Football Club Sochi (Russian: Футбольный клуб Сочи, romanizedFutbolny Klub Sochi), is a Russian professional football club based in Sochi. The club is playing its home matches at the 47,000-capacity Fisht Stadium.

Sochi
PFC Sochi logo.svg
Full nameФутбольный клуб Сочи
(Football Club Sochi)
Nickname(s)Belo-sinie (The White-Blues) Leopardy (The Leopards)
Founded6 June 2018; 3 years ago (2018-06-06)
GroundFisht Olympic Stadium
Capacity47,659
OwnerBoris Rotenberg
ChairmanDmitry Rubashko
(Director General)
ManagerVladimir Fedotov
LeagueRussian Premier League
2020–21Russian Premier League, 5th of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

FC Sochi was founded on 6 June 2018 after the relocation of FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg to Sochi, thus becoming the only professional football club in the city.[1][2][3][4][5]

On 11 May 2019, the club secured a top-two finish in the 2018–19 Russian National Football League and subsequently promotion to the Russian Premier League for the 2019–20 season for the first time in the club's history.[6]

On 20 November 2019, Sochi announced that Aleksandr Tochilin had resigned as manager, with Roman Berezovsky being placed in temporary charge.[7] On 8 December 2019, Sochi announced Vladimir Fedotov as their new permanent manager on a 2+12-year contract.[8]

On 19 June 2020, Sochi beat FC Rostov 10–1, making it their biggest Premier League win in their history. Rostov missed their full first and second squad (42 players) due to positive COVID-19 tests in both squads.

Sochi managed to finish in twelfth place in their debut season in the top tier, avoiding relegation.

Sochi finished the 2020–21 Russian Premier League season in 5th place and qualified for European competition (UEFA Europa Conference League) for the first time in their history.

League positionEdit

Season League Russian Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GF GA GD P Name Goals
2018–19 2nd 2nd 38 19 12 7 63 34 +29 69 Third Round   Maksim Barsov 19   Aleksandr Tochilin
2019–20 1st 12th 30 8 9 13 40 39 +1 33 Round of 32   Aleksandr Kokorin 7   Aleksandr Tochilin
  Roman Berezovsky (Caretaker)
  Vladimir Fedotov
2020–21 1st 5th 30 15 8 7 49 33 +16 53 Quarterfinal   Christian Noboa 12   Vladimir Fedotov

European historyEdit

For their inaugural European campaign, Sochi where drawn against Azerbaijan Cup champions, Keşla, in the UEFA Europa Conference League on 16 June 2021.[9]

As of match played 12 August 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa Conference League 4 2 2 0 10 5
Total 4 2 2 0 10 5
Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 2QR   Keşla 3–0 4–2 7–2
3QR   Partizan 1–1 2–2 (a.e.t.) 3–3 (2–4 p)

StadiumsEdit

Since its creation, PFC Sochi plays at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. The stadium provides 40,000 seats to its spectators.

The Federal Sport base "Yug Sport" was the training center in the beginning of the 2018–19 season.[10]

Current squadEdit

As of 7 September 2021

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 Denis Adamov
4 DF   CRO Mateo Barać
5 DF   BRA Rodrigão
6 MF   RUS Artur Yusupov
7 FW   RUS Dmitry Vorobyov (on loan from Orenburg)
8 MF   BUL Ivelin Popov
9 FW   CRO Marko Dugandžić
10 FW   RUS Maksim Barsov
12 GK   RUS Nikolai Zabolotny
13 DF   RUS Sergei Terekhov
15 MF   RUS Ibragim Tsallagov
16 MF   ECU Christian Noboa
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   RUS Nikita Burmistrov
19 MF   CIV Victorien Angban
20 DF   RUS Igor Yurganov
22 MF   RUS Joãozinho
24 DF   ARG Emanuel Mammana (on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg)
27 DF   RUS Kirill Zaika
30 FW   COL Mateo Cassierra
34 DF   RUS Timofei Margasov
35 GK   RUS Soslan Dzhanayev (captain)
53 MF   RUS Daniil Pavlov
87 DF   RUS Danila Prokhin (on loan from Rostov)
90 DF   RUS Pavel Shakuro

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   RUS Sergey Samok (at SKA-Khabarovsk)
DF   SRB Ivan Miladinović (at Nizhny Novgorod)
DF   RUS Vadim Milyutin (at Dynamo Brest)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   RUS Anatoli Nemchenko (at Olimp-Dolgoprudny-2)
MF   RUS Yegor Prutsev (at Tekstilshchik Ivanovo)
MF   ARM Erik Vardanyan (at Pyunik)

Coaching staffEdit

HonoursEdit

Russian Football National League

Manager historyEdit

As of match played 22 July 2021
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Aleksandr Tochilin   Russia 20 November 2019[7] 56 22 16 18 78 59 039.29
Roman Berezovsky (Caretaker)   Armenia 20 November 2019[7] 8 December 2019[8] 2 0 2 0 2 2 000.00
Vladimir Fedotov   Russia 8 December 2019[8] 47 23 12 12 81 52 048.94

Notable playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "У "Динамо Спб" нет болельщиков, но клуб переезжает на 40-тысячную арену в Сочи". Archived from the original on 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2018-06-17.
  2. ^ «Динамо» СПб переедет в Сочи. Клуб ждет одобрение Ротенберга
  3. ^ «Динамо-СПб» готово к переезду в Сочи и ждет решения владельца
  4. ^ Очередной ФК «Сочи»: клуб Ротенберга займет стадион «Фишт» после ЧМ-2018
  5. ^ Это было динамично!
  6. ^ ""Tambov" and "Sochi" went to the Premier League!" (in Russian). Russian Football National League. 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Точилин уходит в отставку". pfcsochi.ru/ (in Russian). PFC Sochi. 20 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Владимир Федотов – новый тренер Сочи". pfcsochi.ru/ (in Russian). PFC Sochi. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Сыграем с "Кешлей" во втором отборочном раунде Лиги конференций УЕФА!". pfcsochi.ru/ (in Russian). PFC Sochi. 16 June 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  10. ^ https://www.yug-sport.ru

External linksEdit