Twenty sports seasons ago Norilsk Nickel FC became champion of Russia
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Twenty sports seasons ago Norilsk Nickel FC became champion of Russia

November 22, 2021

On June 30, 1993, a professional mini-football club appeared in Norilsk. At first it was called Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The idea to unite the strongest city footballers into a single team and to play at a more serious level belonged to local enthusiast Dmitry Fedoseyev. In the first eight years of Norilsk’s existence, he was a playing coach and team director at the same time.

At first, the players were recruited from among ordinary Norilsk citizens, the Norilsk Nickel company employees.

The first truly serious achievement for Norilsk was entering the elite Higher League in 1996. In 1998, the club received powerful patronage from the Norilsk Nickel MMC and changed its name to Norilsk Nickel FC.

Soon financial investments were payed off: according to the results of the 2000/01 and 2002/03 seasons, the Norilsk people won silver medals in the Russian championship, and the 2001/02 season ended in first place.

For the last five years, the club has been permanently based in Norilsk, not in Moscow, as it was earlier.

In the 2019/20 sports season, the Norilsk Nickel mini-football club won the Russian Cup. And the new home arena Aika was a kind of reward for them.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we told that in 1945 the first traffic cops appeared in Norilsk, and then the only motorcycle played the role of a patrol car.

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November 22, 2021

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