FC Asmaral Moscow
FC Presnya Moscow (Russian: ФК «Пресня» Москва) was a Russian football team based in Moscow. It was founded in 1978 as FC Krasnaya Presnya Moscow. It participated in the third-tier Soviet Second League and was notable for giving the start for the careers of Oleg Romantsev, Vasili Kulkov and Aleksandr Mostovoi.
|Full name||Football Club Presnya Moscow|
|Ground||Krasnaya Presnya Stadium|
In 1990, when perestroika policies allowed the creation of private enterprises in the Soviet Union, the club was purchased by an Iraqi businessman Hussam Al-Khalidi who renamed the club to Asmaral (after the initials of his three children – daughters Asil and Mariam and son Alan). It was the first privately owned club in Russia. Al-Khalidi hired an acclaimed coach Konstantin Beskov and a former Spartak Moscow star Yuri Gavrilov. After the 1991 season, the club was promoted to the second-tier Soviet First League. However, due to the dissolution of the USSR, the new Russian league system was organized, and Asmaral was accepted into the top-flight Russian Top Division, where it reached the 7th place in the inaugural 1992 season. In the next 1993 season, it was relegated to the Russian First Division, then suffered two consecutive relegations in 1995 and 1996, ending up in the Russian Third Division. Following the 1998 season, it lost the professional status (entering amateur leagues) and was dissolved altogether after the 1999 season, and being declared bankrupt in September 2003.
A separate club called FC Presnya Moscow participated on the professional level in the Russian Second Division from 2004 to 2006.
League and cupEdit
|Season||League||Russian Cup||Top goalscorer||Managers|
|1992||1st||7th||14||3||3||8||17||36||9||-||Kirill Rybakov||13||Konstantin Beskov|
|1993||1st||18th||34||7||6||21||28||53||20||Round of 32||Nikolai Khudiyev|
|1994||2nd||10th||42||17||8||17||57||55||42||Round of 16|| Valentin Ivanov |
|1995||2nd||22nd||42||8||4||30||35||98||28||Fourth Round||Vladimir Mikhaylov|
|1996||3rd||21st||42||8||4||30||33||92||28||Round of 32||Vladimir Mikhaylov|
|1998||3rd||21st||40||9||4||27||42||75||31||Second round|| Vladimir Mikhaylov |
V. V. Medvedev
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Asmaral/Krasnaya Presnya.
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