FC Baltika Kaliningrad

FC Baltika is an association football club based in Kaliningrad, Russia. Currently the club plays in the Russian Football National League, the second tier of the Russian football pyramid.

Baltika
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Full nameFootball Club
Baltika Kaliningrad
Nickname(s)Balda
Founded1954; 66 years ago (1954)
GroundKaliningrad Stadium
Capacity35,212
OwnerKaliningrad/Kaliningrad Oblast
ChairmanTazhutdin Kachukayev
ManagerYevgeni Kaleshin
LeagueFNL
2019–207th
WebsiteClub website
1997—2018 logo
2000—2004 logo

HistoryEdit

The club was founded on 22 December 1954 as Pishchevik Kaliningrad. In 1958 the club was renamed Baltika.

The team entered the Soviet League in 1957 and played in Class B (1957–1965), Class A, Group 2 (1966–1970), and Second League (1971–1991). The best result was achieved in 1984, when Baltika won the regional group tournament.

In 1992 Baltika entered the Russian Second Division and won the regional tournament and promotion to the First Division. After a fourth-place finish in 1993 and third position in 1994 Baltika won the division in 1995. In 1996 Baltika achieved the best result in club's history, finishing 7th in the Top Division, the Russian Premier League. Baltika were relegated in 1998, spending a total of three seasons in the top flight. In 1998 Baltika participated in the Intertoto Cup and reached the third round.

Since then, Baltika played in the First Division, except for the 2002 and 2005 seasons which they spent in the Second Division.

In 2018–19 Russian Football National League, they finished 16th (a relegation spot). However, PFL zone East winners FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk did not apply for the FNL license, keeping Baltika in the league.[1]

League resultsEdit

Russian First DivisionRussian Second DivisionRussian First DivisionRussian Second DivisionRussian First DivisionRussian Premier LeagueRussian First DivisionRussian Second Division

Current squadEdit

As of 17 October 2020, according to the official FNL 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
1 GK   RUS Yevgeni Latyshonok
3 DF   RUS Maksim Plopa
4 DF   RUS Konstantin Kovalyov (on loan from Rostov)
5 MF   COL Juan Manuel Valencia (on loan from Bologna)
6 MF   RUS Maksim Kuzmin
7 MF   RUS Sultan Dzhamilov
8 MF   RUS Aslan Dudiyev
9 MF   RUS Artyom Makarchuk
10 MF   RUS Ilnur Alshin
11 FW   RUS Mikhail Markin
13 FW   SRB Miroslav Marković
14 MF   RUS Viktor Demyanov
16 GK   RUS Nikolai Prisyazhnenko
18 MF   MNE Mladen Kašćelan
19 MF   RUS Alikhan Shavayev
20 DF   RUS Igor Yurganov (on loan from Sochi)
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   RUS David Volk
24 DF   RUS Artyom Doyev
26 DF   RUS Artyom Meshchaninov
27 DF   RUS Ivan Maklakov
33 FW   BRA Allef
38 MF   RUS Yan Kazayev
44 DF   RUS Maksim Tishkin
60 FW   RUS Tamerlan Musayev
66 MF   RUS Denis Fedorenko
67 GK   RUS Maksim Borisko
70 MF   RUS Ishkhan Geloyan
71 GK   RUS Vladislav Zernayev
77 MF   RUS Dmitry Pletnyov
85 FW   RUS Aleksandr Shcherbatyuk
89 MF   RUS Vladislav Lazarev
90 MF   RUS Vitali Zhironkin (on loan from CSKA Moscow)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   RUS Mutalip Alibekov (at Smolevichi)
DF   RUS Danila Zhemaytis (at Znamya Truda Orekhovo-Zuyevo)
MF   RUS Yevgeni Butakov (at Belshina Bobruisk)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   RUS Yaroslav Frolov (at Znamya Truda Orekhovo-Zuyevo)
MF   RUS Dmitri Zakharov (at Znamya Truda Orekhovo-Zuyevo)

Reserve teamEdit

Baltika's reserve team played professionally in the Russian Third League in 1994 as FC Baltika-d Kaliningrad and in the Russian Second Division in 2006 and 2007 as FC Baltika-2 Kaliningrad.

Notable playersEdit

These players had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Baltika.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Сахалин" выиграл первенство ПФЛ в зоне "Восток", но не сыграет в ФНЛ [Sakhalin won the PFL East zone, but will not play in the FNL] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 28 May 2019.