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FC Luch Vladivostok (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Луч" Владивосток) is an association football club based in Vladivostok, Russia. In 2005, Luch won the Russian First Division and played in the Premier League from 2006 to 2008.

Luch
Logo of Luch Vladivostok.svg
Full nameFootball Club
Luch Vladivostok
Founded1958; 61 years ago (1958)
GroundDynamo Stadium,
Vladivostok
Capacity10,200
OwnerPrimorsky Krai/Vladivostok
ChairmanYevgeni Strizhichenko
ManagerRustem Khuzin
LeagueRussian Football National League
2018–1913th

The club was called Luch-Energiya from 2003 to 2018, when it was renamed due to sponsorship from Dalenergo, an energy distribution company.

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HistoryEdit

Luch has been playing in the Soviet Union championship since 1958. The name Luch means Ray. The club played in the Far East regional tournament of "B-class" teams and eventually won it in 1965, earning promotion to "A-class". Luch played in this regional tournament until league reorganization in 1972.

From 1972 to 1991, Luch played in the Eastern zone of Soviet Second League. The club's best result was a runner-up position in 1984.

In 1992, after the dissolution of Soviet Union, Luch was entitled to play in the Eastern zone of Russian First League and won that tournament. Luch played in Russian Top League in 1993 and was relegated, having finished 15th.

Luch played in Russian First Division from 1994 until relegation in 1997, and in Russian Second Division from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, Luch-Energia finished 1st in the Eastern zone and earned promotion. The club spent another 2 years in First Division, earning promotion to Premier League in 2005. In 2008 Luch finished in the last position and was relegated to the Russian First Division.The club had some financial problems and were forced to sell some of their key players making the club vulnerable at home, formerly considered a fortress on the remote Pacific coast.

 
Luch-Energia logo

In November 2017, Luch's home game against Khimki was delayed by 15 minutes due to a protest by the club's players over delays in wages and the running of the club. Due to four months without pay some of the players had been evicted from their accommodation and a Luch supporters group supplying food to the players.[1]

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]

On 16 July 2018, the club was renamed back to FC Luch.[3]

ComplicationsEdit

Situated in the Far East of the country, their location poses a significant problem for away teams, for example being 9 hours by flight from Moscow. When playing FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at home, a trio of Zenit fans drove 15,000 km across the country only for their car to break down when in Vladivostok, leaving them unable to drive home. These fans thus took the Trans-Siberian Railway back to Saint Petersburg, upon which the club rewarded them with a new car on 1 October 2006.[4]

There has been much controversy about whether the Russian league should be split into Western and Eastern leagues; however, this is yet to happen. In addition to this, even their own players admitted it was awkward as they had to travel long distances for away games. Matija Kristić said "It's not as bad for other teams because they only need to travel this distance once a year whereas we have to do it for all away matches". Srđan Radonjić said "It is just crazy, they should have two Russian premier leagues, one for the European teams and another for Asian teams. Vladivostok is 4,000 miles from Moscow."

League and Cup historyEdit

  RussiaEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer (League) Head Coach
1992 2nd, "East" 1 30 20 4 6 44 14 23   Kasyanenko – 9
  Dubovik – 9
  Burchalkin
  Ivchenko
1993 1st 15 34 11 7 16 29 56 29 R256   Ruslyakov – 7   Ivchenko
Releg.
tourn.
4 5 2 2 1 11 9 6    Galimov – 4
1994 2nd 12 42 15 11 16 44 53 41   I. Protasov – 9   Ig. Saenko
1995 6 42 20 6 16 51 48 66 R256   Selenkov – 16   Burchalkin
1996 15 42 14 12 16 39 49 54 R128   Shkilov – 9   Szekecs
1997 22 42 3 12 27 23 76 21   Selenkov – 5   Kobersky
1998 3rd, "East" 7 30 14 6 10 42 24 48 R64   Melnik – 8   Fedyakin
1999 7 30 14 7 9 43 32 49 R128   Melnik – 11   Fedyakin
2000 4 24 12 3 9 41 26 39 R512   Tikhonovetsky – 9   Karamyan
  Zhuravlyov
2001 8 28 9 10 9 31 29 37 R128   Tikhonovetsky – 8   Lukyanov
2002 6 30 15 6 9 51 34 51 R512   Kisurin – 10   Tolkin
  Zhuravlyov
2003 1 24 16 4 4 53 23 52 R512   A. Smirnov – 11   Zhuravlyov
  Antikhovich
2004 2nd 14 42 15 11 16 50 50 56 R128   Sokolov – 11
  Atangana – 11
  Antikhovich
  Pavlov
2005 1 42 27 11 4 81 32 92 R64   D.A. Smirnov – 19   Pavlov
2006 1st 7 30 12 5 13 37 39 41 R16   A. Ivanov – 5   Pavlov
2007 14 30 8 8 14 26 38 32 R32   Strelkov – 5   Pavlov
2008 16 30 3 12 15 24 53 21 R32   Bulyga – 5
  I. Shevchenko – 5
  Vulić
  Altman
2009 2nd 14 38 13 11 14 42 43 50 R32   Dedechko – 9   Yemelyanov
  Pobegalov
2010 12 38 13 13 12 42 42 52 QF   Satalkin – 9   Nazarenko
  Arcos
2011–12 17 48 11 21 16 37 39 54 R16   Alkhazov – 10   Arcos
  Pavlov
2012–13 3rd, "East" 1 30 18 8 4 48 27 62 R2   Tikhonovetsky – 14   Yemelyanov
2013–14 2nd 8 36 15 10 11 40 25 55 SF   Asildarov – 5
  Mikhalyov −5
  Yemelyanov
  Grigoryan
2014–15 10 34 11 9 14 40 46 42 R32   Myazin −11   Grigoryan
  Ushahin
2015–16 15 38 12 9 17 31 46 45 R4   Nivaldo −6   Veretennikov
  Perednya
2016–17 16 38 9 15 14 27 41 42 R4   Stolbovoy −5   Perednya
2017–18 18 38 9 13 16 40 52 40 QF   Geloyan −7
  Myazin −7
  Ivanauskas
  Grigoryan
2018–19 13 38 10 17 11 29 28 47 R64   Pavlenko −4
  Khleborodov −4
  Viznovich −4
  Khuzin

Current squadEdit

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Luch Energiya Vladivostok's Crisis Deepens". russianfootballnews.com. Russian Football News. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ Клубы ФНЛ получили лицензии (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ Главная команда Приморья вернула себе историческое имя (in Russian). FC Luch Vladivostok. 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Far East and far out: Russia's remotest derby, on the Sea of Japan". Four Four Two. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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