FC Volgar Astrakhan
Volgar FC (Russian: Футбольный Клуб "Волгарь") is an association football club based in Astrakhan, Russia. They played in the Russian Professional Football League in the 2019–20 season, it has not yet been determined which league they will play in the 2020–21 season.
|Full name||Volgar Football Club|
(pending licensing for 2020–21 season)
|2019–20||PFL, Zone South, 1st (promoted)|
The club has been known under following names:
- Pishchevik (food industry worker) (−1958)
- Trud (labour) (1958–59)
- Volgar (1960–94) (2012–)
- Volgar-Gazprom (1995–2007), (2010–2012)
- Volgar-Gazprom-2 (2007–10)
Pishchevik played in the Second Group of the Soviet League. Trud (and later Volgar) played in the Class B (1958, 1960–1967), in Class A, Group 2 (1968–1969), in Class A, Group 1 (1970), Soviet First League (1971), Soviet Second League (1972–1990), Soviet Second League B (1991). In 1992 Volgar entered the Russian Second League, played in the Third League in 1994 (finished top and were promoted), returned to the Second League in 1995 and stayed until 1998. In 1998 Volgar-Gazprom were promoted and in 1999 they started playing in the Russian First Division. With the exception of the relegation for the 2004 season, Volgar-Gazprom had been in the First Division until 2006. The club was denied the professional licence and thus relegated to amateur level in 2007. Another club was organized called FC Volgar-Gazprom-2. The new club advanced to the Russian First Division for the 2009 season.
On 15 May 2020, the 2019–20 PFL season was abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic in Russia. As Volgar was leading in their PFL zone at the time, they will be promoted to the second-tier FNL for the 2020–21 season, if they pass licensing requirements.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable past playersEdit
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Volgar.
- "ИТОГИ ИСПОЛКОМА РФС" (in Russian). Russian Professional Football League. 15 May 2020.
- Sergey Sergeyev: Return the name of "Volgar" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
- «Волгарь» не будет играть в ФНЛ, его может заменить «Ротор-Волгоград» (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 28 May 2018.
- Official website (in Russian)