FC Volgar Astrakhan

Volgar FC (Russian: Футбольный Клуб "Волгарь") is an association football club based in Astrakhan, Russia. They play in the Russian First League.

Volgar FC
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Full nameVolgar Football Club
Founded1925; 97 years ago (1925)
GroundCentral Stadium,
Astrakhan
Capacity21,500
OwnerAstrakhan Oblast
CEOAndrei Sharokhin
ManagerRussia Andranik Babayan
LeagueRussian First League
2021–2216th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club has been known under following names:

  • Pishchevik (food industry worker) (1925−1958)
  • Trud (labour) (1958–59)
  • Volgar (1960–94) (2012–)[1]
  • 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.

After the 2017–18 season, the club experienced financial difficulties and decided to be voluntarily relegated to the third-tier PFL.[2]

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 were promoted to the second-tier FNL for the 2020–21 season.[3]

Current squadEdit

As of 18 June 2022,[4] according to the FNL 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 Vladislav Yampolsky
2 DF   RUS Maksim Tyulin
4 DF   RUS Roman Loktionov
5 MF   BLR Ilya Raschenya
6 DF   RUS Nikita Pechyonkin
7 MF   RUS Aleksei Pavlishin
9 FW   RUS Ilya Stefanovich
11 MF   RUS Aleksandr Bolonin
13 FW   RUS Aleksandr Butenko
15 FW   RUS Mark Polushin
17 FW   RUS Dmitri Lesnikov
19 FW   RUS Denis Timokhin
23 MF   ARM Artyom Simonyan
29 MF   RUS Artur Karpov
30 GK   RUS Dmitri Saganovich
No. Pos. Nation Player
31 MF   RUS Aleksandr Nosov
44 MF   RUS Artur Gilyazetdinov
55 MF   BLR Nikita Kaplenko
56 MF   RUS Viktor Demyanov
69 DF   RUS Danila Kozlov (on loan from Torpedo Moscow)
77 DF   RUS Yelisei Krivokhizhin
99 GK   RUS Oleg Smirnov
DF   BLR Alyaksey Hawrylovich
DF   RUS Nikita Shishchenko
DF   RUS Danila Vedernikov (on loan from Rostov)
MF   RUS Denis Talalay
MF   RUS Valeri Tsarukyan (on loan from Fakel Voronezh)
FW   RUS Mikhail Ageyev (on loan from Ural Yekaterinburg)
FW   RUS Vladislav Bragin
FW   RUS Artyom Delkin

Notable past playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sergey Sergeyev: Return the name of "Volgar" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ «Волгарь» не будет играть в ФНЛ, его может заменить «Ротор-Волгоград» (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ ""Волгарь" официально в ФНЛ" (in Russian). FC Volgar Astrakhan. 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2018-01-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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