FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny
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|Full name||Football Club|
KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny
|Nickname(s)||Gruzoviki (Грузовики, The Trucks), Avtozovodci (Автозаводцы, The Car Workers)|
|League||Russian Professional Football League, Zone Ural-Privolzhye|
KAMAZ (Russian: Футбольный клуб КАМАЗ Набережные Челны) is a Russian football club based in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan. The club is currently in the third-tier Russian Professional Football League.
Colours are (Home) all white. (Away) Light blue shirts, white shorts.
The club was founded on 11 November 1981 at the KAMAZ plant under the name Trud-PRZ. The team played in local tournaments until 1988, when they entered Soviet Second League.
KAMAZ stayed in this league until 1992, when following the collapse of the Soviet Union they were entitled to play in the Russian First League. They won the Centre Zone tournament and were promoted into the Top League.
The best result achieved by KAMAZ in the Top League was a 6th position in 1994. It allowed the club to participate in the Intertoto Cup, where KAMAZ reached the semifinals, defeating München 1860 in the group stage.
KAMAZ stayed in the top flight from 1993 to 1997, when the financial troubles of their owner, KAMAZ plant, forced them into the First Division and into the Second Division a year later. The team played in the Ural Zone of the Second Division from 1999 to 2003, where they earned promotion.
KAMAZ became one of the leaders of the First Division in the 2000s, finishing 4th in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010 and 3rd in 2005 and 2008. They were relegated back to the third-tier at the end of the 2015–16 season.
The club has been known as Trud-PRZ (1981–1987), Torpedo (1988–1989), and KAMAZ-Chally (1995–2000).
KAMAZ in Europe
|1. FC KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny||10||4||3||1||0||8||3||+5|
|2. TSV 1860 München||6||4||2||0||2||8||3||+5|
|3. Kaucuk Opava||6||4||2||0||2||5||4||+1|
|4. PFC Spartak Varna||5||4||1||2||1||5||5||0|
|5. ŁKS Łódź||1||4||0||1||3||1||12||−11|
|22 June 1996|
|FC KAMAZ||3–0||ŁKS Łódź|
|29 June 1996|
|Kaucuk Opava||1–2||FC KAMAZ|
|13 July 1996|
|FC KAMAZ||2–2||PFC Spartak Varna|
|20 July 1996|
|TSV 1860 München||0–1||FC KAMAZ|
Semi-finals (27–28 & 31 July)
FC KAMAZ 2–0, 0–4 En Avant Guingamp
|1988||3rd, Group 2||14||32||8||12||12||32||36||28||—||—|| Gibadullin – 7
Dm. Smirnov – 7
|1989||7||42||20||8||14||59||50||48||—||—||Zakiyev – 11||Chetverik|
|1990||4th, Group 7||1||32||21||5||6||67||26||47||—||—||Baryshev – 17||Chetverik|
|1991||3rd, "Centre"||10||42||19||3||20||60||55||41||—||—||Y. Kuznetsov – 28||Chetverik|
As of 19 February 2019, according to the PFL website.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
KAMAZ's reserve squad played professionally as FC KAMAZ-d Naberezhnye Chelny (Russian Second League in 1993, Russian Third League in 1994) and as FC KAMAZ-Chally-d Naberezhnye Chelny (Russian Third League in 1995–1997).
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for KAMAZ.
- Official website (in Russian)