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FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

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Football Club Zenit (Russian:Футбольный клуб «Зенит» ), also known as Zenit Saint Petersburg or simply Zenit, is a Russian professional football club based in the city of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1925 (or in 1914, according to some Russian sources), the club plays in the Russian Premier League. Zenit are the reigning champions of the Russian Premier League. Previously they won the 2007, 2010, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2018–19, 2019–20 and the 2020-21 seasons of the Russian Premier League, as well as the 2007–08 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup. The club is owned and sponsored by the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom. The team play its home matches at the Gazprom Arena.

Zenit
Full nameФутбольный клуб Зенит
Nickname(s)Sine-Belo-Golubye (The Blue-White-Sky Blues)
Zenitchiki (The Zeniters)
Svinopinateli (Pigs kickers; Pigs is a derogatory nickname given to FC Spartak Moscow)
Founded25 May 1925; 96 years ago (1925-05-25)
GroundKrestovsky Stadium
Capacity67,800
OwnerGazprom
PresidentAlexander Medvedev
Head coachSergei Semak
LeagueRussian Premier League
2020–21Russian Premier League, 1st of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Contents

Before Zenit

Zenit's history is tightly connected with the political history of Saint Petersburg, Russia (also called "Petrograd" and "Leningrad" at times in its history). In 1897, the first officially-recorded football match in Russia was held in Saint Petersburg on Vasilievsky Island, an unofficial game between the local English team "Ostrov" and the local Russian team "Petrograd," which the English team won, 6–0. The players of those local teams were amateurs and loosely associated with each other. At the same time, several formal football clubs were founded in Saint Petersburg, mainly around large industrial companies. Players' membership was unofficial and very loose, however, sometimes allowing the same players to play for several different teams during the same season.

Formation of Zenit

The original Zenit team stemmed from several football teams, which changed names and owners many times during the Soviet era after the Revolution of 1917, as powerful political forces manipulated the careers of individual players as well as the fate of the whole team. The club was renamed several times and its owners and leaders were under political pressure for many decades. The origins of Zenit date back to the beginning of the 20th century to several predecessor teams in Saint Petersburg that were playing locally. The oldest documented predecessor of Zenit was the team "Murzinka," founded in 1914, which played in the Obukhovsky stadium from 1914 until 1924, when the team came to be known as "Bolshevik" (the new name for Obukhovsky industry and its stadium). The team and stadium survived the drama of World War I, the Bolshevik revolution of 1917, and the Russian Civil War of 1918 to 1922.

In 1925, another predecessor team of Zenit was formed, of workers from the Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod (Leningrad Metal Plant); they were called the "Stalinets" in the 1930s. (Stalinets translates literally to English as "Stalinist"; however, in Russian, the name is a play on words as stal means "steel" in that language.) Historians documented that both predecessor teams of Zenit were playing independently until their official merger at the end of 1939. The Stalinets were not the same team named Zenit that took part in the 1938 USSR championship. The current name of FC Zenit was registered in 1936 (as Bolshevik became part of the Zenit sports society and was renamed), three years before the Stalinets merged with it. The name Zenit means "Zenith".

In 1939, during the rule of Joseph Stalin, Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod became part of the military industry and its sports teams, players, and managers were transferred to the Zenit sports society. FC Zenit was ordered to take in members of the "Stalinets" metallurgical workers' team after the end of the 1939 season.

Zenit in the Soviet League

Zenit won their first honours in 1944, claiming the war-time USSR Cup after defeating CSKA Moscow in the well-attended final. The club was always adored in Leningrad,[citation needed] but was not able to make much of a significant impact in the Soviet League. In 1967, Zenit finished last but were saved from relegation because the Soviet leadership decided it would not be prudent to relegate a Leningrad team during the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, which occurred in the city. Composer Dmitry Shostakovich and film star Kirill Lavrov were well known as ardent supporters of Zenit, a passion that is reflected in their attendance of many games.[citation needed] Zenit won the bronze medal in 1980, also reaching the Soviet Cup Final and winning the Soviet League title in 1984. In 1985, Zenit beat the Soviet Cup holder in the Soviet Super Cup (also called the Season Cup).

Zenit in the Russian League

The LOMO optical plant took up the ownership of the team after the war.[vague] In 1990, FC Zenit were re-registered as an independent city-owned professional club. After being relegated in the first year of the Russian League (1992), Zenit returned to the top flight in 1996 and has been decent since. They claimed the 1999 Russian Cup, finished third in the League in 2001, made the Cup final in 2002, became the runners-up in the Premier League and won the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003.

Gazprom era

In December 2005, Gazprom took a controlling stake in the club. The deal was announced by Valentina Matviyenko, the Saint Petersburg governor. Gazprom bought the majority of the club and invested over $100 million, buying new players and building the new stadium.

Under Advocaat

Andrey Arshavin, one of the most successful players in Zenit history.

Although Zenit reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2006, a mediocre start to the league season led to the summer replacement of coach Vlastimil Petržela. In July 2006, Dick Advocaat took over as Zenit's manager. Advocaat worked together with his assistant manager, former Netherlands national youth team coach Cor Pot. Zenit won the 2007 Russian Premier League—their best league achievement since winning the USSR Championship in 1984—allowing them to compete in the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League.

In 2008, Zenit won the Russian Super Cup and reached the quarter-final of the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history. In the first leg of the quarter-final away game against German side Bayer Leverkusen, the team achieved a 4–1 victory. They qualified for the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history, despite a 1–0 home loss to Leverkusen in the second leg, and were drawn to play further German opposition in the semi-final, Bayern Munich, considered the top team remaining. A battling performance in the first leg of the semi-final earned Zenit a 1–1 draw away against Bayern Munich. In the second leg at home, Zenit won 4–0, defeating Bayern 5–1 on aggregate and going through to the UEFA Cup Final for the first time in club history, where they met Scottish side Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester on 14 May. Zenit won 2–0, with goals from Igor Denisov in the 72nd minute and Konstantin Zyryanov in stoppage time, to lift the club's first-ever UEFA Cup. Andrey Arshavin was named man of the match.

On 29 August 2008, at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, Zenit then defeated Manchester United 2–1 in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup, becoming the first Russian side to win the trophy. Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the first goal and Danny scored the second, the latter being named man of the match in his debut for Zenit.

In the 2008–09 Champions League group stage, Zenit was grouped with Real Madrid, Juventus and BATE Borisov in Group H, which by some was marked as the "group of death." Zenit ultimately finished in third place in the group, behind Juventus and Real Madrid, and was thus unable to progress to the knockout phase of the competition. This position, however, was good enough to earn the club a place in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup last 32, where the team faced VfB Stuttgart for a place in the last 16 of the competition. After defeating Stuttgart on away goals, Zenit went on to lose 2–1 over two legs against Italian club Udinese.

Under Spalletti

Zenit against Bayern Munich in 2011.

Luciano Spalletti signed a contract with Zenit in December 2009, with Italian coaches Daniele Baldini, Marco Domenichini and Alberto Bartali also joining the Russian club. The Board of Zenit mandated him to return the Russian Premier League title to Zenit, win the Russian Cup and progress from the group stage of the Champions League in his first year.

Zenit won the Russian Cup on 16 May 2010 after beating Sibir Novosibirsk in the final (previously beating Volga Tver in the quarter-finals and Amkar Perm in the semi-finals). After 16 games in the 2010 Premier League, with 12 wins and four draws, Zenit claimed 40 points, setting a new Russian Premier League record for most points won at that stage of the campaign. In the summer transfer window of 2010, Spalletti made his first signings, securing forward Aleksandr Bukharov and midfielder Sergei Semak from Rubin Kazan; defenders Aleksandar Luković from Udinese and Bruno Alves from Porto.

On 25 August 2010, Zenit lost its first game under Spalletti to French side Auxerre and failed to advance to the Champions League group stage, instead participating in the Europa League. On 3 October, Zenit beat Spartak Nalchik to set another Russian Premier League record for most consecutive games going undefeated, with 21 games since the start of the league season. On 27 October, however, Zenit suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of rival club Spartak Moscow, just seven games short of finishing the championship undefeated. On 14 November, Zenit defeated Rostov and two games prior to the end of the season won the championship title, the first in Spalletti's managerial career.

Zenit progressed through the knockout stage of the 2010–11 Europa League in first place, then beating Swiss side Young Boys in the Round of 16. On 6 March 2011, Zenit won against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Super Cup, the third Russian trophy won under Spalletti. On 17 March, however, Zenit were knocked out of the Europa League, losing to Dutch team Twente 2–3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

In the 2011–12 Champions League, Zenit began the group stage drawn into Group G alongside Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and APOEL. On 6 December 2011, the team finished the group stage in second place and for the first time in club's history qualified for the spring knockout phase of Champions League. In the Round of 16, Zenit were drawn with Portuguese side Benfica, winning the first leg 3–2 at home through two goals from Roman Shirokov and one from Sergei Semak. In the second leg in Lisbon, however, Zenit lost 2–0 and were thus eliminated from the competition.

In April 2012, Zenit won their second-straight Russian Championship after beating Dynamo Moscow.

Under Villas-Boas

After a series of disappointing results in both the Champions League and the Premier League, Spalletti was fired on 11 March 2014. A week later, the club announced they had negotiated a two-year deal with André Villas-Boas, who himself had been released a few months prior after a disappointing stint as manager of English side Tottenham Hotspur. In the 2014–15 Europa League, Zenit were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Sevilla. In May 2015, Zenit won the Russian Championship, the first championship title under Villas-Boas and the team's fifth-ever on the eve of its 90th anniversary celebration. Zenit then defeated Lokomotiv Moscow in the 2015 Russian Super Cup 1–1 (4–2 on penalties).

Later in the 2015 calendar year, Villas-Boas said that he would be leaving the club after the 2015–16 season. In the 2015–16 Champions League, Zenit began the competition in the group stage. They were drawn in Group H alongside Valencia, Lyon and Gent. They ended the group stage with their best group stage finish ever, winning five out of six matches and emerging as group winners. They were, however, eliminated from the competition in the Round of 16 by Portuguese side Benfica.

On 24 May 2016 Villas-Boas left the club at the end of the season, with Mircea Lucescu appointed the new manager of Zenit.

Under Lucescu

In July 2016 Zenit won the Russian Super Cup after a 0–1 victory over CSKA Moscow.

During the 2016–17 Europa League, Zenit began the group stage drawn into Group D alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv, AZ Alkmaar and Dundalk. On 8 December 2016, the team finished the group stage in first place and qualified for the spring knockout phase of Europa League. In the round of 32, Zenit faced R.S.C. Anderlecht and was eliminated 3–3 on aggregate due to the away goals rule. In the league, Zenit's performances in the spring were disappointing and as such the club finished third and missed out on the Champions League for the second year in a row. Zenit was also eliminated in the round of 16 by FC Anzhi Makhachkala 0–4 on aggregate after an abysmal performance. The first (and last) season of Mircea Lucescu was a complete disappointment despite the expectations.

Under Mancini

On 1 June 2017 Zenit appointed Roberto Mancini as the new manager of the team. On 13 May 2018, Mancini terminated his contract by mutual consent.

Under Semak

FC Zenit logo during the 95th birthday celebrations at May 2020.

In May 2018, Mancini left to become the head coach of the Italy national football team. Sergey Semak became the new manager of Zenit, receiving a two-year contract.

In August 2018, during the 1st leg of the 3rd qualification round of the UEFA Europa League, Zenit suffered a 0–4 loss to Dynamo Minsk. During the 2nd leg back on home ground, Zenit made a comeback winning 8–1, scoring 3 goals in the second half and 4 goals in the second half of the extra time, with 2 goals scored in the 120th minute. Zenit went on to beat Molde FK 4–3 on aggregate in the next round, entering the group stage of 2018-19 UEFA Europa League.

In March 2020, the league was forced to halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia. Zenit secured another title on 5 July 2020 after a victory over FC Krasnodar, with 4 games left to play in the tournament.

On 2 May 2021, Zenit secured their third title in a row in a 6-1 victory over second-place FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Zenit opened the 2021/2022 season with a seventh win in the Russian Super Cup after a 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow, but without major key players who left the club like Yuri Zhirkov, Andrei Lunev and Sebastian Driussi.

Main article: Krestovsky Stadium

Zenit's home ground is now the 67,800-capacity Krestovsky Stadium, known as Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons, in Saint Petersburg.

Petrovsky Stadium used to be the home ground of the team before the new Krestovsky Stadium was built.

Before moving to the Petrovsky Stadium, Zenit's home ground was the Kirov Stadium. It stood on the site where the Krestovsky Stadium was later erected.

Domestic competitions

Soviet Top League / Russian Premier League

Soviet Cup / Russian Cup

Soviet Super Cup / Russian Super Cup

USSR Federation Cup / Russian Premier League Cup

Soviet First League / Russian National Football League

International competitions

UEFA Cup

UEFA Super Cup

Soviet Union

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe
1936 2nd 3 6 9 9 13
1936 2nd 6 7 6 13 12 Round of 16
1937 2nd 4 12 22 18 25 Round of 128
1938 1st 14 25 7 10 8 38 57 24 Round of 16
1939 1st 11 26 7 7 12 30 46 21 Runner-up
1940 1st 10 24 6 6 12 37 42 18
1944 Winner
1945 1st 6 8 7 7 35 31 23 Semi-final
1946 1st 9 22 5 5 12 22 45 15 Round of 16
1947 1st 6 24 10 2 12 35 49 22 Quarter-final
1948 1st 13 26 4 9 13 29 48 17 Round of 16
1949 1st 5 34 17 8 9 48 48 42 Quarter-final
1950 1st 6 36 19 5 12 70 59 43 Quarter-final
1951 1st 7 28 10 8 10 36 40 28 Round of 16
1952 1st 7 13 6 2 5 20 21 14 Quarter-final
1953 1st 5 20 11 1 8 25 21 23 Round of 16
1954 1st 7 24 8 7 9 27 26 23 Semi-final
1955 1st 8 22 5 8 9 23 36 18 Round of 16
1956 1st 9 22 4 11 7 27 43 19
1957 1st 10 22 4 7 11 23 41 15 Round of 16
1958 1st 4 22 9 8 5 41 32 26 Round of 16
1959 1st 8 22 8 4 10 29 38 20
1960 1st 15 30 14 5 11 47 37 33 Round of 32
1961 1st 13 32 12 8 12 50 52 32 Semi-final
1962 1st 11 32 11 7 14 53 42 29 Round of 32
1963 1st 6 38 14 17 7 45 32 45 Round of 32
1964 1st 11 32 9 9 14 30 35 27 Round of 16
1965 1st 9 32 10 12 10 32 32 32 Round of 32
1966 1st 16 36 10 8 18 35 54 28 Round of 16
1967 1st 19 36 6 9 21 28 63 21 Round of 32
1968 1st 11 38 10 14 14 35 49 34 Round of 32
1969 1st 9 26 6 9 11 21 34 21 Round of 16
1970 1st 14 32 10 7 15 30 40 27 Quarter-final
1971 1st 13 30 8 10 12 29 32 26 Quarter-final
1972 1st 7 30 11 11 8 44 30 33 Quarter-final
1973 1st 11 30 9 12 9 33 35 21 Round of 16
1974 1st 7 30 8 15 7 36 41 31 Round of 16
1975 1st 14 30 7 10 13 27 42 24 Round of 16
1976 1st 13 15 4 5 6 14 15 13
1976 1st 5 15 6 4 5 22 16 16 Round of 16
1977 1st 10 30 8 12 10 34 33 28 Semi-final
1978 1st 10 30 9 8 13 31 46 26 Quarter-final
1979 1st 10 34 11 9 14 41 45 30 Group stage
1980 1st 3 34 16 10 8 51 42 42 Group stage
1981 1st 15 34 9 10 15 33 43 28 Round of 16
1982 1st 7 34 12 9 13 44 41 33 Group stage UC First round
1983 1st 4 34 15 11 8 42 32 40 Semi-final
1984 1st 1 34 19 9 6 60 32 47 Runner-up
1985 1st 6 34 14 7 13 48 38 35 Semi-final
1986 1st 4 30 12 9 9 44 36 33 Semi-final ECC Second round
1987 1st 14 30 7 10 13 25 37 24 Round of 16
1988 1st 6 30 11 9 10 35 34 31 Round of 16 UC First round
1989 1st 16 30 5 9 16 24 48 19 Round of 16
1990 2nd 18 38 8 14 16 35 41 30 Round of 32 UC Second round
1991 2nd 18 42 11 14 17 44 50 36 Round of 32

Russia

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer
(league)
Head coach
1992 1st 16 30 10 8 12 39 45 28 Kulik – 13 Melnikov
1993 2nd,
"Centre"
2 38 25 8 5 87 33 58 Round of 32 Kulik – 36 Melnikov
1994 2nd 13 42 14 12 16 44 49 40 Round of 64 Kulik – 9 Melnikov
1995 3 42 24 5 13 68 42 77 Round of 32 Kulik – 19 Sadyrin
1996 1st 10 34 13 4 17 32 37 43 Round of 32 Kulik – 11 Sadyrin
1997 8 34 13 10 11 28 29 49 Semifinal Gorshkov – 5 Byshovets
1998 5 30 12 11 7 42 25 47 Round of 16 Panov – 8
Maksimyuk – 8
Byshovets
Davydov
1999 8 30 9 12 9 36 34 39 Winner Popovich – 7 Davydov
2000 7 30 13 8 9 38 26 47 Round of 32 UC
IC
1st round
Runner-up
Popovich – 10 Davydov
Morozov
2001 3 30 16 8 6 52 35 56 Round of 32 Popovich – 7 Morozov
2002 10 30 8 9 13 36 42 33 Runner-up Kerzhakov – 14 Morozov
Biryukov
Rappoport
2003 2 30 16 8 6 48 32 56 Round of 16 UC 1st round Kerzhakov – 13 Petržela
2004 4 30 17 5 8 55 37 56 Round of 16 Kerzhakov – 18 Petržela
2005 6 30 13 10 7 45 26 49 Semifinals UC Group stage Arshavin – 9 Petržela
2006 4 30 13 11 6 42 30 50 Semifinals UC Quarterfinals Arshavin – 7 Petržela
Borovička
Advocaat
2007 1 30 18 7 5 53 32 61 Quarterfinals Pogrebnyak – 11 Advocaat
2008 5 30 12 12 6 59 37 48 Quarterfinals UC Winner Tekke – 8 Advocaat
2009 3 30 15 9 6 48 27 54 Round of 32 UCL
UC
Group stage
Round of 16
Tekke – 8 Advocaat
Davydov
2010 1 30 20 8 2 61 21 68 Winner EL Play-off round Kerzhakov – 13 Spalletti
2011–12 1 44 24 16 4 85 40 88 Quarterfinals UCL Round of 16 Kerzhakov – 23 Spalletti
2012–13 2 30 18 8 4 52 25 62 Semifinals UCL
EL
Group stage
Round of 16
Kerzhakov – 10 Spalletti
2013–14 2 30 19 6 5 63 32 63 Fifth Round UCL Round of 16 Hulk – 17 Spalletti
Semak
Villas-Boas
2014–15 1 30 20 7 3 58 17 67 Round of 16 UCL
EL
Group Stage
Quarterfinals
Hulk – 15 Villas-Boas
2015–16 3 30 17 8 5 61 32 59 Winner UCL Round of 16 Hulk – 17 Villas-Boas
2016–17 3 30 18 7 5 50 19 61 Round of 16 EL Round of 32 Dzyuba – 13 Lucescu
2017–18 5 30 14 11 5 46 21 53 Round of 32 EL Round of 16 Kokorin – 10 Mancini
2018–19 1 30 20 4 6 57 29 64 Round of 16 EL Round of 16 Driussi – 11 Semak
2019–20 1 30 22 6 2 65 18 72 Winner UCL Group stage Azmoun – 17
Dzyuba – 17
Semak
2020–21 1 30 19 8 3 76 26 65 Round of 16 UCL Group stage Dzyuba – 20 Semak
2021–22 ? ? UCL Group stage ? Semak

Current squad

As of 2 September 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Reserve squad

Zenit's reserve squad played professionally as Zenit-2 (Russian Second League in 1993, Russian Second Division from 1998 to 2000) and Zenit-d (Russian Third League from 1994 to 1997). Another team that was founded as Lokomotiv-Zenit-2 played as Zenit-2 in the Russian Second Division from 2001 to 2008. By 2008, there was no relation between that team and FC Zenit. Another farm club called FC Smena-Zenit debuted in the Russian Second Division in 2009, taking the spot of the former FC Zenit-2. FC Smena-Zenit was dissolved after the 2009 season because it did not fulfill Zenit's initial expectations. Zenit-2 reentered professional football in the 2013–14 season in the Russian Professional Football League.

Team captains

Name Years
Aleksey Naumov 1992
Oleg Dmitriyev 1993–94
Vladimir Kulik 1995–96
Yuriy Vernydub 1997–2000
Andrey Kobelev 2000–01
Aleksei Igonin 2001–03
Vladislav Radimov 2003–07
Andrey Arshavin 2007
Erik Hagen 2007
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 2007–09
Vyacheslav Malafeev 2009
Aleksandr Anyukov 2009–12
Vyacheslav Malafeev 2012
Danny 2012–13
Roman Shirokov 2013
Danny 2014–17
Domenico Criscito 2017–18
Aleksandr Anyukov 2018–19
Branislav Ivanović 2019–20
Artyom Dzyuba 2020
Dejan Lovren 2020–

Board of directors

Position Name
General Director Alexander Medvedev
Sporting Director Javier Ribalta
Deputy General Directors Dmitri Mankin
Deputy General Directors Vyacheslav Malafeev
Deputy General Directors Rosteslav Leontyev
Deputy General Directors Zhanna Dembo
Deputy General Directors Yury Andreyevich
Director of the "Smena" study-practice complex Vasily Kostrovsky

Source: fc-zenit.ru

Management

Position Name
Head Coach Sergey Semak
Assistant coaches Aleksandr Nizelik
William Artur de Oliveira
Igor Simutenkov
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
Aleksandr Anyukov
Goalkeeping coach Mikhail Biryukov
Yuri Zhevnov
Fitness coach Ivan Carminati
Andrea Scanavino
Mariya Burova
Doctor Mikhail Grishin

Source: http://fc-zenit.ru/zenit/coaches/

Period Kit manufacturers
1997–2000 Adidas
2001–02 Diadora
2003–04 Umbro
2005–07 Adidas
2008–09 Puma
2010– Nike
Name Period
Vladislav Gusev 1990–1992
Leonid Tufrin 1992–1994
Vitaly Mutko 1995–2003
David Traktovenko 2003–2005
Sergey Fursenko 2006–2008
Alexander Dyukov 2008–2017
Sergey Fursenko 2017–2019
Alexander Medvedev 2019–
Name Period
Pyotr Filippov 1936–37
Mikhail Yudenich 1938–39
Konstantin Egorov 1938–39
Pyotr Filippov 1940
Konstantin Lemeshev 1941–45
Mikhail Butusov 1946
Ivan Talanov 1946–48
Konstantin Lemeshev 1948–50
Georgiy Lasin 1950–51
Vladimir Lemeshev 1952–54
Nikolay Lyukshinov 1954–55
Arkadiy Alov 1956–57
Georgiy Zharkov 1957–60
Gennadiy Bondarenko 1960
Evgeniy Eliseev 1961–64
Valentin Fyodorov 1964–66
Arkadiy Alov 1967
Artem Falyan 1968–70
Yevgeniy Goryanskiy 1970–72
German Zonin 1973–77
Yuri Morozov 1977–82
Pavel Sadyrin 1983-87
Name Period
Vladimir Golubev 1987
Stanislav Zavidonov 1988–89
Vladimir Golubev 1989
Anatoliy Konkov 1990
Vyacheslav Bulavin 1990
Yuri Morozov 1991
Vyacheslav Melnikov 1992–94
Pavel Sadyrin Jan 1, 1995 – Dec 31, 1996
Anatoliy Byshovets Jan 1, 1997 – Sep 25, 1998
Anatoli Davydov 1998–00
Yuri Morozov 2000–02
Mikhail Biryukov 2002
Boris Rappoport 2002
Vlastimil Petržela Nov 19, 2002 – May 3, 2006
Vladimír Borovička (caretaker) 2006
Dick Advocaat July 13, 2006 – Aug 10, 2009
Anatoli Davydov Aug 10, 2009 – Dec 9, 2009
Luciano Spalletti Dec 10, 2009 – March 11, 2014
Sergei Semak (caretaker) March 11, 2014 – March 20, 2014
André Villas-Boas March 20, 2014 – May 24, 2016
Mircea Lucescu May 24, 2016 – May 28, 2017
Roberto Mancini June 1, 2017 – May 13, 2018
Sergei Semak May 29, 2018 – present

As of 8 December 2020

By competition

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win% Ref
Champions League / European Cup 70 29 13 28 88 86 +2 041.43
Europa League / UEFA Cup / Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 116 60 20 36 206 140 +66 051.72
Super Cup 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
Intertoto Cup 8 6 1 1 17 7 +10 075.00
Total 195 96 34 65 314 233 +81 049.23

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Zenit.

USSR/Russia
Other former USSR countries
Europe
South and Central America
Asia

Other football clubs

Corporations

Zenit's traditional rivals are the big Moscow clubs, most notably FC Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow, FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Torpedo Moscow. They also shared rivalries with the big Ukrainian clubs FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Soviet era.

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FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Zenit St Petersburg For other uses see FC Zenit disambiguation Football Club Zenit Russian Futbolnyj klub Zenit fʊdˈbolʲnɨj ˈkɫup zʲɪˈnʲit also known as Zenit Saint Petersburg or simply Zenit is a Russian professional football club based in the city of Saint Petersburg Founded in 1925 or in 1914 according to some Russian sources the club plays in the Russian Premier League Zenit are the reigning champions of the Russian Premier League Previously they won the 2007 2010 2011 12 2014 15 2018 19 2019 20 and the 2020 21 seasons of the Russian Premier League as well as the 2007 08 UEFA Cup and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup The club is owned and sponsored by the Russian state owned energy giant Gazprom The team play its home matches at the Gazprom Arena ZenitFull nameFutbolnyj klub ZenitNickname s Sine Belo Golubye The Blue White Sky Blues Zenitchiki The Zeniters Svinopinateli Pigs kickers Pigs is a derogatory nickname given to FC Spartak Moscow Founded25 May 1925 96 years ago 1925 05 25 GroundKrestovsky StadiumCapacity67 800 1 OwnerGazpromPresidentAlexander MedvedevHead coachSergei SemakLeagueRussian Premier League2020 21Russian Premier League 1st of 16WebsiteClub websiteHome coloursAway coloursCurrent season Contents 1 History 1 1 Before Zenit 1 2 Formation of Zenit 1 3 Zenit in the Soviet League 1 4 Zenit in the Russian League 1 5 Gazprom era 1 5 1 Under Advocaat 1 5 2 Under Spalletti 1 5 3 Under Villas Boas 1 5 4 Under Lucescu 1 5 5 Under Mancini 1 5 6 Under Semak 2 Stadiums 3 Honours 3 1 Domestic competitions 3 2 International competitions 4 League and cup history 4 1 Soviet Union 4 2 Russia 5 League Positions 6 Players 6 1 Current squad 6 2 Out on loan 6 3 Reserve squad 6 4 Team captains 7 Club officials 7 1 Board of directors 7 2 Management 8 Kit suppliers 9 Presidents 10 Head coaches 11 Zenit in European football 11 1 By competition 12 Notable players 13 Partnership 13 1 Other football clubs 13 2 Corporations 14 Rivalries 15 See also 16 Notes 17 References 18 External linksHistory EditBefore Zenit Edit Zenit s history is tightly connected with the political history of Saint Petersburg Russia also called Petrograd and Leningrad at times in its history In 1897 the first officially recorded football match in Russia was held in Saint Petersburg on Vasilievsky Island an unofficial game between the local English team Ostrov and the local Russian team Petrograd which the English team won 6 0 The players of those local teams were amateurs and loosely associated with each other At the same time several formal football clubs were founded in Saint Petersburg mainly around large industrial companies Players membership was unofficial and very loose however sometimes allowing the same players to play for several different teams during the same season Formation of Zenit Edit The original Zenit team stemmed from several football teams which changed names and owners many times during the Soviet era after the Revolution of 1917 as powerful political forces manipulated the careers of individual players as well as the fate of the whole team The club was renamed several times and its owners and leaders were under political pressure for many decades The origins of Zenit date back to the beginning of the 20th century to several predecessor teams in Saint Petersburg that were playing locally The oldest documented predecessor of Zenit was the team Murzinka founded in 1914 which played in the Obukhovsky stadium from 1914 until 1924 when the team came to be known as Bolshevik the new name for Obukhovsky industry and its stadium The team and stadium survived the drama of World War I the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 and the Russian Civil War of 1918 to 1922 In 1925 another predecessor team of Zenit was formed of workers from the Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod Leningrad Metal Plant they were called the Stalinets in the 1930s Stalinets translates literally to English as Stalinist however in Russian the name is a play on words as stal means steel in that language Historians documented that both predecessor teams of Zenit were playing independently until their official merger at the end of 1939 The Stalinets were not the same team named Zenit that took part in the 1938 USSR championship The current name of FC Zenit was registered in 1936 as Bolshevik became part of the Zenit sports society and was renamed three years before the Stalinets merged with it The name Zenit means Zenith In 1939 during the rule of Joseph Stalin Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod became part of the military industry and its sports teams players and managers were transferred to the Zenit sports society FC Zenit was ordered to take in members of the Stalinets metallurgical workers team after the end of the 1939 season Zenit in the Soviet League Edit Zenit won their first honours in 1944 claiming the war time USSR Cup after defeating CSKA Moscow in the well attended final The club was always adored in Leningrad citation needed but was not able to make much of a significant impact in the Soviet League In 1967 Zenit finished last but were saved from relegation because the Soviet leadership decided it would not be prudent to relegate a Leningrad team during the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution which occurred in the city Composer Dmitry Shostakovich and film star Kirill Lavrov were well known as ardent supporters of Zenit a passion that is reflected in their attendance of many games citation needed Zenit won the bronze medal in 1980 also reaching the Soviet Cup Final and winning the Soviet League title in 1984 In 1985 Zenit beat the Soviet Cup holder in the Soviet Super Cup also called the Season Cup Zenit in the Russian League Edit The LOMO optical plant took up the ownership of the team after the war vague In 1990 FC Zenit were re registered as an independent city owned professional club After being relegated in the first year of the Russian League 1992 Zenit returned to the top flight in 1996 and has been decent since They claimed the 1999 Russian Cup finished third in the League in 2001 made the Cup final in 2002 became the runners up in the Premier League and won the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003 Gazprom era Edit In December 2005 Gazprom took a controlling stake in the club 2 The deal was announced by Valentina Matviyenko the Saint Petersburg governor Gazprom bought the majority of the club and invested over 100 million buying new players and building the new stadium Under Advocaat Edit Andrey Arshavin one of the most successful players in Zenit history Although Zenit reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup in 2006 a mediocre start to the league season led to the summer replacement of coach Vlastimil Petrzela In July 2006 Dick Advocaat 3 took over as Zenit s manager Advocaat worked together with his assistant manager former Netherlands national youth team coach Cor Pot Zenit won the 2007 Russian Premier League their best league achievement since winning the USSR Championship in 1984 allowing them to compete in the group stage of the 2008 09 UEFA Champions League In 2008 Zenit won the Russian Super Cup and reached the quarter final of the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history In the first leg of the quarter final away game against German side Bayer Leverkusen the team achieved a 4 1 victory They qualified for the semi finals of the competition for the first time in their history despite a 1 0 home loss to Leverkusen in the second leg and were drawn to play further German opposition in the semi final Bayern Munich considered the top team remaining 4 A battling performance in the first leg of the semi final earned Zenit a 1 1 draw away against Bayern Munich In the second leg at home Zenit won 4 0 defeating Bayern 5 1 on aggregate and going through to the UEFA Cup Final for the first time in club history where they met Scottish side Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester on 14 May Zenit won 2 0 with goals from Igor Denisov in the 72nd minute and Konstantin Zyryanov in stoppage time to lift the club s first ever UEFA Cup Andrey Arshavin was named man of the match 5 On 29 August 2008 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco Zenit then defeated Manchester United 2 1 in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup becoming the first Russian side to win the trophy Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the first goal and Danny scored the second the latter being named man of the match in his debut for Zenit 6 In the 2008 09 Champions League group stage Zenit was grouped with Real Madrid Juventus and BATE Borisov in Group H which by some was marked as the group of death Zenit ultimately finished in third place in the group behind Juventus and Real Madrid and was thus unable to progress to the knockout phase of the competition This position however was good enough to earn the club a place in the 2008 09 UEFA Cup last 32 where the team faced VfB Stuttgart for a place in the last 16 of the competition After defeating Stuttgart on away goals Zenit went on to lose 2 1 over two legs against Italian club Udinese Under Spalletti Edit Zenit against Bayern Munich in 2011 Luciano Spalletti signed a contract with Zenit in December 2009 with Italian coaches Daniele Baldini Marco Domenichini and Alberto Bartali also joining the Russian club The Board of Zenit mandated him to return the Russian Premier League title to Zenit win the Russian Cup and progress from the group stage of the Champions League in his first year Zenit won the Russian Cup on 16 May 2010 after beating Sibir Novosibirsk in the final previously beating Volga Tver in the quarter finals and Amkar Perm in the semi finals After 16 games in the 2010 Premier League with 12 wins and four draws Zenit claimed 40 points setting a new Russian Premier League record for most points won at that stage of the campaign In the summer transfer window of 2010 Spalletti made his first signings securing forward Aleksandr Bukharov and midfielder Sergei Semak from Rubin Kazan defenders Aleksandar Lukovic from Udinese and Bruno Alves from Porto Hulk On 25 August 2010 Zenit lost its first game under Spalletti to French side Auxerre and failed to advance to the Champions League group stage instead participating in the Europa League On 3 October Zenit beat Spartak Nalchik to set another Russian Premier League record for most consecutive games going undefeated with 21 games since the start of the league season On 27 October however Zenit suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of rival club Spartak Moscow just seven games short of finishing the championship undefeated On 14 November Zenit defeated Rostov and two games prior to the end of the season won the championship title the first in Spalletti s managerial career Zenit progressed through the knockout stage of the 2010 11 Europa League in first place then beating Swiss side Young Boys in the Round of 16 On 6 March 2011 Zenit won against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Super Cup the third Russian trophy won under Spalletti On 17 March however Zenit were knocked out of the Europa League losing to Dutch team Twente 2 3 on aggregate in the quarter finals In the 2011 12 Champions League Zenit began the group stage drawn into Group G alongside Porto Shakhtar Donetsk and APOEL On 6 December 2011 the team finished the group stage in second place and for the first time in club s history qualified for the spring knockout phase of Champions League In the Round of 16 Zenit were drawn with Portuguese side Benfica winning the first leg 3 2 at home through two goals from Roman Shirokov and one from Sergei Semak In the second leg in Lisbon however Zenit lost 2 0 and were thus eliminated from the competition In April 2012 Zenit won their second straight Russian Championship after beating Dynamo Moscow 7 Under Villas Boas Edit After a series of disappointing results in both the Champions League and the Premier League Spalletti was fired on 11 March 2014 8 A week later the club announced they had negotiated a two year deal with Andre Villas Boas who himself had been released a few months prior after a disappointing stint as manager of English side Tottenham Hotspur 9 In the 2014 15 Europa League Zenit were eliminated in the quarter finals by eventual champions Sevilla In May 2015 Zenit won the Russian Championship the first championship title under Villas Boas and the team s fifth ever on the eve of its 90th anniversary celebration Zenit then defeated Lokomotiv Moscow in the 2015 Russian Super Cup 1 1 4 2 on penalties Later in the 2015 calendar year Villas Boas said that he would be leaving the club after the 2015 16 season In the 2015 16 Champions League Zenit began the competition in the group stage They were drawn in Group H alongside Valencia Lyon and Gent They ended the group stage with their best group stage finish ever winning five out of six matches and emerging as group winners They were however eliminated from the competition in the Round of 16 by Portuguese side Benfica On 24 May 2016 Villas Boas left the club at the end of the season with Mircea Lucescu appointed the new manager of Zenit 10 11 Under Lucescu Edit In July 2016 Zenit won the Russian Super Cup after a 0 1 victory over CSKA Moscow During the 2016 17 Europa League Zenit began the group stage drawn into Group D alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv AZ Alkmaar and Dundalk On 8 December 2016 the team finished the group stage in first place and qualified for the spring knockout phase of Europa League In the round of 32 Zenit faced R S C Anderlecht and was eliminated 3 3 on aggregate due to the away goals rule In the league Zenit s performances in the spring were disappointing and as such the club finished third and missed out on the Champions League for the second year in a row Zenit was also eliminated in the round of 16 by FC Anzhi Makhachkala 0 4 on aggregate after an abysmal performance The first and last season of Mircea Lucescu was a complete disappointment despite the expectations Under Mancini Edit On 1 June 2017 Zenit appointed Roberto Mancini as the new manager of the team 12 On 13 May 2018 Mancini terminated his contract by mutual consent 13 Under Semak Edit FC Zenit logo during the 95th birthday celebrations at May 2020 In May 2018 Mancini left to become the head coach of the Italy national football team Sergey Semak became the new manager of Zenit receiving a two year contract 14 In August 2018 during the 1st leg of the 3rd qualification round of the UEFA Europa League Zenit suffered a 0 4 loss to Dynamo Minsk During the 2nd leg back on home ground Zenit made a comeback winning 8 1 scoring 3 goals in the second half and 4 goals in the second half of the extra time with 2 goals scored in the 120th minute 15 Zenit went on to beat Molde FK 4 3 on aggregate in the next round entering the group stage of 2018 19 UEFA Europa League 16 In March 2020 the league was forced to halt due to the COVID 19 pandemic in Russia 17 Zenit secured another title on 5 July 2020 after a victory over FC Krasnodar with 4 games left to play in the tournament 18 On 2 May 2021 Zenit secured their third title in a row in a 6 1 victory over second place FC Lokomotiv Moscow 19 Zenit opened the 2021 2022 season with a seventh win in the Russian Super Cup after a 3 0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow but without major key players who left the club like Yuri Zhirkov Andrei Lunev and Sebastian Driussi Stadiums EditMain article Krestovsky Stadium Petrovsky Stadium Krestovsky Stadium Zenit s home ground is now the 67 800 capacity Krestovsky Stadium known as Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons in Saint Petersburg Petrovsky Stadium used to be the home ground of the team before the new Krestovsky Stadium was built Before moving to the Petrovsky Stadium Zenit s home ground was the Kirov Stadium It stood on the site where the Krestovsky Stadium was later erected Honours EditDomestic competitions Edit Soviet Top League Russian Premier League 20 Champions 8 1984 2007 2010 2011 12 2014 15 2018 19 2019 20 2020 21 Soviet Cup Russian Cup 21 Winners 5 1944 1998 99 2009 10 2015 16 2019 20 Runners up 1939 1984 2001 02 Soviet Super Cup Russian Super Cup Winners 7 1984 2008 2011 2015 2016 2020 2021 Runners up 2012 2013 2019 USSR Federation Cup Russian Premier League Cup Winners 2003 Runners up 1986 Soviet First League Russian National Football League Runners up 1993 Center International competitions Edit UEFA Cup Winners 2007 08 22 UEFA Super Cup Winners 2008 23 League and cup history EditSoviet Union Edit Season Div Pos Pl W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe1936 2nd 3 6 9 9 131936 2nd 6 7 6 13 12 Round of 161937 2nd 4 12 22 18 25 Round of 1281938 1st 14 25 7 10 8 38 57 24 Round of 161939 1st 11 26 7 7 12 30 46 21 Runner up1940 1st 10 24 6 6 12 37 42 181944 Winner1945 1st 6 8 7 7 35 31 23 Semi final1946 1st 9 22 5 5 12 22 45 15 Round of 161947 1st 6 24 10 2 12 35 49 22 Quarter final1948 1st 13 26 4 9 13 29 48 17 Round of 161949 1st 5 34 17 8 9 48 48 42 Quarter final1950 1st 6 36 19 5 12 70 59 43 Quarter final1951 1st 7 28 10 8 10 36 40 28 Round of 161952 1st 7 13 6 2 5 20 21 14 Quarter final1953 1st 5 20 11 1 8 25 21 23 Round of 161954 1st 7 24 8 7 9 27 26 23 Semi final1955 1st 8 22 5 8 9 23 36 18 Round of 161956 1st 9 22 4 11 7 27 43 191957 1st 10 22 4 7 11 23 41 15 Round of 161958 1st 4 22 9 8 5 41 32 26 Round of 161959 1st 8 22 8 4 10 29 38 201960 1st 15 30 14 5 11 47 37 33 Round of 321961 1st 13 32 12 8 12 50 52 32 Semi final1962 1st 11 32 11 7 14 53 42 29 Round of 321963 1st 6 38 14 17 7 45 32 45 Round of 321964 1st 11 32 9 9 14 30 35 27 Round of 161965 1st 9 32 10 12 10 32 32 32 Round of 321966 1st 16 36 10 8 18 35 54 28 Round of 161967 1st 19 36 6 9 21 28 63 21 Round of 321968 1st 11 38 10 14 14 35 49 34 Round of 321969 1st 9 26 6 9 11 21 34 21 Round of 161970 1st 14 32 10 7 15 30 40 27 Quarter final1971 1st 13 30 8 10 12 29 32 26 Quarter final1972 1st 7 30 11 11 8 44 30 33 Quarter final1973 1st 11 30 9 12 9 33 35 21 Round of 161974 1st 7 30 8 15 7 36 41 31 Round of 161975 1st 14 30 7 10 13 27 42 24 Round of 161976 1st 13 15 4 5 6 14 15 131976 1st 5 15 6 4 5 22 16 16 Round of 161977 1st 10 30 8 12 10 34 33 28 Semi final1978 1st 10 30 9 8 13 31 46 26 Quarter final1979 1st 10 34 11 9 14 41 45 30 Group stage1980 1st 3 34 16 10 8 51 42 42 Group stage1981 1st 15 34 9 10 15 33 43 28 Round of 161982 1st 7 34 12 9 13 44 41 33 Group stage UC First round1983 1st 4 34 15 11 8 42 32 40 Semi final1984 1st 1 34 19 9 6 60 32 47 Runner up1985 1st 6 34 14 7 13 48 38 35 Semi final1986 1st 4 30 12 9 9 44 36 33 Semi final ECC Second round1987 1st 14 30 7 10 13 25 37 24 Round of 161988 1st 6 30 11 9 10 35 34 31 Round of 16 UC First round1989 1st 16 30 5 9 16 24 48 19 Round of 161990 2nd 18 38 8 14 16 35 41 30 Round of 32 UC Second round1991 2nd 18 42 11 14 17 44 50 36 Round of 32 Russia Edit Season Div Pos Pl W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer league Head coach1992 1st 16 30 10 8 12 39 45 28 Kulik 13 Melnikov1993 2nd Centre 2 38 25 8 5 87 33 58 Round of 32 Kulik 36 Melnikov1994 2nd 13 42 14 12 16 44 49 40 Round of 64 Kulik 9 Melnikov1995 3 42 24 5 13 68 42 77 Round of 32 Kulik 19 Sadyrin1996 1st 10 34 13 4 17 32 37 43 Round of 32 Kulik 11 Sadyrin1997 8 34 13 10 11 28 29 49 Semifinal Gorshkov 5 Byshovets1998 5 30 12 11 7 42 25 47 Round of 16 Panov 8 Maksimyuk 8 Byshovets Davydov1999 8 30 9 12 9 36 34 39 Winner Popovich 7 Davydov2000 7 30 13 8 9 38 26 47 Round of 32 UC IC 1st round Runner up Popovich 10 Davydov Morozov2001 3 30 16 8 6 52 35 56 Round of 32 Popovich 7 Morozov2002 10 30 8 9 13 36 42 33 Runner up Kerzhakov 14 Morozov Biryukov Rappoport2003 2 30 16 8 6 48 32 56 Round of 16 UC 1st round Kerzhakov 13 Petrzela2004 4 30 17 5 8 55 37 56 Round of 16 Kerzhakov 18 Petrzela2005 6 30 13 10 7 45 26 49 Semifinals UC Group stage Arshavin 9 Petrzela2006 4 30 13 11 6 42 30 50 Semifinals UC Quarterfinals Arshavin 7 Petrzela Borovicka Advocaat2007 1 30 18 7 5 53 32 61 Quarterfinals Pogrebnyak 11 Advocaat2008 5 30 12 12 6 59 37 48 Quarterfinals UC Winner Tekke 8 Advocaat2009 3 30 15 9 6 48 27 54 Round of 32 UCL UC Group stage Round of 16 Tekke 8 Advocaat Davydov2010 1 30 20 8 2 61 21 68 Winner EL Play off round Kerzhakov 13 Spalletti2011 12 1 44 24 16 4 85 40 88 Quarterfinals UCL Round of 16 Kerzhakov 23 Spalletti2012 13 2 30 18 8 4 52 25 62 Semifinals UCL EL Group stage Round of 16 Kerzhakov 10 Spalletti2013 14 2 30 19 6 5 63 32 63 Fifth Round UCL Round of 16 Hulk 17 Spalletti Semak Villas Boas2014 15 1 30 20 7 3 58 17 67 Round of 16 UCL EL Group Stage Quarterfinals Hulk 15 Villas Boas2015 16 3 30 17 8 5 61 32 59 Winner UCL Round of 16 Hulk 17 Villas Boas2016 17 3 30 18 7 5 50 19 61 Round of 16 EL Round of 32 Dzyuba 13 Lucescu2017 18 5 30 14 11 5 46 21 53 Round of 32 EL Round of 16 Kokorin 10 Mancini2018 19 1 30 20 4 6 57 29 64 Round of 16 EL Round of 16 Driussi 11 Semak2019 20 1 30 22 6 2 65 18 72 Winner UCL Group stage Azmoun 17 Dzyuba 17 Semak2020 21 1 30 19 8 3 76 26 65 Round of 16 UCL Group stage Dzyuba 20 Semak2021 22 UCL Group stage SemakLeague Positions EditPlayers EditCurrent squad Edit As of 2 September 2021 Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player1 GK RUS Stanislav Kritsyuk2 DF RUS Dmitriy Chistyakov3 DF BRA Douglas Santos4 DF RUS Danil Krugovoy5 MF COL Wilmar Barrios6 DF CRO Dejan Lovren captain 7 FW IRN Serdar Azmoun8 MF BRA Wendel10 FW BRA Malcom11 MF BRA Claudinho14 MF RUS Daler Kuzyaev15 DF RUS Vyacheslav Karavaev No Pos Nation Player17 MF RUS Andrey Mostovoy19 MF RUS Aleksey Sutormin21 MF RUS Aleksandr Erokhin22 FW RUS Artyom Dzyuba27 MF RUS Magomed Ozdoev41 GK RUS Mikhail Kerzhakov44 DF UKR Yaroslav Rakitskiy64 MF RUS Kirill Kravtsov71 GK RUS Daniil Odoevskiy85 FW RUS Daniil Kuznetsov91 GK RUS David Byazrov94 DF RUS Danila KhotulyovOut on loan Edit Note Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules Players may hold more than one non FIFA nationality No Pos Nation Player GK RUS Nikita Goylo at Akron Tolyatti GK RUS Aleksandr Vasyutin at Djurgardens GK RUS Nikolay Rybikov at Chayka Peschanokopskoye DF ARG Emanuel Mammana at Sochi MF RUS Kirill Kaplenko at Orenburg MF RUS Yaroslav Mikhaylov at Schalke 04 No Pos Nation Player MF RUS Kirill Shchetinin at Rostov MF RUS Dmitriy Sergeev at Baltika Kaliningrad MF RUS Daniil Knyazev at Baltika BFU Kaliningrad FW RUS Maksim Bachinskiy at Tekstilshchik Ivanovo FW RUS Daniil Shamkin at Baltika Kaliningrad Reserve squad Edit Main article FC Zenit 2 Saint Petersburg Zenit s reserve squad played professionally as Zenit 2 Russian Second League in 1993 Russian Second Division from 1998 to 2000 and Zenit d Russian Third League from 1994 to 1997 Another team that was founded as Lokomotiv Zenit 2 played as Zenit 2 in the Russian Second Division from 2001 to 2008 By 2008 there was no relation between that team and FC Zenit Another farm club called FC Smena Zenit debuted in the Russian Second Division in 2009 taking the spot of the former FC Zenit 2 FC Smena Zenit was dissolved after the 2009 season because it did not fulfill Zenit s initial expectations Zenit 2 reentered professional football in the 2013 14 season in the Russian Professional Football League Team captains Edit Name Years Aleksey Naumov 1992 Oleg Dmitriyev 1993 94 Vladimir Kulik 1995 96 Yuriy Vernydub 1997 2000 Andrey Kobelev 2000 01 Aleksei Igonin 2001 03 Vladislav Radimov 2003 07 Andrey Arshavin 2007 Erik Hagen 2007 Anatoliy Tymoshchuk 2007 09 Vyacheslav Malafeev 2009 Aleksandr Anyukov 2009 12 Vyacheslav Malafeev 2012 Danny 2012 13 Roman Shirokov 2013 Danny 2014 17 Domenico Criscito 2017 18 Aleksandr Anyukov 2018 19 Branislav Ivanovic 2019 20 Artyom Dzyuba 2020 Dejan Lovren 2020 Club officials EditBoard of directors Edit Position NameGeneral Director Alexander MedvedevSporting Director Javier Ribalta 24 Deputy General Directors Dmitri MankinDeputy General Directors Vyacheslav MalafeevDeputy General Directors Rosteslav LeontyevDeputy General Directors Zhanna DemboDeputy General Directors Yury AndreyevichDirector of the Smena study practice complex Vasily Kostrovsky Source fc zenit ru Management Edit Position NameHead Coach Sergey SemakAssistant coaches Aleksandr Nizelik William Artur de Oliveira Igor Simutenkov Anatoliy Tymoshchuk Aleksandr AnyukovGoalkeeping coach Mikhail Biryukov Yuri ZhevnovFitness coach Ivan Carminati Andrea Scanavino Mariya BurovaDoctor Mikhail Grishin Source http fc zenit ru zenit coaches Kit suppliers EditPeriod Kit manufacturers1997 2000 Adidas2001 02 Diadora2003 04 Umbro2005 07 Adidas2008 09 Puma2010 NikePresidents EditName Period Vladislav Gusev 1990 1992 Leonid Tufrin 1992 1994 Vitaly Mutko 1995 2003 David Traktovenko 2003 2005 Sergey Fursenko 2006 2008 Alexander Dyukov 2008 2017 Sergey Fursenko 2017 2019 Alexander Medvedev 2019 Head coaches EditName Period Pyotr Filippov 1936 37 Mikhail Yudenich 1938 39 Konstantin Egorov 1938 39 Pyotr Filippov 1940 Konstantin Lemeshev 1941 45 Mikhail Butusov 1946 Ivan Talanov 1946 48 Konstantin Lemeshev 1948 50 Georgiy Lasin 1950 51 Vladimir Lemeshev 1952 54 Nikolay Lyukshinov 1954 55 Arkadiy Alov 1956 57 Georgiy Zharkov 1957 60 Gennadiy Bondarenko 1960 Evgeniy Eliseev 1961 64 Valentin Fyodorov 1964 66 Arkadiy Alov 1967 Artem Falyan 1968 70 Yevgeniy Goryanskiy 1970 72 German Zonin 1973 77 Yuri Morozov 1977 82 Pavel Sadyrin 1983 87 Name Period Vladimir Golubev 1987 Stanislav Zavidonov 1988 89 Vladimir Golubev 1989 Anatoliy Konkov 1990 Vyacheslav Bulavin 1990 Yuri Morozov 1991 Vyacheslav Melnikov 1992 94 Pavel Sadyrin Jan 1 1995 Dec 31 1996 Anatoliy Byshovets Jan 1 1997 Sep 25 1998 Anatoli Davydov 1998 00 Yuri Morozov 2000 02 Mikhail Biryukov 2002 Boris Rappoport 2002 Vlastimil Petrzela Nov 19 2002 May 3 2006 Vladimir Borovicka caretaker 2006 Dick Advocaat July 13 2006 Aug 10 2009 Anatoli Davydov Aug 10 2009 Dec 9 2009 Luciano Spalletti Dec 10 2009 March 11 2014 Sergei Semak caretaker March 11 2014 March 20 2014 Andre Villas Boas March 20 2014 May 24 2016 Mircea Lucescu May 24 2016 May 28 2017 Roberto Mancini June 1 2017 May 13 2018 Sergei Semak May 29 2018 presentZenit in European football EditMain article FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in European football As of 8 December 2020 By competition Edit Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win nb 1 RefChampions League European Cup 70 29 13 28 88 86 2 0 41 43Europa League UEFA Cup Inter Cities Fairs Cup 116 60 20 36 206 140 66 0 51 72Super Cup 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 100 00Intertoto Cup 8 6 1 1 17 7 10 0 75 00Total 195 96 34 65 314 233 81 0 49 23Notable players EditHad international caps for their respective countries Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Zenit USSR Russia Mikhail Biryukov Vasily Danilov Sergey Dmitriyev Vladimir Golubev Aleksandr Ivanov Leonid Ivanov Anzor Kavazashvili Vladimir Kazachyonok Nikolay Larionov Fridrikh Maryutin Sergei Salnikov Sergei Shvetsov Yuriy Voynov Anatoli Zinchenko Vasili Kulkov Dmitri Radchenko Valeri Broshin Aleksandr Anyukov Andrey Arshavin Aleksandr Bukharov Vladimir Bystrov Dmitri Chistyakov Maksim Demenko Igor Denisov Artyom Dzyuba Viktor Fayzulin Alexandr Gorshkov Aleksei Igonin Aleksei Ionov Maksim Kanunnikov Vyacheslav Karavayev Aleksandr Kerzhakov Andrey Kobelev Aleksandr Kokorin Sergei Kolotovkin Andrei Kondrashov Stanislav Kritsyuk Daler Kuzyayev Vladimir Lebed Yury Lodygin Andrey Lunyov Ilya Maksimov Vyacheslav Malafeev Pavel Mogilevets Andrei Mostovoy Elmir Nabiullin Ivan Novoseltsev Magomed Ozdoyev Aleksandr Panov Sergei Petrov Sergei Podpaly Pavel Pogrebnyak Dmitry Poloz Vladislav Radimov Aleksandr Ryazantsev Oleg Salenko Sergey Semak Igor Semshov Oleg Shatov Roman Shirokov Igor Smolnikov Aleksei Sutormin Renat Yanbayev Aleksandr Yerokhin Artur Yusupov Anton Zabolotny Yuri Zhirkov Denis Zubko Konstantin ZyryanovOther former USSR countries Roman Berezovsky Sargis Hovsepyan Yervand Krbachyan Artem Simonyan Ramil Sheydayev Dmitry Ogorodnik Boris Gorovoy Sergey Gerasimets Sergey Kornilenko Yuri Zhevnov Solomon Kvirkvelia Andrei Kurdyumov Peter Neustadter Yevgeni Tarasov Egidijus Majus Darius Miceika Robertas Poskus Irmantas Stumbrys Ovidijus Verbickas Serghei Cleșcenco Alexandru Curteian Andrei Manannikov Vazgen Manasyan Dmitri Khomukha Dmitri Nezhelev Vladimir Gorily Roman Maksimyuk Sergey Popov Yaroslav Rakitskiy Aleksandr Spivak Aleksandr Svistunov Anatoliy Tymoschuk Igor Zhabchenko Europe Nicolas Lombaerts Axel Witsel Ivica Krizanac Dejan Lovren Pavel Mares Radek Sirl Michael Lumb Boris Rotenberg Szabolcs Huszti Domenico Criscito Claudio Marchisio Alessandro Rosina Mikhail Zaritskiy Velice Sumulikoski Luka Đorđevic Erik Hagen Bruno Alves Danny Fernando Meira Luis Neto Milan Rodic Branislav Ivanovic Mateja Kezman Danko Lazovic Aleksandar Lukovic Kamil Contofalsky Tomas Hubocan Robert Mak Martin Skrtel Miha Mevlja Javi Garcia Fatih TekkeSouth and Central America Cristian Ansaldi Ezequiel Garay Matias Kranevitter Emanuel Mammana Leandro Paredes Emiliano Rigoni Giuliano Hulk Douglas Santos Wilmar Barrios Christian Noboa Yordan Osorio Salomon RondonAsia Sardar Azmoun Hyun Young min Kim Dong jin Lee HoPartnership EditOther football clubs Edit Schalke 04 25 Shakhtar Donetsk 26 Red Star Belgrade Sepahan 27 Corporations Edit MegaFon 28 Rossiya Airlines 29 Nissan 30 Obi store 31 Rostelecom 31 Corinthia Saint Petersburg 32 St Peter Line 33 Google 34 Rivalries EditZenit s traditional rivals are the big Moscow clubs most notably FC Spartak Moscow CSKA Moscow FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Torpedo Moscow They also shared rivalries with the big Ukrainian clubs FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Soviet era See also EditZFK Zenit Saint PetersburgNotes Edit Win is rounded to two decimal placesReferences Edit Arena St Petersburg Gazprom Buys Zenit The St Petersburg Times 23 December 2005 Archived from the original on 7 April 2014 Gazprom fuels Zenit dream uefa com 19 January 2007 Archived from the original on 24 February 2007 Retrieved 8 August 2007 Zenit stuns Bayern in UEFA Cup semi 4 0 The New York Times Ravdin Eugene 14 May 2008 Proud Arshavin spent by star turn uefa com Union of European Football Associations Archived from the original on 16 May 2008 Retrieved 16 May 2008 2008 Zenit claim Russian first uefa com The secrets of Zenit s third title success uefa com 28 April 2012 Archived from the original on 15 May 2012 Zenit St Petersburg fires coach Luciano Spalletti The Moscow News Archived from the original on 3 September 2014 Andre Villas Boas agrees deal to become Zenit St Petersburg head coach ESPN FC ESPNFC com Andre Villas Boas announces he is to quit as Zenit St Petersburg manager The Guardian Associated Press 10 September 2015 Retrieved 29 May 2016 Mircea Lucescu takes charge at Zenit UEFA com Union of European Football Associations 24 May 2016 Retrieved 29 May 2016 Roberto Manchini naznachen glavnym trenerom Zenita in Russian FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 June 2017 Official Mancini leaves Zenit Football Italia 13 May 2018 Zenit name Semak as new manager BeSoccer 29 May 2018 Retrieved 26 September 2018 Match Summary UEFA Europa League Retrieved 26 September 2018 Match Summary UEFA Europa League Retrieved 26 September 2018 Matchett Karl 17 March 2020 Coronavirus outbreak sees Russian Premier League postponed until April The Independent Retrieved 26 May 2020 Zenit v sedmoj raz v istorii stal chempionom strany in Russian FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 5 July 2020 Sensational Zenit storm to the title with utterly dominant thrashing Russian Premier League 2 May 2021 Russia List of Champions rsssf com Retrieved 2 June 2012 Russia Cup Finals rsssf com Retrieved 3 June 2012 Previous winners uefa com Retrieved 2 June 2012 Previous winners uefa com Retrieved 2 June 2012 Official Javier Ribalta is the new Zenit Sporting Director Zenit Football Club 31 July 2018 FK Zenit podpisal soglashenie o partnerstve s FK Shalke 04 FC Zenit Sergej Fursenko Partnerstvo s Shahterom shag aktualnyj i 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