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Rostov
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Full name Football Club Rostov
Nickname(s) RSM (RostSelMash), Selmashi
Founded 1930
Ground Olimp - 2, Rostov
(Capacity: 15.840)
general director Russia Oleg Lopatin
Manager Ukraine Oleh Protasov
League Russian Premier League
2009 14th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Rostov (Russian: Футбольный клуб "Ростов") is a Russian football club, from Rostov-on-Don, in the south of Russia.

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Club

Previous names
Traktor (1930-1953)
Torpedo (1953-1957)
Rostselmash (1957-2003)

Achievements
6-th place in Premier Division (1998)
Russian Cup Finalist (2003)
Intertoto Semifinalist (1999)

History of the club

The club was founded in May, 1930 and was known before 1953 as Traktor.

In 1950, the club started in RSFSR's championship where competed for three (3) consecutive seasons.

Republican championship

1950 Traktor started in championship of RSFSR in South zone of Azov-Don group. The first match it played on May 28, the last — on September 10. The club finished the season in 9th place (out of 10).

1951 The championship's format was changed. In the Russian championship 100 clubs had to play in eight zones, each of those were divided into two groups A and B. Traktor started in group B of one of those zones and by the end of the season was in first place of its group. The next year Traktor was to play in the group A, where the city favorite was, Dynamo from Rostov.

1952 Traktor placed the third in its group A behind Dynamo from Rostov and Krasnodar which gave the club pass to the USSR championship, classified as the master level (non-amateur).

Championships of USSR

1953 Club started as Traktor in Class B of USSR championship, (Soviet First League), but in June it has chnged to the new name - Torpedo. The first match was played on May 2 versus Dynamo from Alma-Ata. Torpedo obtained its first victory on the professional level - 2:1, Kruglov scored 2 goals.

1958 Club renamed to Rostselmash. The club played in Class B until 1964 when it placed first out of 16 teams in its zone. Then the Rostovians played in the Russian zone semi-finals of Class B, where they came in second and were advanced to the next round. In the next and final round they placed the first after playing an additional match for the first place against Terek Grozny to break a tie. Rostselmash won that match 2:0(!) (Yakovenko scored 2). Rostselmash advanced to the second group of Class A, (Soviet First League). The club advanced to the First League again due to reformation of the whole football structure that took place in 1963 and made the Class B the Soviet Second League.

1965 Rostselmash's first season under the new Class was unlucky. Rostovians finished last, the 32nd. Due to the fact that the number of teams in group had been increased Rostselmash stayed in the class A for the next season.

In 1966 some new players were introduced to the club. At the end of this season Rostselmash placed the 11th (out of 17).

1970-1974 During these years Rostselmash did not take part in the USSR championship and only played in the republican tournaments once again.

1975 After the break, Rostselmash returned to the USSR championship, which had changed its format once again in 1970. The club started in the third zone of the Soviet Second League (the third highest level). After the first half of the season Rostselmash was in the third place, but at the end of the championship it was in the eighth place.

1985 Since the middle of 70's Rostselmash's goal was to get into the Soviet First League. The club was ready to enter the league as it already had its own well-established stadium and sport school. The regional giant factory plant under the same name was sposoring the team. Besides the above mentioned, Rostselmash had its own long traditions well established, having in its ranks the European champion, Viktor Ponedelnik (master of the sport) played for Rostselmash. Numerous nationally well-known football players graduated from Rostselmash's sport school, among them Gennadi Matveyev, Aleksandr Shevchenko, Veniamin Iskra, Enver Yulgushov, Eduard Yakovenko, Andrian Zhila, Viktor Odintsov, and, in the generation before them, Aleksei Grigoryev, Aleksandr Kazakov, Nikolai Kireyev etc. However, during the next ten years Rostselmash failed to reach its main goal, with few years falling only one(!) point short of it.

During those years, Rostselmash was the leader in the third zone of the second league, but always came second. The secret is that it was one of the stronger zones in the second League having such clubs played in that zone as Rotor Volgograd, Spartak Ordzhonikidze (now Alaniya), Dynamo Stavropol. But, as a surprise, Rostselmash won the zone in 1985. That year the main leaders were Terek Grozny and Sokol Saratov. These teams had good players and they represented rich provinces with a good sponsorship. In the first half of the championship these teams were defeated at the hands of Rostselmash which played its away matches with them. Especially surprising result was in Grozny where Terek was unbeatable on its home turf. Rostselmash won that match 5-0(!).

Rostselmash has gained an excellent(!) momentum that year which they continued on for the whole season. They went for 26(!) straight games without a single loss. Only in the end of the season Rostselmash lost the match against Druzhba in Maykop.

However, the winning of the zone wasn't enough to get into the first league. The tournament of the zone's winners was ahead. The draw for the club was considered as the worst that one could imagine. The opponents were Tavriya from Simferopol - winner of the Ukrainian group, as the strongest one; Zvezda from Jizzakh which has already played in the first league for several seasons; the winner of the Middle-Asian zone, Sohibkor from Halkabad. Two clubs from Uzbekistan could stand shoulder to shoulder.

The key to success of winning this tournament was considered to be the first match of Rostovians versus Zvezda. Not only the result was surprising as Rostselmash had won that match 5:0, but also the club's game - the players were confident of themselves, in great shape and athleticism. The next step in the tournament was like the first. Rostselmash had won 5 matches of 6 and finally got to the first league.

Head coach of Rostselmash V. N. Sinau said at the conclusion of the season: "There were no problems as far as players shape and athleticism go. The players are professionals with good quallification. The most important thing was to let them forget about always being claimed as the runners-up. We [the coaching staff] repeated to them almost every day: Enough sight-seeing of the North Caucasus. It is time to fight against more serious clubs such as like Pamir & SKA, Karpati, Nistru & Daugava, Lokomotiv & CSKA".

Rostselmash played an attacking football. This tactic played a great role not only in home, but also in the away matches in spite of the opponent's defence.

The first league of USSR championship.

1986 The debut of Rostselmash in the first league was successful. The club has been preparing for this in the second league for 11 years, plus it retain its momentum from the previous one. Rostselmash also had some new players transferred from SKA Rostov-na-Donu, who had previously played in the premier league which helped as well.

Rostselmash was in the seventh place and scored 86 goals which was the most goals scored in the league. If the club scored three goals more, then it would have beaten the record set in 1979 by FC Karpaty Lviv. However, the next few seasons were like running in place. Then, some leading players have left the team and the head coach was replaced later in 1990.

1991

It was the best season of Rostselmash in USSR championship. The club was in the 4th place. At home Rostselmash knew no losses and conceded only 5 goals. Rostovians fought bravely for promotion until the very end of the season, but it became the last season of the USSR championship. The last club's goal in the Soviet period of its history was scored on November 5, 1991 by Aleksandr Usaty in Riga, Latvia where Rostselmash defeated Pardaugava 3-0. Three days later, on November 8, the club's last Soviet game was played in St. Petesburg, where Rostselmash, fielded its second team, lost 0-6 to Zenit.

Russian Championships

So, year 1992 The first Russian championship began on March 29, 1992. Rostselmash was included in group B together with such clubs as Spartak and Torpedo from Moscow. Those Moscow clubs had won silver and bronze medals of the last USSR championship, respectively. The other clubs included, but not limited to: Rotor from Volgograd, the winner of the first league; FC Asmaral Moscow which was managed then by Konstantin Beskov; Lokomotiv from Nizhny Novgorod against which always was hard to play. Most of the home matches were played at the SKA stadium. The club's own stadium at that time was being reconstructed, and matches could not have been held at it until autumn. Because of that, Rostselmash has played only the last four home games of the season at its home turf. Among the games played at SKA was the first match of the season played against Shinnik Yaroslavl. That game can be mentioned not only as the first game for Rostselmash, but also the first game of all Russian championships games that day as it kicked-off at 3 pm and the newly established League. The goal, which had been scored on the 27th minute of the match by Aleksandr Tikhonov, became the first Russian championships goal. Also, that match was the first which Rostselmash had won in the highest league - 2-0. It's worth to mention that the championship that year was played in two stages. The first stage was split into 2 groups of 8 teams with four the best from each group were separated into the champion contenders group and the less fortunate into the relegation group for the second stage. Rostselmash placed the eighth amongst the best, which it superseded only in 1998 and 1999.

1993 This season was the worst for Rostselmash in all of its Russian history. One of the reasons was that there had not been enough good players. During the first half of the season several players left the club - Klyuchnikov went to Finland, Balakhnin and Styopushkin went to Israel, Kovtun left for the Dynamo Moscow. The best forward Aleksandr Tikhonov was injured. It was impossible to find players who could replace them. But in the second half Andreyev, Parovin, and Tatarkin returned to help the club. For the first 11 games of the second half Rostselmash was on the same level as its opponents, but the most important matches were the two last games of the championship in Moscow against Spartak and Dynamo. Rostselmash did not take any points in those matches. At the final standings Rostselmash and Okean finished with the same number of points, but Rostov club had fewer wins. That meant that the next season Rostovians had to start in the first league.

1995

The Rostov club had to search for new players again. Nobody was afraid of the well-known players in the Premier league. The club obtained a new goalkeeper, who had played for the national team of Georgia, Akaki Devadze. Yulgushov also invited three new defenders, who had played in the Top league before. They were Golubkin from FC Lada Togliatti which played for Rostselmash earlier, Yeshchenko from Volgograd, and the FC Spartak Moscow player, Ananko, whom the club loaned from Moscow. Sergey Andreev, who had been the captain of Rostselmash changed his position for the head coach. The club placed the 14th among the 16 teams under the new and very young coach.

1996

Aleksei Gerasimenko, Gradilenko, Vladislav Prudius have transferred to the club this year. The season was rather lucky and Aleksandr Maslov became the best forward of the season.

1997

This season was the year of returning the new well-known players: Igor Khankeyev, Vladimir Savchenko, Mikhail Kupriyanov and Oleg Pestryakov has transferred to the club. But the club lost such players as Loskov, Devadze, Ageyev. During all of the season Rostselmash was in the middle of the league's table.
Also this year, Rostselmash has scored its 200th goal. The most beautiful match took place in Rostov-na-Donu against Spartak Moscow, which Rostselmash had lost 3:5. During the match the score had been 1:4, but it changed to 3:4 with only a single goal behind. But, at the last minute Spartak scored its 5th goal.

1998

This season was the best of all Russian championships for Rostselmash. By the end of it, the club had been 6th with plenty of new players on its main team: Sergei Kolotovkin, Anatoli Bezsmertny, Dmitri Kirichenko. Aleksei Gerasimenko has left Rostselmash for Dynamo Kiev. Nonetheless, for the first time in its history Rostselmash got the right to play in Euro Cups, the Intertoto Cup.

1999

This season will be remembered for the longest as Rostov-na-Donu was visited by Juventus from Turin, Italy. Rostselmash couldn't defeat that club, of corse, but the club had received great deal of admiration. During the next three months team played matches on every third day of the week. Everybody knew that such hectic schedule might be too stressful for the club as from the previous experiences in Intertoto Cup of Uralmash, Tekstilshik, and KamAZ that have been forced out of the highest division. But Rostselmash kept its seventh place at the end of the season allowing only the five other clubs from Moscow and Alania from Vladikavkaz to pass it. Also worth of mentioning that even such other clubs as Rotor Volgograd and Torpedo Moscow couldn't reach similar results after their European Crusades.

2000

With mere six wins, the club placed 12th in the League as Sergey Andreyev left the club. The result that brought much of regret. FC Rostselmash participated in UEFA Intertoto Cup for the second time, but failed to pass AJ Auxerre from France.

2001

The debut of Sergei Balakhnin wasn't lucky. Anatoly Baidachny, who came in his place, also didn't achieved much either. The silver lining for FC Rostselmash this season was Dmitri Kirichenko, who scored 13 goals. But Dmitri left for PSC CSKA after that.

2002

The season should have been interesting. The administration put the task to get the medals, but the first half has revealed that the team experiences a lot of problems. As FC Rostselmash got into financial and morale crisis. The governor of Rostov Oblast, Vladimir Chub, advised Ivan Savvidi to lead the club. After change of leaders the situation has improved. The club ceased to experience its financial problems as well. The Rostov club also got two new strong legionaries and Aleksandr Maslov has returned. Sergei Balakhnin was appointed as the head coach again. As the result 12th position for the first time in the last three seasons.

2003

In 2003 the club was renamed in the honour of its city as it reached its best achievement in history. In Russian Cup final they played on equal with the nine-times Russian champion Spartak Moscow. Rostov lost 0-1, but one week later they beat the Moscow team in championship game, 3-2, proving that they had the ability to win Cup. Nevertheless, on December 9, 2003 Balakhnin was sacked and Vitaliy Shevchenko took his place.

2004

The club started this season with series of bad results. Rostov lost 0-4 its starting championship match against Torpedo at home. This match was followed by other series of games without a single win. As a result, when on April 14, 2004 Rostov lost 0-3 in the Russian Cup to Torpedo-Metallurg, Shevchenko has resigned. Two days later club chairman, Ivan Savvidi, again appointed Balakhnin as the head coach. The Rostovians have occupied the 12th places showing a bad game, what a pity. All were not as complacent as the president of the club. On December 30, 2004 Sergei Balakhnin was sacked immediately and replaced by Gennadi Styopushkin, a former Rostselmash defender.

2005

Once again, the club's start in the championship was very poor. In the first 5 games, FC Rostov got only one point. On April 18, 2005 the club's official website stated that Styopushkin was ill and would be temporarily replaced with Paul Ashworth, the sport director of the club. In July 2005 Ashworth has moved to coach Skonto Riga and was replaced by Valeri Petrakov who coached FC Moscow before that. In the first four games under Petrakov Rostov also took only one point, and he was fired to be replaced by Sergei Balakhnin, who regained his fourth stint as the head coach of the club. Some days later, Ivan Savvidi also resigned as the president.
In the middle of the season it seemed that nothing could save FC Rostov from relegation, but after these changes the club's performance improved dramatically. The club signed some good players, who, especially striker Maksim Buznikin, helped the club to get 19 points in 11 games and stay away from relegation. Buznikin, who scored 8 goals in 10 games, was voted player of the year by Rostov supporters.

2007

This season was a disaster for the club. With only 2 wins, the club was at the bottom, 16th place, throughout most of the season and was relegated from the Premier League.

2008

According to the official website, the season's goal is to return to the Premier League. Mikhail Osinov promised to put all his efforts to accomplish that task as he put into words: "it is much more pleasurable to play in the Premier Division than in the First Division". The club has won the First League and advanced back to the Premiers.

2009

As of middle of June, FC Rostov is at the 8th place in the Russian Premier League with 18 points. During the first 12 games of the season, following Russian Premier League's powerhouses were defeated by Rostov: CSKA (away), Zenit and Rubin (away). It should be mentioned that all these 3 clubs were Russian soccer league champions previously; also CSKA and Zenit are UEFA cup winners of 2005 and 2008 respectively - the only Russian teams achieved this goal. All these makes Rostov wins over mentioned clubs even more impressive, especially considering that the FC Rostov just returned to the Premier League this year.

Second part of the season was not as successful as the first one. Until the last game of the season it was not clear if the Rostov will be a part of the Russian Premier League next year. But in the last game against Amkar Perm, Rostov was able to gain one point, which allowed the team to stay in the Premier League for at least one more year.

League results

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Russia Russia

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer (League) Head Coach
1992 1st 8 26 8 7 11 22 28 23 Russia Tikhonov - 7 Russia Yulgushov
1993 1st 17 34 8 12 14 35 52 28 R16 RussiaGeorgia (country) Spanderashvili - 8 Russia Yulgushov
1994 2nd 2 42 27 8 7 92 44 62 R16 Russia Maslov - 32 Russia Yulgushov
1995 1st 14 30 8 4 18 35 56 28 R32 Russia Maslov - 18 Russia Yulgushov / RussiaUkraine Andreev
1996 1st 11 34 11 8 15 58 60 41 R32 Russia Maslov - 23 RussiaUkraine Andreev
1997 1st 13 34 9 14 11 34 38 41 R16 Russia Gerasimenko - 8 RussiaUkraine Andreev
1998 1st 6 30 11 11 8 42 38 44 R32 Russia Matveev - 14 RussiaUkraine Andreev
1999 1st 7 30 11 8 11 32 37 41 QF UIC SF Ukraine Pestryakov - 7 RussiaUkraine Andreev
2000 1st 12 30 6 14 10 24 27 32 R32 UIC 3R Russia Kirichenko - 14 RussiaUkraine Andreev
2001 1st 12 30 8 8 14 29 43 32 R32 Russia Kirichenko - 13 Russia Balakhnin / Russia Baidachny
2002 1st 11 30 7 10 13 29 49 31 R32 Ghana Baba Adamu - 5 Russia Baidachny / Russia Balakhnin
2003 1st 11 30 8 10 12 30 42 34 RU Russia Osinov - 7 Russia Balakhnin
2004 1st 12 30 7 8 15 28 42 29 QF Uruguay Perez - 5 Russia Shevchenko / Russia Balakhnin
2005 1st 13 30 8 7 15 26 41 31 R16 Russia Buznikin - 8 Russia Stepushkin / Russia Petrakov
2006 1st 12 30 10 6 14 42 48 36 R32 Russia Osinov - 12 Russia Balakhnin
2007 1st 16 20 2 12 16 18 44 18 QF Russia Osinov / Malawi Kanyenda - 4 Russia Dolmatov
2008 2nd 1 42 29 9 4 78 29 96 R16 Russia Osinov - 16 Russia Dolmatov
2009 1st 14 30 7 11 12 28 39 32 R64 Russia Akimov / Bosnia and Herzegovina Ahmetovic - 6 Russia Dolmatov
2010 1st - - - - - - - - R32

Current squad

As of 12 March 2010, according to the Official Russian Premier League 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
1 Belarus GK Anton Amelchenko
2 Belarus MF Timofei Kalachev
3 Serbia DF Dušan Anđelković
4 Nigeria DF Isaac Okoronkwo
5 Russia DF Aleksandr Cherkes
6 Czech Republic DF Roman Lengyel
7 Belarus MF Aliaksandr Kulchiy
8 Russia DF Gia Grigalava
9 Russia FW Roman Adamov (on loan from Rubin)
10 Russia FW Dmitri Akimov
11 Russia MF Igor Lebedenko
14 Russia DF Anri Khagush (on loan from Rubin)
15 Russia FW Aleksei Sugak
17 Russia DF Sergei Shustikov
No. Position Player
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Mersudin Ahmetović
20 Russia MF Artur Valikayev
21 North Korea FW Hong Yong-Jo
22 Serbia GK Dejan Radić
24 Romania DF Sorin Ghionea
25 Russia MF Aleksandr Pavlenko (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
26 Serbia DF Ivan Živanović
27 Russia GK Maksim Kabanov
34 Ukraine DF Andrei Proshin
77 Moldova MF Stanislav Ivanov (on loan from Lokomotiv)
81 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dragan Blatnjak
84 Moldova MF Alexandru Gaţcan
87 Russia FW Yevgeni Lutsenko


The following players are listed on the official club's website as reserves and are registered with the Premier League. They are eligible to play for the main squad.

Reserve 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
16 Russia GK Vladimir Zabuga
28 Russia FW Artyom Serdyuk
31 Russia GK Aleksandr Solovyov
33 Russia DF Sergei Tumasyan
35 Russia DF Vasili Mironik
36 Russia DF Igor Gubanov
37 Russia DF Oleg Leshchikov
38 Russia DF Anri Khagba
39 Russia MF Mirzaga Guseinpur
40 Russia MF Igor Ponomaryov
41 Russia MF Khoren Bayramyan
No. Position Player
42 Russia FW Anton Kabanov
43 Russia FW Kirill Zaika
44 Russia FW Magomed Kurbanov
45 Russia MF Oleg Solonukha
46 Russia FW Konstantin Yavorskiy
47 Russia DF Vladimir Shamara
48 Russia DF Aleksandr Mitkin
49 Russia MF Nikita Vasilyev
50 Russia MF Irakli Khokhba
51 Russia DF Stanislav Engovatov
52 Russia DF Andrei Semenchuk

Rostov's reserve squad played professionally as FC Rostselmash-d Rostov-on-Don (Russian Second League in 1992-1993, Russian Third League in 1996-1997) and FC Rostselmash-2 Rostov-on-Don (Russian Second Division in 1998-2000).

Notable players

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

USSR/Russia
Former USSR countries
Europe
South and Central America
Africa
Asia

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