FC Rotor Volgograd

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

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

History[edit]

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]

Honours[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 February 28, 2014, according to the official 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
4 Russia MF Semyon Fomin
5 Russia DF Dmitri Guz
6 Ukraine DF Aleksandr Malygin
8 Russia MF Aleksei Pugin
10 Russia MF Artur Rylov
13 Russia FW Aleksandr Korotayev
16 Russia GK Denis Pchelintsev
17 Russia MF Khoren Bayramyan (on loan from Rostov)
19 Russia FW Andrei Myazin (on loan from Ufa)
20 Russia MF Roman Voydel
22 Russia MF Nikita Glushkov
No. Position Player
23 Russia MF Andrei Mikheyev
27 Russia DF Mikhail Merkulov
29 Russia MF Maksim Yakovlev
31 Russia DF Andrei Vasyanovich
33 France DF Abdel Lamanje
35 Russia GK Denis Kniga (on loan from Luch-Energia)
38 Republic of Ireland DF Armen Donoyan
77 Russia GK Aleksandr Bondar
87 Latvia MF Ivans Lukjanovs
88 Russia DF Ilya Zinin
92 Russia FW Dmitri Kabutov

Notable players[edit]

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

Reserves[edit]

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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