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FC Volgar Astrakhan

Volgar FC
Volgar FC logo 2019.png
Full nameVolgar Football Club
Founded1960; 63 years ago (1960)
GroundCentral Stadium,
OwnerAstrakhan Oblast
CEOAndrey Nikitin[1]
ManagerRussia Andranik Babayan
LeagueRussian First League
WebsiteClub website

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


The club has been known under following names:

  • Pishchevik (food industry worker) (1925−1958)
  • Trud (labour) (1958–59)
  • Volgar (1960–94) (2012–)[2]
  • 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.[3]

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.[4]

Current squad

As of 21 February 2023, according to the Russian First League 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 Danila Vedernikov (on loan from Rostov)
4 DF Russia RUS Roman Loktionov
5 MF Belarus BLR Ilya Raschenya
6 DF Russia RUS Nikita Pechyonkin
7 MF Russia RUS Aleksei Pavlishin
8 MF Russia RUS Denis Talalay
10 MF Russia RUS Valeri Tsarukyan (on loan from Fakel Voronezh)
11 MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Bolonin
13 FW Russia RUS Aleksandr Butenko
15 FW Russia RUS Mark Polushin
17 FW Russia RUS Dmitri Lesnikov
19 FW Russia RUS Vladislav Bragin
20 MF Russia RUS Danila Smirnov
21 DF Russia RUS Artyom Filippov
22 DF Russia RUS Ivan Khomukha
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW Russia RUS Denis Timokhin
24 FW Russia RUS Gunashgadzhi Kudbudinov
25 MF Russia RUS Denis Tkachuk
29 MF Russia RUS Kirill Pluzhnikov
30 GK Russia RUS Dmitri Saganovich
31 MF Russia RUS Aleksandr Nosov
34 DF Belarus BLR Alyaksey Hawrylovich
44 MF Russia RUS Artur Gilyazetdinov
47 FW Russia RUS Kirill Kosarev
69 DF Russia RUS Danila Kozlov (on loan from Torpedo Moscow)
72 FW Russia RUS Kamil Mullin (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
77 DF Russia RUS Yelisey Krivokhizhin
78 FW Russia RUS Danil Lipovoy (on loan from Krylia Sovetov Samara)
90 FW Russia RUS Artyom Delkin
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 Artur Karpov (at Kaluga)

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. ^ "У астраханского «Волгаря» новый руководитель" (in Russian). 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2022-12-01.
  2. ^ Sergey Sergeyev: Return the name of "Volgar" Archived 2012-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ «Волгарь» не будет играть в ФНЛ, его может заменить «Ротор-Волгоград» (in Russian). Russian National Football League. 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ ""Волгарь" официально в ФНЛ" (in Russian). FC Volgar Astrakhan. 19 June 2020.
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