FC Fakel Voronezh

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FC Fakel Voronezh
Logo of FC Fakel Voronezh.png
Full nameFootball club «Fakel» Voronezh
Founded1947; 72 years ago (1947)
GroundTsentralny Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh
ChairmanIrina Petrova
ManagerSergei Volgin
LeagueRussian Football National League
WebsiteClub website

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" or "Flambeau" (Russian: Факел).


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 two occasions staying in the same division for more than two consecutive seasons:

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 returned to the Russian Football National League in the 2015–16 season. Despite finishing in the relegation zone at the end of the 2017–18 season, the club was not relegated as other clubs ahead in the standings failed to obtain the league license for 2018–19.[2]

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 February 2019, 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 Oleg Suvorov
4 Russia DF Oleg Babenkov
6 Russia DF Soslan Kagermazov
10 Russia MF Igor Lebedenko
14 Russia DF Sandro Tsveiba
17 Russia FW Mikhail Biryukov
18 Russia FW Yaroslav Denisov
19 Russia MF Artyom Makarchuk
20 Russia DF Dmitri Buturlakin
21 Russia MF David Sayenko
22 Russia DF Danil Sviridov
23 Russia GK Aleksandr Vostrikov
25 Russia MF Nikolai Krasov
26 Russia MF Dmitri Neplyuyev
27 Russia MF Artyom Molodtsov
30 Russia GK Dmitry Kortnev
No. Position Player
31 Russia FW Ivan Pertsev
33 Russia MF Aleksandr Manukovskiy
36 Russia MF Kirill Kolesnikov
37 Russia MF Dmitri Malikov
40 Russia DF Vladislav Turukin
45 Russia MF Dmitri Sadov
47 Russia DF Sergei Bozhin
55 Russia DF Maksim Osipenko
66 Russia MF Aleksandr Dutov
77 Belarus MF Mikhail Afanasyev
90 Russia MF Aleksandr Lomakin (on loan from Ural Yekaterinburg)
96 Russia MF Maksim Kuzmin (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
97 Russia FW Artur Arustamyan
Serbia DF Josip Projić

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.


  1. ^ "ФАКЕЛ-ВОРОНЕЖ" И "ЕЛЕЦ" ИСКЛЮЧЕНЫ ИЗ ПРОФЕССИОНАЛЬНОЙ ЛИГИ. НО ИХ "ДЕЛО" НЕ ЗАКРЫТО (in Russian). Sport-Express. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Клубы ФНЛ получили лицензии" (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 30 May 2018.

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