FC Sokol Saratov

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Sokol
Logo of FC Sokol-Saratov.png
Full name Professional Football Club
Sokol Saratov
Founded 1930; 84 years ago (1930)
Ground Lokomotiv Stadium,
Saratov
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Andrey Potapov
Manager Igor Chugainov
League FNL
2013–14 Russian Professional Football League, Zone Center, 1st (promoted)

PFC Sokol (Russian: ПФК "Сокол") is a Russian association football club based in Saratov. In 2001 and 2002, Sokol played in the Russian Premier League. Currently the club plays in the second-level Russian National Football League.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Dynamo. It was known by this name until 1937 and in 1946-1953. Other club's names include Lokomotiv (1956–1960), Energiya (1954–1955), Sokol (1961–1994 and 1998–2005), and Sokol-PZD (1995–1997). "Sokol" is Russian for "falcon".

Dynamo did not enter the Soviet league until 1946, when they debuted in the Third Group and were promoted to the Second Group at the first time of asking. Dynamo played in the Second Group until 1949. After a period of absence in the league, the club entered Class B in 1954 under new name, Energia. After a considerable time spent in Class B, Sokol were eventually promoted to Class A, Group 2 in 1965. Sokol played there until 1970. In 1971-1991, they played in the Second League.

In 1992 Sokol entered the newly formed Russian First Division. They played in this division until 2000, never finishing lower than 10th, and eventually won it. The 2001 season was the best in club's history. Sokol were leading in mid-season, but could not keep up and finished 8th in the Top Division. Andrey Fedkov, Sokol's striker, was capped for Russia national team. The next year Sokol were relegated after finishing last in the league.

The club continued playing in the First Division since 2003. In 2005 Sokol finished last thanks to a points deduction for failing to pay for player transfer. Instead of starting in the Second Division in 2006, Sokol chose to play in the Amateur League. In addition, the club was renamed Sokol-Saratov.

Sokol reached the semifinals of the Soviet Cup in 1966/67 and of the Russian Cup in 2000/01.

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 August 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
1 Russia GK Aleksei Skornyakov
2 Russia DF Dmitri Yashin
3 Russia DF Nikita Surkov
4 Russia MF Ivan Markelov
5 Russia DF Aleksandr Gorbatyuk
6 Russia MF Aleksandr Dutov
7 Russia MF Artyom Sapozhkov
8 Russia MF Aleksei Vasilyev
9 Russia MF David Khubayev
10 Russia MF Sergey Belousov (on loan from Rostov)
11 Russia MF Aleksandr Degtyaryov
13 Russia FW Aleksandr Korotayev
15 Russia MF Artur Ryabokobylenko
16 Russia GK Artyom Fyodorov
No. Position Player
17 Russia DF Artyom Molodtsov
18 Ukraine FW Yevhen Pavlov
19 Russia FW Dmitri Agaptsev
20 Russia MF Aleksandr Stolyarenko
22 Russia DF Kirill Suslov
23 Russia MF Nikita Imullin
25 Russia DF Roman Semyakin
31 Russia MF Mikhail Kozlov
32 Russia MF Renat Rakhmatulin
33 Russia DF Nikita Khokhlov
34 Russia MF Pavel Bogolyubskiy
35 Russia GK Sergei Barsukov
36 Russia GK Maksim Kiselyov
37 Russia FW Dmitri Tarasov

Reserve squad[edit]

Sokol's reserve squad played professionally as FC Sokol-d Saratov in the Russian Third League in 1994.

Notable players[edit]

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

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