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FC Tosno (Russian: ФК Тосно) was a professional Russian football club based in Tosno. On 6 May 2017, Tosno won promotion to the 2017–18 Russian Premier League for the first time after securing second place in the Russian National Football League.[1] They were relegated after one season at the top level. On 9 June 2018 it was announced that FC Tosno was dissolved because of financial problems.[2]

Tosno
FC Tosno logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Tosno
Founded2013
Dissolved2018
GroundPetrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Capacity21,405
2017–18Russian Premier League, 15th, relegated
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

FC Tosno was officially registered in 2008 by Leonid Khomenko, then director of 'FC Era'. In 2009, FC Tosno and another amateur club, 'Ruan', were merged. The name 'Ruan' was carried by the club till late 2013.[3]

FoundationEdit

The decision to found a professional club was taken in March 2013, with the support of the club's main sponsor at the time, a holding company named 'Fort Group', and the Regional Public Organization, 'FC Tosno'.[4] Since 2013, FC Tosno have represented the Leningrad Oblast in Russian competitions.[5] In Tosno's first professional season, the club were declared to compete in the West Zone of the Russian Professional Football League. Due to Tosno's then-current home stadium (Tosno Stadium)'s failing to satisfy PFL's minimum requirements, it was required that they move to a different, more capacious stadium for them to be eligible to compete in the division. In the meantime, Tosno were offered to play their home matches at the Petrovskiy Stadium.

The club's first official match took place on 10 July 2013, when they defeated FC Dynamo Vologda in the Round of 512 of the 2013–14 Russian Cup. This victory marked the start of the club's 22-game 'unbeaten run' in all competitions (18 league games and 4 cup games), which ended on the 27th of October. The following day, head coach Viktor Demidov's contact with the club had terminated.[6] The remaining games of the season had keepers' coach Kirill Gashichev in charge.

PFL Years (2013–14)Edit

Russian CupEdit

 
Tosno's last logo

After signing a contract with Ukrainian manager Oleh Leshchynskyi on 4 March 2014, FC Tosno have defeated FC Spartak Moscow in the 2013–14 Russian Cup Round of 16, with the only goal scored by Valentin Filatov on the 114th minute. It was the fourth time in Russian Cup's history, when a team from the Second Division had participated in the Russian Cup's Quarter-finals.

On 26 March 2014, 'Tosno' were eliminated from the cup in an away game against Krasnodar, which ended 3–0 to the hosts.

On 15 May, Leshchynskyi was fired due to a conflict with the club's players, so Vyacheslav Matyushenko, the team's chairman, had to head the team. On 27 May, after a 1–0 win against FC Tekstilshchik Ivanovo in PFL, FC Tosno had secured a place in the Russian National Football League of the upcoming season.

FNL Years (2014–17)Edit

Prior to the season's start, Tosno had signed a contract with Bulgarian manager Nikolay Kostov. The first four games were headed by Kirill Gashichev, however, on 30 July Kostov had been officially included in the squad. Tosno had topped the league for the time of Nikolay Kostov's leadership, however, on 5 November the contract with Kostov had terminated and Kirill Gashichev had to head Tosno again. In 2014, under the leadership of Gashichev, the club had finished third with four wins and one loss.

On 4 December 2014, Aleksandr Grigoryan was appointed the club's new manager on a two-year contract,[7] however Grigoryan left the club on 28 February 2015 without taking charge of first team game for the club due to family circumstances.[8]

The manager post was then passed to Yevgeni Perevertailo, who guided Tosno to a third-place finish in the league. However, Tosno lost 1:5 on aggregate to Rostov in the play-offs and did not earn promotion to the Russian Premier League.

On 12 August 2015, Dmytro Parfenov was appointed as Tosno's new manager on a two-year contract.[9] Tosno finished the season in 7th position and reached the Round of 16 in the Russian Cup, where the club lost only to future champions Zenit.

At the end of the 2016–17 season, Tosno have earned promotion to the 2017–18 Russian Premier League for the first time.[1]

RFPL Year (2017–2018)Edit

The 2017–18 season was Tosno's first ever top-tier campaign in Russian football. The club spent much of the league stage of the season struggling in relegation or relegation-playoff places. The cup, on the other hand, saw the team enjoy vast success, reaching the final after defeating reigning champions FC Spartak Moscow in a match that saw them fight back from a one goal deficit in regular time to seal a close victory in penalty shoot-outs. They went on to win the final on 9 May 2018, netting two goals and conceding once in a FC Avangard Kursk triumph.[10]

As a consequence of winning the cup, Tosno were qualified to represent Russia in the following season's Europa League group stage, pending UEFA licensing, which would have marked the club's first ever appearance in a major European competition. However, immediately following the cup victory, Russian Football Union president Aleksandr Alayev announced that Tosno had missed the deadlines for UEFA licensing applications and would therefore not be eligible to participate in the competition.[11] They were relegated from the Russian Premier League on the last day of the 2017–18 season after losing 0–5 to FC Ufa.

On 30 May 2018, Russian National Football League announced that Tosno failed on its appeal to obtain the FNL license for the 2018–19 season and will be forced to apply for the third-tier Russian Professional Football League license, sealing a two-level relegation.[12] On 9 June 2018, the founder of FORT Group (the company that owned the team), Maxim Levchenko, announced that the team is officially dissolved.[13]

Domestic historyEdit

Season League Russian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2013–14 3rd West 1st 32 21 8 3 51 16 71 Quarterfinal Aleksandr Savin 12   Viktor Demidov
  Kirill Gashichev (Caretaker)
  Oleh Leshchynskyi
  Vyacheslav Matyushenko
  Kirill Gashichev (Caretaker)
2014–15 2nd 3rd 34 20 5 9 50 36 65 Round of 16 Batraz Khadartsev 7   Kirill Gashichev (Caretaker)
  Nikolay Kostov
  Kirill Gashichev (Caretaker)
  Aleksandr Grigoryan
  Yevgeny Perevertaylo
2015–16 2nd 7th 38 17 4 17 57 53 55 Round of 16 Vladimir Ilyin 12   Yevgeny Perevertaylo
  Dmytro Parfenov
2016–17 2nd 2nd 38 21 12 5 63 30 75 Quarterfinal Anton Zabolotny 16   Dmytro Parfenov
2017–18 1st 15th 30 6 6 18 23 54 24 Winner Yevgeni Markov 8   Dmytro Parfenov

StadiumEdit

In November 2014, it was announced that FC Tosno are planning to build a new home stadium in Tosno. Its capacity was expected to be over 10,000 seats and it was to be completed before the start of the 2015–16 season.[14] Those plans were not realised.

In the 2017–18 season, the club played their home games at the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg, which previously hosted the home matches of FC Zenit.[15] The stadium has a capacity of 20,985.

HonoursEdit

Timeline of head coachesEdit

Number represents chronological order.
Information correct as of May 2018.

Number Period Manager Duration Reason for leaving
1 March 2013 – October 2013 Viktor Demidov 7 months Contract terminated
2 October 2013 – March 2014 Kirill Gashichev 5 months Replaced by professional manager
3 March 2014 – May 2014 Oleh Leshchynskyi 2 months Fired due to conflict with players
4 May 2014 – June 2014 Vyacheslav Matyushenko 1 month Replaced by Kirill Gashichev
5 June 2014 – August 2014 Kirill Gashichev 2 months Replaced by professional manager
6 August 2014 – November 2014 Nikolay Kostov 3 months Contract terminated
7 November 2014 – December 2014 Kirill Gashichev 1 month Replaced by professional manager
8 December 2014 – February 2015 Aleksandr Grigoryan 3 months Family circumstances
9 February 2015 – July 2015 Yevgeni Perevertailo 2 months Mutual agreement
10 August 2015 – June 2018 Dmytro Parfenov 2 years 10 months Dissolve of FC Tosno

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "«Тосно» вышел в Премьер-Лигу!". Russian Football National League. 6 May 2017.
  2. ^ Обладатель Кубка России по футболу 2018 года "Тосно" прекратил существование. TASS (in Russian). 9 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Представляем соперника: "Руан" г. Тосно". fc-elikort.ru. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Футбольный клуб "Тосно" – Футбольный клуб «Тосно» – на пути к новым победам!". fctosno.ru. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  5. ^ http://sportsdaily.ru/articles/glavniy-trener-tosno-viktor-demidov-myi-sotvorili-nebolshoy-futbolnyiy-bum-57451
  6. ^ "ФК Тосно – «Тосно» остался без тренера. Из-за ухудшения игры?". sportsdaily.ru. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  7. ^ Главным тренером «Тосно» стал Александр Григорян!. fctosno.ru (in Russian). FC Tosno. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  8. ^ Александр Григорян и «Тосно» расторгли договор по соглашению сторон. fctosno.ru (in Russian). FC Tosno. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  9. ^ Дмитрий ПАРФЕНОВ – главный тренер «Тосно»!. fctosno.ru (in Russian). FC Tosno. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  10. ^ «Тосно» - обладатель Олимп Кубка России! (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 9 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Russian Cup winner will not play in Europe" (in Russian). Sports24.ru. 9 May 2018.
  12. ^ Клубы ФНЛ получили лицензии (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 30 May 2018.
  13. ^ ФК "Тосно" прекратил свое существование (in Russian). Interfax. 9 June 2018.
  14. ^ "«Тосно» планирует построить собственный стадион к началу сезона-2015/16 – Новости пользователей – Футбол – Sports.ru". sports.ru. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  15. ^ «Тосно» домашние матчи в сезоне-2017/18 будет проводить на стадионе «Петровский». m.championat.com (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-07-11.

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