FC Baltika Kaliningrad

FC Baltika (Russian: Акционерное Общество «Футбольный клуб «Балтика») is a professional association football club based in Kaliningrad, Russia. The club will be promoted to the Russian Premier League for the 2023–24 season.[1]

Full nameFootball Club
Baltika Kaliningrad
Founded1954; 69 years ago (1954)
GroundKaliningrad Stadium
OwnerKaliningrad/Kaliningrad Oblast
ChairmanKirill Volzhenkin
ManagerSergei Ignashevich
LeagueRussian Premier League
2022–23Russian First League, 2nd of 18th (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

History edit

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.[2]

On 19 May 2023, Baltika secured a promotion to the Russian Premier League for the first time in 25 years.[1]

League results edit

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

Current squad edit

As of 14 September 2023, according to the official Russian Premier League 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
2 DF   RUS Aleksandr Zhirov
3 DF   RUS Kirill Malyarov
4 DF   FRA Nathan Gassama
5 MF   RUS Aleksandr Osipov
6 MF   RUS Maksim Kuzmin
7 DF   BOL Roberto Fernández (on loan from Bolívar)
8 DF   RUS Aslan Dudiyev
9 FW   BIH Gedeon Guzina
10 MF   RUS Yan Kazayev
13 DF   CHI Guillermo Soto
16 GK   RUS Aleksandr Koryakin
17 MF   CRO Kristijan Bistrović (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   CHI Ángelo Henríquez
19 MF   RUS Sergei Pryakhin
20 MF   ARM Artur Galoyan
21 DF   SRB Ivan Ostojić
22 FW   RUS Tamerlan Musayev
23 DF   RUS Aleksandr Putsko
26 DF   SRB Nikola Radmanovac
35 GK   RUS Soslan Dzhanayev
59 MF   ARM Tigran Avanesyan
66 MF   POR João Lameira
67 GK   RUS Maksim Borisko
89 MF   RUS Vladislav Lazarev

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   RUS Gocha Gogrichiani (at Volgar Astrakhan until 30 June 2024)

Reserve team edit

Reserve team edit

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 players edit

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

Club staff edit

Position Staff
Manager   Sergei Ignashevich
Assistant Manager   Dmitri Michkov
First-Team Coach   Leonid Tkachenko
First-Team Coach   Artsyom Buloychyk
Fitness Coach   Mikhail Solovey
Club Doctor   Ruslan Zasiev
Team Manager   Evgeniy Buda

External links edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "«Балтика» завоевала право участия в Мир РПЛ" [Baltika secured the right to participate in Mir RPL] (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 19 May 2023.
  2. ^ "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.