FC Luch-Energiya Vladivostok

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Luch-Energiya
Luch-Energia logo
Full name Football Club
Luch-Energiya Vladivostok
Founded 1958; 56 years ago (1958)
Ground Dynamo Stadium,
Vladivostok
Ground Capacity 10,500
Chairman Anatoli Beznyak
Manager Aleksandr Grigoryan
League Russian National Football League

FC Luch-Energiya (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Луч-Энергия" Владивосток) is an association football club based in Vladivostok, Russia. In 2005, Luch-Energia won the Russian First Division and played in the Premier League from 2006 to 2008.

The club was called Luch before 2003, when it was renamed Luch-Energia due to sponsorship from Dalenergo, an energy distribution company.

History[edit]

Luch has been playing in the Soviet Union championship since 1958. The club played in the Far East regional tournament of "B-class" teams and eventually won it in 1965, earning promotion to "A-class". Luch played in this regional tournament until league reorganization in 1972.

From 1972 to 1991, Luch played in the Eastern zone of Soviet Second League. The club's best result was a runner-up position in 1984.

In 1992, after the dissolution of Soviet Union, Luch was entitled to play in the Eastern zone of Russian First League and won that tournament. Luch played in Russian Top League in 1993 and was relegated, having finished 15th.

Luch played in Russian First Division from 1994 until relegation in 1997, and in Russian Second Division from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, Luch-Energia finished 1st in the Eastern zone and earned promotion. The club spent another 2 years in First Division, earning promotion to Premier League in 2005. In 2008 Luch finished in the last position and was relegated to the Russian First Division.The club had some financial problems and were forced to sell some of their key players making the club vulnerable at home, formerly considered a fortress on the remote Pacific coast.

Complications[edit]

Situated in the Far East of the country, their location poses a significant problem for away teams:9 hours by flight from Moscow. When playing FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at home, a trio of Zenit fans (Evgeny Stepanov, Aleksandr Zaraysky and Veronika Davidova) drove 15,000 km across the country only for their car to break down when in Vladivostok, leaving them unable to drive home. These fans thus took the Trans-Siberian Railway back to Saint Petersburg, upon which the club rewarded them with a new car on October 1, 2006.[citation needed]

There has been much controversy about whether the Russian league should be split into Western and Eastern leagues; however, this is yet to happen. Igor Akinfeev, the CSKA Moscow goalkeeper, said that "they should play in the Japanese League", after his team lost 4-0 after a seven hour flight.[1] In addition to this, even their own players admitted it was awkward as they had to travel long distances for away games. Matija Kristić said "It's not as bad for other teams because they only need to travel this distance once a year whereas we have to do it for all away matches". Srđan Radonjić said "It is just crazy, they should have two Russian premier leagues, one for the European teams and another for Asian teams. Vladivostok is 4,000 miles from Moscow."

League and Cup history[edit]

Russia Russia[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer (League) Head Coach
1992 2nd, "East" 1 30 20 4 6 44 14 23 Russia Kasyanenko - 9
Russia Dubovik - 9
Russia Burchalkin
Russia Ivchenko
1993 1st 15 34 11 7 16 29 56 29 R256 Russia Ruslyakov - 7 Russia Ivchenko
Releg.
tourn.
4 5 2 2 1 11 9 6 RussiaTajikistan Galimov - 4
1994 2nd 12 42 15 11 16 44 53 41 Russia I. Protasov - 9 Russia Ig. Saenko
1995 6 42 20 6 16 51 48 66 R256 Russia Selenkov - 16 Russia Burchalkin
1996 15 42 14 12 16 39 49 54 R128 Russia Shpilov - 9 Russia Szekecs
1997 22 42 3 12 27 23 76 21 Russia Selenkov - 5 Russia Kobersky
1998 3rd, "East" 7 30 14 6 10 42 24 48 R64 Russia Melnik - 8 Russia Fedyakin
1999 7 30 14 7 9 43 32 49 R128 Russia Melnik - 11 Russia Fedyakin
2000 4 24 12 3 9 41 26 39 R512 Russia Tikhonovetsky - 9 Russia Karamyan
Russia Zhuravlyov
2001 8 28 9 10 9 31 29 37 R128 Russia Tikhonovetsky - 8 Russia Lukyanov
2002 6 30 15 6 9 51 34 51 R512 Russia Kisurin - 10 Russia Tolkin
Russia Zhuravlyov
2003 1 24 16 4 4 53 23 52 R512 Russia A. Smirnov - 11 Russia Zhuravlyov
Russia Antikhovich
2004 2nd 14 42 15 11 16 50 50 56 R128 Russia Sokolov - 11
Cameroon Atangana - 11
Russia Antikhovich
Russia Pavlov
2005 1 42 27 11 4 81 32 92 R64 Russia D.A. Smirnov - 19 Russia Pavlov
2006 1st 7 30 12 5 13 37 39 41 R16 Russia A. Ivanov - 5 Russia Pavlov
2007 14 30 8 8 14 26 38 32 R32 Russia Strelkov - 5 Russia Pavlov
2008 16 30 3 12 15 24 53 21 R32 Belarus Bulyga - 5
Russia I. Shevchenko - 5
Croatia Vulić
Russia Altman
2009 2nd 14 38 13 11 14 42 43 50 R32 Ukraine Dedechko - 9 Russia Yemelyanov
Russia Pobegalov
2010 12 38 13 13 12 42 42 52 QF Russia Satalkin - 9 Russia Nazarenko
Spain Arcos
2011–12 17 48 11 21 16 37 39 54 R16 Russia Alkhazov - 10 Spain Arcos
Russia Pavlov
2012–13 3rd, "East" 1 30 18 8 4 48 27 62 R128 Russia Tikhonovetsky - 14 Russia Yemelyanov

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 July, 2014, according to the FNL website.

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

No. Position Player
2 Turkmenistan MF Wýaçeslaw Krendelew
4 Russia MF Roman Slavnov
5 Russia DF Guram Tetrashvili
7 Russia MF Yevgeni Skoblikov
8 Russia MF Maksim Burchenko
9 Russia FW Andrei Myazin
10 Russia FW Ruslan Koryan
11 Russia FW Stanislav Prokofyev
12 Russia FW Aleksei Averyanov
14 Russia GK Denis Kniga
16 Russia GK Aleksandr Dovbnya
17 Russia MF Denis Klopkov
No. Position Player
18 Russia DF Konstantin Zimulka
21 Russia MF Sergei Ponomarenko
23 Russia DF Georgi Dzhioyev
25 Ukraine DF Dmytro Semochko
29 Russia MF Sergei Vaganov
36 Russia DF Dmitri Grachyov
44 Russia DF Sergei Miroshnichenko
55 Ukraine GK Artem Shtanko
77 Russia MF Denis Selishchev
85 Brazil MF Nivaldo
95 Russia MF Yevgeni Belonogov

Notable players[edit]

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

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