FC Vorkuta

FC Vorkuta is a Canadian soccer club founded in 2008. The team is currently a member of the Canadian Soccer League, a non-FIFA sanctioned league. Their home venue is located at Esther Shiner Stadium in Toronto, Ontario.

Full nameFootball Club Vorkuta
Founded2008
StadiumEsther Shiner Stadium
Toronto, Ontario
Owner(s)Igor Demitchev
ChairmanIgor Demitchev
ManagerDenys Yanchuk
CoachSamad Kadirov
LeagueCanadian Soccer League
2019Regular season: 1st
Playoffs:Quarterfinals
WebsiteClub website

History

FC Vorkuta was formed by Russian immigrants Igor Demitchev and Samad Kadirov in Toronto in 2008.[1] The club derived its name from the main financier Demitchev's hometown Vorkuta in Russia.[2][3] Initially the club operated at the amateur level in the Downtown Polson Pier Soccer League. In their debut season Vorkuta achieved instant success after clinching both the regular and postseason titles. Within a year the club transferred to the Thornhill Soccer Club League, and continued its uphill climb to success by winning the playoff title.

In 2010, the team remained in the York Region territory by joining the Richmond Hill Soccer League, and the Downsview Hangar Indoor Soccer League. In 2016, the organization decided to make the transition to the professional ranks by applying for membership in the Canadian Soccer League.[4][5] After presenting a successful strategic business plan the club received the necessary votes in order to be approved by the league ownership.[6][7] In preparation for the 2017 CSL season the team hired the services of Serhiy Zayets as head coach.[8] Zayets assembled a roster with several key CSL veterans acquired primarily from FC Ukraine United. The acquisitions included Sergiy Ivliev, Oleg Shutov, Mykhailo Bulkin, Vitaliy Dnistryan, Danylo Lazar, Vadym Gostiev, and Oleh Kerchu was assigned the team captain.[9][10] In addition to the CSL veterans several imports were brought in from Ukraine and Russia to further strengthen the roster.[11][12]

Vorkuta made their professional debut on May 27, 2017 against Milton SC with a 7–0 victory with goals coming from Kerchu, Lazar, Shutov, Gostiev, and Yaroslav Svorak.[13] In the club's inaugural season at the professional level Vorkuta managed to produce a significant result. By clinching the regular season title, and establishing the best offensive record with the second best defensive record.[14][15] In the preliminary round of the postseason they defeated Royal Toronto FC by a score of 6–3.[16][17] Their 2017 campaign came to a conclusion in the following round after a 1–0 defeat to Scarborough SC.[18]

Players

First Division roster

As of August 10, 2019[19]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Oleksandr Musiyenko
2 DF Volodymyr Bidlovskyi
3 DF Lyubomyr Halchuk
4 MF Serhiy Ursulenko
7 MF Danylo Lazar
8 MF Valery Haidarzhi
9 MF Oleh Kerchu
10 FW Sergiy Ivliev
11 DF Vadym Gostiev
13 MF Maksym Hramm
18 MF Ihor Melnyk
20 MF Valery Doroshenko
23 DF Oleksandr Volchkov
25 FW Oleksandr Lakusta
No. Position Player
27 FW Krisijan Kezic [20]
29 MF Mykhailo Riabyi
33 DF Oleksandr Tarasenko
35 DF Oleksandr Yaremchuk
41 MF Bohdan Borovskyi
42 MF Bohdan Riabets
44 GK Oleksandr Lozinskyy
MF Pavlo Chornomaz
MF Serhiy Patula
MF Yaroslav Solonynko
GK Anatolii Starushchenko
FW Mykola Temniuk

Second Division roster

As of August 10, 2019[21]

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

No. Position Player
Evgeny Fiks
Ruslan Honcharuk
DF Leonid Husak
MF Danylo Lazar
20 MF Serhiy Melnyk [22]
Mykhaylo Perkun
43 MF Oleh Tymtsias [23]
No. Position Player
DF Volodymyr Pidvirnyi
2 DF Illia Piltenko
DF Volodymyr Plishka
18 FW Fadi Salback [24]
Kostantyn Shchyhol
MF Gil Vainshtein

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2017[25] First Division CSL First Semifinal
2018[26] First Division CSL Second Champions
2019[27] First Division CSL First Quarterfinals

References

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  2. Kazantsev, Mikhail (June 26, 2017). "Воркута в Канаде | Моя Воркута". Моя Воркута (in Russian). Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  3. Kovalev, Alexey. ""Нас постоянно просили снять "колючку" с логотипа". Жизнь русскоязычного клуба в Канаде" (in Russian). Retrieved June 6, 2018.
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  5. "FC Vorkuta to Join the CSL in 2017?". TOTAL90 Canada. December 5, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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  8. источники, Внешние. "Керчу стал игроком канадского клуба" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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  16. Adamson, Stan. "SERBIAN EAGLES, VORKUTA, SCARBOROUGH AND YORK REGION ADVANCE ……..weekend games in the CSL playoffs | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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  18. "Побългареният "Скарбъро" на исторически финал за титлата". Вестник СТРУМА (in Bulgarian). Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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  20. "Kristijan Kezic – FC Vorkuta". fcvorkuta.ca. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  21. "FC Vorkuta B – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  22. "Serhii Melnyk – FC Vorkuta". Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  23. "Oleh Tymtsias – FC Vorkuta". Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  24. "Fadi Salback – FC Vorkuta". Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  25. "2017 First Division Standings | Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  26. "2018 CSL First Division Standings – Canadian Soccer League". canadiansoccerleague.ca. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  27. "2019 CSL First Division Standings – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved October 14, 2019.
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