FC Asmaral Moscow

FC Presnya Moscow (Russian: ФК «Пресня» Москва) was a Russian football team based in Moscow. It was founded in 1978 as FC Krasnaya Presnya Moscow. It participated in the third-tier Soviet Second League and was notable for giving the start for the careers of Oleg Romantsev, Vasili Kulkov and Aleksandr Mostovoi.

FC Presnya Moscow
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Full nameFootball Club Presnya Moscow
GroundKrasnaya Presnya Stadium


In 1990, when perestroika policies allowed the creation of private enterprises in the Soviet Union, the club was purchased by an Iraqi businessman Hussam Al-Khalidi who renamed the club to Asmaral (after the initials of his three children – daughters Asil and Mariam and son Alan). It was the first privately owned club in Russia. Al-Khalidi hired an acclaimed coach Konstantin Beskov and a former Spartak Moscow star Yuri Gavrilov.[1] After the 1991 season, the club was promoted to the second-tier Soviet First League. However, due to the dissolution of the USSR, the new Russian league system was organized, and Asmaral was accepted into the top-flight Russian Top Division, where it reached the 7th place in the inaugural 1992 season. In the next 1993 season, it was relegated to the Russian First Division, then suffered two consecutive relegations in 1995 and 1996, ending up in the Russian Third Division. Following the 1998 season, it lost the professional status (entering amateur leagues) and was dissolved altogether after the 1999 season,[2] and being declared bankrupt in September 2003.[3]

Asmaral's farm club participated in the Russian Second League and Russian Third League in 1992 as FC Asmaral-d Moscow and from 1993 to 1995 as FC Presnya Moscow.

A separate club called FC Presnya Moscow participated on the professional level in the Russian Second Division from 2004 to 2006.

League and cupEdit

Season League Russian Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st 7th 14 3 3 8 17 36 9 -   Kirill Rybakov 13   Konstantin Beskov
1993 1st 18th 34 7 6 21 28 53 20 Round of 32   Nikolai Khudiyev
1994 2nd 10th 42 17 8 17 57 55 42 Round of 16   Valentin Ivanov
  Vladimir Belousov
1995 2nd 22nd 42 8 4 30 35 98 28 Fourth Round   Vladimir Mikhaylov
1996 3rd 21st 42 8 4 30 33 92 28 Round of 32   Vladimir Mikhaylov
1997 4th 15th 40 14 3 23 50 77 45 -   Vladimir Mikhaylov
1998 3rd 21st 40 9 4 27 42 75 31 Second round   Vladimir Mikhaylov
  V. V. Medvedev
  Aleksandr Antonov

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Asmaral/Krasnaya Presnya.


  1. ^ "История русского футбола. Первый частный клуб". Sports.ru. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Club profile". FootballFacts. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  3. ^ "ООО "Футбольный клуб "Асмарал" признано банкротом". akm.ru/ (in Russian). AK&M. 12 September 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2021.