FC Ufa (Russian: ФК «Уфа», Bashkir: Өфө, romanized: Öfö) is a Russian football club based in Ufa that will play in the second-tier Russian First League in the 2022–23 season.

Ufa
FC Ufa logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Ufa
Nickname(s)The Citizens (Горожане)
Founded2009; 13 years ago (2009)[1][2]
GroundBetBoom Arena, Ufa
Capacity15,234
General directorMarat Magadeyev
Head coachSergei Tomarov
LeagueRussian First League
2021–22Russian Premier League 14th of 16, relegated through play-offs
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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 after just three seasons playing in the Russian league system.

Premier League periodEdit

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.[citation needed] For the 2020-21 season, the club changed its colour scheme from red to purple and mint green.

In the 2021–22 season, Ufa avoided direct relegation by winning a dramatic away game against FC Rubin Kazan on the last matchday of the regular season, Dilan Ortiz scored a go-ahead goal in the 90th minute and Rubin's Vitaly Lisakovich missed the added-time penalty kick for Rubin, which would mean Ufa's direct relegation if scored, instead Rubin was relegated directly and Ufa qualified for the relegation play-offs.[3] In the subsequent play-offs against FC Orenburg, Ufa was ahead 2–0 in the first leg away game before Orenburg came back and equalized 2–2. In the return leg on Ufa's home field, the score was 1–1 (which would keep Ufa's Premier League spot on away goals rule) before Orenburg's Andrei Malykh scored the winning goal in 4th added minute to ensure Ufa's relegation to FNL.[4]

Domestic historyEdit

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 5 August 2022[5]

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 Aleksey Kuznetsov
2 DF   RUS Erving Botaka
3 DF   RUS Konstantin Pliyev
5 DF   RUS Lev Ushakhin
6 MF   RUS Ruslan Fishchenko
8 MF   RUS Danila Yemelyanov
9 FW   COL Dilan Ortiz
11 MF   ANG Egas Cacintura
15 DF   UKR Oleksandr Masalov
17 FW   RUS Danil Akhatov
19 DF   RUS Oleg Dzantiyev
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   RUS Artyom Pogosov
27 DF   RUS Aleksandr Sandrachuk
29 MF   RUS Vladislav Kamilov
33 DF   RUS Aleksandr Sukhov
44 MF   MDA Cătălin Carp
50 MF   RUS Artyom Golubev
69 MF   RUS Khaydar Khalilov
75 FW   RUS Timur Zhamaletdinov
77 FW   RUS Roman Minayev
81 GK   RUS Ivan Kukushkin
82 MF   RUS Nikita Belousov

Reserve teamEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Role Name
Head coach   Aleksei Stukalov
Assistant coaches   Nikolai Safronidi
  Dmitri Beznyak
Goalkeeping coach   Anatoli Zarapin
President   Marat Magadeev
Sporting Director   Ildus Biglov
Director   Shamil Gazizov

Other clubsEdit

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

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Футбольный клуб "Уфа" вышел в РФПЛ, обыграв по сумме двух стыковых матчей "Томь"" (in Russian).
  2. ^ "Russia - FK Ufa - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news". Soccerway.
  3. ^ "«Уфа» обыграла «Рубин» и вытеснила казанцев с 14-го места" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 21 May 2022.
  4. ^ ""Оренбург" вырвал победу у "Уфы" и завоевал право играть в РПЛ" (in Russian). Russian Premier League. 28 May 2022.
  5. ^ "FC Ufa roster by Russian Premier League". Retrieved 16 July 2022.

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