Football Club Aktobe (Kazakh: «Ақтөбе» футбол клубы), commonly referred to as FC Aktobe or simply Aktobe, is a professional football club based in Aktobe. They play in the Kazakhstan Premier League, the highest level of Kazakh football. Formed as Aktyubinets in 1967, they became Aktobemunai in 1996, Aktobe in 1997, Aktobe-Lento in 2000 and finally Aktobe again in 2005. Their home ground is the 13,500 seat Central Stadium.
Foundation and Soviet League years (1967–1991)
Aktobe was founded in 1967 as Aktyubinets at the base of sports section of Aktyubrentgen Factory when its amateur football team gained masters team status. They played their first three seasons in the Class B Division, fourth tier of the Soviet League system. For the next 7 seasons they were not active in official tournaments. In 1976, the club joined the Soviet Second League, to play in its Zone 7. On 2 May 1976, Aktyubinets earned their first victory in a home game against the Neftyannik Fergana. The match ended with a score of 1–0. After they finished third in 1979 and 1980 seasons, they reached their first success winnig Zone 7 Championship in 1981. In 1990, the team recorded a 10–0 victory over Bulat, which remains the club's biggest victory on record. In the 1991 season, the last year of Sovier League existence, the club won Zone 8 Championship.
Eearly Premier League years and first title (1991–2006)
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the club joined the newly formed Kazakhstan Premier League. In 1994, Aktyubinets reached Kazakhstan Cup final, where they lost to Vostok with a score of 0–1. In 1996, the club changed name to Aktobemunai. However, after one season they renamed again to Aktobe. As the result of reduction of league teams number in 1997, Aktobe was relegated to the Kazakhstan First Division. In 2000, Aktobe find financial support which led to renaming to Aktobe-Lento for sponsorhip reasons. In 2000 season, the club won Kazakhstan First Division and promoted to the Kazakhstan Premier League.