FC Ufa

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FC Ufa
FC Ufa logo.png
Full name Football Club Ufa
Nickname(s) Gorozhane (Townspeople)
Founded 2009[1][2]
Ground Neftyanik Stadium, Ufa
Capacity 15,234
Chairman Marat Magadeyev
Manager Sergei Tomarov
League Russian Premier League
2017–18 6th
Website Club website
Current season

FC Ufa (Russian: ФК «Уфа», Bashkir: Өфө) is a Russian football club based in Ufa that currently plays in the Russian Premier League.

History[edit]

During the summer of 2010, Rustem Khamitov, the second President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, began considering the establishment of a football club with the intention to represent the city of Ufa and also the Republic in the Russian Premier League.

On 23 December 2010, FC Ufa was formed on the base of FC Bashinformsvyaz-Dynamo Ufa, which then plied their trade in the Russian Professional Football League, the third tier of the Russian football league system. The head coaching position of the team was first assigned to Andrei Kanchelskis, who was tasked with leading the club to the Russian First Division.

First season[edit]

The first official match of the club was against FC Syzran-2003 in the second round of the Russian Cup, which after extra time Ufa lost on penalties.

Ufa made their debut in the Russian league system on 24 April 2011 with a home match against FC Tyumen. Ufa ran out winners, 3–1, with Konstantin Ionov scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.

Ufa continued to build on their initial success to the extent that, coming to the end of the season, they were equal with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk at the top of the table with 86 points. However, Ufa's loss away to Nefthekhimik following the draw at Dynamo Stadium meant that Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk had a better head-to-head record; Ufa had to postpone promotion to the Russian First Division for another year.

However, Dynamo Bryansk's failure to meet the licensing requirements for the 2012–13 Russian First Division opened up a slot in the said division, which Ufa took, enabling their promotion from the Second Division into the First Division.

Life in the First Division[edit]

In their first season in the First Division Ufa finished in sixth, four points off the last promotion playoff spot.

The following season showed improvement by Ufa, as the club had built on the previous year's showing and managed to end up in fourth, thus enabling them to contest the promotion playoff against Tom Tomsk, who finished their campaign in the Russian Premier League in 13th.

On 18 May 2014, Ufa welcomed Tom Tomsk in Dynamo for the first leg of the playoff and Ufa managed to overpower Tom 5–1, with club captain Dmitri Golubov scoring four goals. The return leg was played four days later in Tomsk, and despite going down early in the match, Ufa managed to hold on to their aggregate lead; a 3–1 loss to Tom was moot. Ufa therefore claimed a historic promotion to the top-flight Russian Premier League just three seasons playing in the Russian league system.

At the end of the 2017–18 season, they secured 6th spot in the Russian Premier League, which qualified them for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League due to FC Tosno, the Russian Cup winner, not applying for the UEFA license in time.

Ufa played their first ever European game at home against Slovenian side NK Domzale. The game finished in a goalless draw. Domzale dominated the return leg in Slovenia but Ufa didn't give up and a late goal saw them draw 1-1 and progress on away goals. Next was Progres Niederkorn for the Russian side, and another late goal in the return leg in Luxembourg send Ufa through 4-3 on aggregate and set them up against Scottish side Rangers in the play-off round. They lost 1-0 at Ibrox, and drew 1-1 at their stadium, which caused them to be eliminated from the play-off rounds of the Europa League.

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2011–12 3rd 2nd 39 25 11 3 54 19 86 Second Round Vitali Galysh 9 Andrei Kanchelskis
Andrei Malay
Igor Kolyvanov
2012–13 2nd 6th 32 13 9 10 31 30 48 Fourth Round Mikhail Markosov 9 Igor Kolyvanov
2013–14 2nd 4th 36 17 10 9 46 35 61 Fourth Round Dmitri Golubov 14 Igor Kolyvanov
2014–15 1st 12th 30 7 10 13 26 39 31 Round of 16 Marcinho 6 Igor Kolyvanov
2015–16 1st 12th 30 6 9 15 25 44 27 Quarterfinal Sylvester Igboun 4 Igor Kolyvanov
Yevgeny Perevertaylo
Sergei Tomarov (caretaker)
2016–17 1st 7th 30 12 7 11 22 25 43 Semifinal Kehinde Fatai 6 Viktor Goncharenko
Sergei Semak
2017–18 1st 6th 30 11 10 9 34 30 43 Round of 32 Sylvester Igboun 7 Sergei Semak

European history[edit]

Ufa made their UEFA competition debut in July 2018, entering the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2Q Slovenia Domžale 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
3Q Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn 2–1 2–2 4–3
PO Scotland Rangers 1–1 0−1 1–2

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2018[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Aleksei Chernov
3 Russia DF Pavel Alikin
4 Russia DF Aleksei Nikitin
5 Slovenia DF Bojan Jokić
6 Switzerland MF Vero Salatić
7 Russia MF Dmitri Sysuyev
8 Moldova MF Cătălin Carp
9 Czech Republic MF Ondřej Vaněk
10 Kazakhstan FW Yerkebulan Seidakhmet
11 Slovenia FW Lovro Bizjak
13 Russia MF Azamat Zaseyev
15 Russia DF Aleksandr Putsko
17 Russia DF Dmitri Zhivoglyadov
19 Croatia MF Ivan Paurević
No. Position Player
20 Russia DF Denis Tumasyan
27 Romania DF Ionuț Nedelcearu
29 Luxembourg MF Olivier Thill
31 Russia GK Aleksandr Belenov
33 Russia DF Aleksandr Sukhov
44 Nigeria FW Sylvester Igboun
55 Georgia (country) DF Jemal Tabidze
56 Russia DF Danil Krugovoy
57 Russia FW Vyacheslav Krotov
60 Russia MF Vladimir Zubarev
77 Russia MF Azer Aliyev
78 Russia DF Igor Diveyev
87 Russia MF Igor Bezdenezhnykh
88 Russia GK Giorgi Shelia

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
Moldova DF Victor Patrașco (at Luch Vladivostok)
Russia MF Andrei Batyutin (at Avangard Kursk)
No. Position Player
Russia FW Islamnur Abdulavov (at Rotor Volgograd)

Reserve team[edit]

Other clubs[edit]

WFC Ufa, a female football club, plays in the Russian First Division, the second tier of the Women Russian football system.

Manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Sponsor
2010–2012 Puma Bashinformsvyaz
2012 – Joma

Notable players[edit]

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

References[edit]

External links[edit]