FC Asmaral Moscow

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FC Presnya Moscow
FC Asmaral Moscow.png
Full nameFootball Club Presnya Moscow
Founded1978
Dissolved1999
GroundKrasnaya Presnya Stadium

FC Presnya Moscow (Russian: ФК «Пресня» Москва) was a Russian football team based in Moscow. It was founded in 1978 as FC Krasnaya Presnya Moscow. It participated in the third-tier Soviet Second League and was notable for giving the start for the careers of Oleg Romantsev, Vasili Kulkov and Aleksandr Mostovoi.

History[edit]

In 1990, when perestroika policies allowed the creation of private enterprises in the Soviet Union, the club was purchased by an Iraqi businessman Hussam Al-Khalidi who renamed the club to Asmaral (after the initials of his three children – daughters Asil and Mariam and son Alan). It was the first privately owned club in Russia. Al-Khalidi hired an acclaimed coach Konstantin Beskov and a former Spartak Moscow star Yuri Gavrilov.[1] After the 1991 season, the club was promoted to the second-tier Soviet First League. However, due to the dissolution of the USSR, the new Russian league system was organized, and Asmaral was accepted into the top-flight Russian Top Division, where it reached the 7th place in the inaugural 1992 season. In the next 1993 season, it was relegated to the Russian First Division, then suffered two consecutive relegations in 1995 and 1996, ending up in the Russian Third Division. Following the 1998 season, it lost the professional status (entering amateur leagues) and was dissolved altogether after the 1999 season.[2]

Asmaral's farm club participated in the Russian Second League and Russian Third League in 1992 as FC Asmaral-d Moscow and from 1993 to 1995 as FC Presnya Moscow.

A separate club called FC Presnya Moscow participated on the professional level in the Russian Second Division from 2004 to 2006.

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Asmaral/Krasnaya Presnya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "История русского футбола. Первый частный клуб". Sports.ru. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Club profile". FootballFacts. Retrieved 9 October 2014.