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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; 65 years ago (1954)
GroundKaliningrad Stadium
Capacity35,212
OwnerKaliningrad/Kaliningrad Oblast
ChairmanTazhutdin Kachukayev
ManagerYevgeni Kaleshin
LeagueFNL
2018–1916th
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 2 September 2019, 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. Position Player
1   GK Yevgeni Latyshonok
2   DF Nailson
3   DF Maksim Plopa
5   DF Mutalip Alibekov
7   MF Nikita Glushkov (on loan from Ural Yekaterinburg)
8   MF Aslan Dudiyev
9   MF Artyom Makarchuk
10   MF Ilnur Alshin
11   FW Mikhail Markin
14   FW Ruslan Kisil
17   MF Alan Chochiyev
18   MF Mladen Kašćelan
19   MF Alikhan Shavayev
21   MF Dmitri Zakharov
23   MF Stanislav Prychynenko
No. Position Player
26   DF Artyom Meshchaninov (on loan from Baník Ostrava)
27   DF Ivan Maklakov
32   GK Yevgeny Pomazan
33   FW Allef
38   MF Yan Kazayev
43   GK Stanislav Cherchesov
44   DF Maksim Tishkin
67   GK Maksim Borisko
77   MF Sergei Kopylov
81   FW Vitali Zhironkin (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
85   FW Aleksandr Shcherbatyuk
88   MF Yaroslav Frolov
89   DF Vladislav Lazarev
96   MF Maksim Kuzmin

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Daniil Shabalin (at Murom)
No. Position Player
  MF Vladislav Drogunov (at Dynamo Bryansk)

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

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.