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PFC Sokol (Russian: ПФК "Сокол") is a Russian association football club based in Saratov. In 2001 and 2002, Sokol played in the Russian Premier League. Currently the club plays in the third-level Russian Professional Football League.

Sokol
Logo of FC Sokol-Saratov.png
Full nameProfessional Football Club
Sokol Saratov
Founded1930; 89 years ago (1930)
GroundLokomotiv Stadium,
Saratov
Capacity15,000
ChairmanAndrey Potapov
ManagerIhor Zakhariak
LeagueRussian Professional Football League
2018–192nd

HistoryEdit

The club was founded as Dynamo. It was known by this name until 1930 and in 1946–1953. Other club's names include Lokomotiv (1956–1960), Energiya (1954–1955), Sokol (1961–1994 and 1998–2005), and Sokol-PZD (1995–1997). "Sokol" is Russian for "falcon".

Dynamo did not enter the Soviet league until 1946, when they debuted in the Third Group and were promoted to the Second Group at the first time of asking. Dynamo played in the Second Group until 1949. After a period of absence in the league, the club entered Class B in 1954 under new name, Energia. After a considerable time spent in Class B, Sokol were eventually promoted to Class A, Group 2 in 1965. Sokol played there until 1970. In 1971–1991, they played in the Second League.

In 1992 Sokol entered the newly formed Russian First Division. They played in this division until 2000, never finishing lower than 10th, and eventually won it. The 2001 season was the best in club's history. Sokol were leading in mid-season, but could not keep up and finished 8th in the Top Division. Andrey Fedkov, Sokol's striker, was capped for Russia national team. The next year Sokol were relegated after finishing last in the league.

The club continued playing in the First Division since 2003. In 2005 Sokol finished last thanks to a points deduction for failing to pay for player transfer. Instead of starting in the Second Division in 2006, Sokol chose to play in the Amateur League. In addition, the club was renamed Sokol-Saratov.

Sokol reached the semifinals of the Soviet Cup in 1966/67 and of the Russian Cup in 2000/01.

Current squadEdit

As of 29 November 2019, according to the PFL website.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Ivan Belyayev
  GK Artyom Fyodorov
  GK Nikita Kulik
  GK Aleksandr Tsaryov
  DF Oleg Babenkov
  DF Oleg Brezhnev
  DF Gleb Kryuchkov
  DF Semyon Kuznetsov
  DF Artyom Molodtsov
  DF Danila Oleynikov
  DF Nikita Olishevsky
  DF Artyom Pasko
  DF Dmitri Sazonov
  DF Ilya Serikov
  DF Dmitri Yelizarov
  MF Denis Anisimov
No. Position Player
  MF Dmitri Borisov
  MF Nikita Gvineysky
  MF Ruslan Kabutov
  MF Ruslan Karibov
  MF Artyom Kharlamov
  MF Yaroslav Krasnov
  MF Nikolay Makarov
  MF Aleksandr Nekrylov
  MF Valeri Pavlov
  MF Murat Ramazanov
  MF Aleksandr Stolyarenko
  MF Mikhitar Zakharyan
  FW Vitali Galysh
  FW Aleksei Kozlov
  FW Aleksandr Perchenok
  FW Vladimir Romanenko

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Timur Kraykov (at Veles Moscow)

Reserve squadEdit

Sokol's reserve squad played professionally as FC Sokol-d Saratov in the Russian Third League in 1994.

Notable playersEdit

External linksEdit