomazan won a 2006 Youth European Championship medal with Russia, becoming the first player in Kuban to be a European champion.
- At that time the captain was Bulgarian defender Ivaylo Petkov, who in game №3 in season 2008 in the Russian First Division was the scorer of the 1000th goal for Kuban, scoring a goal against their rival club FC Sportakademklub Moscow which finished (3–0).
- Kuban fire Ovchinnikov  (English)
- "Nikezić in Sretenović v Rusiji deležna mafijskih metod". RTVSLO.si. 29 March 2011.
- "Nikezic letter to Blatter, Page 1". Russian Soccer Players and Coaches Union. 15 March 2011.
- "Nikezic letter to Blatter, Page 2". Russian Soccer Players and Coaches Union. 15 March 2011.
- "Sretenović in Nikezić dočakala srečen konec ruske zgodbe". RTVSLO.si. 29 March 2011.
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