FC Sokol Saratov

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
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Full nameProfessional Football Club
Sokol Saratov
Founded1930; 90 years ago (1930)
GroundLokomotiv Stadium,
Saratov
Capacity15,000
ChairmanAndrey Potapov
ManagerDmitri Voyetskiy
LeagueRussian Professional Football League, Group 3
2019–20Zone Center, 3rd

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 11 August 2020, 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. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   RUS Timur Kraykov
5 DF   RUS Nikita Olishevsky
7 FW   RUS Aleksandr Perchenok
8 MF   RUS Denis Anisimov
9 FW   RUS Aleksandr Yermakov
10 MF   RUS Dmitri Borisov
11 FW   RUS Ivan Khleborodov
14 FW   RUS Igor Bugayenko
16 GK   RUS Artyom Fyodorov
17 DF   RUS David Ozmanov
19 MF   RUS Nikolai Kuznetsov (on loan from Rotor Volgograd)
20 DF   RUS Aleksandr Stolyarenko
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 DF   RUS Artyom Molodtsov
30 MF   RUS Mikhitar Zakharyan
44 DF   RUS Aydar Lisinkov
71 DF   RUS Artyom Pasko
77 MF   RUS Ruslan Kabutov
90 MF   RUS Andrei Khripkov
GK   RUS Ivan Belyayev
DF   RUS Aleksei Dolya
MF   RUS Nikolay Makarov
MF   RUS Aleksandr Nekrylov
MF   RUS Valeri Pavlov
MF   RUS Albert Pogosyan

Reserve squadEdit

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

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Sokol.

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