FC Elista

FC Elista (Russian: ФК Элиста) was a football club based in Elista, Kalmykia, Russia.

Full nameFootball Club Elista
Founded1958; 62 years ago (1958)
2005; 15 years ago (2005)
2014; 6 years ago (2014)
Dissolved2004; 16 years ago (2004)
2006; 14 years ago (2006)
2015; 5 years ago (2015)
GroundUralan Stadium, Elista
ManagerEduard Bogdanov
LeagueRussian Amateur Football League,
Zone South
2014Russian Amateur Football League,
South zone


FC Elista was founded in 2005 following the dissolution of its predecessor, FC Uralan Elista. The club entered South zone of the Amateur Football League and finished second. That result was not enough to warrant automatic promotion, but the extension of the South zone of the Russian Second Division allowed Elista to move one level up. In 2006 FC Elista withdrew from the competition after 18 rounds. The club was restarted in 2014, as FC Uralan Elista in the Russian Amateur Football League.

Colours are (Home) all blue. (Away) Either yellow shirts with blue arms, yellow shorts or all black.

FC Uralan ElistaEdit

Football Club Uralan Elista was founded in 1958 as a construction trust team. Uralan means "forward" in Kalmyk. The team have won Kalmyk championship and cup every year until 1965. In 1966, they were admitted to the B class of the Soviet league. The team played at the same level (call Soviet Second League since 1971) until 1991. Their best result was a second position in 1991.

Uralan played in the Russian First Division since 1992. They have won the tournament in 1997 and were promoted to the Top Division. Their best result was a seventh position in 1998. Uralan were relegated after finishing last in 2000, but won promotion back at the first time of asking. They have spent another two seasons at the top level before being relegated in 2003.

In 2004 season the club experienced financial problems. The players' wages were not paid for at least six months, this led to many of them leaving Uralan. The club has been able to field only ten players for the league match on 7 July (including two goalkeepers, one of whom played as a striker) and only nine players on 24 July.[1] However, Uralan managed to fulfill all fixtures.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was the honorary president of FC Uralan.

New clubEdit

Uralan was to be relegated to the Second Division, but refused to enter the competition on 22 March 2005.[2] A new club, FC Elista, was formed in its place. 80 percent of Elista players were from reserve and youth teams of Uralan.

The club was restarted in 2014, as FC Uralan Elista in the Russian Amateur Football League, but folded in late 2015.

Reserve squadEdit

Uralan's reserve squad played professionally as FC Uralan-d Elista in the Russian Third League in 1994–1996.

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Uralan/FC Elista.


  1. ^ Nine Elista players fielded in Bryansk Archived 2005-03-02 at the Wayback Machine, Pavel Orlov, Sport-Express, 26 July 2004 (in Russian)
  2. ^ Russia 2005, RSSSF

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