Football Club Tobol Kostanay, usually known more simply as Tobol, was established in 1967 and originally operated as part of the USSR's league system. Since the foundation of the Kazakhstan Premier League back in 1992, the team have grown in stature and have enjoyed success in both domestic and continental competitions over the course of recent years.
Initially known as Avtomobilist, the club have undergone a series of name changes throughout history. During the 1980s, the team became known as Energetik, while in 1990, they adopted the name Kustanayets for two years, before becoming Khimik. Finally, in 1995, they took on the Tobol name, which they have kept ever since.
After finishing as league runners up in 2003 and 2005, the 2007 season brought about major success for Tobol, as they lifted the Kazakhstan Cup, after beating Ordabasy 3-0 in the final. In 2007, the team also experienced their first taste of European success, as they won the UEFA Intertoto Cup, after beating Georgian club FC Zestaponi, Czech side Slovan Liberec and Greek team OFI Crete. Then, in 2010, Tobol enjoyed their greatest ever success, as they were crowned as champions of the Kazakhstan Premier League for the first time. Between 2002 and 2010, the team demonstrated remarkable consistency in the league and never finished below 4th place in the table.
Some of the most notable players to play for the club include prolific goalscorers Wladimir Baýramow and Ulugbek Bakaev, as well as Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev, who is a three-time Kazakhstani Footballer of the Year, with all three awards being won during his two different spells the team.
Tobol's home matches are held at Kostanay Central Stadium, which first opened back in 1964. The venue is owned by the Municipality of Kostanay and is currently able to hold a capacity crowd of around 8,323 spectators.