Terek Grozny

Founded In
Groznyi, Russia

About Terek Grozny

FC Terek Grozny was founded in 1958, although the club had previously competed under the name Neftyanik since the 1940s. The club is based in Grozny, in the Chechen Republic and has spent a lot of its history in the lower divisions of the Russian and Soviet league systems.

During the 1990s, the war in the Chechen Republic forced the club to disband for a considerable amount of time. In 2004, Akhmad Kadyrov, a former club president, was killed as a result of the violence in the region. Terek Grozny played their home matches in the nearby city of Pyatigorsk up until 2007, in order to avoid forcing teams to travel to the area. In March 2008, ahead of the new season, the Russian Football Union granted Terek permission to host Premier League matches in Grozny.

The club's greatest ever success came in 2003-04, when Terek Grozny lifted the Russian Cup for the first time. In the final, held at Lokomotiv Stadium, they took on FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. A dramatic stoppage time winner from striker Andrei Fedkov sealed a 1-0 victory for Terek. The win gained them entry to the qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, where they triumphed over Lech Poznan to enter the UEFA Cup for the first time.

Some of the better-known players to have represented Terek Grozny include Brazilian forward Ewerthon, Russian striker Andrei Fedkov, Ukrainian international Andriy Dykan and Czech defender Martin Jiránek.

Since 2011, Terek have played their home matches at the Akhmat-Arena, also known as Terek Stadium. The ground was built to replace the club's former home, the Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium, which was deemed too small to host Premier League football. Terek Stadium holds a maximum of 30,597 spectators and the first competitive match played there was a memorable 1-0 win for Terek Grozny over Russian giants Anzhi.   

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