FC Akhmat Grozny

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Akhmat Grozny
Akhmat Grozny logo.png
Full nameРеспубликанский футбольный клуб «Ахмат» Грозный
Republican Football Club
Akhmat Grozny
Nickname(s)The Wolves
Founded1958; 60 years ago (1958)
GroundAkhmat Arena
OwnerRepublic of Chechnya
ChairmanMagomed Daudov
ManagerRashid Rakhimov
LeagueRussian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Republican Football Club Akhmat Grozny (Chechen: футболан клуб Ахмат Соьлжа-ГӀала; Russian: Республиканский футбольный клуб Ахмат Грозный), commonly known as Akhmat Grozny, is a Russian professional football club from Grozny, Chechnya, that plays in the Russian Premier League. The team was named Terek between 1958 and 2017.


It was founded in 1946, as Dynamo; it changed its name in 1948 to Neftyanik and in 1958 to Terek, it changed the name again in 2017 to Akhmat. The club is named after Akhmad Kadyrov.

In the 1990s the club was disbanded for some time due to the war in Chechnya. From the 1990s to 2007 the club played its home games in the neighbouring resort city of Pyatigorsk, Stavropol Krai. Before the start of the 2008 Premier League season, the Russian Football Union granted Terek the right to host Premier League matches in Grozny.[1]

They won the Russian Cup by beating Krylya Sovetov Samara in the final and the Russian First Division in 2004. In 2004 they advanced through the UEFA Cup qualification by beating the Polish team Lech Poznań 1–0 in both legs but lost to Swiss outfit FC Basel in the first round. They played in the Russian Premier League in 2005 but were relegated after finishing last. Terek finished second in the First Division in 2007 and were promoted back into the Premier League.

On 3 July 2008, Terek signed three Romanian players at once: Andrei Margaritescu (Dinamo București), Florentin Petre (CSKA Sofia) and Daniel Pancu (Rapid București).[2] Terek finished 12th in the 2010 Russian Premier League season.

A new stadium has been built for the club with a capacity of 30,000.

Cameroonian FC Lotus-Terek Yaoundé, founded by Terek player Guy Stephane Essame and coached by Thomas Libiih, is a farm team of the Russian club.[3]

In January 2011 the club signed former Dutch international Ruud Gullit to an 18-month contract to manage the club.[4] On 14 June 2011 Gullit was sacked for poor results.[5]

On 7 June 2017, the team was renamed from FC Terek to FC Akhmat, after Akhmad Kadyrov, former President of the Chechen Republic.[6]

On 30 October 2017, manager Oleg Kononov resigned,[7] with Mikhail Galaktionov taking over in a caretaker capacity, before being announced as Akhmat's permanent manager on 14 December 2017.[8]

League history[edit]

Soviet Union USSR[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer
Head coach
1990 2nd,
13 42 17 7 18 51 52 41 Soviet Union Masudov – 13 Soviet Union Dyachenko
1991 5 42 19 11 12 55 40 49 Soviet Union Gilagaev – 11 Soviet Union Tarkhanov

Russia Russia[edit]

European history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Poland Lech Poznań 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
First round Switzerland Basel 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 November 2018[9]

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

No. Position Player
2 Brazil DF Rodolfo
3 Russia DF Zaurbek Pliyev
4 Venezuela DF Wilker Ángel
5 Russia DF Magomed Musalov (on loan from Anzhi Makhachkala)
6 Russia MF Mikhail Gashchenkov
7 Russia FW Abubakar Kadyrov
8 Ivory Coast MF Idrissa Doumbia
9 Russia FW Zaur Sadayev
10 Russia MF Khalid Kadyrov
11 Brazil MF Ismael
13 Iran DF Milad Mohammadi
14 Brazil MF Ravanelli
15 Russia DF Andrei Semyonov
16 Russia GK Yevgeni Gorodov
17 Senegal FW Ablaye Mbengue
No. Position Player
18 Albania FW Bekim Balaj
19 Russia MF Oleg Ivanov (vice-captain)
20 Croatia DF Zoran Nižić
21 Albania MF Odise Roshi
23 Russia MF Anton Shvets
27 Russia FW Idris Umayev
31 Russia GK Aleksandr Sheplyakov
33 Russia GK Vitali Gudiyev
40 Russia DF Rizvan Utsiyev (captain)
59 Russia MF Yevgeni Kharin
70 Russia MF Ayub Batsuyev
77 Kosovo MF Bernard Berisha
87 Russia MF Lechi Sadulayev
95 Russia FW Magomed Mitrishev

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. Position Player
Russia MF Roland Gigolayev (at Anzhi Makhachkala until 30 June 2019)
Russia FW Apti Akhyadov (at Anzhi Makhachkala until 30 June 2019)

Club Officials[edit]


Head coach Russia Tajikistan Rashid Rakhimov
Assistant coach Russia Isa Baytiyev
Goalkeeping coach Russia Ramzan Tsutsulayev
Physiotherapist Belarus Leonid Rezvukhin
Fitness coach Croatia Zvonko Komes
Analyst Russia Vladimir Kovalev
Doctor Russia Aswan Dalahazhiev
Team manager Russia Ruslan Serbiev


FC Terek-2 Grozny[edit]

In 2013, a professional farm club called FC Terek-2 Grozny was created. It played in the third-tier Russian Professional Football League. It was dissolved after the 2015–16 season.

Notable players[edit]

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


  1. ^ Sputnik. "Grozny to host Russian Premier League soccer". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ "РФК "Терек" Грозный им. А. А. Кадырова". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ "У "Терека" появился фарм – клуб в Африке" (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Ex-Newcastle and Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit joins Terek Grozny". The Guardian. London. 19 January 2011.
  5. ^ "РФК "Терек" Грозный им. А. А. Кадырова". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ Главная футбольная команда Чеченской Республики будет переименована в «АХМАТ» (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 7 June 2017.
  7. ^ Олег Кононов подал в отставку с поста главного тренера (in Russian). FC Akhmat Grozny. 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ Михаил Галактионов подписал долгосрочный контракт с ФК «АХМАТ». FC Akhmat Grozny. 14 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Republican football club "Terek" Grozny named after AA Kadyrov". Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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