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FC Fakel Voronezh

FC Fakel Voronezh (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Факел" Воронеж) is a Russian association 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; 72 years ago (1947)
GroundTsentralny Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh
ChairmanRoman Askhabadze
ManagerVladimir Beschastnykh
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 are not expected to be relegated.[3][4]

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019, 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. Position Player
2   MF Danil Neplyuyev
3   DF Igor Khaymanov
4   DF Aleksei Solovyov
5   DF Aleksandr Stytsko
7   MF Roman Vorobyov
8   MF Artur Ryabokobylenko
9   MF Vladislav Korobkin
10   MF Roman Kosyanchuk
11   MF Ilya Mazurov
13   FW Ivan Khleborodov
15   FW Ivan Pertsev
17   MF Roman Pukhov
19   FW Ruslan Koryan
21   DF Oleg Krasilnichenko
22   GK Stanislav Buchnev
No. Position Player
23   DF Vladislav Turukin
25   DF Mikhail Smirnov
26   MF Aleksandr Cherevko
27   MF Temuri Bukiya
30   GK Dmitry Kortnev
33   FW Aleksandr Verulidze
34   MF Oleg Dmitriyev
41   DF Vladislav Mikushin (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
55   MF Aleksei Gladyshev
77   MF Mikhail Petrusyov
79   GK Danila Yermakov
88   MF Vladislav Masternoy
91   FW Pavel Yakovlev
92   DF Sergei Bryzgalov
96   DF Aleksandr Likhachyov

Reserve squadEdit

Fakel's reserve squad played professionally as FC Fakel-d Voronezh in the Russian Third League in 1997.

Notable playersEdit


  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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