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Krasnodar, Russia

About Krasnodar

Football Club Krasnodar was founded in 2008, making it one of Russia's youngest professional football teams. The club's president, Sergey Galitsky, is the owner of Russia's biggest supermarket chain, Magnit, and has an estimated worth of $8.2 billion. His wealth has played a large role in the team's recent rise to prominence. The club's main rivals are FC Kuban Krasnodar and the two clubs contest the Krasnodar Derby.

FC Krasnodar started out their existence in the Russian Second Division (South) and gained promotion to the First Division after their debut season. In 2009, they established themselves as a First Division club, with a 10th place finish, before aiming to push on the following year.

In the 2010 season, FC Krasnodar's performances improved and they eventually finished the season in 5th place. Yet, Premier League side Saturn Moscow Oblast decided to close its doors at the end of the year, due to an ongoing financial crisis. As a result, a vacancy was opened up in the Russian Premier League. This spot was controversially taken by FC Krasnodar, who, despite their 5th place finish, were seen to have the financial muscle to be able to compete in the top division. The club made its top flight debut in 2011-12 and finished the year in 9th place, picking up ten wins over the course of the season.

Despite the club's youth, several full international players have represented the club already and some of the more notable examples include Lyubomir Kantonistov, Aleksei Bugayev, Maksim Demenko and the set-piece specialist, Nikola Drinčić.

FC Krasnodar currently play their home matches at the Kuban Stadium, where they have resided since the club's formation in 2008. The ground, which is shared with their rivals, FC Kuban Krasnodar, first opened back in 1960 and currently holds a maximum capacity of 31,654.   

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