|Full name||Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited|
|Ground||Bashundhara Kings Arena|
|President||Sayem Sobhan Anvir|
|Head coach||Jugoslav Trenchovski|
|League||Bangladesh Premier League|
|2022–23||BPL, 5th of 11|
Sheikh Russel KC is a professional football club based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Founded in 1995, the club is currently competing in the Bangladesh Premier League. They won Federation Cup in 2012, which is club's first major title. The club also won their maiden Bangladesh Premier League title in the season 2012–13. Sayem Sobhan Anvir, managing director of Bashundhara Group, is the chairman of Sheikh Russel KC. The club was based at the Sylhet District Stadium until 2021 when they moved to their present home venue, the Bashundhara Kings Arena.
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra was established in 1995 and named after Sheikh Russel, son of former President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The founder was Shahjahan Kabir, and striker Shofiqur Rahman Titu was appointed as the teams first ever captain in 1996. The club started its journey in 1996 with the Pioneer Football League. Then in 1998 the team became runners-up in the Dhaka Third Division and were promoted to the Dhaka Second Division, under the coaching of Wazed Gazi.
In 2002, Sheikh Russel KC became runners-up in the Dhaka First Division (second Tier). In their first appearance in top-flight football in 2003–04 season, Sheikh Russel stunned traditional powerhouses like Abahani, Mohammedan and Muktijoddha Sangsad to finish second in the top-tier at the time, the Premier Division Football League. Since then, despite playing in the country's first professional top-tier league, the Bangladesh Premier League regularly, Sheikh Russel did not get the expected success until the start of the next decade.
Treble win and drought
In the 2012–13 season, Sheikh Russel KC got its highest success by winning the domestic treble, under the guidance of local coach Maruful Haque. Sheikh Russel defeated Sheikh Jamal DC 2–1 in extra time of the Federation Cup final to win a title for the first time its history. They then went on to win the 2013 Independence Cup final, 3–2 against Sheikh Jamal. They completed the treble by again edging Sheikh Jamal DC, this time to the 2012–13 Bangladesh Premier League. The team captained by goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee, only conceded 14 goals in league, while Haitian playmaker Sony Norde, was the lethal, scoring 16 league goals.
Since their treble winning season, the club has failed to win another trophy finishing runners-up in multiple tournaments and were also knocked out of the AFC Cup qualifiers twice. They were also defeated by Mohammedan SC in the 2013 Super Cup final. However, the team did manage to reach the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC President's Cup.
On 9 January 2015, the managing director of Bashundhara Group, Sayem Sobhan Anvir was appointed as the club's new chairman. He assured that the club would be back challenging for titles once more. However, the clubs further investment all went in vain as they failed to produce results on the pitch the following seasons.
On 20 April 2017, Sheikh Russel KC were fined 2000 Swiss Francs by FIFA over contract disputes with a player and a coach.
Attempt to rebuild
In October 2018, veteran coach Saiful Bari Titu was appointed as the clubs head coach. In 2020, Sheikh Russel were one of the four clubs from Bangladesh to attain AFC Cup licensing. Russel spent heavily the next three years signing several national team players alongside expensive foreign recruits, however, the club found themselves fighting for relegation, leading to Titu's dismissal after three and a half years of service to the club, in March 2022.
Sheikh Russel KC squad for 2023–24 season.
- As of 25 October 2023
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- As of 7 November 2023
|Head coach||Jugoslav Trenchovski|
|Team Manager||Shahedul Alam Shahed|
|Assistant manager||Md Ifthekar Rahman Khan|
|Team Leader||Md Fakhruddin|
|Trainer||Abdul Baten Komol|
|Goalkeeping coach||Md Masud Ahmed|
|Interpreter||Md Maruf Kazi|
|Physiotherapist||Buphal Kanei Ray|
|Head of delegation||Md Habibur Rahman Khan|
Board of directors
|President||Sayem Sobhan Anvir|
Imdadul Haque Milon
|Senior vice-president||Liaquat Ali Khan|
|Sporting director||Saleh Jaman Selim|
|Directo In Charge||Ismat Jamil Akhond|
|Director of Finance||Md. Fakhruddin|
Head coach's record
- As of 3 November 2023
|Wazed Gazi||18 January 2007||—||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|Kamal Babu||27 August 2009||—||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|Mahmudul Haque Liton||December 2010||June 2011||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|Maruful Haque||September 2011||15 April 2014||73||45||12||16||130||61||61.64|
|Dragan Đukanović||21 April 2014||20 May 2015||40||16||10||14||60||44||40.00|
|Maruful Haque||3 June 2015||26 August 2016||28||12||5||11||46||40||42.86|
|Shafiqul Islam Manik||27 August 2016||3 February 2018||44||14||15||15||46||42||31.82|
|Saiful Bari Titu||October 2018||13 March 2022||84||41||16||27||118||85||48.81|
|Zulfiker Mahmud Mintu||14 March 2022||19 August 2023||45||21||12||12||80||61||46.67|
|Jugoslav Trenchovski||20 August 2023||Present||3||1||1||1||1||2||33.33|
AFC club ranking
- As of 11 June 2023
|356||SL Benfica de Macau||52.0|
|357||Balestier Khalsa FC||52.0|
|358||Sheikh Russel KC||54.0|
|359||Nam Dinh FC||52.0|
|360||Oman Club FC||51.0|
World club ranking
- As of 11 June 2023
|1960||Racing Club de Montevideo||51.75|
|1961||Brikama United FC||51.70|
|1962||Sheikh Russel KC||51.68|
|1963||Light Stars FC||51.65|
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
- Independence Cup (2):
- 2011, 2018–19
Performance in AFC competitions
|2014||AFC President's Cup||Group stage||KRL||0–0|
|2015||AFC Cup||Preliminary stage||Khayr Vahdat||0–1|
|2017||AFC Cup||Qualifying round||Tatung||1–1|
The following club is currently affiliated with Sheikh Russel KC:
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