We present you FC Krasnodar, thanks to the profile put together by colleague Davide Matteoli, journalist and editor-in-chief at Italian portal 'Calcio dell'Est', webportal about Eastern European football in Italian language.
FC Krasnodar is one of the youngest clubs of the Russian Premier League.
They were founded only in 2008 and after obtaining the licence, they could already compete in the second division (third tier of Russian football pyramid). In January 2009, the Russian FA invited the club to compete in the first division after many other clubs had refused the promotion conquered on the pitch.
FC Krasnodar accepted the offer and started climbing to the top-flight.
During their first season in the second tier, they classified 10th reaching safety well in advance. The season after, the team was led by Sergey Tashuev and managed to compete at high levels in the first part. However, past the winter break, the players’ fitness got worse and Krasnodar ended up 5th. Tashuev was deemed responsible of the failure and was fired. Serbian Slavoljub Muslin took his place. Krasnodar have to be grateful to his work.
In season 2011-12, FC Krasnodar were offered to compete in Russian Premier League in order to replace FC Saturn going through financial troubles. FC Krasnodar accepted the invitation once and again.
The Serbian coach did a great job also on the transfer market.
He brought important elements as Andjelkovci, Mickov and Drincic, and the club ended 9th at their first participation and with no hassle regarding the drop-zone fight. Together with Moscow, Krasnodar is the only Russian city to stage an high-level derby between FC and Kuban.
The best placement is the one obtained last season when FC Krasnodar ended 6th and qualified for the Europa League at the expense of Spartak Moscow after winning a play-off tie 6-2 on aggregate.
The preferred shot-stopper is Andrey Sinitsyn (1988). He played little last season as the start was often given to Aleksandr Filtsov, now at Rubin Kazan. In the friendly game against Olympiakos Pireus (2-0 win) new signing, 36-year-old Andriy Dickan, was fielded in the second half. The 4-man defence is made up by Icelandic Ragnar Sigurdsson (joined FC in the winter transfer window from FC Kobenhavn) and Swedish Andreas Grandqvist (former Serie A act at Genoa CFC). The two central defenders are physically quite strong and very able in the aerial game. Their aerial skills are also used in offensive set-piece situations. The full-backs are the same from last season: on the right, Polish Artur Jedrzejczyk; on the left the only Russian national of the back line, Vitali Kaleshin. The latter is a natural-born right-footed who adapted himself to play on the left. The defence is basically the same as last season (6th best in the top6).
When talking about the midfield line, we shall stress the injury occurred to Pavel Mamaev as he will be out until September. The midfield trio is made up by the new signing, Odil Akhmedov and by old-timers Mauricio Pereyra and Yuri Gazinskiy.
The former is 1990-born Uruguayan with Italian passport. He is very keen at scoring goals: 6 goals in 24 appearances and 6 assists was his tally. The latter instead is more prone at breaking the opposition build-up and helping his team’s own rather than trying the personal play.
In the 4-3-3 formation, the winger in the trident up front are Vladimir Bystrov (new signing from Zenit St.Petersburg) and the Brazilian Joaozinho. Bystrov will be a key-player, both in the next Premier League season and in the European campaign and will replace injured Colombian Ricardo Laborde. Joaozinho is one of the most regular presences in the FC Krasnodar XI. The Brazilian is very good at setting up (9 assists last season) and he is very able to go past his opponent in one-on-one’s.
The only striker will be another Brazilian, Wanderson. He is not a hitman (only 9 goals last season) however he is very helpful in the buildup.
The FC Krasnodar coach is Belarusian Oleg Kononov who joined the club last season and brought it to their best placement ever. It was his first experience in Russia after he completed an excellent job in Ukraine at FK Sevastopol. Kononov was Sergei Zenjov coach at Karpaty Lviv from 2008 till 2011. His favourite formation is the 4-3-3 that can turn into 4-2-3-1 by fielding secondary striker, Brazilian Ari, in the place of one of the midfielders. Ari usually places himself behind Wanderson’s back. There are few players who joined the club during the current transfer market and can adapt well to this formation (4-2-3-1): Hungarian Vladimir Koman (a past at Serie A side UC Sampdoria) and Ruslan Adzhindzhal (coming from Anzhi). Koman is very versatile as he can cover both flanks.
by Davide Mattioli for Rumori di Spogliatoio
translation and editing by Angelo Palmeri
Curiosities (by The Stig)
· Games aganist Sillamäe Kalev would be first UEFA experience for FK Krasnodar.
· FK Krasnodar president is Sergey Galitsky (former was Arutyunian). Forbes estimated his personal fortune for 8.2 billion dollars. He owns Russia’ s biggest retail company named Magnit.
· FK Krasnodar central midfielder Pavel Mamaev has played together at Torpedo Moscow with a lot of Estonians: from Andres Oper to Andrei Stepanov, Enar Jääger and Valdimir Voskoboinikov. Krasnodar striker Ari has played with international Ragnar Klavan at AZ Alkmaar and forward Nikita Burmistrov played with Konstantin Vassiljev at Amkar Perm.
· According to Transfermakrt FK Krasnodar has valued for 59 million pounds. Sillamäe value is 2,38 million.
· FK Krasnodar is getting ready for games aganist Sillamäe, first test game was aganist Glasgow Celtic and they lost 1-3, but after that they won Olympiacos Pireus 2-0.
· Krasnodar nickname is „Быки“ which means 'Bulls' in English.