FC Ufa

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FC Ufa
FC Ufa logo.png
Full name Football Club Ufa
Nickname(s) The Citizens
Founded 23 December 2010; 4 years ago (2010-12-23)
Ground Dynamo Stadium/Zvezda Stadium, Perm
Ground Capacity 6,000
Chairman Marat Magadeyev
Manager Igor Kolyvanov
League Russian Premier League
2013–14 Russian National Football League, 4th (promoted)
Website Club home page

FC Ufa (Russian: ФК «Уфа», Bashkir: Өфө, Öfö) is a Russian football club based in Ufa, Russia which currently plays in the Russian Premier League.

History[edit]

During the summer of 2010, Rustem Khamitov, the second President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, started to consider the establishment of a football club with the intention to represent the city of Ufa and also the Republic in the Russian Premier League.

On 23 December 2010, FC Ufa was formed on the base of FC Bashinformsvyaz-Dynamo Ufa, which back then plied their trade in the Russian Professional Football League, the third tier of the Russian football league system. The reign of the team was assigned to the two time English Premier League winner Andrei Kanchelskis and he was tasked leading the club to the Russian first division.

First season[edit]

The first official match of the club was against FC Syzran-2003 in the second round of the Russian Cup, which after a stalemate, Ufa lost on penalties.

Ufa made their debut in the Russian league system on 24 April 2011 with a home match against FC Tyumen. Ufa ran out winners with the score of 3-1, with Konstantin Ionov scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.

Ufa continued to build on their initial success to the extent that, coming the end of the season, they have managed to end up deadlocked with FC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk at the summit of the table with 86 points. However, Ufa's loss away to the same Nefthekhimik following the stalemate at Dynamo meant that the latter had a better head-to-head record and therefore Ufa had to postpone promotion to the Russian first division for another year.

However, Dynamo Bryansk's failure to meet the licensing requirements for the 2012-2013 Russian first division opened up a slot in the said division which Ufa gladly took over, thus effectively enabling their promotion from the Second division into the First Division.

Life in the First Division[edit]

Ufa's debut in the First Division was a success, as their 48 point haul enabled them to finish the season in the sixth position, just four points off the last promotion playoff spot.

The following season marked an improvement from Ufa as the club has built on the previous year showing and managed to end up in the fourth position, thus enabling them to contest the promotion playoff against Tom Tomsk, who finished their campaign in the Russian Premier League in the thirteenth position.

On 18 May 2014, Ufa welcomed Tom in Dynamo for the first leg of the playoff and, despite the huge difference in the playing strength of the two squads, Ufa managed to overpower Tom with the score of 5-1, with club captain and talisman Dmitri Golubov notching a poker.

The returned leg was played four days later in Tomsk and despite going down early in the match, Ufa managed to hold on their lead and their 3-1 loss against Tom meant nothing as eventually it was Ufa which marched on and claimed a historic promotion to the Russian Premier League, the highest echelon of the Russian football pyramid, just after three full seasons playing in the Russian league system.

League History[edit]

Season Lev. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Top scorer (league) Manager/acting manager
2011–12 3rd 2 39 25 11 3 54 19 86 2nd Russia Galysh – 9 Russia Kanchelskis (Jan 1, 2011–May 20, 2012)
Russia Malay
Russia Kolyvanov (May 20, 2012–)
2012–13 2nd 6 32 13 9 10 31 30 48 4th Russia Markosov – 9 Russia Kolyvanov
2013–14 4 36 17 10 9 46 35 61 4th Russia Golubov – 14 Russia Kolyvanov
2014–15 1st - - - - - - - - - - Russia Kolyvanov

Kit colours[edit]

Home

Red White

Away

White Black

Current squad[edit]

As of July 24, 2014.[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 Armenia GK David Yurchenko
3 Russia DF Pavel Alikin
4 Ukraine DF Pavlo Stepanets
5 Ghana MF Emmanuel Frimpong
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Haris Handžić
10 Brazil MF Marcinho
11 Brazil FW Diego Carlos
13 Russia MF Azamat Zaseyev
14 Russia MF Maksim Semakin
16 Belarus GK Syarhey Vyeramko (on loan from Krylya Sovetov)
17 Ukraine MF Oleksandr Zinchenko
18 Russia FW Dmitri Golubov
19 Croatia MF Ivan Paurević
No. Position Player
20 Russia DF Denis Tumasyan (on loan from Ural)
22 Uzbekistan MF Vagiz Galiullin
23 Russia MF Anton Kilin
28 Costa Rica DF Felicio Brown Forbes
31 Russia DF Maksim Tishkin
33 Russia DF Aleksandr Sukhov
39 Russia MF Dmitri Stotskiy
70 Russia MF Nikolai Safronidi
71 Russia GK Artyom Leonov
81 Belarus DF Dmitry Verkhovtsov
87 Russia MF Igor Bezdenezhnykh
88 Russia FW Igor Shevchenko

Other clubs[edit]

A semi-professional football club called FC Ufa-2 plays in the Russian Amateur Football League, the fourth tier of the Russian football system.

WFC Ufa, a female football club, plays in the Russian First Division, the second tier of the Women Russian football system.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Sponsor
2010 – 2012 Puma Bashinformsvyaz
2012 - Joma

References[edit]

External links[edit]