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Luch-Energia

Luch-Energia is a football (soccer) club from Russia.

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About Luch-Energia

FC Luch-Energiya is a Russian football (soccer) club based in Vladivostok. In 2005, Luch-Energia won the Russian First Division and played in the Russian Premier League from 2006 to 2008.

The club was called Luch before 2003, when it was renamed Luch-Energia due to sponsorship from Dalenergo, an energy distribution company.

History

Luch has been playing in the USSR championship since 1958. The club played in the Far East regional tournament of "B-class" teams and eventually won it in 1965, earning promotion to "A-class". Luch played in this regional tournament until league reorganization in 1972.

From 1972 to 1991, Luch played in the Eastern zone of Soviet Second League. The club's best result was a runner-up position in 1984.

In 1992, after the dissolution of Soviet Union, Luch was entitled to play in the Eastern zone of Russian First Division and won that tournament. Luch played in Russian Premier League in 1993 and was relegated, having finished 15th.

Luch played in Russian First Division from 1994 until relegation in 1997, and in Russian Second Division from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, Luch-Energia finished 1st in the Eastern zone and earned promotion. The club spent another 2 years in Russian First Division, earning promotion to Russian Premier League in 2005.In 2008 Luch finished in the last position and was relegated to the Russian First Division.The club had some financial problems and were forced to sell some of their key players making the club vulnerable at home, formerly considered a fortress on the remote Pacific coast.

Complications

Situated in the far east of the country, their location poses a significant problem for away teams:9 hours by flight from Moscow. When playing FC Zenit Saint Petersburg at home, a trio of Zenit fans (Evgeny Stepanov, Aleksandr Zaraysky and Veronika Davidova) drove 15,000km across the country only for their car to break down when in Vladivostok, leaving them unable to drive home. These fans thus took the Trans-Siberian Railway back to Saint Petersburg, upon which the club rewarded them with a new car on October 1, 2006.
There has been much controversy about whether the Russian league should be split into two leagues, East region and Western region, however this is yet to happen. Igor Akinfeev, the PFC CSKA Moscow goalkeeper, said that "they should play in the J. League", after his team lost 4-0 after a seven hour flight.

League and Cup history

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Notable players

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

- Nikolai Gontar
- Andrei Chichkin
- Anatoli Kanishchev
- Andrei Kondrashov
- Ramiz Mamedov
- Aleksandr Sheshukov
- Manuk Kakosyan
- Andrey Movsisyan
- Vital Bulyha

- Andrei Valeryevich Kovalenko
- Konstantin Kovalenko
- Vitali Lanko
- Kirill Pavlyuchek
- Sergei Shtanyuk
- Gennady Tumilovich
- Dario Damjanović
- Josip Lukačević
- Dragan Stojkić

- Marek Čech (Czech footballer)
- Giorgi Lomaia
- Jurģis Pučinskis
- Mihails Ziziļevs
- Igor Kralevski
- Srđan Radonjić
- Vladimir Vujović (footballer)
- George Hummel
- Aleksei Poliakov




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