Short History of Zenit FC

Zenit is one of the leading forces of Russian football. With successes both within and outside borders. It shows that it is well ahead of the rest of her country. Besides, the presence of Gazprom has helped her significantly in this important development.
Her ambitions are great and right. He can also get almost every footballer who has ambitions and wishes to continue his career in the big country he hears in the name of Russia.
Ladies and gentlemen, we present Zenit!
 Football Club Zenit also Zenit Saint Petersburg, is a Russian football club from 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 were the 2007, 2010, 2011-12  and 2014-15 champions of the Russian Premier League and the winners of both the 2007-08 UEFA cup  and the 2008 UEFA Super Cup .
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 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.
                                             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.
The Zenit supporters’ anthem was based on the “Afternoon Song” by Vasilis Pavlovic Solovioff-Sentoy and Alexander Dmitrivich Churkin – all the lyrics (except for the first 3 verses of the first turn) had changed but the melody remained the same. In 2007, for some time, Zenit’s followers did not have the rights to use the melody of B.P. Soloviev- Sentoi and performed the anthem without the background music background. However, the grandson of the composer, Vasily Soloviev, handed over the rights to the melody of the Zenit St. Petersburg club, and later the club and the National Music Publishing House (EPI) signed an agreement, according to which club received rights to change the song and to perform the new version.  Shortly thereafter, on September 21, 2010, the authors of the anthem handed over the copyright of the text to the club.
                                          The directors
Chairman of Board                               Aleksndr Dyukov
President and General Director        Sergey Fursenko
Sporting Director                                  Oreste Cinquini
Deputy General Directors                  Dimitri 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
·         Krestovsky  Stadium
  • Zenit’s home ground is now the 56,196-capacity Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
  •                                                 Achievements
  • Domestic competitions
  • Soviet Top League/ Russian Premier League
  • Champions (5): 1984, 2007, 2010, 2011-12, 2014-15
  • Soviet Cup/Russian Cup  
  • Champions (4):  1944, 1998-99 , 2009-10, 2015-16
  • Soviet Super Cup/Russian Super Cup
  • Champions (5): 1984, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016,
  • International competitions
  • UEFA Champions league
  • Round of 16: 2011- 12, 2013- 14, 2015-16
  • UEFA Cup
  • Champions: 2007-08
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • Champions:2008
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • Runner- up :2000