FC Krasnodar, a Club That Always Gets Away With a PromotionBy: Ivan | January 25th, 2011
Time flies but Russian Premier League stays the same. Nonsense is still very much welcomed here as today it has been announced that FC Krasnodar will take top-flight spot of dismissed Saturn Ramenskoe. It’s not bad per se; obviously, Premier League needs 16 teams to compete. It’s just that FC Krasnodar always gets a promotion for free.
The club was founded in late 2007 by Russian retail billioner Sergey Galitsky and entered Second Division (third tier) in 2008. They finished third in the first year but got a promotion because another clubs weren’t financially able to compete at the higher level. Then they’ve spent two years in First Division and were fifth last season. Two clubs were promoted the usual way, but when Saturn called it quits it turned out that neither FC Nizhny Novgorod (3rd place) nor KAMAZ (4th) can fill the gap. So FC Krasnodar stepped in.
The good thing is that FC Krasnodar is one of very rare examples of privately-owned Russian football club. They have their own very modern training camp and football academy. They attract a decent audience (by Russian standards – don’t laugh) of 6,520 visitors in average. They have signed a deal with Kappa and their jerseys are by far the best in Russian football. And if they’re unlucky to get relegated from Premier League this season, this wouldn’t be a financial problem, this would be for real – for the first time in the club’s history.