FC Ufa

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FC Ufa
FC Ufa logo.png
Full name Football Club Ufa
Nickname(s) Gorozhane (Townspeople)
Founded 23 December 2010; 5 years ago (2010-12-23)
Ground Neftyanik Stadium, Ufa
Ground Capacity 15,200
Owner Bashkortostan/Rostelecom
Chairman Marat Magadeyev
Manager Viktor Goncharenko
League Russian Premier League
2015–16 12th
Website Club home page
Current season

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


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 two-time English Premier League winner 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 a stalemate 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 deadlocked with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk at the top of the table with 86 points. However, Ufa's loss away to Nefthekhimik following the stalemate at Dynamo Stadium meant that the latter 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, thus effectively enabling their promotion from the Second division into the First Division.

Life in the First Division[edit]

Ufa's debut in the First Division was a success, as their 48-point haul enabled them to finish the season in the sixth position, just four points off the last promotion playoff spot.

The following season showed marked improvement by Ufa, as the club had built on the previous year's showing and managed to end up in the fourth position, 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, despite the huge difference in the playing strength of the two squads, Ufa managed to overpower Tom 5–1, with club captain and talisman Dmitri Golubov notching a poker. 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.

League history[edit]

Season Lev. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Top scorer (league) Manager/acting manager
2011–12 3rd 2 39 25 11 3 54 19 86 2nd Russia Galysh – 9 Russia Kanchelskis (Jan 1, 2011–May 20, 2012)
Russia Malay
Russia Kolyvanov (May 20, 2012–)
2012–13 2nd 6 32 13 9 10 31 30 48 4th Russia Markosov – 9 Russia Kolyvanov
2013–14 4 36 17 10 9 46 35 61 4th Russia Golubov – 14 Russia Kolyvanov
2014–15 1st 12 30 7 10 13 26 39 31 R16 Brazil Marcinho – 6 Russia Kolyvanov
2015–16 12 30 6 9 15 25 44 27 - - Russia Perevertailo

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 September 2016[1]

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 Mikhail Borodko
2 Russia DF Oleksandr Filin
3 Russia DF Pavel Alikin
4 Russia DF Aleksei Nikitin
5 Russia DF Viktor Vasin
7 Russia MF Dmitri Sysuyev
8 Russia MF Semyon Fomin
9 Czech Republic MF Ondřej Vaněk
10 Brazil FW Marcinho
11 Brazil FW Diego Carlos
13 Russia MF Azamat Zaseyev
17 Russia DF Dmitri Zhivoglyadov
20 Russia DF Denis Tumasyan
21 Nigeria FW Kehinde Fatai
No. Position Player
30 Ukraine GK Bohdan Sarnavskyi
33 Russia DF Aleksandr Sukhov
39 Russia MF Dmitry Stotsky
44 Nigeria FW Sylvester Igboun
57 Russia FW Vyacheslav Krotov
60 Russia MF Vladimir Zubarev
70 Russia MF Nikolai Safronidi
71 Russia GK Andrey Lunyov
77 Russia MF Andrei Batyutin
87 Russia MF Igor Bezdenezhnykh
88 Russia GK Giorgi Shelia
98 Russia MF Ivan Oblyakov
99 Russia FW Islamnur Abdulavov

Youth team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
23 Russia FW Danila Yemelyanov
37 Russia DF Ruslan Khaziev
47 Russia MF Artyom Yegorov
51 Russia MF Mark Krivorog
52 Russia GK Ruslan Agaev
53 Russia GK Gleb Yefimov
54 Russia GK Yegor Pozdnyakov
55 Russia GK Daniil Lyasov
63 Russia MF Radmir Zaripov
65 Russia MF Maksim Lysenkov
66 Russia FW Ilya Blinnikov
67 Russia FW Artyom Shitov
69 Russia DF Nikita Popov
72 Russia MF Valentin Videneyev
No. Position Player
75 Russia DF Artyom Nadeyev
78 Russia DF Igor Diveyev
80 Russia MF Dmitri Belozyorov
81 Russia DF Anton Ladygin
83 Russia DF Yegor Romanovskiy
86 Russia MF Daniel Gumerov
89 Russia MF Maksim Sidorov
90 Russia FW Vyacheslav Zhuravlyov
91 Russia MF Andrei Vlasov
92 Russia FW Vyacheslav Dyomin
94 Russia MF Azat Valimkhametov
95 Russia DF Dmitri Tashbulatov
96 Russia MF Renat Yusupov
97 Russia FW Denis Zizenkov

Other clubs[edit]

A semi-professional football club called FC Ufa-2 plays in the Russian Amateur Football League, the fourth tier of the Russian football system.

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

Kit 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.


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