FC Fakel Voronezh

FC Fakel Voronezh (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Факел" Воронеж) is a Russian football club based in Voronezh. Currently the club plays in the Russian Football National League. The name of the club means "Torch" or "Flambeau" (Russian: Факел).

FC Fakel Voronezh
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Full nameFootball club «Fakel» Voronezh
Founded1947; 73 years ago (1947)
GroundTsentralny Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh
ChairmanRoman Askhabadze
ManagerOleg Vasilenko
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded in 1947 at a then classified airplane plant. For secrecy reasons, the team was not officially given a name and was referred to as the Voronezh city team. In 1959 the team became a part of Trud sports society and was renamed Trud Voronezh. In 1976 the team was renamed Fakel.

The team played in the Soviet League since 1954:

The best result of Trud/Fakel was a place in the Top Division in 1961 (finished 15th) and 1985 (finished 17th). Fakel reached the semifinal of the Soviet Cup in 1984.

In the Russian league, Fakel played in various divisions, only on two occasions staying in the same division for more than two consecutive seasons:

The best result achieved by Fakel in Premier League was a 13th position in 2000.

Fakel has also experienced several short-lived name changes: to Fakel-Profsoyuz in 1992, Voronezh in 2002 and Fakel-Voronezh in 2002–2003.

Fakel and FC Yelets were excluded from the Russian Second Division for attempts to bribe and threaten the referee on 18 July 2009.[1] At the time of exclusion (21 August), Fakel were sixth with 31 points from 19 games, while Yelets were 16th with 9 points from 19 games.

A new club called FC Fakel Voronezh technically independent from the club that played in 2009 as FC Fakel-Voronezh Voronezh was founded in 2010 and played in the Russian Second Division (FSA Voronezh failed licensing for 2010 and the new Fakel was the only Voronezh professional team for 2010). It employed the manager and 6 players from the 2009 FC Fakel-Voronezh roster. The reserve team FC Fakel-d Voronezh played in the Amateur Football League in 2010.

Before the 2011–12 season FC Saturn Moscow Oblast dropped out of Russian Premier League due to financial problems. FC Krasnodar replaced them in the Premier League, creating a vacancy in the Russian First Division. Despite only coming in 4th in their Russian Second Division zone in 2010, Fakel volunteered to take the First Division spot, and the Russian Football Union decided to promote the team. They were relegated back to the third level in the same 2011–12 season. They returned to the Russian Football National League in the 2015–16 season. Despite finishing in the relegation zone at the end of the 2017–18 season, the club was not relegated as other clubs ahead in the standings failed to obtain the league license for 2018–19.[2]

The have finished in the relegation zone once again in the 2018–19 season, but due to failure of FC Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and FC Anzhi Makhachkala to acquired a 2019–20 license, they were not relegated.[3][4]

Current squadEdit

As of 16 October 2020, according to the 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 Aleksandr Sautin
3 DF   RUS Nikolai Zaytsev
4 DF   RUS Aslan Dashayev
5 DF   RUS Aleksei Solovyov
7 FW   RUS Maksim Grigoryev
8 MF   RUS Mikhail Zemskov
10 MF   RUS Roman Akbashev
11 MF   RUS Ilya Mazurov
13 MF   RUS Nikita Drozdov
15 MF   RUS Andrey Nikitin
17 MF   RUS Roman Pukhov
19 FW   RUS Maksim Maksimov
22 FW   RUS Andrei Razborov
23 DF   RUS Kirill Glushchenkov
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   RUS Mikhail Smirnov
26 DF   RUS Valeri Pochivalin
30 GK   RUS Dmitry Kortnev
33 MF   RUS Nail Zamaliyev
34 MF   RUS Oleg Dmitriyev
39 DF   SRB Nemanja Pejčinović
56 MF   RUS Maksim Sedov
77 MF   RUS Mikhail Petrusyov
79 GK   RUS Danila Yermakov
87 MF   RUS Dmitri Korobov
88 MF   RUS Vladislav Masternoy
91 FW   RUS Pavel Yakovlev
92 DF   RUS Sergei Bryzgalov

Reserve squadEdit

Fakel's reserve squad played professionally as FC Fakel-d Voronezh in the Russian Third League in 1997. It re-entered professional football as FC Fakel-M Voronezh for the 2020–21 season.

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Fakel.


  1. ^ "ФАКЕЛ-ВОРОНЕЖ" И "ЕЛЕЦ" ИСКЛЮЧЕНЫ ИЗ ПРОФЕССИОНАЛЬНОЙ ЛИГИ. НО ИХ "ДЕЛО" НЕ ЗАКРЫТО (in Russian). Sport-Express. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ Клубы ФНЛ получили лицензии (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Анжи" не будет выступать в ФНЛ в следующем сезоне [Anzhi will not play in the FNL next season] (in Russian). Sport Express. 29 May 2019.

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