Kuban' Krasnodar

Founded In
Krasnodar, Russia

Kuban' Krasnodar

About Kuban' Krasnodar

Football Club Kuban Krasnodar has a long history, dating back to its foundation in 1928. For over two decades, the club operated under the name 'Dynamo' and would not take on its current name until 1963. The team's rivals are FC Krasnodar and the two sides contest the Krasnodar Derby.

One year prior to taking on the name FC Kuban, the club had earned the right to compete in the Soviet Top League. However, a restructure to the league system in the USSR meant that the club was deprived of its rightful place in the top division. As a result, the club would have to wait until 1980 to make their debut in the top tier of the Soviet league system. However, after reaching the division, their stay was brief and at the end of the 1982 season they were relegated once again.

In 1992, due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent departure of several major clubs, Kuban Krasnodar found themselves in the top flight for the inaugural Russian Premier League season. However, they finished 18th and were relegated. The club returned to the Premier League in 2004 and has since spent several seasons as a yo-yo club, bouncing between the first and second tier. At the end of the 2010 season, Kuban Krasnodar were crowned champions of the Russian First Division and returned to the top flight.

Amongst the more notable players to have worn the Kuban Krasnodar jersey over the years are the Russian national team's record goalscorer Vladimir Beschastnykh, former Russian international goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov and striker Lyubomir Kantonistov, who was the team's leading scorer in 2004 and 2005.

The club plays home matches at the Kuban Stadium, which has been shared with rival side FC Krasnodar since 2008. The ground first opened in 1960 and currently holds a maximum of 31,654 spectators.