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 the team began playing in the Russian Premier League after having won the Russian First Division in 2010.
FC Kuban is one of the oldest football clubs in Russia, leading its history since the founding team Dynamo in Krasnodar NKVD, then repeatedly changing institutional affiliation because of political expediency in the USSR.
All members of the club and the fans are called kubantsy (on the name of the club and historical and geographic area Kuban), or yellow-green (according to the official club colours).
Also among a large part of the fans the club's popular name is Cossacks. In addition, there are several informal names associated with the club's colours: 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 with 1928, since the organization in Krasnodar NKVD team Dynamo. According to some reports, the team has been organized a year earlier, in 1927, but documentary evidence of this version does not, therefore, accepted the countdown to the year with the official team organization, as there are relevant documents in the archives.
Dynamo in 1928–1953
Before begun a full-fledged, mass championships, was very popular Dynamo's friendly matches against the best teams from Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and neighbours from the cities of the North Caucasus. In addition to these matches, held in the city matches and friendlies various tournaments, such as lottery Friendship Cup, which was attended by various sports clubs and team of 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 got its own stadium, which was built in the center of Krasnodar, the stadium there to this day, as the oldest preserved city sports facilities. In the same year, Dynamo was awarded the sports people of Northern Caucasus.
In 1935, Dynamo, as the Krasnodar team, participated in the USSR Championship, then held among prefabricated cities. At the group stage in Pyatigorsk team held a 3 games in 5 days: 26 June, has played a 2–2 draw with the team Yerevan, 28 June Makhachkala team won with a score 1–0, but lost 30 June masters field – football players Pyatigorsk with a score 1–2, and eventually won the only 3rd seat in Group.
In 1948 Dynamo took part in the championship RSFSR, beginning with preliminary games in the North Caucasus area, where his opponents were teams Stavropol, Rostov-on-Don, Grozny, Stalingrad, Nalchik, Makhachkala, as well as another Krasnodar team named Lightning. Without losing a single match, Dynamo was awarded the zonal tournament. Games final tournament championship RSFSR began on 3 October in Dynamo stadium, which hosts 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 the first time in the history the RSFSR champions. 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 Champions republic, diplomas, breast tokens and valuable gifts.
Neftyanik in 1954–1957
In 1953, club Dynamo has changed institutional affiliation, it has been in charge Society Neftyanik, and that it was entrusted to represent the city in the football league Class B, when it received the Krasnodar place in 1954. In the first round of the year championship team played well but failed in the second, eventually taking only 10th place.
In the 1955 season, Neftyanik won 5th place. According to many, the team then simply not lucky, and have 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 won 4th place, having a very good selection of players, many of which three years were able to raise 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 1960 championship team moved in society Spartak and therefore was renamed respectively. Following the season the team won 3-rd place that has given the fans some hope.
In 1961, Spartak made very badly, taking only 8th place. According to fans, the main reasons for this lay in the work of weak coaching staff, primarily in terms of psychological team.
After first round championship in 1962 Spartak was in 6th place, badly playing with virtually all leaders. In the interim between circles in the team changes, the new manager was a master of sports of the USSR Gorokhov Vladimir. The second circle championship Spartak played without lesions, which in the end and won the zonal tournament. Final tournament five best clubs in Krasnodar RSFSR passed, it Spartak held a 4 matches, won 3 of victory: over Voronezh Trud (with a score 1–0), army Novosibirsk (2–0) and Yaroslavl Shinnik (2–0), and only once playing a draw, in the third match of the tournament with the Sverdlovsk Uralmash (2–2). As a result, Spartak won the first place in the final tournament winners zones RSFSR, receive the title of champion of the RSFSR and won the right to play in the elite Soviet Top League. However, neither with, nor the last, a "reorganization" of the USSR, with the result that, against all principles of sport, Spartak was not allowed in the Soviet Top League.
Kuban in 1963–1979
In 1963, the club changed its name again, and now finally became known as Kuban, although departmental affiliation remains the same. This season Kuban unevenly acted, in the view of fans, the problems were primarily psychological in nature, said that the team, in an honest fight won the right to play in the Soviet Top League, there has not been admitted, in the end this year, Kuban won only 10th place in the 2 group of Class A.
In the following seasons 1964 and 1965, Kuban ranked 15 and 25 places respectively, but then issued three good seasons: 1966, 1967 and 1969, followed by a team ranked 3-rd place, what does not, however, enough to improve in the league.
In the season of 1970, Kuban made very badly and slope in 2 league. In 1971, the team changed ownership.
In the 1973 season, Kuban won 3-rd place in the final tournament, which returned to the 1 league. In addition, the team succeeded in 3 time in club history to win the Championship of RSFSR.
The next two years Kuban struggled for survival in the 1 league until, finally, in 1976, still not left her.
In 1977, Kuban returned to 1 league.
The season started well in 1978, but finished only at 6th place that, nevertheless, was not a bad result for the team, having withdrawn from 2nd league.
1979 season had been successful, Kuban from the very beginning of the season game reaffirmed its serious intentions, and finally, for the Tour Championship until the end, provided a 2nd place, let's right to play for next year in the Soviet Top League, This can only hinder any neigrovye circumstances (as has already been in 1962), but this time no "reorganizations" did not happen, and earned his increase in the class received.
Kuban in 1980–1991
In 1980, Kuban first played in the Soviet Top League, before the start of the season was reconstructed Kuban Stadium, its capacity has been significantly increased. The first home game was held on 7 April with the Lokomotiv Moscow (0–0), and the first ball in the Soviet Top League Kuban was able to score in the next game on 12 April against Dynamo Tbilisi (2–2). Following the season, Kuban won the prize "Together with the team", because the Kuban Stadium in all the games was filled to capacity, while the matches with the leaders of visitors was more than 50 thousand, while that with the design for the stadium a number of people is targeted not been.
In the season of 1981, Kuban won 13th place, which was the club's highest achievement in Soviet history.
Season 1982, Kuban good beginning, after the first round took 6th place, however, by the end of the season took off 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 1983, Kuban very unevenly acted, not bad playing with the leaders, losing a lot of points with the rest of the teams, even at its field that has affected both spectator interest, and at the final position in the table, where Kuban on the basis of season took only 8th place.
In the 1984 season, Kuban took 4th place, even though in September to maintain the chances of 2, right, let's go back to the Soviet Top League, but in the last game lose. Nevertheless, compared to last season, has been clear progress is noticeable that adjusts the fans and professionals at the giant optimistic. But the optimism was not warranted, in 1985, the championship team won only 18 final place that none however, helped to keep the 1st league. In 1986 became collapse, Kuban played very poorly, even in home matches, the result was 20th place.
In the next 1987, Kuban was able to return to the outcome of the season in 1 league, and later, in November, participated in the final tournament championship RSFSR and became the 4th time champion, 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, and in the last USSR championship Kuban won the penultimate altogether 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 "uban 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
Season 2000, Kuban held successfully in the first round the team has issued a series of 14 matches without defeat and steadily took 1st place, but because of the conflict in the leadership of the club in the summer there was a change coach, which, however, has not prevented Kuban take 1st place in the zone South and win on the 2 meetings in the transitional matches FC Lighting in Saransk Kuban won (1–0), and in response, the match was fixed a draw (0–0) . At the end of the year to prepare the team for the season in 1 Division metres was entrusted Irhin Alexandr, who was appointed head coach of Kuban.
In early 2001, has been a change in leadership of Kuban, club management has moved to the administration of Krasnodar krai, and its new president became a province Governor Alexander Tkachev, who put out the task in the Russian Premier League, which for the post of head coach was invited by the famous coach Oleg Dolmatov. Under his leadership team held a very confident before the end of the season and struggled for access to the Premier League, but this year, Kuban still has not been able to go there, taking in 1 Division metres only 3-rd place, but that was excellent result for "returnee" from 2 division.
Season 2002, Kuban failed because the team inside overdue conflict between the coach and several players who from the outset of the season became a "discharge" matches, which resulted in a change of coach, after which the team tune up, was able to rise to the group leaders, but access to the Russian Premier League has no claim on the basis of the season and won only 4th place.
Despite the initial absence in 2003, the task exit in the Russian Premier League team, nevertheless, effort and therefore the start of the season very confident. After the first round Kuban was at 1 site, therefore, the leadership of the club has the task of accessing the Russian Premier League on the basis of already this season. However, the beginning of the second circle proved unsuccessful, the team suffered a series of defeats that have led to changes in the leadership of the club, after which Kuban issued a series of winning 11 consecutive matches (which at that time was a record for 1 Division) and was able to eventually take 2nd place, let us return to the right Russian Premier League.
Championship in 2004 proved unsuccessful. Because of the low-skilled head coach, had failed start the season, and subsequent changes in the coaching of the team fundamentally affect the situation were not able to. As a result, Kuban, taking 15 place, left the Russian Premier League. The only bright point of the season was a home victory over the Lokomotiv Moscow (2–1), which this year became the champion in the Russian Premier League.
In 2005, a team headed for the first time in club history, a foreign coach Jozef Chovanec. The season started well, and the first circle Kuban completed in 1st place. However, after several glasses of losses in the early second round situation has worsened, and by the end of the season, because of the refusal of travel to Nalchik (which at that time still fighting federal forces continued attacking the city from terrorists), the team was credited forfeiture (0–3). As a result, Kuban took only 5th place. The only positive development can be described only that this season the team finished with the best indicator in the league missed on the ball (only 25 goals in 42 matches), which is the same and the club record.
Season 2006, Kuban conducted under the leadership of Pavel Yakovenko. During the season the team showed literacy meaningful and effective game, thus leading throughout the championship, taking up 1st place in the table until the last round. However, tolerate defeat were the primary cause of it was an "errors" of referee in the latest round against Khimki (0–2), Kuban took only 2nd place, which nevertheless allowed it to go in the Russian Premier League.
Championship in 2007 began badly for the first 5 rounds of the team was unable to win any victories, with the result that was dismissed Pavel Yakovenko, whose head coach instead of Kuban was appointed Leonid Nazarenko. In 2 circle, after a series of setbacks, Leonid Nazarenko resigned from the post of head coach "for family reasons" (official version), nevertheless, remains on the structure of the club and coaching the team headquarters. New head coach became Soferbi Yeshugov, but he was soon dismissed, but the team was headed by Leonid Nazarenko again. But all these changes have not yielded a positive result, Kuban won the penultimate season on the basis of 15 place, thus radius of 1 Division.
The only positive point in the season was that duplicates the composition of Kuban managed to take 3rd place in the duplicates tournament.
On 8 December 2007, near the Kuban Stadium, the first time in club history was a rally in support of the team, which has given rise to leaked from various sources rumors about the possibility of loss professional status for financial reasons.
In 2008, Kuban executed 80 years. In the winter occurred in the regular reshuffling of the senior club, 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 2011–12 Premier League season with 2–0 home defeat to Rubin Kazan. But they improved their form and qualified to Championship Play-off after finishing normal season as 6th. So, they guaranteed to play in it next season. During play-off their form are dropped and finished league as 8th. After the season Dan Petrescu moved to Dynamo Moscow.
Kuban began 2012–13 Premier League season with 2–1 away defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala. Despite sacking of Yuri Krasnozhan and replacing with Belarussian Leonid Kuchuk, Kuban remained top half of the league and break home attendance record with 313,997 spectators in 15 matches. Finally Kuban 1–0 defeated Anzhi, with a sole goal from Bulgarian forward Ivelin Popov, and finishing the league as 5th, the best position of Kuban in Russian League in 26 May 2013. Kuban also once qualified to 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 to force him to sign the contract dissolution papers. After being beaten for minutes (no-one can be sure how long exactly, but he stated that it was around 20 minutes), by two armed men, he did sign the paperwork. He filed a complaint with FIFA president Sepp Blatter couple of days after the incident, with attached photos of bruises sustained during the beating. Eventually 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 has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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 has been 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 a team had a Czech coach, Jozef Chovanec, never in the history of the club had the head 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 the game №3 in 2008 in the Russian First Division against FC Sportakademklub Moscow (3–0) was the scorer of the 1000th goal for Kuban, scoring the goal at their rival club.
- 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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