FC Rostov

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FC Rostov logo.svg
Full nameФутбольный клуб Ростов
(Football Club Rostov)
Nickname(s)Selmashi (Derived from the historical name Rostselmash), Muzhiki (Tough Guys)
Founded10 May 1930; 90 years ago (1930-05-10)
GroundRostov Arena
OwnerRostov Oblast
PresidentArtashes Arutyunyants
Head coachValeri Karpin
LeagueRussian Premier League
2019–20Russian Premier League, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Rostov (Russian: Футбольный клуб Ростов) is a Russian professional football club based in Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast. The club are members of the Russian Premier League and play at the Rostov Arena.


The club's former home stadium, Olimp-2

The club was established on 10 May 1930, and was initially named Selmashstroy (Сельмашстрой). They were renamed Selmash in 1936 and Traktor in 1941. In 1950, the club joined the South Zone of the Azov-Don group of the Russian SFSR Championship. The following season they were placed in Group B of the championship. After finishing first in their group, they played in Group A in 1952. A third-place finish meant the club were promoted to the Class B for the 1953 season, during which they were renamed again, becoming Torpedo. In 1958, they were renamed Rostselmash.

In 1964 the club won their Division of Class B. In the Russian-zone play-offs they finished second in the first round and top in the second after defeating Terek Grozny 2–0 in the deciding match, earning promotion to the Soviet First League. The following season they finished bottom of the division, but were not relegated as the number of teams in the division was increased.

By the early 1970s the club was back in the Russian leagues. In 1975 they returned to Class B (now known as the Soviet Second League). Following several near misses, the club won their zone of the Second League in 1985. They went on to win a play-off tournament, earning promotion back to the First League.

In 1991 the club finished fourth in what was the final season of Soviet football following the USSR's disintegration. This was enough to earn them a place in the new Russian Top League. Following an eighth-place finish in their first season, the 1993 season saw the club struggle, eventually finishing second bottom, resulting in relegation to the First League.

The club made an immediate return to the Top League after finishing second in the 1994 First League season. In 2003, they adopted their current name and reached the Russian Cup final for the first time, losing 1–0 to Spartak Moscow.[1] In 2007 they finished bottom of the (now renamed) Premier Division and were relegated to the First Division. However, they made another immediate return to the top division as First Division champions.

Rostov won the 2013–14 Russian Cup, defeating FC Krasnodar on penalties 6–5, and earned qualification to the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. However Rostov were excluded from the competition at the end of May 2014, due to breached financial rules, being replaced by Spartak Moscow.[2][3] Later Rostov appealed the decision of the local football federation to lift the club from the tournament in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, the club won the right to play.[4]

The club's current home stadium, Rostov Arena

On 18 December 2014, the official website of FC Rostov announced the appointment of Kurban Berdyev as head coach. Under his leadership, the team has maintained a place in the Premier League on aggregate (1–0, 4–1) beating "Tosno" in the play-offs Premier League – First Division. In the summer 2015 the club bought César Navas, Christian Noboa and Sardar Azmoun who worked together with Berdyev in FC Rubin. Throughout the second half of 2015, the club had problems with the payment of salaries and bonuses the players, but it has not prevented the club at the end of the first part of the season 2015–16 to hold 2nd place in the championship.

In the 2016–17 season, Rostov earned a UEFA Champions League spot in the League Route as runners-up of the Russian Premier League. In the third qualifying round, they were drawn against Anderlecht. After a 2–2 home draw, they beat Anderlecht 2–0 away. In the play-off, Rostov were drawn against Dutch giants Ajax. In the first leg in Amsterdam, Netherlands, they held on to a 1–1 draw, which gave them an away goal advantage. In the return leg, Rostov earned a historical 4–1 surprise win over Ajax and qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stages, a stunning performance as was their first qualification into the group stages of a European tournament.[5] Rostov were drawn in Group D, against Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid and PSV Eindhoven,[6][7] gaining their first Champions League victory on 23 November 2016, defeating Bayern Munich 3–2 at Olimp-2.[8]

On 9 June 2017, Rostov announced Leonid Kuchuk as their new manager on a one-year contract with the option of an additional year.[9] Kuchuk resigned and was replaced by Valeri Karpin during the winter break in December 2017.[10]

On 19 June 2020, Rostov were due to play their first match of the restarted Russian Premier League season, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, against PFC Sochi. Rostov had had a good season and were in fourth place, just a few points of UEFA Champions League qualification. A few days before the match, six players in Rostov's first-team squad tested positive for the coronavirus, putting the entire first-team squad into a fourteen-day quarantine period.[11] This forced the club to select their Under-18 squad to play the match, making it the youngest starting 11 and the youngest matchday squad in Russian Premier League history. Rostov would go on to lose 10–1, but the youngsters were highly praised for their performance with 17-year-old goalkeeper Denis Popov named man-of-the-match after saving a penalty and making 15 saves[12], a Russian Premier League record[13], and 17-year-old Roman Romanov scoring his first senior goal on his debut in the first minute of the match.



Russian Premier LeagueRussian First DivisionRussian Premier LeagueRussian First DivisionRussian Premier League


Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2R North Macedonia FK Cementarnica 55 2–1 1–1 3–2
3R Croatia NK Varaždin 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
SF Italy Juventus 0–4 1–5 1–9
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R France AJ Auxerre 0–2 1–3 1–5
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Turkey Trabzonspor 0–2 0–0 0–2
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 3R Belgium Anderlecht 2–2 2–0 4–2
PO Netherlands Ajax 4–1 1–1 5–2
Group D Germany Bayern Munich 3–2 0–5 3rd place
Spain Atlético Madrid 0–1 1–2
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2–2 0–0
UEFA Europa League R32 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 4–0 1–1 5–1
R16 England Manchester United 1–1 0–1 1–2
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 3R Israel Maccabi Haifa 1−2 N/A N/A
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 3R: Third round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • SF: Semi–finals


Domestic competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 2014
Winners (1): 2008


FC Rostov vs. Bayern Munich. 2016–17 UEFA Champions League (3:2)
As of 17 October 2020, according to the Official Russian Premier League website

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 Yegor Baburin
2 DF Norway NOR Haitam Aleesami
4 DF Russia RUS Denis Terentyev
5 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Dennis Hadžikadunić
6 MF Japan JPN Kento Hashimoto
7 MF Finland FIN Roman Eremenko
8 MF Sweden SWE Armin Gigović
9 FW North Macedonia MKD David Toshevski
10 MF Russia RUS Pavel Mamayev
11 FW Sweden SWE Pontus Almqvist
13 FW Russia RUS Vladimir Obukhov
15 MF Russia RUS Danil Glebov
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Norway NOR Mathias Normann
19 MF Armenia ARM Khoren Bayramyan
22 DF Belarus BLR Aleksandr Pavlovets
23 FW Russia RUS Roman Tugarev (on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow)
30 GK Russia RUS Sergei Pesyakov
34 DF Russia RUS Aleksei Kozlov
55 DF Russia RUS Maksim Osipenko
71 DF Russia RUS Nikolai Poyarkov
77 GK Russia RUS Maksim Rudakov
83 FW Russia RUS Artur Sokhiyev
96 DF Russia RUS Aleksandr Gapechkin
99 FW Russia RUS Dmitry Poloz

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 Konstantin Pliyev (at Ufa)
DF Russia RUS Dmitri Chistyakov (at Zenit St. Petersburg)
DF Russia RUS Konstantin Kovalyov (at Baltika Kaliningrad)
DF Russia RUS Arseny Logashov (at Khimki)
DF Russia RUS Aleksandr Smirnov (at Orenburg)
DF Russia RUS Danila Vedernikov (at Volgar Astrakhan)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Russia RUS Mikhail Osinov (at Nizhny Novgorod)
MF Russia RUS Yevgeni Cherkes (at Forte Taganrog)
MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Saplinov (at Rotor Volgograd)
FW Russia RUS Aleksandr Dolgov (at Khimki)
FW Russia RUS Danila Proshlyakov (at Torpedo Moscow)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Russia Valeri Karpin
Senior coach Russia Vitaliy Kafanov
Assistant coach Russia Mikhail Osinov
Goalkeeping coach Russia Gleb Presnyakov
Fitness coach Spain Luís Casais Martínez
Analyst-coach Spain Jonatan Alba Cabello
Rehabilitation coach Spain Hugo Ogando Berea
Rehabilitation coach Spain Álvaro Sayabera Iñarrea
Rehabilitation coach Spain Fernando Rodriguez López
Head physiotherapist Spain Guillermo Aladrén Pérez
Physiotherapist-rehabilitator Spain Raúl Álvarez Canle
Medic Russia Vladimir Shulyak
Masseur Russia Artyom Kozyrev

Source: Rostov


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  2. ^ "Spartak Moscow will replace FC Rostov". www.espnfc.com. ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Moscow "Spartak" because of "sanctions" was in the Europa League". ru-facts.com. ru-facts. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Rostov stun Ajax to book group stage debut". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "UEFA Champions League group stage draw". UEFA.com. UEFA. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Champions League roundup: four-time winners Ajax crash out to FC Rostov". Guardian. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  8. ^ "FC Rostov 3–2 Bayern Munich". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Леонид Кучук – новый главный тренер Ростова". fc-rostov.ru (in Russian). FC Rostov. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Валерий Карпин – новый главный тренер ФК Ростов" (in Russian). FC Rostov. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  11. ^ "FC Rostov goes on a two-week quarantine" (in Russian). FC Rostov. 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Заслуженная награда реально лучшему игроку этого матча" (in Russian). FC Rostov. 19 June 2020.
  13. ^ "17-летний вратарь Ростова Попов сделал 15 сэйвов в матче с Сочи. Это рекорд РПЛ" (in Russian). Sports.ru. 19 June 2020.

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