FC Ufa

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Ufa
FC Ufa logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Ufa
Founded2009[1][2]
GroundNeftyanik Stadium, Ufa
Capacity15,234
ChairmanMarat Magadeyev
ManagerRashid Rakhimov
LeagueRussian Premier League
2019–20Russian Premier League, 9th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Ufa (Russian: ФК «Уфа», Bashkir: Өфө, romanized: Öfö) 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 after 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]

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 17 October 2020[3]

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 Aleksei Chernov
2 DF Russia RUS Grigori Morozov (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
3 DF Russia RUS Pavel Alikin
4 DF Russia RUS Aleksei Nikitin
5 DF Slovenia SVN Bojan Jokić
7 MF Russia RUS Dmitri Sysuyev
8 MF Moldova MDA Cătălin Carp
9 MF Russia RUS Kirill Folmer
11 FW Slovenia SVN Lovro Bizjak
15 DF Russia RUS Konstantin Pliyev (on loan from Rostov)
16 GK Russia RUS Yury Shafinsky
18 FW Serbia SRB Komnen Andrić (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
19 FW Russia RUS Gamid Agalarov
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW Russia RUS Magomedemin Rabadanov
22 DF Russia RUS Artyom Golubev
29 MF Russia RUS Vladislav Kamilov
31 GK Russia RUS Aleksandr Belenov
33 DF Russia RUS Aleksandr Sukhov
44 DF Russia RUS Sergei Borodin (on loan from Krasnodar)
55 DF Georgia (country) GEO Jemal Tabidze
57 FW Russia RUS Vyacheslav Krotov
75 FW Russia RUS Timur Zhamaletdinov
77 MF Russia RUS Azer Aliyev
82 MF Russia RUS Nikita Belousov
94 DF Ukraine UKR Oleh Danchenko (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
99 DF Ukraine UKR Akhmed Alibekov (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)

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
MF Russia RUS Igor Bezdenezhnykh (at Chayka Peschanokopskoye)
MF Russia RUS Nikolai Giorgobiani (at Alania Vladikavkaz)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Russia RUS Danila Yemelyanov (at Volgar Astrakhan)

Reserve team[edit]

Coaching staff[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.

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]

  1. ^ http://tass.ru/sport/1206859
  2. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/teams/russia/bashinformsvyaz-dinamo-ufa/13204/
  3. ^ [https ://web.archive.org/web/20181003055159/http://www.fcufa.pro/komanda/fk-ufa/igroki-new "Archived copy"] Check |archive-url= value (help). Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2016-11-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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