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Amkar Perm
FC Amkar Perm.png
Full name Общественная организация г. Перми «Футбольный клуб «Амкар»[1]
(Community organization of Perm city "Football Club 'Amkar'")
Nickname(s) Krasno-chernye (The Red and Blacks), permyaki, ammiachniye
Founded 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Ground Zvezda Stadium, Perm
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Gennady Shilov [2]
Manager Gadzhi Gadzhiyev
League Russian Premier League
2016–17 10th
Website Club website

FC Amkar Perm (Russian: Футбо́льный клуб "Амка́р" Пермь [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj ˈklup ɐmˈkar pʲɛrmʲ]) is a professional football club playing in the Russian Premier League. Founded in 1994, it is based in the city of Perm. It has been a participant in the Russian professional football league since 1995 and in the Russian Premier League since 2004. Amkar's home stadium is the Zvezda Stadium, which was covered with artificial turf in 2005.

History[edit]

1994–1999. Third and Second Leagues[edit]

The Amkar football club was created to represent the Perm Inorganic Fertilizer Company. The club's "birthday" is 8 May 1993, although it was only registered officially on 6 December 1994. The name "Amkar" derives from a combination of parts of the Russian words "AMmiak" (ammonia) and "KARbamid (carbamide, urea) – these two substances being the main products of the plant. The team owes the choice of club colours (red and black) to its Italian trade partners from the city of Milan, who responded to a request for help by offering equipment from A.C. Milan. And so the club colours became red and black.[3] The basis of the new team was made up of company employees. In 1994, Amkar, strengthened by amateur players from other city teams and a few former professionals, became champion of the city of Perm and the Perm region and also won the regional Cup. The club was officially registered on 6 December 1994 and applied to participate in the Russian football league. Amkar was included in the third league of the Russian Championship.

In 1995, the team, reinforced by former players of Zvezda Perm, was second in the sixth group of the third league and qualified for the second league. In 1996, Amkar finished in third place in the central group of the second league and in 1997, the club was second in the tournament.

Konstantin Zyryanov – best known player from Perm
Konstantin Paramonov – most prolific goal scorer in Amkar's history – 170 goals

On 12 September 1998, Spartak Moscow paid a visit to Amkar for a Russian Cup tie. Spartak's previous visit to the Western Urals was in 1977 as a first division side, when they were close to a return to the top tier of domestic football. The match attracted enormous interest and the 25,000-capacity stadium was filled to capacity for the first time in its 30-year history. The match finished 1–0 in favour of Amkar. In the league, "Permyaki" accumulated 93% of the possible number of points and scored 100 goals. Amkar took first place and earned the right to play in the First Division.

1999–2004. First Division[edit]

From 1999 to 2003, the team performed reasonably well in the First Division, finishing each year in the top six. In the 2001–02 season, the club reached the semi-final of the Russian Cup but lost to CSKA Moscow 0–1. In 2003, with two matches left to play, Amkar was in fourth position, one point behind Kuban Krasnodar and losing out to Tom Tomsk and Terek Grozny on the total number of wins. According to the pundits, Amkar and Terek would be losers in this four-horse race but a sensational draw between Tom and Baltika Kaliningrad made the red and blacks favourites. In the final match, Kuban and Terek played each other. In order to move up into the Premier League, Amkar needed a win against Fakel Voronezh, which was duly achieved.

2004–2008[edit]

In the Premier League, Amkar at first performed satisfactorily, finishing 11th, 12th and 13th in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively. Before the first season in the Premier League, Amkar was strengthened by such players as Ivan Levenets, Oleksandr Shutov, Vladimir Leonchenko, Zahari Sirakov, Andrei Lavrik, Ghenadie Olexici, Noureddine Ziyati and Erik Lincar, among others, and their debut match was away against Kuban Krasnodar. The match finished 0–0. In the first rounds, the team played well, gathering eight points in four matches with just a single defeat. In the 2004–05 season, Amkar repeated its success in the Russian Cup, once more reaching the semi-finals, but losing on aggregate 0–2 to Khimki. There were many memorable matches in the 2005 season, including a 1–0 home win over Zenit Saint Petersburg, a large 4–1 win over Dynamo Moscow and a 3–4 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, despite Amkar leading 3–0 at half-time. In the middle of the 2006 season, head coach Sergei Oborin resigned and was replaced by Rashid Rakhimov. Amkar began to play very good football, and in the part of the championship between the 19th and 30th rounds, Amkar was in fourth-place in the league.[4] In the same season, Amkar had the longest series of matches in the Premier League without conceding a goal, with 15.[5]

2008. The most successful season[edit]

Martin Kushev – Amkar top scorer in Premier League – 36 goals
Miodrag Božović – Amkar head coach in 2008 and 2011–12 seasons

In 2007, the club made two key acquisitions: Georgi Peev arrived from Dynamo Kyiv and Nikola Drinčić from Turkish club Gaziantepspor. These players became leaders of the team and during the season the team was no longer forced to struggle for survival and could play more confidently, but several factors prevented it from rising higher than eighth place. However, in the 2007–08 Russian Cup, Amkar achieved its best result in its history. On 16 April 2008, the club beat Ural Yekaterinburg 1–0 and reached the final, losing to CSKA Moscow in a penalty shootout.

Before the start of the 2008 season, head coach Rashid Rakhimov left the club for Lokomotiv Moscow and was replaced by a little-known specialist from Montenegro, Miodrag Božović. Before the break for UEFA Euro 2008, Amkar was in third place in the standings, one point behind second-placed Spartak Moscow and six adrift of leaders Rubin Kazan. After the break, one of Amkar's team leaders, Vladimir Gabulov, and the captain, Aleksei Popov, left the team to join Dynamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan respectively. Two matches in a row on the "equator" of the Championship Amkar could have topped the league table but was unable to beat Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik at home. On 16 November, after beating Tom in Tomsk, with one match left to play, the team from the Urals secured fourth place in the league to earn a spot in the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Once more, Amkar had the best record in the Premier League for not conceding goals, with 17 matches.[6] The 2008 season had been the best in the history of Amkar.

Amkar in the Europa League 2009/10

2009–2011[edit]

The following season, Dimitar Dimitrov, having replaced Miodrag Božović, was unable to continue the success of his predecessor. For the first five rounds of the 2009 Championship, the team conceded just one goal, but thereafter began to commit gross mistakes in defence on a regular basis, as a result of which the club was left fighting for survival. On 27 August, Amkar played hosts to English Premier League club Fulham in the second leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off match, having lost the first leg in London 1–3, which left little hope of reaching the group stage of the tournament. The match in Perm was played before a full stadium and Amkar managed to win 1–0, but that was not enough to go through to the next round. After the 20th round of the Championship, Rashid Rakhimov returned as head coach with the specific task of retaining the club's place in the Premier League, a task which he successfully fulfilled. Notably, in the 2009 Russian Championship, Amkar's goalkeepers saved four penalties out of five.

Rashid Rakhimov – Amkar head coach in 2006–2007 and 2009–2011

In the Russian Cup, Amkar defeated the two Avangard clubs from Kursk and Podolsk, then in the quarter-final was awarded a technical victory over the defunct FC Moscow. However, on 21 April 2010, Amkar lost at home in the semi-final to Zenit in a penalty shoot-out, having played full-time and extra time 0–0. In the 2010 season, fighting for survival until the very end, for the first time not having won a single match away from home and scoring the least number of goals, Amkar finished in 14th place and retained their place in the Premier League. After the final whistle had sounded in the last match of the season, Martin Kushev, captain and one of the best players in the history of the club, the team's top scorer in the Premier League, having played for Amkar from 2005 till 2010, announced the end of his career as a player. After the completion of his playing career at Amkar, Martin should have become assistant coach to Rakhimov, but the management offered him a place in the coaching staff of the youth team. Kushev preferred to return to Bulgaria to join Slavia Sofia. Six months later, he became head coach of Slavia.

On 21 December 2010, a statement to the effect that Amkar was voluntarily to join the First Division due to financial difficulties appeared on the club's official website.[7] As a result, supporters of the club attempted to raise funds in support of Amkar, appealing to representatives of Perm business circles. However, the powers that be did not rate the actions of the supporters highly. Gennady Shilov stated that he was prepared to replace retiring Valery Chuprakov as club President. Shilov also stated an intent to approach the regional authorities for help and to look for sponsors. The Premier League gave Amkar until 15 January. On 25 January 2011 Amkar withdrew its request to leave the Premier League.

In 2011, the club began to give more opportunities to young players such as Mikhalyov, Kolomeytsev, Burmistrov and Sekretov. The team had an inconsistent season, memorable for the club and the fans were dramatic matches with Kuban Krasnodar, which ended in a 3–2 defeat, a 1–1 draw with Zenit at the Petrovsky Stadium and a 2–1 victory over Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. On 28 September 2011, after a series of ten matches without a win in official matches, the club parted with Rashid Rakhimov by mutual consent.[8] The next day, 29 September 2011, the team introduced its new head coach, Miodrag Božović,[9] who had been head of Amkar in 2008 and led the club to fourth place in the Russian Championship and the final of the National Cup. After the first half of the 2011–12 Russian Championship season, the team was in 12th place.

After 2011[edit]

On 11 June 2012, Miodrag Božović resigned once more as head coach and the Youth Team Head Coach, Rustem Khuzin, was appointed acting head coach.[10] Under their new coach Amkar, for the first time in their history, beat CSKA Moscow (3–1) in the second half of the Championship. In the 12th round match against Terek Grozny, Amkar appeared in new kit with the Uralkali logo. However, the team played poorly for the rest of the season,[11] managing only four points from their last eight games (an away win over Lokomotiv Moscow and a draw away to Mordovia Saransk).

Stanislav Cherchesov – appointed head coach in 2013

On January 17, 2013 in view of the fact that Rustem Huzin had been accepted on a coaching course for his UEFA Pro Licence, he became eligible for the post of head coach, and Trubachev's contract was terminated. From then on, Huzin officially served as Amkar's head coach. Under Huzin, Amkar recorded its biggest ever victory in the Premier League over Alania Vladikavkaz (5–1), and then played out draws with Dynamo Moscow (1–1), and Rubin Kazan (1–1), having lost their Spring matches to Kuban Krasnodar (1–2) and Spartak Moscow (0–2). A series without a win followed the victory over Alania and after the Dynamo match Amkar lost to Terek Grozny (1–2) and Lokomotiv Moscow (2–4). After another devastating defeat from Kuban (0–4), followed by a victory over their direct rivals Rostov (3–2), and a goalless draw with Zenit, the club retained the right to play in the Premier League.

In June 2013, the club opted not to renew the contracts of Rustem Huzin and senior team coach Alexander Gorshkov, which were due to expire in the summer. Amkar's new head coach became Stanislav Cherchesov, who had previously been working with Terek Grozny.[12][13] He was appointed on a two-year contract and was accompanied by the new senior team coach Miroslav Romaschenko, goalkeeper coach Gintaras Staučė team doctor Eduard Tsgoev, all of whom had been at Terek.

Russian Championship and Cup results[edit]

Amkar fans
Year League Place Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup
1995 third league 2 Silver medal blank.svg 26 17 5 4 50 15 56 n/a
1996 second league 3 Bronze medal blank.svg 42 28 9 5 86 31 93 n/a
1997 second league 2 Silver medal blank.svg 40 24 11 5 69 21 83 1/64
1998 second league 1 Gold medal blank.svg 37 34 2 1 100 12 104 1/64
1999 first division 6 42 20 10 12 65 49 70 1/8
2000 first division 6 38 17 9 12 53 38 60 1/16
2001 first division 4 34 16 8 10 46 29 56 1/4
2002 first division 5 34 15 9 10 45 31 54 1/2
2003 first division 1 Gold medal blank.svg 42 25 12 5 50 20 87 1/16
2004 premier league 11 30 6 12 12 27 42 30 1/16
2005 premier league 12 30 7 12 11 25 36 33 1/2
2006 premier league 13 30 8 11 11 22 36 35 1/8
2007 premier league 8 30 10 11 9 30 27 41 1/8
2008 premier league 4 30 14 9 7 31 22 51 final
2009 premier league 13 30 8 9 13 27 37 33 1/8
2010 premier league 14 30 8 6 16 24 35 30 1/2
2010/11 no competition; because of format change 1/8
2011–12 premier league 10 44 14 13 17 40 51 55 1/8
2012–13 premier league 11 30 7 8 15 34 51 29 1/16
2013–14 premier league 10 30 9 11 10 36 37 38 1/16
2014–15 premier league 11 30 8 8 14 25 42 32 1/32
2015–16 premier league 11 30 7 10 13 22 33 31 1/2

In Europe[edit]

Amkar has participated in European football only once. Having finished fourth in the 2008 Russian Championship, the club earned the right to play in the Europa League. Amkar lost the first match to the English club Fulham 1–3, and although Permyaki won the second match 1–0, the club was eliminated on aggregate and Fulham progressed, eventually reaching the final.

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO England Fulham 1–0 1–3 * * = first match

Achievements[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Current squads[edit]

First team squad[edit]

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 Artur Nigmatullin
2 Serbia DF Aleksandar Miljković
3 Bulgaria DF Petar Zanev (Captain)
4 Russia DF Nikolai Zaytsev
5 Poland MF Janusz Gol
6 Guinea DF Sékou Condé
8 Nigeria MF Fegor Ogude
9 Austria FW Darko Bodul
10 Russia MF Alikhan Shavayev
11 Russia FW Aleksei Gasilin
13 Russia MF Roland Gigolayev
14 Russia FW Stanislav Prokofyev
No. Position Player
15 Russia GK Dmitri Khomich
16 Belarus MF Syarhey Balanovich
17 Russia MF Mikhail Gashchenkov
18 Belarus DF Mikhail Sivakow
19 Russia DF Brian Idowu
20 Russia MF Pavel Komolov
21 Russia DF Vasili Aleynikov
27 Russia MF Mikhail Kostyukov
32 Russia MF Ivan Melnikov
77 Russia FW Aleksandr Salugin
91 Russia MF Aleksandr Ryazantsev
95 Russia GK Denis Vambolt

Youth squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
29 Russia DF Rinat Guseynov
30 Russia DF Rustam Vazitdinov
34 Russia DF Mikhail Kondrashov
35 Russia DF Aleksandr Mosunov
41 Russia GK Roman Pshukov
44 Russia MF Viktor Urensky
46 Russia MF Georgi Yenev
47 Russia FW Maksim Zhukovsky
49 Russia DF Aleksandr Link
57 Russia MF Daniil Frentsel
59 Russia MF Yevgeny Paramonov
63 Russia GK Daniil Arzhevitin
No. Position Player
68 Russia MF Timofey Kraev
70 Russia FW Anton Googe
71 Russia GK Anatoly Krasilnikov
72 Russia FW Aleksandr Melekhov
73 Russia MF Nikolai Smetskoy
74 Russia DF Gleb Burkov
78 Russia MF Artyom Filippov
80 Russia MF Andrei Trunin
92 Russia DF Danil Smirnov
94 Russia DF Aleksandr Bushmin
96 Russia MF Vadim Chukhlantsev
97 Russia DF Khavazh Aushev

Coaching staff[edit]

Post Name of coach
Head coach Flag of Russia.svg Gadzhi Gadzhiyev
Assistant coach
Assistant coach Flag of Russia.svg Andrei Karyaka
Goalkeeper coach Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Sychov
Physical fitness coach Flag of Russia.svg Andrei Razin
Youth team head coach Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Paramonov

Sponsors[edit]

Mineral fertilizers 1996–2007, Lukoil 2007–2012, Uralkali 2013, Bank of Moscow 2013–present.

Team colours[edit]

2012–13
home matches
2012–13
away matches
2011–12
home matches
2011–12
away matches
2010
home matches
2010
away matches
2008–09
home matches
2008–09
away matches
2007
away matches
2006
home matches
2006
away matches
2005
home matches
2005
away matches

Records[edit]

Club records[14][edit]

Russian record holders from Amkar[edit]

Club stalwarts
Player
Games
1 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Flag of Russia.svg Aleksei Popov 424
2 Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Paramonov 337
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Zahari Sirakov 278
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Peev 234
5 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Volkov 215
6 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitri Belorukov 197
7 Flag of Russia.svg Ivan Cherenchikov 190
8 Flag of Russia.svg Yevgeni Yarkov 190
9 Flag of Russia.svg Aleksandr Galeutdinov 175
10 Flag of Russia.svg Igor Bakhtin 171
10 Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Zyryanov 171
12 Flag of Russia.svg Oleg Fomenko 170
13 Flag of Russia.svg Vitali Grishin 168
14 Flag of Russia.svg Igor Uralyov 157
15 Flag of Russia.svg Stanislav Krasulin 154
16 Flag of Russia.svg Rustem Khuzin 152
17 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Chebanov 146
18 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kushev 134
19 Flag of Russia.svg Vyacheslav Donyi 128
20 Flag of Montenegro.svg Mitar Novaković 126
Leading goalscorers
Player
Goals
1 Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Paramonov 170
2 Flag of Russia.svg Konstantin Zyryanov 48
3 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Georgi Peev 41
4 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Martin Kushev 36
5 Flag of Russia.svg Aleksandr Galeutdinov 29
6 Flag of Russia.svg Lev Matveyev 21
7Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Chebanov 20
7 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Volkov 20
9 Flag of Russia.svg Sergei Rybakov 18
10 Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Khairulin 18
11 Flag of Russia.svg Yevgeni Yarkov 16
12 Flag of Russia.svg Vadim Shpitalniy 14
13 Flag of Russia.svg Dmitri Belorukov 13
14 Flag of Russia.svg Igor Bakhtin 13
15 Flag of Ukraine.svg Aleksandr Shutov 13
16 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Arslon Talipov 13
17 Flag of Russia.svg Aleksandr Katasonov 13
18 Flag of Russia.svg Airat Akhmetgaliev 11
19 Flag of Russia.svg Vitali Grishin 11
20 Flag of Russia.svg Aleksei Filippov 10
20 Flag of Russia.svg Nikita Burmistrov 10

Managerial history[edit]

Captains[edit]

Amkar players in International competitions[edit]

Tournament Participant
Flag of Austria.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg Euro 2008 Flag of Russia.svg Vladimir Gabulov Bronze medal blank.svg

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ФК "Амкар"". Russian Premier League. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Амкар": смена руководителя (in Russian). Официальный сайт клуба. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  3. ^ История — Сезон 1994 года (in Russian). Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  4. ^ Павел Осипов. ""Амкар" Рахимова мог бы бороться за медали" (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  5. ^ Сухие матчи вратарей 2006 (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  6. ^ Сухие матчи вратарей 2008 (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  7. ^ Официальное заявление (in Russian). Официальный сайт клуба. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  8. ^ Президент "Амкар" Геннадий Шилов: "Расстались с Рахимовым по обоюдному согласию" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  9. ^ Миодраг Божович – новый главный тренер "Амкара" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  10. ^ Исполнять обязанности главного тренера ФК «Амкар» будет Рустем Хузин | Дневная Пермь — новости Перми и Пермского края
  11. ^ Трубачёв: осеннюю часть чемпионата "Амкар" провалил полностью (in Russian). Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  12. ^ "Cherchesov appointed Amkar Head Coach". 
  13. ^ "Amkar announced Cherchesov to be new Head Coach". 
  14. ^ Футбольный клуб «АМКАР» Пермь — О Клубе

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