FC Krasnodar

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FC Krasnodar logo.svg
Full nameФутбольный клуб Краснодар
(Football Club Krasnodar)
Nickname(s)Byki (The Bulls), The Black-Greens
Founded22 February 2008; 13 years ago (2008-02-22)
GroundKrasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar
OwnerSergey Galitsky
ChairmanSergey Galitsky
ManagerMurad Musayev
LeagueRussian Premier League
2019–20Russian Premier League, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Krasnodar is a Russian professional football club based in Krasnodar that plays in the Russian Premier League. The club was founded in 2008. In 2009, the club was promoted to the Russian First Division, the second highest division of the Russian football league system, despite finishing Zone South of Second Division in third. At the end of the 2010 season, they were promoted to the Russian Premier League for the 2011 season, despite finishing fifth in the first division.[1]

In May 2013, FC Krasnodar began the construction of the 35,074-seat Krasnodar Stadium[2] which was opened on 9 October 2016. Until the stadium was completed, FC Krasnodar continued playing their home matches in the Kuban Stadium.


The club owner and founder is Sergey Galitsky, a Russian businessman who has been rewarded by the Russian Football Union for his dedication to development of football in Russia.[3]

Early years[edit]

In February 2008, FC Krasnodar had been granted professional status which allowed them enter Second Division (the third tier of Russian professional football). Its first official match was a 0–0 draw against FC Nika Krasny Sulin. The team was at that time managed by Vladimir Volchek.

FC Krasnodar finished third in the 2008 Second Division season. Although the third place does not grant promotion to the upper tier of Russian football league, FC Krasnodar had been invited by PFL to take part in the 2009 First Division tournament. This happened because SKA Rostov and Sportakademklub refused to take part in the tournament despite finishing high enough to avoid relegation.[4]

After being promoted, the club appointed Nurbiy Khakunov as manager. Krasnodar finished its debut First Division campaign tenth in the league table.

In the next season, FC Krasnodar was managed by Sergei Tashuyev. In this year, the team faced another club from Krasnodar city, FC Kuban. The first match between the rival clubs took place on 12 June 2010, where FC Kuban won 3–0. The second match also granted no points to FC Krasnodar as they lost the game 0–1.[5] However the team's overall performance in this season had been more successful compared to previous year. They ended up 5th.

Promotion to the Premier League[edit]

In December 2010, FC Krasnodar signed a contract with Serbian manager Slavoljub Muslin. Before the start of the next season, FC Krasnodar got another promotion despite finishing fifth in the league. This happened because Saturn Ramenskoye, Nizhny Novgorod and KAMAZ declined to play in the Russian Premier League due to financial problems. On 25 January 2011, the Premier League committee decided to replace FC Saturn with FC Krasnodar.[6]

After promotion to the Premier League, the team performed with mixed success. Both matches against perennial title contender CSKA Moscow ended in draws, which could be considered success considering the disparity between the two's squad strengths.[7] However, in both matches against another top Premier League club in Spartak Moscow, the team conceded eight goals, losing away and home matches, 4–0 and 2–4, respectively. Other notable matches FC Krasnodar played were the ones against FC Kuban; matches between the two marked the first Premier League derby not involving Moscow-based clubs. In the first match, FC Krasnodar won 0–1, though FC Kuban won the second match, 0–2. During the season, club owner Sergey Galitsky stated that he was satisfied with his team's performance, also stating that he wants his team to play in a manner fascinating for spectators, and that he does not plan on buying expensive players; instead, the club should evolve steadily, "step by step."[7] FC Krasnodar ultimately finished the 2011–12 season ninth in the league table.

The team's second season in 2012–13 was less successful. The team lost all but one match against the eventual top-three teams in the league.[8] FC Krasnodar ended the year in tenth, one of the likelier reasons that led the board to terminate manager Slavoljub Muslin's contract. Muslin himself, however, stated that he was sacked because the club stopped investing into the club to improve its on-field performance.[9]

On 11 August 2013, Belarusian coach Oleg Kononov was named manager of FC Krasnodar, with club management also bolstering the squad ahead of the 2013–14 season, with Ari, Artur Jędrzejczyk and Andreas Granqvist joining the club.[10]

These personnel changes awarded the club a top-five Premier League finish, making it eligible to compete in the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history for 2014–15. FC Krasnodar also advanced to the Russian Cup Final where the club was narrowly defeated by Rostov in a penalty shoot-out. FC Krasnodar successfully completed three Europa League qualification phases after defeating Sillamäe Kalev, Diósgyőr and Real Sociedad on aggregate. The team then advanced to the Group Stage, where they were drawn into Group H alongside Lille, Wolfsburg and Everton, eventually finishing third.

The following year Krasnodar got to the Europa League group stage for the second time in a row. Their group consisted of Borussia Dortmund, PAOK and Gabala. They won all their home games and pulled off a 1–0 win against Dortmund. They finished first with 4 wins (1–0 against Dortmund, 2–1 against PAOK, 2–1 and 3–0 against Gabala), 1 draw (0–0 against PAOK and 1 loss (1–2 against Dortmund). They continued to the round of 32 and were drawn against Sparta Prague. They lost 1–0 in their away game and lost a poor home game, 3–0.

Their 2019–20 season was marred by injuries. Viktor Claesson and Rémy Cabella suffered ACL tears (Claesson missed whole season and Cabella played 12 games), Yury Gazinsky, Ari and Uroš Spajić all missed months of play. After eliminating Porto in the Champions League third qualifying round, they lost to Olympiacos 1–6 on aggregate in the play-off round. In the subsequent Europa League campaign, the club did not advance from group stage to the knock-out rounds. In the RPL, Krasnodar led the table early in the season, but finished the league in the 3rd spot, only qualifying for the Champions League qualifying rounds again; however, they managed to qualify to the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.[11]

League position[edit]

Season League Russian Cup Europe Top goalscorer(s) Manager(s)
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA P Name(s) League
2008 3rd South 3rd 34 22 6 6 60 23 72 Russia Denis Dorozhkin 12 Russia Vladimir Volchek
2009 2nd 10th 38 14 10 14 50 47 52 3R Russia Andrei Mikheyev 8 Russia Nurbiy Khakunov
2010 2nd 5th 38 17 10 11 60 44 61 R32 Russia Yevgeni Kaleshin 11 Russia Sergei Tashuyev
2011–12 1st 9th 44 16 13 15 58 61 61 R32 / R32 Armenia Yura Movsisyan 14 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin
2012–13 1st 10th 30 12 6 12 45 39 42 R16 Brazil Wánderson 13 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin
2013–14 1st 5th 30 15 5 10 46 39 50 Runners-up Brazil Wánderson 9 Serbia Slavoljub Muslin
Belarus Oleg Kononov
2014–15 1st 3rd 30 17 9 4 52 27 60 R16 EL GS Uruguay Mauricio Pereyra 9 Belarus Oleg Kononov
2015–16 1st 4th 30 16 8 6 54 25 56 SF EL R32 Russia Fyodor Smolov 20 Belarus Oleg Kononov
2016–17 1st 4th 30 12 13 5 40 22 49 QF EL R16 Russia Fyodor Smolov 18 Belarus Oleg Kononov
Russia Igor Shalimov
2017–18 1st 4th 30 16 6 8 46 30 54 R32 EL PO Russia Fyodor Smolov 14 Russia Igor Shalimov
Russia Murad Musayev (caretaker)
2018–19 1st 3rd 30 16 8 6 55 23 56 QF EL R16 Sweden Viktor Claesson 12 Russia Sergey Matveyev
Russia Murad Musayev (caretaker)
2019–20 1st 3rd 30 14 10 6 49 30 52 R32 CL PO
Sweden Marcus Berg 9 Russia Murad Musayev



  • Match Premier Cup: 1
Winners (1): 2019

European history[edit]

On 17 July 2014, FC Krasnodar played its first-ever match in the UEFA Europa League, playing Estonian club Sillamäe Kalev. FC Krasnodar took a conclusive 4–0 victory. The second match between these teams was also won by Krasnodar; the score was 5–0. In the next round, FC Krasnodar faced Diósgyőr, winning both matches by 5–1 and 3–0 scorelines, respectively.

In a draw for the playoff round, FC Krasnodar was unseeded, which brought them a much stronger opponent, Spanish club Real Sociedad. The first match against this club ended up in a 1–0 defeat, though FC Krasnodar won the second match 3–0, taking them to the competition's group stage.

The following year, Krasnodar got to the Europa League group stage for the second time in a row. Their group consisted of Borussia Dortmund, PAOK and Gabala. They won all their home games, and even pulled off a surprising 1–0 win against Dortmund. They finished first with four wins (1–0 against Dortmund, 2–1 against PAOK, 2–1 and 3–0 against Gabala), one draw (0–0 against PAOK) and one loss (1–2 against Dortmund). They continued to the round of 32, and were drawn against Sparta Prague. They lost 1–0 in their away game, and lost their home game 3–0.


As of match played 25 February 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA W% Notes
UEFA Champions League 12 4 2 6 14 22 033.33
UEFA Europa League 49 24 9 16 84 59 048.98


Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia Sillamäe Kalev 5–0 4–0 9–0
3Q Hungary Diósgyőr 3–0 5–1 8–1
PO Spain Real Sociedad 3–0 0–1 3–1
Group H France Lille 1–1 1–1 3rd out of 4
Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2–4 1–5
England Everton 1–1 1–0
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–0 3–3 5–3
PO Finland HJK Helsinki 5–1 0–0 5–1
Group C Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–0 1–2 1st out of 4
Greece PAOK 2–1 0–0
Azerbaijan Gabala 2–1 3–0
R32 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–3 0–1 0–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Malta Birkirkara 3–1 3–0 6–1
PO Albania Partizani 4–0 0–0 4–0
Group I Germany Schalke 04 0–1 0–2 2nd out of 4
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–1 1–0
France Nice 5–2 1–2
R32 Turkey Fenerbahçe 1–0 1–1 2–1
R16 Spain Celta Vigo 0–2 1–2 1–4
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 3Q Denmark Lyngby BK 2–1 3–1 5–2
PO Serbia Red Star Belgrade 3–2 1–2 4–4 (a)
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Group J Turkey Akhisarspor 2–1 1–0 2nd out of 4
Belgium Standard Liège 2–1 1–2
Spain Sevilla 2–1 0–3
R32 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
R16 Spain Valencia 1–1 1–2 2–3
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 3Q Portugal Porto 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
PO Greece Olympiacos 1–2 0–4 1–6
UEFA Europa League Group C Switzerland Basel 1–0 0–5 3rd out of 4
Spain Getafe 1–2 3–0
Turkey Trabzonspor 3–1 0–2
2020–21 UEFA Champions League PO Greece PAOK 2–1 2–1 4–2
Group E Spain Sevilla 1–2 2–3 3rd out of 4
England Chelsea 0–4 1–1
France Rennes 1–0 1–1
UEFA Europa League R32 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–3 0–1 2–4
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • R16: Round of 16


The first stadium FC Krasnodar played its official matches at is Trud stadium. It is a 3,000-seat stadium situated in the southern part of Krasnodar city.[12]

The stadium was used in 2008 when FC Krasnodar was playing in the Second Division.[13] But after promotion to the First Division the stadium's capacity ceased to be enough. Therefore, in 2009 FC Krasnodar had to move to Kuban Stadium (the stadium which is also used by FC Kuban).

In 2013 FC Krasnodar began to construct its own stadium with a capacity of 35,074 seats. The stadium project was created by English and German companies. The estimated cost of this stadium is €200 million. The stadium will meet the requirements for hosting international matches. Café, club shop, museum, nightclub, several banquet rooms, fitness room, business clubs and children's room will be located inside the stadium.[14]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 February 2021[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Russia RUS Yevgeni Gorodov
2 DF Russia RUS Yegor Sorokin
4 DF Belarus BLR Alyaksandr Martynovich (captain)
7 MF France FRA Rémy Cabella
8 MF Russia RUS Yury Gazinsky (vice-captain)
9 FW Russia RUS Ari
10 MF Brazil BRA Wanderson
11 MF Russia RUS Aleksei Ionov
12 GK Russia RUS Yegor Baburin (on loan from Rostov)
14 MF Sweden SWE Kristoffer Olsson
16 MF Sweden SWE Viktor Claesson
18 DF Russia RUS Yevgeni Chernov
20 FW Russia RUS Yevgeni Markov
28 DF Russia RUS Igor Smolnikov
No. Pos. Nation Player
31 MF Brazil BRA Kaio
33 FW Sweden SWE Marcus Berg
39 GK Russia RUS Matvei Safonov
44 DF Russia RUS Sergei Borodin
47 MF Russia RUS Daniil Utkin
52 MF Netherlands NED Tonny Vilhena
53 MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Chernikov
58 GK Russia RUS Stanislav Agkatsev
74 MF Armenia ARM Eduard Spertsyan
77 MF Russia RUS Ruslan Kambolov
81 FW Russia RUS Leon Sabua
93 FW Russia RUS Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov
98 DF Russia RUS Sergei Petrov

Other players under contract[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Ecuador ECU Cristian Ramírez

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Russia RUS Leo Goglichidze (at Nizhny Novgorod until 30 June 2021)
DF Russia RUS Ilya Martynov (at Tambov until 30 June 2021)
DF Russia RUS Igor Paradin (at Chayka Peschanokopskoye until 30 June 2021)
DF Serbia SRB Uroš Spajić (at Feyenoord until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Russia RUS Yevgeni Nazarov (at SKA-Khabarovsk until 30 June 2021)
MF Denmark DEN Younes Namli (at Colorado Rapids until 31 December 2021)
MF Russia RUS Ilya Zhigulyov (at Rotor Volgograd until 31 May 2021)
FW Russia RUS German Onugkha (at Vejle until 30 June 2021)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Russia Murad Musayev
Assistant coach Russia Artur Olenin
Goalkeeper coach Russia Aleksei Antonyuk

WFC Krasnodar, FC Krasnodar-2 and FC Krasnodar-3[edit]

A professional farm club called FC Krasnodar-2 was founded in 2013 and participated in the Russian Professional Football League (third tier). It was promoted to the second-tier Russian Football National League for the 2018–19 season, and formerly amateur FC Krasnodar-3 was licensed for the PFL.[16]

Youth academy[edit]

FC Krasnodar owns a network of youth football schools spread over 20 cities in two Russian regions – Krasnodar Krai and Adygea.[17] The main school is situated in the eastern part of Krasnodar. The Academy infrastructure includes 10 football fields, a 3000-seat stadium, a medical rehabilitation center, a swimming pool, a sauna, and a gym. There is also a dining room, an assembly hall, offices and hotel rooms for students' parents.[18] The club owner Sergey Galitsky has stated that his goal is to compose the majority of the FC Krasnodar squad from locally trained players.[19]

Notable players[edit]

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


As of match played 2 April 2018
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Vladimir Volchek  Russia 1 January 2008 18 August 2008
Nurbiy Khakunov  Russia 2009 31 December 2009
Sergei Tashuyev  Russia 1 January 2010 10 December 2010 42 20 10 12 65 47 047.62
Slavoljub Muslin  Serbia 1 January 2011 9 August 2013 83 31 20 32 114 109 037.35
Oleg Kononov  Belarus 11 August 2013 13 September 2016 130 71 31 28 234 125 054.62
Igor Shalimov (caretaker)  Russia 13 September 2016 6 October 2016 6 5 1 0 10 4 083.33
Igor Shalimov  Russia 6 October 2016 1 April 2018 10 4 4 2 13 10 040.00
Oleg Fomenko (caretaker)  Russia 2 April 2018 present
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).


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  2. ^ Сергей Галицкий: «По последним данным вместительность стадиона «Краснодара» будет 36260 мест» (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
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  12. ^ Стадион Труд (Краснодар) (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  13. ^ Визитная карточка (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  14. ^ Строительство стадиона ФК «Краснодар» (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  15. ^ "CURRENT SQUAD". fckrasnodar.ru/en. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  16. ^ «Краснодар-3» сыграет в первенстве ПФЛ в сезоне-2018/19 (in Russian). Championat. 24 July 2018.
  17. ^ Филиалы академии (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  18. ^ Инфраструктура (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  19. ^ История Академии ФК Краснодар (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-09-15.

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