FC Rotor Volgograd

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Rotor Volgograd
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Full name Football Club Rotor Volgograd
Nickname(s) Сине-голубые (Blue-cyan)
Founded 1929; 85 years ago (1929)
Ground Central Stadium, Volgograd
Ground Capacity 32,120 (12,000)
Chairman Sergei Nechay
Manager Oleg Veretennikov
League Russian Professional Football League
2013–14 Russian National Football League, 15th (relegated)
Current season

FC Rotor Volgograd (Russian: ФК Ротор Волгоград) is a Russian football (soccer) club from Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast.


The team name is a reference to the Stalingrad Tractor Factory, once a major producer of tractors, and the scene of heavy fighting during the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II.

Rotor was the last champion of the old USSR Second Division, in 1991, thus forming the new Russian Top Division after the USSR collapsed.

In the mid-1990s, Rotor was one of the strongest clubs in Russia, rivalling Spartak Moscow for the championship, yet never winning it. Rotor became the league runners-up in 1993 and 1997. They also enjoyed some success on the European stage, having eliminated Manchester United from the UEFA Cup in 1995.

In the 2000s, Rotor's results declined, and in 2004, the team finished last in the Russian Premier League. The following winter, Rotor was denied a professional licence, and chose not to participate in the amateur competitions.

However, Rotor's former B-team, Rotor-2 Volgograd, spent the 2005 season in the Russian Second Division. On January 12, 2006, Rotor-2 was renamed Rotor.

In early 2009, there were fears that Rotor could go bankrupt very soon, and another club was founded that was originally supposed to be called FC Rotor. However, Rotor survived at that moment, and that new club had to rename itself FC Volgograd.

FC Rotor Volgograd were excluded from the Russian Second Division on August 4, 2009 due to financial problems. They had played 18 games and were in 13th position with 21 points at the time.

On February 8, 2010, it was announced that FC Volgograd would be renamed FC Rotor Volgograd in 2010 and, pending licensing, would play in the Russian First Division.[1] The club was relegated back to the third-level Second Division after the 2010 season. In the 2011/12 season, they won their Second Division zone and were promoted to the second level once again.

League and Cup history[edit]


Historical names[edit]

  • Traktorostroitel Stalingrad (1929)
  • Dzerzhinets Stalingrad (1936)
  • Traktor Stalingrad (1937)
  • Torpedo Stalingrad (1948)
  • Traktor Stalingrad (1958)
  • Traktor Volgograd (1961)
  • Stal Volgograd (1970)
  • Barrikady Volgograd (1972)
  • Rotor Volgograd (1975)
  • Rotor Volgograd (2004) (chose not to participate)

  • Rotor-2 Volgograd (2001)
  • Rotor Volgograd (2005)
  • Rotor Volgograd (2009) (went bankrupt)

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 August 2014, according to the Official PFL website

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

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Andrei Nikitin
2 Russia DF Ilya Ionov
3 Russia DF Stepan Ryabokon
4 Russia DF Yevgeni Mazhitov
5 Russia DF Dmitri Kovalenko
6 Russia MF Anrik Gadzhiyev
7 Russia DF Dmitri Timachev
8 Russia FW Sergei Lukyanov
9 Russia MF Maksim Lyashenko
10 Russia FW Rustem Almayev
14 Russia DF Aleksandr Nikulichev
16 Russia GK Danil Nemtsev
18 Russia MF Yevgeni Kaloshin
19 Russia MF Maksim Gaidukov
No. Position Player
20 Russia MF Aleksei Smirnov
22 Russia MF Ivan Gerasimov
23 Russia DF Ruslan Beslaneyev
27 Russia DF Mikhail Merkulov
29 Russia DF Maksim Tazetdinov
30 Russia MF Timur Shamilov
33 Russia DF Innokenti Zharkov
35 Russia GK Valeri Polyakov
66 Russia DF Aleksandr Trubnikov
87 Russia MF Yegor Bukov
88 Russia MF Denis Klyuyev
92 Russia MF Andrei Komarov
94 Russia FW Vladislav Khrushchak

Notable players[edit]

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


The reserves team, called FC Rotor-d Volgograd or FC Rotor-2 Volgograd, participated in the professional competition - Russian Second Division in 1992-1993, 1998–2000 and 2004 and Russian Third League in 1994-1997. They came in 3rd place in their Second Division zone in 1993. In 2001, the reserves tournament for Russian Premier League has been re-established and the reserves team played there while the main team stayed in Premier League. In 2005, the main Rotor team played under the name of FC Rotor-2 Volgograd.

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