FC Ural Yekaterinburg is a Russian association football club based in Yekaterinburg. They play in the Russian Premier League.
Ural is a Russian professional football club based in Yekaterinburg. Performs in the RPL. Founded in 1930. One of the oldest football clubs in Russia, leading its history from the moment the Uralmashstroy team was founded at the Ural Heavy Engineering Plant, then changed its name several times.
In the Higher League of the USSR he played in 1969, in the Higher League of Russia (now the Russian Premier League) from 1992 to 1996 and since 2013. Participant in the finals of the Russian Cup 2016/17 and 2018/19, as well as the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup in 1996 . Three-time winner of the FNL Cup: 2012, 2013, 2018.
The main home arena of the club is the Ekaterinburg Arena, reconstructed in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. During the reconstruction of the stadium, the team played matches at the SKB-Bank Arena stadium (the former Uralmash stadium, reconstructed in 2014-2015).
The club has several nicknames: orange and black, bumblebees. Since 2005, the bumblebee has also been the team's official mascot.
Participation in Russian championships
After the collapse of the USSR, the club was given the opportunity to play in the Major League of the Russian Championship. In it, Uralmash spent five seasons (1992-1996), the best achievement was eighth place in 1993 and 1995. In 1996, the club reached the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup, and performed unsuccessfully in the championship and relegated to the first league. The club's failures did not end there, and, having played the season, the club went even lower - to the second, where it stayed until 2002. At the end of the 2002 season, the club entered the first division (due to the liquidation at the end of the year of the socio-political union of the same name, which was the general sponsor of the team, the club was transformed into FC Ural Sverdlovsk Region), but according to the results of the 2003 season, he could not stay in it and again ended up in the second division. But a year later, in 2004, Ural returned to the first division, in 2006 won bronze medals of the Russian championship in the first division.
In 2007, the club reached the semi-finals of the Russian Cup 2007/2008, defeating three representatives of the Premier League: Lokomotiv (1:0), Kuban (3:2), Saturn (2:1). In the semi-finals of the Russian Cup, Ural lost to Perm "Amkar" (1:0).
On February 11, 2010, for the first time, a legionnaire from another continent appeared in the club - Chilean midfielder Kherson Elias Acevedo Rojas. After him, Chisamba Lungu, the first legionnaire from the African continent, signed a contract with the team. On December 13 of the same year, for the first time in the history of the club, a non-Russian citizen, Kazakhstani specialist Dmitry Ogay, became the head coach. However, after the 11th round of the championship, Ohai filed for resignation. Yuri Matveev, who previously worked in the coaching staff, was appointed acting head coach. Under the guidance of a new mentor, Ural won a ticket to the 1/16 finals of the Russian Cup, but lost in a penalty shootout to the future cup winner, Rubin Kazan.
The second round of the national championship was marked by a major event: after the reconstruction, the opening of the Central Stadium took place. 25,500 spectators watched Ural's first home game. In their presence, the Sverdlovsk team defeated Khimki near Moscow with a score of 5:2.
Matveev's team ended the championship unsuccessfully. In the final 6 matches of the year, Ural drew 5 times and lost once. At the end of the second round, he took eighth place. In December 2011, it became known that Alexander Pobegalov, who had previously worked with her, would head the team. In the off-season, Ural won the FNL Cup. On April 5, 2012, Pobegalov was fired from his post as head coach after losing to Nizhny Novgorod. "Ural" was accepted by Sergey Bulatov, who worked as a breeder in the team. At the end of the 2011/12 season, the club took 6th place in the FNL championship. In the 2012/13 season, 4 matches before the end of the championship, Ural secured access to the Premier League and became the champion of the FNL a round before the end. In the 2016/2017 season, for the first time in its history, it reached the final of the Cup of the country.
Home arena - Yekaterinburg Arena (35,000 spectators). The stadium hosted several matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After the end of the tournament, the capacity should be reduced to 23,000 spectators. At the moment, the reconstruction is postponed.
SKB-Bank Arena Stadium
Capacity after the reconstruction of 2014-2015 decreased to 10,000 seats. Previously, the Uralmash stadium had a capacity of 13,500 spectators.
"Ural" (3,000 spectators) - an indoor football arena. The complex is used as one of the training grounds, as well as for matches in bad weather conditions.
Sponsors: Pipe Metallurgical Company, Sinara, SKB-Bank, Koltsovo airport.