FC Amkar Perm

FC Amkar Perm (Russian: Футбо́льный клуб "Амка́р" Пермь [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj ˈkɫup ɐmˈkar pʲermʲ]) is a professional football club. Originally founded in 1994, it is based in the city of Perm. It was a participant in the Russian professional football league from 1995 and in the Russian Premier League from 2004 to 2018. Amkar's home stadium was the Zvezda Stadium, which was covered with artificial turf in 2005.

Amkar Perm
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Full nameОбщественная организация г. Перми «Футбольный клуб «Амкар»[1]
(Community organization of Perm city "Football Club 'Amkar'")
Nickname(s)Krasno-chernye (The Red and Blacks), permyaki, ammiachniye
Founded1994, 2020 (re-founded)
GroundPerm Velikaya Manege
ManagerRustem Khuzin
LeagueFNL 2, Group 4
WebsiteClub website

On August 2020 it was re-established by the Government of Perm Krai as amateur club.


1994–1999. Third and Second LeaguesEdit

The Amkar football club was created to represent the Perm Inorganic Fertilizer Company. The club's "birthday" is 8 May 1993, although it was only registered officially on 6 December 1994. The name "Amkar" derives from a combination of parts of the Russian words "AMmiak" (ammonia) and "KARbamid (carbamide, urea) – these two substances being the main products of the plant. The team owes the choice of club colours (red and black) to its Italian trade partners from the city of Milan, who responded to a request for help by offering equipment from A.C. Milan. And so the club colours became red and black.[2] The basis of the new team was made up of company employees. In 1994, Amkar, strengthened by amateur players from other city teams and a few former professionals, became champion of the city of Perm and the Perm region and also won the regional Cup. The club was officially registered on 6 December 1994 and applied to participate in the Russian football league. Amkar was included in the third league of the Russian Championship.

In 1995, the team, reinforced by former players of Zvezda Perm, was second in the sixth group of the third league and qualified for the second league. In 1996, Amkar finished in third place in the central group of the second league and in 1997, the club was second in the tournament.

Konstantin Zyryanov – best known player from Perm
Konstantin Paramonov – most prolific goal scorer in Amkar's history – 170 goals

On 12 September 1998, Spartak Moscow paid a visit to Amkar for a Russian Cup tie. Spartak's previous visit to the Western Urals was in 1977 as a first division side, when they were close to a return to the top tier of domestic football. The match attracted enormous interest and the 25,000-capacity stadium was filled to capacity for the first time in its 30-year history. The match finished 1–0 in favour of Amkar. In the league, "Permyaki" accumulated 93% of the possible number of points and scored 100 goals. Amkar took first place and earned the right to play in the First Division.

1999–2004. First DivisionEdit

From 1999 to 2003, the team performed reasonably well in the First Division, finishing each year in the top six. In the 2001–02 season, the club reached the semi-final of the Russian Cup but lost to CSKA Moscow 0–1. In 2003, with two matches left to play, Amkar was in fourth position, one point behind Kuban Krasnodar and losing out to Tom Tomsk and Terek Grozny on the total number of wins. According to the pundits, Amkar and Terek would be losers in this four-horse race but a sensational draw between Tom and Baltika Kaliningrad made the red and blacks favourites. In the final match, Kuban and Terek played each other. To move up into the Premier League, Amkar needed a win against Fakel Voronezh, which was duly achieved.


In the Premier League, Amkar at first performed satisfactorily, finishing 11th, 12th and 13th in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively. Before the first season in the Premier League, Amkar was strengthened by such players as Ivan Levenets, Oleksandr Shutov, Vladimir Leonchenko, Zahari Sirakov, Andrei Lavrik, Ghenadie Olexici, Noureddine Ziyati and Erik Lincar, among others, and their debut match was away against Kuban Krasnodar. The match finished 0–0. In the first rounds, the team played well, gathering eight points in four matches with just a single defeat. In the 2004–05 season, Amkar repeated its success in the Russian Cup, once more reaching the semi-finals, but losing on aggregate 0–2 to Khimki. There were many memorable matches in the 2005 season, including a 1–0 home win over Zenit Saint Petersburg, a large 4–1 win over Dynamo Moscow and a 3–4 defeat to Lokomotiv Moscow, despite Amkar leading 3–0 at half-time. In the middle of the 2006 season, head coach Sergei Oborin resigned and was replaced by Rashid Rakhimov. Amkar began to play very good football, and in the part of the championship between the 19th and 30th rounds, Amkar was in fourth-place in the league.[3] In the same season, Amkar had the longest series of matches in the Premier League without conceding a goal, with 15.[4]

2008. The most successful seasonEdit

Martin Kushev – Amkar top scorer in Premier League – 36 goals
Miodrag Božović – Amkar head coach in 2008 and 2011–12 seasons

In 2007, the club made two key acquisitions: Georgi Peev arrived from Dynamo Kyiv and Nikola Drinčić from Turkish club Gaziantepspor. These players became leaders of the team and during the season the team was no longer forced to struggle for survival and could play more confidently, but several factors prevented it from rising higher than eighth place. However, in the 2007–08 Russian Cup, Amkar achieved its best result in its history. On 16 April 2008, the club beat Ural Yekaterinburg 1–0 and reached the final, losing to CSKA Moscow in a penalty shootout.

Before the start of the 2008 season, head coach Rashid Rakhimov left the club for Lokomotiv Moscow and was replaced by a little-known specialist from Montenegro, Miodrag Božović. Before the break for UEFA Euro 2008, Amkar was in third place in the standings, one point behind second-placed Spartak Moscow and six adrift of leaders Rubin Kazan. After the break, one of Amkar's team leaders, Vladimir Gabulov, and the captain, Aleksei Popov, left the team to join Dynamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan respectively. Two matches in a row on the "equator" of the Championship Amkar could have topped the league table but was unable to beat Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik at home. On 16 November, after beating Tom in Tomsk, with one match left to play, the team from the Urals secured fourth place in the league to earn a spot in the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Once more, Amkar had the best record in the Premier League for not conceding goals, with 17 matches.[5] The 2008 season had been the best in the history of Amkar.


The following season, Dimitar Dimitrov, having replaced Miodrag Božović, was unable to continue the success of his predecessor. For the first five rounds of the 2009 Championship, the team conceded just one goal, but thereafter began to commit gross mistakes in defence on a regular basis, as a result of which the club was left fighting for survival. On 27 August, Amkar played hosts to English Premier League club Fulham in the second leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off match, having lost the first leg in London 1–3, which left little hope of reaching the group stage of the tournament. The match in Perm was played before a full stadium and Amkar won 1–0, but that was not enough to go through to the next round. After the 20th round of the Championship, Rashid Rakhimov returned as head coach with the specific task of retaining the club's place in the Premier League, a task which he successfully fulfilled. Notably, in the 2009 Russian Championship, Amkar's goalkeepers saved four penalties out of five.

Rashid Rakhimov – Amkar head coach in 2006–2007 and 2009–2011

In the Russian Cup, Amkar defeated the two Avangard clubs from Kursk and Podolsk, then in the quarter-final was awarded a technical victory over the defunct FC Moscow. However, on 21 April 2010, Amkar lost at home in the semi-final to Zenit in a penalty shoot-out, having played full-time and extra time 0–0. In the 2010 season, fighting for survival until the very end, for the first time not having won a single match away from home and scoring the fewest goals, Amkar finished in 14th place and retained their place in the Premier League. After the final whistle had sounded in the last match of the season, Martin Kushev, captain and one of the best players in the history of the club, the team's top scorer in the Premier League, having played for Amkar from 2005 till 2010, announced the end of his career as a player. After the completion of his playing career at Amkar, Martin should have become assistant coach to Rakhimov, but the management offered him a place in the coaching staff of the youth team. Kushev preferred to return to Bulgaria to join Slavia Sofia. Six months later, he became head coach of Slavia.

On 21 December 2010, a statement to the effect that Amkar was voluntarily to join the First Division due to financial difficulties appeared on the club's official website.[6] As a result, supporters of the club attempted to raise funds in support of Amkar, appealing to representatives of Perm business circles. However, the powers that be did not rate the actions of the supporters highly. Gennady Shilov stated that he was prepared to replace retiring Valery Chuprakov as club President. Shilov also stated an intent to approach the regional authorities for help and to look for sponsors. The Premier League gave Amkar until 15 January. On 25 January 2011 Amkar withdrew its request to leave the Premier League.

In 2011, the club began to give more opportunities to young players such as Mikhalyov, Kolomeytsev, Burmistrov and Sekretov. The team had an inconsistent season, memorable for the club and the fans were dramatic matches with Kuban Krasnodar, which ended in a 3–2 defeat, a 1–1 draw with Zenit at the Petrovsky Stadium and a 2–1 victory over Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. On 28 September 2011, after a series of ten matches without a win in official matches, the club parted with Rashid Rakhimov by mutual consent.[7] The next day, 29 September 2011, the team introduced its new head coach, Miodrag Božović,[8] who had been head of Amkar in 2008 and led the club to fourth place in the Russian Championship and the final of the National Cup. After the first half of the 2011–12 Russian Championship season, the team was in 12th place.

After 2011Edit

On 11 June 2012, Miodrag Božović resigned once more as head coach and the Youth Team Head Coach, Rustem Khuzin, was appointed acting head coach.[9] Under their new coach Amkar, for the first time in their history, the club beat CSKA Moscow (3–1) in the second half of the Championship. In the 12th round match against Terek Grozny, Amkar appeared in new kit with the Uralkali logo. However, the team played poorly for the rest of the season,[10] managing only four points from their last eight games (an away win over Lokomotiv Moscow and a draw away to Mordovia Saransk).

Stanislav Cherchesov – appointed head coach in 2013

On 17 January 2013 in view of the fact that Rustem Huzin had been accepted on a coaching course for his UEFA Pro Licence, he became eligible for the post of head coach, and Trubachev's contract was terminated. From then on, Huzin officially served as Amkar's head coach. Under Huzin, Amkar recorded its biggest ever victory in the Premier League over Alania Vladikavkaz (5–1), and then played out draws with Dynamo Moscow (1–1), and Rubin Kazan (1–1), having lost their Spring matches to Kuban Krasnodar (1–2) and Spartak Moscow (0–2). A series without a win followed the victory over Alania and after the Dynamo match Amkar lost to Terek Grozny (1–2) and Lokomotiv Moscow (2–4). After another devastating defeat from Kuban (0–4), followed by a victory over their direct rivals Rostov (3–2), and a goalless draw with Zenit, the club retained the right to play in the Premier League.

In June 2013, the club opted not to renew the contracts of Rustem Huzin and senior team coach Alexander Gorshkov, which were due to expire in the summer. Amkar's new head coach became Stanislav Cherchesov, who had previously been working with Terek Grozny.[11][12] He was appointed on a two-year contract and was accompanied by the new senior team coach Miroslav Romaschenko, goalkeeper coach Gintaras Staučė team doctor Eduard Tsgoev, all of whom had been at Terek.

On 13 June 2018, the club announced that the Russian Football Union had recalled their 2018–19 season license, making them ineligible for the Russian Premier League or Russian Football National League.[13] On 18 June 2018, club president Gennadi Shilov announced that the club would not register for the third-tier Russian Professional Football League and would be dissolved.[14] FC Zvezda Perm was reestablished during the offseason and entered the PFL for the 2018–19 season.

After 2020Edit

On August 2020 Amkar was reestablished to participate in the Amateur league under the sponsorship of the local government. After the end of 2020 season of Russian Amateur Football League, the head of Perm Krai says Amkar will apply for Professional Licence to play in Russian Professional Football League. The club was successfully licensed for the 2021–22 season.[15]

Current squadEdit

As of 5 August 2021, according to the FNL 2 website.

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   RUS Arzamat Gabliya
GK   RUS Maksim Petrov
GK   RUS Nikita Reshetnyak
DF   RUS Vyacheslav Fomin
DF   RUS Ilya Gultyayev
DF   RUS Viktor Kalmykov
DF   RUS Denis Kaykov
DF   RUS Konstantin Morozov
DF   RUS Aleksandr Mosunov
DF   RUS Ilya Shabanov
DF   RUS Nikita Verkhunov
DF   RUS Maksim Yeleyev (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
DF   RUS Maksim Zhestokov
MF   RUS Yevgeni Chabanov
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   RUS Nikita Drozdov
MF   RUS Aleksandr Golubtsov
MF   RUS Mikheil Gorelishvili
MF   RUS Ivan Ivanchenko
MF   RUS Anton Kazansky
MF   RUS Daur Kvekveskiri
MF   RUS Daniil Rubin
MF   RUS Aleksandr Safonov
MF   RUS Vladislav Shpitalny
MF   RUS Yevgeni Tyukalov
FW   RUS Ivan Lukyanov
FW   RUS Ivan Markelov
FW   RUS Pavel Solomatin

Russian Championship and Cup resultsEdit

Amkar fans
Year League Place Pl. W D L GS GA Pts. Cup
1995 Third League 2   26 17 5 4 50 15 56 n/a
1996 Second League 3   42 28 9 5 86 31 93 n/a
1997 Second League 2   40 24 11 5 69 21 83 1/64
1998 Second League 1   37 34 2 1 100 12 104 1/64
1999 First Division 6 42 20 10 12 65 49 70 1/8
2000 First Division 6 38 17 9 12 53 38 60 1/16
2001 First Division 4 34 16 8 10 46 29 56 1/4
2002 First Division 5 34 15 9 10 45 31 54 1/2
2003 First Division 1   42 25 12 5 50 20 87 1/16
2004 Premier League 11 30 6 12 12 27 42 30 1/16
2005 Premier League 12 30 7 12 11 25 36 33 1/2
2006 Premier League 13 30 8 11 11 22 36 35 1/8
2007 Premier League 8 30 10 11 9 30 27 41 1/8
2008 Premier League 4 30 14 9 7 31 22 51 final
2009 Premier League 13 30 8 9 13 27 37 33 1/8
2010 Premier League 14 30 8 6 16 24 35 30 1/2
2010/11 no competition; because of format change 1/8
2011–12 Premier League 10 44 14 13 17 40 51 55 1/8
2012–13 Premier League 11 30 7 8 15 34 51 29 1/16
2013–14 Premier League 10 30 9 11 10 36 37 38 1/16
2014–15 Premier League 11 30 8 8 14 25 42 32 1/32
2015–16 Premier League 11 30 7 10 13 22 33 31 1/2
2016–17 Premier League 10 30 8 11 11 25 29 35 1/8
2017–18 Premier League 13 30 9 8 13 20 30 35 1/4
2018–2019 dissolved
2020 Third League

In EuropeEdit

Amkar participated in European football only once. Having finished fourth in the 2008 Russian Championship, the club earned the right to play in the Europa League. Amkar lost the first match to the English club Fulham 1–3, and although they won the second match 1–0, the team was eliminated on aggregate and Fulham progressed, eventually reaching the final.

As of match played 27 August 2009
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1
Total 2 1 0 1 2 3 –1
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Fulham 1–0 1–3 2–3


Domestic competitionsEdit


  • Mineral fertilizers 1996–2007
  • Lukoil 2007–2012
  • Uralkali 2013
  • Bank of Moscow 2013–2018
  • Government of Perm Krai 2020–


Club recordsEdit

Russian record holders from AmkarEdit

Club stalwarts
1     Aleksei Popov 424
2   Konstantin Paramonov 337
3   Zahari Sirakov 278
4   Georgi Peev 234
5   Sergei Volkov 215
6   Dmitri Belorukov 197
7   Ivan Cherenchikov 190
8   Yevgeni Yarkov 190
9   Aleksandr Galeutdinov 175
10   Igor Bakhtin 171
10   Konstantin Zyryanov 171
12   Oleg Fomenko 170
13   Vitali Grishin 168
14   Igor Uralyov 157
15   Stanislav Krasulin 154
16   Rustem Khuzin 152
17   Sergei Chebanov 146
18   Martin Kushev 134
19   Vyacheslav Donyi 128
20   Mitar Novaković 126
Leading goalscorers
1   Konstantin Paramonov 170
2   Konstantin Zyryanov 48
3   Georgi Peev 41
4   Martin Kushev 36
5   Aleksandr Galeutdinov 29
6   Lev Matveyev 21
7  Sergei Chebanov 20
7   Sergei Volkov 20
9   Sergei Rybakov 18
10   Yuri Khairulin 18
11   Yevgeni Yarkov 16
12   Vadim Shpitalniy 14
13   Dmitri Belorukov 13
14   Igor Bakhtin 13
15   Aleksandr Shutov 13
16   Arslon Talipov 13
17   Aleksandr Katasonov 13
18   Airat Akhmetgaliev 11
19   Vitali Grishin 11
20   Aleksei Filippov 10
20   Nikita Burmistrov 10

Managerial historyEdit


Amkar players in International competitionsEdit

Tournament Participant
    Euro 2008   Vladimir Gabulov  
  2018 FIFA World Cup   Brian Idowu

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ФК "Амкар"". Russian Premier League. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  2. ^ История — Сезон 1994 года (in Russian). Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  3. ^ Павел Осипов. ""Амкар" Рахимова мог бы бороться за медали" (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 5 September 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  4. ^ Сухие матчи вратарей 2006 (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  5. ^ Сухие матчи вратарей 2008 (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  6. ^ Официальное заявление (in Russian). Официальный сайт клуба. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  7. ^ Президент "Амкар" Геннадий Шилов: "Расстались с Рахимовым по обоюдному согласию" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  8. ^ Миодраг Божович – новый главный тренер "Амкара" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  9. ^ Исполнять обязанности главного тренера ФК «Амкар» будет Рустем Хузин | Дневная Пермь — новости Перми и Пермского края
  10. ^ Трубачёв: осеннюю часть чемпионата "Амкар" провалил полностью (in Russian). Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Cherchesov appointed Amkar Head Coach".
  12. ^ "Amkar announced Cherchesov to be new Head Coach".
  13. ^ «АМКАР» НЕ ПОЛУЧИЛ ЛИЦЕНЗИЮ РФС НА СЛЕДУЮЩИЙ СЕЗОН (in Russian). FC Amkar Perm. 13 June 2018.
  14. ^ ОФИЦИАЛЬНО: "АМКАР" ПРЕКРАЩАЕТ СВОЕ СУЩЕСТВОВАНИЕ (in Russian). Sport Express. 18 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Итоги заседания Комиссии РФС по лицензированию футбольных клубов" (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 16 June 2021.

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