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Full name Football Club
Kuban Krasnodar
Nickname(s) Kazaki (Cossacks), Zhelto-zeleniye (Yellow-Greens), Zhaby (Toads)
Founded 1928
Ground Kuban Stadium,
(Capacity: 32,000)
Chairman Flag of Russia.svg Aleksander Tkachyov
Manager Romania Dan Petrescu
League Russian First League
2009 Russian Premier League 15th (Relegated)
Home colours
Away colours

FC Kuban (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Кубань" Краснодар) is a Russian football club based in Krasnodar. In 2009 they were relegated to the Russian First Division. Kuban have previously spent four seasons in the Russian Premier League and three seasons in the Soviet Top League.

FC Kuban is one of the oldest soccer clubs in Russia, leading its history since the founding team Dynamo in Krasnodar NKVD, then repeatedly changing institutional affiliation because of political expediency in the USSR.

All members of the club and the fans are called kubantsy (on the name of the club and historical and geographic area Kuban), or yellow-green (according to the official club colours).

Also among a large part of the fans club popular name Cossacks. In addition, there are several informal names associated with the club colours: The Canaries (by analogy with the similar colors of French FC Nantes and English Norwich City F.C.) and The Toads (used mainly foes Club as well as part of kuban ultras).


Chronology of club names

  • 1928—1953 Dynamo
  • 1954—1957 Neftyanik
  • 1958—1960 Kuban
  • 1960—1962 Spartak
  • 1963— Kuban




At the Kuban football appeared in the early twentieth century, when they were seized members of various sports clubs in Ekaterinodar. At first matches were held exclusively within the clubs, competition on an equal footing with other sports, but gradually new game motivate more people, therefore, have been held and occasional friendly meeting between the clubs in different cities. The first intercity match was played in Ekaterinodar on 6 August (on other data on 9 August) 1912 when the local club Achilles (on other data Ekaterinodar city-team based on players of club Achilles) won over novorossiysk Olympia with a score 5:0. Since 1913 was already conducted a full city championship, matches between city teams ( Achilles, Sport, Victoria, etc.) have become regular.


FC Kuban maintains its history with 1928, since the organization in Krasnodar NKVD team Dynamo. According to some reports, the team has been organized a year earlier, in 1927, but documentary evidence of this version does not, therefore, accepted the countdown to the year with the official team organization, as there are relevant documents in the archives.

Dynamo in 1928-1953

Before begun a full-fledged, mass championships, was very popular Dynamo's friendly matches against the best teams from Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and neighbours from the cities of the North Caucasus. In addition to these matches, held in the city matches and friendlies various tournaments, such as lottery Friendship Cup, which was attended by various sports clubs and team of Krasnodar military garrison. According to store data, meeting this tournament started quite original: on the game board the plane falling, and dumped him with football.

In 1931, Dynamo got its own stadium, which was built in the center of Krasnodar, the stadium there to this day, as the oldest preserved city sports facilities. In the same year, Dynamo was awarded the sports people of Northern Caucasus.

In 1935, Dynamo, as the Krasnodar team, participated in the USSR Championship, then held among prefabricated cities. At the group stage in Pyatigorsk team held a 3 games in 5 days: June 26, has played a 2:2 draw with the team Yerevan, June 28 Makhachkala team won with a score 1:0, but lost the June 30 masters field - football players Pyatigorsk with a score 1:2, and eventually won the only 3rd seat in Group.

In 1948 Dynamo took part in the championship RSFSR, beginning with preliminary games in the North Caucasus area, where his opponents were teams Stavropol, Rostov-on-Don, Grozny, Stalingrad, Nalchik, Makhachkala, as well as another Krasnodar team named Lightning. Without losing a single match, Dynamo was awarded the zonal tournament. Games final tournament championship RSFSR began on October 3 in Dynamo stadium, which hosts confidently reached the finals without a single defeat. And on October 17, 1948 in the final match Dynamo beat a team of Molotov with a score of 4:0 and became the first time in the history the RSFSR champions. The team was awarded the prize rolling the first degree and a diploma of All-Russian Committee for Physical Culture and Sports under the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR, in addition, all team members received a tape of Champions republic, diplomas, breast tokens and valuable gifts.

Neftyanik in 1954-1957

In 1953, club Dynamo has changed institutional affiliation, it has been in charge Society Neftyanik, and that it was entrusted to represent the city in the football league Class B, when it received the Krasnodar place in 1954. In the first round of the year championship team played well but failed in the second, eventually taking only 10 place.

In the 1955 season, Neftyanik won 5 place. According to many, the team then simply not lucky, and have very successful with, Neftyanik is already able to reach out to class A, because many of his players this season in the future were different teams in the Soviet Top League.

In 1956, Neftyanik won 4 place, having a very good selection of players, many of which three years were able to raise in the league, however, already composed of Rostov-on-Don FC SKVO, which, through departmental affiliation, had the opportunity to select their composition best players from all over the North Caucasus as well and enjoyed.

In the 1957 season, the team again won 4 place, but, as fans thought, it changed because it has experience and increased quality of the game, in those days, Neftyanik was strong and intransigent opponent for almost any team.

Kuban in 1958-1960

In 1958, the team changed institutional affiliation, she moved to the established in the same year society Trud, resulting in a changed name and became known as Kuban. During almost the entire season, Kuban was the leading group in the championship, with 8 players lost the core of which have been called in the army and therefore acted in the composition of Rostov-on-Don FC SKVO.

In the 1959 season, Kuban basically retain membership, but in the ability to win the championship, few believed in the team was going full speed the process of change of generations, eventually managed to take only 5 place.

Spartak in 1960-1962

In the second part of 1960 championship team moved in society Spartak and therefore was renamed respectively. Following the season the team won 3-rd place that has given the fans some hope.

In 1961, Spartak made very badly, taking only 8 place. According to fans, the main reasons for this lay in the work of weak coaching staff, primarily in terms of psychological team.

After first round championship in 1962 Spartak was in 6 place, badly playing with virtually all leaders. In the interim between circles in the team changes, the new manager was a master of sports of the USSR Gorokhov Vladimir. The second circle championship Spartak played without lesions, which in the end and won the zonal tournament. Final tournament five best clubs in Krasnodar RSFSR passed, it Spartak held a 4 matches, won 3 of victory: over Voronezh Trud (with a score 1:0), army Novosibirsk (2:0) and Yaroslavl Shinnik (2:0), and only once playing a draw, in the third match of the tournament with the Sverdlovsk Uralmash (2:2). As a result, Spartak won the first place in the final tournament winners zones RSFSR, receive the title of champion of the RSFSR and won the right to play in the elite Soviet Top League. However, neither with, nor the last, a "reorganization" of the USSR, with the result that, against all principles of sport, Spartak was not allowed in the Soviet Top League.

Kuban in 1963-1979

In 1963, the club changed its name again, and now finally became known as Kuban, although departmental affiliation remains the same. This season Kuban unevenly acted, in the view of fans, the problems were primarily psychological in nature, said that the team, in an honest fight won the right to play in the Soviet Top League, there has not been admitted, in the end this year, Kuban won only 10 place in the 2 group of Class A.

In the following seasons 1964 and 1965, Kuban ranked 15 and 25 places respectively, but then issued three good seasons: 1966, 1967 and 1969, followed by a team ranked 3-rd place, what does not, however, enough to improve in the league.

In the season of 1970, Kuban made very badly and slope in 2 league. In 1971, the team changed ownership.

In the 1973 season, Kuban won 3-rd place in the final tournament, which returned to the 1 league. In addition, the team succeeded in 3 time in club history to win the Championship of RSFSR.

The next 2 years Kuban struggled for survival in the 1 league until, finally, in 1976, still not left her.

In 1977, Kuban returned to 1 league.

The season started well in 1978, but finished only at 6 place that, nevertheless, was not a bad result for the team, having withdrawn from 2-th league.

1979 season had been successful, Kuban from the very beginning of the season game reaffirmed its serious intentions, and finally, for the Tour Championship until the end, provided a 2 place, let's right to play for next year in the Soviet Top League, This can only hinder any neigrovye circumstances (as has already been in 1962), but this time no "reorganizations" did not happen, and earned his increase in the class received.

Kuban in 1980-1991

In 1980, Kuban first played in the Soviet Top League, before the start of the season was reconstructed Kuban Stadium, its capacity has been significantly increased. The first home game was held on April 7 with the Lokomotiv Moscow (0:0), and the first ball in the Soviet Top League Kuban was able to score in the next game on April 12 against Dynamo Tbilisi (2:2). Following the season, Kuban won the prize "Together with the team", because the Kuban Stadium in all the games was filled to capacity, while the matches with the leaders of visitors was more than 50 thousand, while that with the design for the stadium a number of people is targeted not been.

In the season of 1981, Kuban won 13 place, which was the highest achievement club in Soviet history.

Season 1982, Kuban good beginning, after the first round took 6 place, however, by the end of the season took off from the Soviet Top League. According to many fans, contemporaries of the events, the main cause of failure in the season was that the final departure from cases still alive Leonid Brezhnev, as a result of confrontation and the struggle for power at the top of the CPSU, in the summer of 1982 was removed from office "Chief fan" of Kuban - the first secretary of Krasnodar kraikom CPSU, "Brezhnev's favorite" Sergey Medunov that immediately affected the respect of football officials to his beloved brainchild - soccer team Kuban, which successfully conducted the first circle, "unexpectedly" and "unclear reasons" simply collapsed in the second round. The only positive point in this season proved just what in this year was organized the oldest fan-firm of Kuban "Green Mile".

In 1983, Kuban very unevenly acted, not bad playing with the leaders, losing a lot of points with the rest of the teams, even at its field that has affected both spectator interest, and at the final position in the table, where Kuban on the basis of season took only 8 place.

In the 1984 season, Kuban took 4 place, even though in September to maintain the chances of 2, right, let's go back to the Soviet Top League, but in the last game lose. Nevertheless, compared to last season, has been clear progress is noticeable that adjusts the fans and professionals at the giant optimistic. But the optimism was not warranted, in 1985, the championship team won only 18 final place that none however, helped to keep the first league. In 1986 became collapse, Kuban played very poorly, even in home matches, the result was 20 place.

In the next 1987, Kuban was able to return to the outcome of the season in 1 league, and later, in November, participated in the final tournament championship RSFSR and became the 4-th time champion, which is a record for Russian non-capital clubs.

Over the next 4 seasons: 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991 Kuban took 19 place three times, and in the last USSR championship Kuban won the penultimate altogether 21 place in the first league.

Kuban in 1992-1999

In 1992, owing to the disintegration of the USSR and the consequent collapse of the Soviet championship, Kuban appeared in the Russian Premier League. Season for Kuban was a very badly, somewhere to assign the team objectively, as a weaker rivals frankly, somewhere, rivals helped judge (that in those times of economic crisis and general lawlessness were almost in order of things), somewhere just not lucky, the same team, most players were young football players aged 20 to 22 years. As a result, Kuban was absolutely not ready for the championship and naturally left the High League.

In the season of 1993 to the timetable of only 8 teams from 22 stayed in 1 league the following year, Kuban in their numbers to the outcome of the season did not hit. In the early season team led by new head coach - the master of sports of international class Leonid Nazarenko. Until mid-May, Kuban belonged to the group leaders, but then followed the series of defeats and the team was in the 2-nd dozen tables tournament, and finally completed the season at 15 place.

Before the championship in 1994 before the team was to return to 1 league. The season started well, after the first round Kuban ranked 2. However, in the second round the team is not thinking of them to work out, and Kuban has taken on the basis of only 6 place, the primary cause of its failure this season were intrigues against teams of a number of functionaries boundary Football Federation.

In 1995, Kuban managed to return to 1 league, despite the unfortunate start and problems during the season, however, for 2 matches before the end of the championship, defeating in the last home match Anzhi (3:0), Kuban prematurely took 2 place in the zone West in 1-th league.

In the season of 1996 Kuban played an unstable, playing not bad at the exit, however, a lot of points lost at home, while in mid-season team was even close to the leading group. As a result, Kuban still won only 10 place, that it was generally a good result for a "returnee" from 2 league.

1997 for Kuban proved unsuccessful, the team won only 16 place, which nevertheless allowed it to remain in the 1league.

The season in 1998 proved disastrous for just Kuban, following the denial of the territorial administration finance team, club was on the verge of collapse, in recent matches players Kuban just frankly "serving room" on the field. In the end, after the departure of 1 league in end of 1998 in the club from the whole of the administrative and playing left only one person - the 3-rd team goalkeeper. Survivors Kuban solely because of one single man - Ivan Panenko, general director of OAO Rosneft-Krasnodarneftegaz, which became the new president of the club and over the next 2 years, and spare no funds of its own, managed to lay a solid foundation for a brighter future team.

Since 1999, began the revival of Kuban, was appointed head coach Soferbi Yeshugov, consisting were recruited mainly just their local players. From the outset of the season Kuban was unqualified leader, significantly ahead of chief rival - SKA Rostov. However, whereas in the 2 Division acted system matches between the winners of the transitional zones in them "uban has not been able to beat the then strong and forward-looking FC Lada Togliatti, giving it in Togliatti (1:2), in response match at home Kuban was able to achieve only a draw (1:1). Thus, losing on the amount of 2 matches, Kuban has not been able to return to 1 division this year.

Kuban in the XXI Century

Season 2000, Kuban held successfully in the first round the team has issued a series of 14 matches without defeat and steadily took 1 place, but because of the conflict in the leadership of the club in the summer there was a change coach, which, however, has not prevented Kuban take 1 place in the zone South and win on the 2 meetings in the transitional matches FC Lighting in Saransk Kuban won (1:0), and in response, the match was fixed a draw (0:0) . At the end of the year to prepare the team for the season in 1 Division metres was entrusted Irhin Alexandr, who was appointed head coach of Kuban.

In early 2001, has been a change in leadership of Kuban, club management has moved to the administration of Krasnodar krai, and its new president became a province Governor Alexander Tkachev, who put out the task in the Russian Premier League, which for the post of head coach was invited by the famous coach Oleg Dolmatov. Under his leadership team held a very confident before the end of the season and struggled for access to the Premier League, but this year, Kuban still has not been able to go there, taking in 1 Division metres only 3-rd place, but that was excellent result for "returnee" from 2 division.

Season 2002, Kuban failed because the team inside overdue conflict between the coach and several players who from the outset of the season became a "discharge" matches, which resulted in a change of coach, after which the team tune up, was able to rise to the group leaders, but access to the Russian Premier League has no claim on the basis of the season and won only 4 place.

Despite the initial absence in 2003, the task exit in the Russian Premier League team, nevertheless, effort and therefore the start of the season very confident. After the first round Kuban was at 1 site, therefore, the leadership of the club has the task of accessing the Russian Premier League on the basis of already this season. However, the beginning of the second circle proved unsuccessful, the team suffered a series of defeats that have led to changes in the leadership of the club, after which Kuban issued a series of winning 11 consecutive matches (which at that time was a record for 1 Division) and was able to eventually take 2 place, let us return to the right Russian Premier League.

Championship in 2004 proved unsuccessful. Because of the low-skilled head coach, had failed start the season, and subsequent changes in the coaching of the team fundamentally affect the situation were not able to. As a result, Kuban, taking 15 place, left the Russian Premier League. The only bright point of the season was a home victory over the Lokomotiv Moscow (2:1), which this year became the champion in the Russian Premier League.

In 2005, a team headed for the first time in club history, a foreign coach Jozef Chovanec. The season started well, and the first circle Kuban completed by 1 place. However, after several glasses of losses in the early second round situation has worsened, and by the end of the season, because of the refusal of travel to Nalchik (which at that time still fighting federal forces continued attacking the city from terrorists), the team was credited forfeiture (0:3). As a result, Kuban took only 5 place. The only positive development can be described only that this season the team finished with the best indicator in the league missed on the ball (only 25 goals in 42 matches), which is the same and the club record.

Season 2006, Kuban conducted under the leadership of Pavel Yakovenko. During the season the team showed literacy meaningful and effective game, thus leading throughout the championship, taking up 1 place in the table until the last round. However, tolerate defeat were the primary cause of it was an "errors" of referee in the latest round against Khimki (0:2), Kuban took only 2 place, which nevertheless allowed it to go in the Russian Premier League.

Championship in 2007 began badly for the first 5 rounds of the team was unable to win any victories, with the result that was dismissed Pavel Yakovenko, whose head coach instead of Kuban was appointed Leonid Nazarenko. In 2 circle, after a series of setbacks, Leonid Nazarenko resigned from the post of head coach "for family reasons" (official version), nevertheless, remains on the structure of the club and coaching the team headquarters. New head coach became Soferbi Yeshugov, but he was soon dismissed, but the team was headed by Leonid Nazarenko again. But all these changes have not yielded a positive result, Kuban won the penultimate season on the basis of 15 place, thus radius of 1 Division.

The only positive point in the season was that duplicates the composition of Kuban managed to take 3 place in the duplicates tournament.

On December 8, 2007, near the Kuban Stadium, the first time in club history was a rally in support of the team, which has given rise to leaked from various sources rumors about the possibility of loss professional status for financial reasons.

In 2008, Kuban executed 80 years. In the winter occurred in the regular reshuffling of the senior club, consisting almost entirely renewed, but the team was preparing for the season-known specialist Aleksandr Tarkhanov, however, after the first 2 rounds, in which Kuban absolutely unnecessary suffered a defeat, he decided to resign "for health reasons" (official version), and his place as head coach the club won no less well-known coach Sergey Pavlov. Despite some pity lost in the beginning of the season, however, the first circle Kuban won 3 place behind from second only 1 point. Kuban promoted to Russian Premier League as 2nd behind of FC Rostov in 2008 but relegated again to First Division as 15th after 3-0 losing home match against Rubin Kazan, who won championship twice.


Kuban has always been a lot of fans who match favorite team paid more attention, even in 1980, the club received the prize "Together with the team" and in 2007 the Kuban Stadium became the most popular in Russia. Fan movement Kuban arose in 1982, when on August 3 established the first firm "Green Mile", representatives of which carried 23 October the same year it was the first fan departure for the club in Donetsk. Since that time fan movement Kuban gradually gathered steam, a bit difficult to suspend in 1990 for the entire country, but at the end of XX century has begun to develop with renewed vigour, new factions have begun to emerge, the quality of performance at the stadium has been increased, more and more people travel "site visits". This trend continued in the XXI century: in 2002, was the most massive fan "exit" - 2000 people - to "Chernomorets", and in 2007 was "sample" the most distant Russia's "exit" - Vladivostok.

In 2008, Kuban was the most popular club of 1 division.


  • RSFSR Championship: 4
    • Winners: 1948, 1962, 1973, 1987

League results

Soviet Union


Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer
Head Coach
1992 1st 18 30 4 9 17 24 53 17 - AzerbaijanRussia Lemish - 5 Russia Marushkin
Russia I.V.Kaleshin
1993 2nd, "West" 15 42 15 8 19 62 84 38 R64 Russia Gomleshko - 19 Russia Nazarenko
1994 3rd, "West" 6 40 23 6 11 83 44 52 R256 Russia Gerasimenko - 16 Russia Nazarenko
1995 2 42 27 6 9 107 61 87 R128 Russia Gerasimenko - 30 Russia F.Novikov
Russia Brazhnikov
1996 2nd 10 42 15 14 13 65 60 59 R32 Russia Shushlyakov - 15 Russia Brazhnikov
1997 16 42 16 9 17 63 66 57 R512 Russia Shushlyakov - 15 Russia Brazhnikov
1998 20 42 10 13 19 42 68 43 R16 Russia Suanov - 6 Russia Sinau
1999 3rd, "South" 1 36 29 4 3 80 13 91 R128 Russia Gabiskeria - 18 Russia Yeshugov
2000 1 38 32 3 3 95 13 99 R128 Russia Tsatskin - 14 Russia Yeshugov
Russia Tsherbachenko
2001 2nd 3 34 16 12 6 56 29 60 R16 Russia Teryokhin - 15 Russia Dolmatov
2002 4 34 15 9 10 44 30 54 R16 Russia Ermak - 5
Russia Kiselyov - 5
Russia Dolmatov
Russia V.Komarov
2003 2 42 27 5 10 75 38 86 R32 Cameroon Biang - 13 Russia Lagoida
Russia Yuzhanin
2004 1st 15 30 6 10 14 26 42 28 R16 Russia Kantonistov - 8 Russia Yuzhanin
Russia Yeshugov
Russia Nazarenko
2005 2nd 5 42 23 12 7 55 25 81 R16 Russia Kantonistov - 11 Czech Republic Chovanec
2006 2 42 30 7 5 92 25 97 R32 ArmeniaRussia Zebelyan - 23 Ukraine Yakovenko
2007 1st 15 30 7 11 12 27 38 32 R32 Russia O.Ivanov - 4
Russia Kuzmichyov - 4
Latvia Laizāns - 4
Russia Yeshugov
2008 2nd 2 42 27 6 9 84 36 87 R16 Russia Zubko - 18 Ukraine Protasov
2009 1st 15 30 6 10 14 23 51 28 R32 Mali D.Traoré - 8 Russia S.I.Ovchinnikov
ArmeniaRussia Galstyan
2010 2nd TBD R32 TBD Romania Petrescu

Current squad

As of March, 2010 according to the Russian Premier League official website.

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

No. Position Player
3 Russia DF Viktor Dmitrenko
8 Russia MF Artur Tlisov
13 Serbia DF Sreten Sretenović
15 Belarus MF Maksim Zhavnerchik
18 Russia MF Azat Bairyyev
20 Ukraine MF Dmitri Gorbushin
25 Russia MF Andrei Ushenin
30 Nigeria MF Haruna Babangida
43 Russia DF Roman Bugayev
85 Russia GK Bogdan Karyukin
-- Russia GK Aleksandr Budakov
-- Moldova GK Stanislav Namaşco
No. Position Player
-- Moldova DF Igor Armaş
-- Moldova DF Victor Golovatenco
-- Russia DF Anton Grigoryev (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
-- Russia DF Anton Lunin
-- Russia DF Oleg Malyukov
-- Moldova DF Ghenadie Olexici
-- Belarus MF Mikhail Afanasyev
-- Russia MF Vladislav Kulik
-- Romania FW Gheorghe Bucur
-- Russia FW Rustem Kalimullin
-- Montenegro FW Nikola Nikezić
-- Russia FW Nikolai Zhilyayev

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player

Reserve squad

The following players are registered with the Russian Football Premier league as reserves and are eligible to play for the main squad.

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

No. Position Player
33 Russia DF Irakli Kvekveskiri
40 Russia MF Aleksandr Karibov
41 Russia GK Yevgeni Puzin
42 Russia DF Pavel Minenko
44 Russia FW Anton Kabanov
45 Russia FW Sergei Voronov
50 Russia MF Bunyamudin Mustafayev
55 Russia DF Sergei Pominov
60 Russia MF Artyom Dolzhenko
63 Russia MF Aleksandr Avanesyan
66 Russia MF Yevgeni Kurdus
No. Position Player
69 Russia DF Sergei Gorelov
70 Russia GK Aleksei Chuyev
72 Russia DF Maksim Kovalchuk
75 Russia MF Dmitri Miroshnichenko
77 Russia GK Vyacheslav Marikoda
89 Russia MF Vladislav Dubrov
90 Russia MF Anton Vinnikov
91 Russia DF Vitali Shakhov
92 Russia MF Ruslan Slinko
93 Russia FW Andrei Arefyev
94 Russia FW Renat Baratov

Kuban's reserve squad played professionally as FC Kuban-d Krasnodar in the Russian Third League in 1996 and 1997.

Notable players

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

Former USSR countries
North America


  • In its history, in cup tournaments Kuban has never reached beyond 1/8 finals, in either the USSR Cup, or in the Cup of Russia. Despite the fact that opponents in these 1/8 finals were quite lowly, sometimes even more than a league below and Kuban were drawn at home, however, they have so far always failed. For Kuban fans, the 1/8 finals of the Cup are known as "Hoodoo".
  • The Russian history of Kuban is marked by constant coaching changes. In over 17 seasons from 1992 to the present (as of October 1, 2008) the first team has changed its coach 25 times, and the post in the Russian period in the history of the club, it has had 20 different trainers, while none had served as head coach for even two full seasons, and only 5 of them were able to last one full season.
  • Until 2005, when a team had a Czech coach, Jozef Chovanec, never in the history of the club had the head been foreign.
  • Alexander Irhin is the only head coach of Kuban, under whom the team did not play any official matches.
  • Vladimir Gabulov in 2007 became the national first team goalie, who played in starting the main Russia national football team, while playing for Kuban.
  • The young goalkeeper Eugene Pomazan, won a 2006 Youth European Championship medal with Russia, becoming the first in Kuban to be a European champion.
  • At that time the captain was Bulgarian defender Ivaylo Petkov, who in the game №3 in 2008 in the Russian First Division against FC Sportakademklub Moscow (3:0) was the scorer of the 1000th goal for Kuban, scoring the goal at their rival club.


  • Kuban fire Ovchinnikov [1] (English)

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Full nameFootball Club
Kuban Krasnodar
Nickname(s)Kazaki (Cossacks), yellow-green
GroundKuban Stadium,
(Capacity 32,000)
ChairmanAleksander Tkachyov
ManagerSergey Pavlov
LeagueRussian First Division,
2007Russian Premier League 15th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Kuban (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Кубань" Краснодар) is a Russian football club based in Krasnodar. In 2006 they won promotion to the Russian Premier League. Kuban have previously spent two seasons in Russian Premier League and three seasons in Soviet Top League.



The club was founded as Dynamo in 1928, but was named Neftyanik in 1954, Kuban in 1958, and Spartak in 1960. In 1963 the club was renamed Kuban and has been known by this name ever since.

Kuban and their predecessors mainly played at the lower levels of Soviet football, winning the RSFSR championship four times. Kuban played in the Soviet Top League in 1980-1982, achieving their best result (13th position) in 1981.

In 1992, due to the dissolution of the USSR, Kuban were entitled to play at the top level instead of being relegated to the Second League. They finished 18th out of 20 teams and were relegated. After spending several seasons in First and Second divisions, they won promotion back to the Premier League for 2004, but were again relegated straight away. This happened again in 2006 when they won promotion for the 2006-2007 season and then finished second to bottom.



No. Position Player
1 GK Aleksandr Filimonov
77 GK Stanislav Kozyrev
6 DF Ivaylo Petkov
17 DF Andrey Ushenin
22 DF Aslan Zaseev
91 DF Viktor Dmitrienko
8 MF Artur Tlisov
33 MF Bratislav Ristić
7 MF Sergey Kuznetsov
20 MF Dmitry Gorbushin
74 FW Denis Zubko
No. Position Player
35 GK Igor Kot
23 DF Georgy Dzhioev
18 DF Roman Lengiel
27 DF Elbrus Zuraev
25 DF Vitaly Chochiev
4 MF Azat Bayryev
11 MF Alan Kasaev
9 MF Oleg Trifonov
26 MF Maxim Semakin
10 MF Andrey Topchu
99 FW Ilya Dolmatov
5 FW Sergey Vinogradov

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