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During the summer of 2010, Rustem Khamitov, the second President of the Republic of Bashkortostan, began considering the establishment of a football club with the intention to represent the city of Ufa and also the Republic in the Russian Premier League.

On 23 December 2010, FC Ufa was formed on the base of FC Bashinformsvyaz-Dynamo Ufa, which then plied their trade in the Russian Professional Football League, the third tier of the Russian football league system. The head coaching position of the team was first assigned to Andrei Kanchelskis, who was tasked with leading the club to the Russian First Division.

First seasonEdit

The first official match of the club was against FC Syzran-2003 in the second round of the Russian Cup, which after extra time Ufa lost on penalties.

Ufa made their debut in the Russian league system on 24 April 2011 with a home match against FC Tyumen. Ufa ran out winners, 3–1, with Konstantin Ionov scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.

Ufa continued to build on their initial success to the extent that, coming to the end of the season, they were equal with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk at the top of the table with 86 points. However, Ufa's loss away to Nefthekhimik following the draw at Dynamo Stadium meant that Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk had a better head-to-head record; Ufa had to postpone promotion to the Russian First Division for another year.

However, Dynamo Bryansk's failure to meet the licensing requirements for the 2012–13 Russian First Division opened up a slot in the said division, which Ufa took, enabling their promotion from the Second Division into the First Division.

Life in the First DivisionEdit

In their first season in the First Division Ufa finished in sixth, four points off the last promotion playoff spot.

The following season showed improvement by Ufa, as the club had built on the previous year's showing and managed to end up in fourth, thus enabling them to contest the promotion playoff against Tom Tomsk, who finished their campaign in the Russian Premier League in 13th.

On 18 May 2014, Ufa welcomed Tom Tomsk in Dynamo for the first leg of the playoff and Ufa managed to overpower Tom 5–1, with club captain Dmitri Golubov scoring four goals. The return leg was played four days later in Tomsk, and despite going down early in the match, Ufa managed to hold on to their aggregate lead; a 3–1 loss to Tom was moot. Ufa therefore claimed a historic promotion to the top-flight Russian Premier League just three seasons playing in the Russian league system.

At the end of the 2017–18 season, they secured 6th spot in the Russian Premier League, which qualified them for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League due to FC Tosno, the Russian Cup winner, not applying for the UEFA license in time.

Ufa played their first ever European game at home against Slovenian side NK Domzale. The game finished in a goalless draw. Domzale dominated the return leg in Slovenia but Ufa didn't give up and a late goal saw them draw 1-1 and progress on away goals. Next was Progres Niederkorn for the Russian side, and another late goal in the return leg in Luxembourg send Ufa through 4-3 on aggregate and set them up against Scottish side Rangers in the play-off round. They lost 1-0 at Ibrox, and drew 1-1 at their stadium, which caused them to be eliminated from the play-off rounds of the Europa League.

Domestic historyEdit

Season League Cup Top goalscorer Manager Kit Manufacturer Sponsor
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2011–12 3rd 2nd 39 25 11 3 54 19 86 Second Round Vitali Galysh 9 Andrei Kanchelskis
Andrei Malay
Igor Kolyvanov
Puma Bashinformsvyaz
2012–13 2nd 6th 32 13 9 10 31 30 48 Fourth Round Mikhail Markosov 9 Igor Kolyvanov Joma
2013–14 2nd 4th 36 17 10 9 46 35 61 Fourth Round Dmitri Golubov 14
2014–15 1st 12th 30 7 10 13 26 39 31 Round of 16 Marcinho 6
2015–16 1st 12th 30 6 9 15 25 44 27 Quarterfinal Sylvester Igboun 4 Igor Kolyvanov
Yevgeny Perevertaylo
Sergei Tomarov (caretaker)
2016–17 1st 7th 30 12 7 11 22 25 43 Semifinal Kehinde Fatai 6 Viktor Goncharenko
Sergei Semak
2017–18 1st 6th 30 11 10 9 34 30 43 Round of 32 Sylvester Igboun 7 Sergei Semak
2018–19 1st 14th 30 5 11 14 24 34 26 Round of 32 Sylvester Igboun 9 Sergei Tomarov
Dmitri Kirichenko
Vadim Evseev

European historyEdit

Ufa made their UEFA competition debut in July 2018, entering the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Domžale 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
3Q   Progrès Niederkorn 2–1 2–2 4–3
PO   Rangers 1–1 0−1 1–2

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019[3]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Aleksei Chernov
2   DF Danil Krugovoy (on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg)
3   DF Pavel Alikin
4   DF Aleksei Nikitin
5   DF Bojan Jokić
7   MF Dmitri Sysuyev
8   MF Cătălin Carp
9   DF Denis Terentyev (on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg)
10   MF Olivier Thill
11   FW Lovro Bizjak
13   MF Kirill Folmer
15   DF Aleksandr Putsko
16   GK Yury Shafinsky
No. Position Player
17   MF Nikolai Giorgobiani
22   DF Artyom Golubev (on loan from Krasnodar)
23   MF Danila Yemelyanov
27   DF Ionuț Nedelcearu
31   GK Aleksandr Belenov
32   FW Andrés Vombergar
33   DF Aleksandr Sukhov
34   DF Turgay Mokhbaliyev
55   DF Jemal Tabidze
57   FW Vyacheslav Krotov
74   MF Daniil Fomin
77   MF Azer Aliyev
99   FW Andrei Kozlov

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
  FW Sylvester Igboun (at Dynamo Moscow)
No. Position Player
  MF Igor Bezdenezhnykh (at Chayka Peschanokopskoye)

Reserve teamEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Other clubsEdit

WFC Ufa, a female football club, plays in the Russian First Division, the second tier of the Women Russian football system.

Notable playersEdit

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


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