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Full name Football Club Zhemchuzhina-Sochi
Founded 1991, 2007 (refounded)
Dissolved 2003
Ground Sochi Central Stadium
(Capacity: 12 500)
President Dmitri Yakushev
Manager Oleg Vasilenko
League Russian First Division
2009 Russian Second Division South Zone, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi is a Russian football club based in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai.

The club was bankrupted in 2003. One of its successor Sochi-04 was formed in 2004, and another successor Zhemchuzhina-A was formed in 2007.



Zhemchuzhina Sochi was founded in 1991 and named after a hotel which was one of the founders. Zhemchuzhina is Russian for "a pearl". Zhemchuzhina spent one season in the Soviet Second League, but were entitled to enter Russian First Division in 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Zhemchuzhina won the tournament in their zone and were promoted to the Russian Top Division. They spent 7 seasons there, from 1993 to 1999. After another season in the First Division in 2000 Zhemchuzhina went straight down to the Second Division. The club was disbanded after the 2003 season due to financial problems.

In 2004 a new club, Sochi-04, was formed in place of Zhemchuzhina. The former head of Zhemchuzhina, Oleg Shinkaryov, is now a chairman of Sochi-04.



In 2007 club was re-established under name "Zhemchuzhina-A". Arsen Naydyonov became manager and vice-president of club. "Zhemchuzhina-A" played in Amateur Football League South zone, the 4th highest-level in 2007. It finished 2nd this league and promoted to South Zone of Russian Second Division for 2008 season. In 2008 it was renamed to FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi. It promoted to the Russian First Division the 2010 season as champions of South Zone after 9 seasons of absence.

Current Squad

As of 16 March, 2010 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 Russia GK Aleksandr Chikhradze
5 Russia MF Sergei Akimov
6 Russia MF Gudzha Rukhaia
7 Armenia FW Robert Zebelyan
8 Russia DF Dmitri Pyatibratov
9 Russia FW Stanislav Dubrovin
10 Russia MF Lev Korolyov
14 Uzbekistan FW Vladimir Shishelov
15 Russia DF Georgi Mikadze
16 Russia GK Mikhail Baranovskiy
17 Russia DF German Baun
18 Russia MF Vladimir Ridel
No. Position Player
19 Russia DF Yevgeni Osipov
20 Russia FW Aleksandr Volkov
22 Russia MF Nikolai Fiyev
24 Russia DF Sergei Tsukanov
25 Russia DF Aleksei Revyakin
27 Russia MF Nika Potskhverashvili
28 Russia MF Vasili Fiyev
29 Russia DF Igor Golban
31 Russia MF Konstantin Zuev
32 Russia DF Valeri Safonov
33 Russia MF Sergei Belousov
77 Ukraine FW Aleksandr Danishevskiy

Reserve squad

Zhemchuzhina's reserve squad played professionally as FC Zhemchuzhina-d Sochi (Russian Third League in 1995-1997) and FC Zhemchuzhina-2 Sochi (Russian Second Division in 1998-1999). In 1992-1993 the reserves team was based in Adler and played under the name of FC Torpedo Adler.

Another farm club called FC Dynamo-Zhemchuzhina-2 Sochi played professionally in Russian Third League in 1996 and Russian Second League in 1997.

Notable players

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

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