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Sokol
Full nameProfessional Football Club
Sokol Saratov
Founded1930; 91 years ago (1930)
GroundLokomotiv Stadium,
Saratov
Capacity15,000
ChairmanAndrey Potapov
ManagerIhor Zakhariak
LeagueRussian Professional Football League, Group 3
2019–20Zone Center, 3rd

PFC Sokol (Russian: ПФК "Сокол") is a Russian association football club based in Saratov. In 2001 and 2002, Sokol played in the Russian Premier League. Currently the club plays in the third-level Russian Professional Football League.

History

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The club was founded as Dynamo. It was known by this name until 1930 and in 1946–1953. Other club's names include Lokomotiv (1956–1960), Energiya (1954–1955), Sokol (1961–1994 and 1998–2005), and Sokol-PZD (1995–1997). "Sokol" is Russian for "falcon".

Dynamo did not enter the Soviet league until 1946, when they debuted in the Third Group and were promoted to the Second Group at the first time of asking. Dynamo played in the Second Group until 1949. After a period of absence in the league, the club entered Class B in 1954 under new name, Energia. After a considerable time spent in Class B, Sokol were eventually promoted to Class A, Group 2 in 1965. Sokol played there until 1970. In 1971–1991, they played in the Second League.

In 1992 Sokol entered the newly formed Russian First Division. They played in this division until 2000, never finishing lower than 10th, and eventually won it. The 2001 season was the best in club's history. Sokol were leading in mid-season, but could not keep up and finished 8th in the Top Division. Andrey Fedkov, Sokol's striker, was capped for Russia national team. The next year Sokol were relegated after finishing last in the league.

The club continued playing in the First Division since 2003. In 2005 Sokol finished last thanks to a points deduction for failing to pay for player transfer. Instead of starting in the Second Division in 2006, Sokol chose to play in the Amateur League. In addition, the club was renamed Sokol-Saratov.

Sokol reached the semifinals of the Soviet Cup in 1966/67 and of the Russian Cup in 2000/01.

Current squad

As of 20 July 2021, according to the FNL 2 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
GK Russia RUS Daniil Avdyushkin
GK Russia RUS Ivan Belyayev
GK Russia RUS Artyom Fyodorov
DF Russia RUS Andrei Demchenko
DF Russia RUS Aleksei Dolya
DF Russia RUS Nikita Mankov
DF Russia RUS Ivan Mokshin
DF Russia RUS Artyom Molodtsov
DF Russia RUS Valeri Pavlov
DF Russia RUS Aleksandr Stolyarenko
MF Russia RUS Denis Anisimov
MF Russia RUS Dmitri Borisov
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Russia RUS Kirill Burykin
MF Russia RUS Ruslan Kabutov
MF Russia RUS Ruslan Kul
MF Russia RUS Yuri Marin
MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Perchenok
MF Russia RUS Vasili Pyanchenko
MF Russia RUS Anton Zakharov
MF Russia RUS Mikhitar Zakharyan
MF Russia RUS Mikhail Zemskov
FW Russia RUS Vladislav Faskhutdinov
FW Russia RUS Albert Pogosyan

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
GK Russia RUS Timur Kraykov (at Kaluga)

Reserve squad

Sokol's reserve squad played professionally as FC Sokol-d Saratov in the Russian Third League in 1994.

Notable players

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

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