FC Fakel Voronezh

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FC Fakel Voronezh
Club logo 2009
Full name Football club «Fakel» Voronezh
Nickname(s) Факелоны
Founded 1947; 70 years ago (1947)
Ground Tsentralny Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh
Ground Capacity 32,750
Owner Chemical Automatics Design Bureau
Chairman Irina Petrova
Manager Pavel Gusev
League FNL
2015–16 6th

FC Fakel Voronezh (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Факел" Воронеж) is a Russian association football club based in Voronezh. Currently the club plays in the Russian Football National League. The name of the club means "Torch" (Russian: Факел).

They won the Zone Center of the PFL in the 2014–15 season, securing promotion to the Russian Football National League for 2015–16.


The club was founded in 1947 at a then classified airplane plant. For secrecy reasons, the team was not officially given a name and was referred to as the Voronezh city team. In 1959 the team became a part of Trud sports society and was renamed Trud Voronezh. In 1976 the team was renamed Fakel.

The team played in the Soviet League since 1954:

The best result of Trud/Fakel was a place in the Top Division in 1961 (finished 15th) and 1985 (finished 17th). Fakel reached the semifinal of the Soviet Cup in 1984.

In the Russian league, Fakel played in various divisions, only on one occasion staying in the same division for more than two consecutive seasons:

  • Top Division: 1992, 1997, 2000–2001
  • First Division: 1993, 1995–1996, 1998–1999, 2002–2003, 2005–2006, 2011–2012, 2015–
  • Second Division: 1994, 2004, 2010, 2012–2015
  • Russian amateur league: 2007

The best result achieved by Fakel in Premier League was a 13th position in 2000.

Fakel has also experienced several short-lived name changes: to Fakel-Profsoyuz in 1992, Voronezh in 2002 and Fakel-Voronezh in 2002–2003.

Fakel and FC Yelets were excluded from the Russian Second Division for attempts to bribe and threaten the referee on 18 July 2009.[1] At the time of exclusion (21 August), Fakel were sixth with 31 points from 19 games, while Yelets were 16th with 9 points from 19 games.

A new club called FC Fakel Voronezh technically independent from the club that played in 2009 as FC Fakel-Voronezh Voronezh was founded in 2010 and played in the Russian Second Division (FSA Voronezh failed licensing for 2010 and the new Fakel was the only Voronezh professional team for 2010). It employed the manager and 6 players from the 2009 FC Fakel-Voronezh roster. The reserve team FC Fakel-d Voronezh played in the Amateur Football League in 2010.

Before the 2011–12 season FC Saturn Moscow Oblast dropped out of Russian Premier League due to financial problems. FC Krasnodar replaced them in the Premier League, creating a vacancy in the Russian First Division. Despite only coming in 4th in their Russian Second Division zone in 2010, Fakel volunteered to take the First Division spot, and the Russian Football Union decided to promote the team. They were relegated back to the third level in the same 2011–12 season. They will return to the Russian Football National League in the 2015–16 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 February 2017, 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 Aleksandr Sautin
5 Russia DF Dmitri Ivanov
6 Russia MF Dmitri Kayumov
8 Russia MF Aleksandr Troshechkin
9 Russia MF Ivan Nagibin
10 Russia FW Artur Arustamyan
13 Russia DF Vitali Shakhov
16 Russia GK Aleksandr Kobzev
17 Russia FW Mikhail Biryukov
19 Russia FW Dmitri Michurenkov
21 Russia MF Yevgeni Zakharov
22 Russia DF Ivan Drannikov
23 Latvia MF Ivans Lukjanovs
No. Position Player
26 Ukraine DF Pavlo Stepanets
27 Russia DF Dmitri Tikhiy
55 Russia DF Maksim Osipenko
71 Russia DF Mikhail Bagayev
77 Russia FW Ruslan Bolov
78 Ukraine DF Oleksiy Kurilov
87 Russia FW Nikita Satalkin
88 Latvia GK Vitālijs Meļņičenko
89 Ukraine FW Oleksandr Kasyan
90 Russia MF Ivan Solovyov
91 Russia MF Viktor Svezhov
93 Russia DF Georgi Burnash

Reserve squad[edit]

Fakel's reserve squad played professionally as FC Fakel-d Voronezh in the Russian Third League in 1997.

Notable players[edit]

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


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