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FC SKA Rostov-on-Don (Russian: ФК СКА Ростов-на-Дону)[1] is a Russian association football club based in Rostov-on-Don. The club's history includes becoming runners-up of the Soviet Top League in 1966 and winning the Soviet Cup in 1981.

SKA Rostov
Club logo
Full nameFootball Club
Sports Club of the Army
Rostov-on-Don
Nickname(s)Armeytsy (Military men)
Founded1937; 82 years ago (1937)
GroundSKA SKVO Stadium,
Rostov-on-Don
Capacity27,300
ChairmanGennadi Smolyanov
ManagerVladimir Usin(c)
LeagueRussian Professional Football League, Zone South
2018–1913th

HistoryEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"SKA"

In final 1981.

The club was founded on 27 August 1937 and was known as RODKA (1937–1953), ODO (1954–1956) and SKVO (1957–1959 and 2013–2015). The team was given its most familiar name back in March 2015.[1]

SKVO entered the Class B of the Soviet league in 1958. Prior to that, the team only played in regional tournaments. SKVO became the champions of Class B in 1958 and were promoted to Class A. They stayed at the top level of Soviet football until 1973, winning silver medals in 1966 and finishing fourth in 1959, 1960, 1963, and 1964.

In the 1970s and 1980s SKA moved between Top and First leagues several times. After relegation 1973, they played in the First League in 1974, 1976–1978, 1982–1983, and 1986–1989, and in the Top League in 1975, 1979–1981, and 1984–1985. SKA spent two last years of the Soviet football (1990 and 1991) in the Second League.

SKA were also successful in the Soviet Cup. They won the trophy in 1981 and were the losing finalists in 1969 and 1971.

After entering the Russian Second Division, SKA have been playing there with a few exceptions: they played in the Third Division in 1994, in the Amateur Football League in 1998, and in the First Division in 2002. In 2002 SKA finished 17th in the First Division, going straight back down but recording the best result in Russian football. It finished 2nd South Zone of Second Division but returned First Division after relegations of Dynamo Makhachkala, FC Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan and Lada Togliatti due to their licences were refused. It finished 17th in 2007 and 13th in 2008. Despite finishing outside of relegation zone in 2008, the club could not afford to play in the First Division for 2009 and volunteered to get relegated to the Second Division for 2009. After playing on that level from 2009 to 2013–14 seasons, the club failed professional licensing and began the 2014–15 season in the Russian Amateur Football League. It returned to the third-tier Russian Professional Football League for the 2015–16 season.

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RussiaEdit

Russian Second DivisionRussian First DivisionRussian Second DivisionRussian First DivisionRussian Second DivisionAmateur Football LeagueRussian Second DivisionRussian Third DivisionRussian Second Division 

European recordEdit

Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1981–82 First Round   Ankaragücü 3–0 2–0 5–0
Second Round   Eintracht Frankfurt 1–0 0–2 1–2

Current squadEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Армейский футбольный клуб Дона вернул историческое название (in Russian). FC SKA Rostov-on-Don. 10 March 2015.[permanent dead link]