FC SKA Rostov-on-Don

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SKA Rostov
Club logo
Full name Football Club
Sports Club of the Army
Nickname(s) Pony, Armeytsy (Military men)
Founded 1937; 80 years ago (1937)
Ground SKA SKVO Stadium,
Ground Capacity 27,300
Chairman Sergei Chebotaryov
Manager Mikhail Kupriyanov
League Russian Professional Football League, Zone South
2016–17 8th

FC SKA Rostov-on-Don (Russian: ФК СКА Ростов-на-Дону)[1] is a Russian association football club based in Rostov-on-Don. The club's history includes becoming runners-up of the Soviet Top League in 1966 and winning the Soviet Cup in 1981.



In final 1981.

The club was founded on 27 August 1937 and was known as RODKA (1937–1953), ODO (1954–1956) and SKVO (1957–1959 and 2013–2015). The team was given its most familiar name back in March 2015.[1]

SKVO entered the Class B of the Soviet league in 1958. Prior to that, the team only played in regional tournaments. SKVO became the champions of Class B in 1958 and were promoted to Class A. They stayed at the top level of Soviet football until 1973, winning silver medals in 1966 and finishing fourth in 1959, 1960, 1963, and 1964.

In the 1970s and 1980s SKA moved between Top and First leagues several times. After relegation 1973, they played in the First League in 1974, 1976–1978, 1982–1983, and 1986–1989, and in the Top League in 1975, 1979–1981, and 1984–1985. SKA spent two last years of the Soviet football (1990 and 1991) in the Second League.

SKA were also successful in the Soviet Cup. They won the trophy in 1981 and were the losing finalists in 1969 and 1971.

After entering the Russian Second Division, SKA have been playing there with a few exceptions: they played in the Third Division in 1994, in the Amateur Football League in 1998, and in the First Division in 2002. In 2002 SKA finished 17th in the First Division, going straight back down but recording the best result in Russian football. It finished 2nd South Zone of Second Division but returned First Division after relegations of Dynamo Makhachkala, FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan and Lada Togliatti due to their licences were refused. It finished 17th in 2007 and 13th in 2008. Despite finishing outside of relegation zone in 2008, the club could not afford to play in the First Division for 2009 and volunteered to get relegated to the Second Division for 2009. After playing on that level from 2009 to 2013–14 seasons, the club failed professional licensing and began the 2014–15 season in the Russian Amateur Football League. It returned to the third-tier Russian Professional Football League for the 2015–16 season.


League history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]


Russian Second Division Russian First Division Russian Second Division Russian First Division Russian Second Division Amateur Football League Russian Second Division Russian Third Division Russian Second Division

European record[edit]

Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1981–82 First Round Turkey Ankaragücü 3–0 2–0 5–0
Second Round Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 0–2 1–2

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2017, according to the official PFL website.

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

No. Position Player
Russia GK Aleksandr Afanasyev
Russia GK Rostislav Soldatenko
Russia DF Aleksandr Fyodorov
Russia DF Nikolai Kazachenko
Russia DF Rustem Khaliullin
Russia DF Vasili Mironik
Russia DF Stepan Ryabokon
Azerbaijan MF Abdulla Abatsiyev
Russia MF Samir Babayev
Russia MF Ivan Bachurin
Russia MF Abumuslim Bogatyryov
Russia MF Kirill Davydov
Russia MF Sergei Garanzha
No. Position Player
Russia MF Ruslan Kabutov
Russia MF David Karayev
Russia MF Deviko Khinchagov
Russia MF Ruslan Shapovalov
Russia MF Rustam Sosranov
Russia MF Denis Vasenin
Russia MF Nikita Vasilyev
Russia FW Denis Arlashin
Russia FW Vyacheslav Bokov
Russia FW Aleksei Demida
Russia FW Sergei Shumilin
Russia FW Kirill Yushko