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FC Volgar Astrakhan

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Volgar FC
Full nameVolgar Football Club
Founded1925; 96 years ago (1925)
GroundCentral Stadium,
OwnerAstrakhan Oblast
CEOAndrei Sharokhin
ManagerRussia Vitali Panov
WebsiteClub website

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


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 squad

As of 7 September 2021,[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 Russia RUS Vladislav Yampolsky
2 DF Russia RUS Maksim Tyulin
4 DF Russia RUS Roman Loktionov
5 MF Belarus BLR Ilya Raschenya
6 DF Russia RUS Nikita Pechyonkin
7 MF Russia RUS Aleksei Pavlishin
9 FW Russia RUS Ilya Stefanovich
10 FW Russia RUS Artyom Pogosov
11 MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Bolonin
13 FW Russia RUS Aleksandr Butenko
17 FW Russia RUS Dmitri Lesnikov
19 FW Russia RUS Denis Timokhin
20 DF Russia RUS Diyego Malaniya
21 FW Russia RUS Aleksei Bayev
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF Russia RUS Danila Vedernikov (on loan from Rostov)
23 MF Armenia ARM Artyom Simonyan
27 DF Russia RUS Daniil Gorovykh
29 MF Russia RUS Artur Karpov
30 GK Russia RUS Dmitri Saganovich
43 FW Russia RUS Vitali Zhironkin (on loan from CSKA Moscow)
44 MF Russia RUS Artur Gilyazetdinov
55 MF Belarus BLR Nikita Kaplenko
56 MF Russia RUS Viktor Demyanov
57 FW Russia RUS Ilya Gomanyuk (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
69 DF Russia RUS Danila Kozlov (on loan from Torpedo Moscow)
77 DF Russia RUS Yelisei Krivokhizhin
79 FW Russia RUS Artyom Yusupov (on loan from Ural Yekaterinburg)
99 GK Russia RUS Oleg Smirnov

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Russia RUS Nikita Muromsky (at Volga Ulyanovsk)

Notable past players

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


  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. ^ http://www.volgar-fc.ru/volgar/footballer
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