Founded In
Rostov-na-Donu, Russia

About Rostov

Football Club Rostov was founded as Selmashstroy in May 1930. The club has operated under a variety of names over the years, including 'Traktor', 'Torpedo' and 'Rostselmash'. Rostov adopted its current name as recently as 2003.

In 1965, the club made its first appearance in the Soviet Top League. The season was not a successful one and Rostov finished bottom of the division, although they were spared relegation as the number of teams in the league increased ahead of the 1966 season. However, before long, the club found itself back in the lower divisions of the league system. After returning to the top flight, Rostov finished 4th in the final league season before the dissolution of the Soviet Union and as a result, became a founding member of the Russian Premier League.

Since the establishment of the Premier League, Rostov's best performance was a 6th place finish in the 1998 season. Major success has alluded the club thus far, although in 2003, they came close to lifting their first national trophy by making it to the final of the Russian Cup. However, they were narrowly beaten in the match by Spartak Moskva. In 2007, they finished bottom of the league and were relegated but, the following season, the club bounced straight back after winning the Russian First Division.

Some of the more notable Rostov players over the years have included names like Roman Adamov, Aleksandr Maslov, former Russian international striker Dmitri Kirichenko and the current club captain, Stipe Pletikosa.

The club plays its home matches at the Olimp - 2 stadium, which was formerly known as Rostselmash Plant Stadium. The ground, which first opened in 1930, is currently undergoing renovations in order to bring its capacity up to 30,000. While the reconstruction is being carried out, the stadium is able to hold up to 15,840 supporters.   

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