FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure

FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure (Russian: ФК «Смена» Комсомольск-на-Амуре) is a Russian football club from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, founded in 1935. It played in the Russian Professional Football League. It played professionally in 1946, 1957–1970, 1978–1994 and from 2002 to 2018. It reached the second-highest level (Soviet First League and Russian First Division) in 1957–1962 and 1992.

FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure
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Full nameFootball Club Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure
Founded1935
GroundVanguard Stadium
Capacity16,000
ChairmanSergei Ogarkov
LeagueN/A
2017–18Russian Professional Football League,
Zone East, 2nd

They won their Russian Professional Football League zone East in the 2015–16 season, but did not participate in the second-tier 2016–17 Russian Football National League as they don't have necessary financing.[1] Their main source of income is Khabarovsk Krai which already finances another FNL team FC SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk and doesn't have necessary expenses budgeted for a second FNL team.

Before the 2018–19 season, the league proposed splitting the East zone of the PFL into two new zones - Siberia and Far East, as it was difficult for teams based in Siberia to afford travel to Far East. However, the largest number of teams that would be potentially ready to compete in the new proposed Far East zone was 4, which was not sustainable for the full season. Smena was forced to drop out of the professional competition to the amateur levels.[2]

Team name historyEdit

  • 1935–1945 Stroitel
  • 1946–1956 Dynamo
  • 1957–1959 Lokomotiv
  • 1960–1977 Avangard
  • 1978–1999 Amur
  • 1999–2001 KnAAPO-Smena
  • 2002–present Smena

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ «Смена» в ФНЛ не идёт (in Russian). FC Smena Komsomolsk-na-Amure. 4 June 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Нашли стрелочников: как ПФЛ превратила развитие футбола на ДВ в «мартышкин труд»" (in Russian). AmurMedia. 27 July 2018.