About the Russian Cup

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After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Russian Cup replaced the Soviet Cup as Russia’s knockout competition. From the first edition in 1993 until 2007 it was open only to professional clubs, after which amateur clubs were allowed to enter providing they passed Professional Football League certification. 

Lokomotiv Moscow are the most successful side in the competition’s history with eight wins from nine appearances in the final. In fact in all but seven of the 27 Russian Cup campaigns the trophy has been won by a Moscow club. Twenty-two different teams have competed in the final of the competition, although only seven have made more than one appearance. 

All finals before 2010 were held in Moscow (in 2009 Khimki Arena in the outskirts of the capital hosted the showpiece event) with the Luzhniki, RZD Arena, Dynamo Stadium and Torpedo Stadium sharing the honour. Since then the final has been hosted across the country.

The competition is in a straight knockout system with around 100 entrants each season. Amateur and third-tier PFL professional clubs enter in the first, second and third rounds, while second-tier Football National League (FNL) teams enter in the fourth round. In the fifth round the RPL sides enter, and just like FNL sides in the previous round, they are always drawn away from home in their first tie.

Other than minor temporary alterations the format hasn’t changed much over the years. All ties up to the semi-finals are single-leg encounters, although in between 2005 and 2007 the fifth round onwards were held over two legs. There are no replays, with extra-time and penalties used to decide winners if scores are level after 90 minutes. A brief experiment with the golden goal rule (which meant the first team to score in extra time was declared the winner) was scrapped after one season in 2003.

The winner of the Russian Cup qualifies directly to the group stages of the Europa League as well as keeping the trophy temporarily until the following campaign. If the Cup winner has already qualified through their league placement, the highest ranked side in the RPL not to have already qualified for the Europa League earns the spot instead.

Akhmat Grozny remain the only side from outside the top flight to have won the Russian Cup after their last-minute extra-time win in 2004 over Krylia Sovetov Samara. Any side that wins the competition five times - or three times in a row - is granted the honour of keeping the original trophy permanently. To date, only Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA Moscow have achieved this feat.

Russian Cup Finals

 

Year

Winner

Score

Runner-up

Stadium & City

Crowd

2020

Zenit St. Petersburg

84' Dzyuba

1-0

FC Khimki


Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

3,408

2019

Lokomotiv Moscow

27' Barinov

1-0

Ural Ekaterinburg


Samara Arena, Samara

38,018

2018

FC Tosno

11' Skvortsov
80' Mirzov

2-1

Avangard Kursk

16' Kireev


Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

40,373

2017

Lokomotiv Moscow

76' I. Denisov
90' Al. Miranchuk

2-0

Ural Ekaterinburg


 

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

24,500

2016

Zenit St. Petersburg

34', 63' Hulk
55' Kokorin
69' Yusupov

4-1

CSKA Moscow

36' Olanare


Kazan Arena, Kazan

36,600

2015

Lokomotiv Moscow

73' Niasse
104' Boussoufa
111' Al. Miranchuk

3-1 aet

Kuban Krasnodar

28' Ignatyev


Centralniy Stadium, Astrakhan

16,000

2014

FC Rostov

 

0-0 aet
6-5 pens

FC Krasnodar

 

Anzhi Arena, Kaspiysk

19,500

2013

CSKA Moscow

11' Musa

1-1 aet
4-3 pens

Anzhi Makhachkala

74' Diarra

Akhmat Arena, Grozny

28,000

2012

Rubin Kazan

78' Eremenko

1-0

Dynamo Moscow


Centralniy Stadium, Ekaterinburg

27,000

2011

CSKA Moscow

13', 69' Doumbia

2-1

Alania Vladikavka

23' Neco

Shinnik Stadium, Yaroslavl

12,900

2010

Zenit St. Petersburg

60' Shirokov

1-0

Sibir Novosibirsk


Olimp-2, Rostov-on-Don

15,000

2009

CSKA Moscow

90+2' Aldonin

1-0

Rubin Kazan


Khimki Arena, Khimki

13,000

2008

CSKA Moscow

65' Vagner Love
75' Jo

2-2 aet
4-1 pens

Amkar Perm

57' Drincic
64' Dujmovic

RZD Arena, Moscow

24,000

2007

Lokomotiv Moscow

102' O'Connor

1-0 aet

FC Moscow


Luzhniki, Moscow

45,000

2006

CSKA Moscow

43', 90+3' Vagner Love
90' Jo

3-0

Spartak Moscow


Luzhniki, Moscow

67,000

2005

CSKA Moscow

68' Zhirkov

1-0

FC Khimki


RZD Arena, Moscow

25,000

2004

Terek Grozny

90+2' Fedkov

1-0

Krylia Sovetov Samara


RZD Arena, Moscow

17,000

2003

Spartak Moscow

28' Titov

1-0

FC Rostov


RZD Arena

22,000

2002

CSKA Moscow

30' Solomatin
52' Yanovskiy

2-0

Zenit St. Petersburg


 

Luzhniki, Moscow

48,000

2001

Lokomotiv Moscow

90' Janashia

1-1 aet
4-3 pens

Anzhi Makhachkala

90' Sirkhaev

Dynamo Stadium, Moscow

8,500

2000

Lokomotiv Moscow

41' Evseev
96' Bulykin
113' Tsymbalar

3-2 aet

CSKA Moscow

32' Semak
120' Kornaukhov
 

Dynamo Stadium, Moscow

26,000

1999

Zenit St' Petersburg

57', 59' Panov
65' Maksimyuk

3-1

Dynamo Moscow

26' Pisarev
 

Luzhniki, Moscow

22,000

1998

Spartak Moscow

86' Tikhonov

1-0

Lokomotiv Moscow


Luzhniki, Moscow

36,800

1997

Lokomotiv Moscow

25' Smirnov
78' Kharlachev

2-0

Dynamo Moscow

 
 

Torpedo Stadium, Moscow

13,800

1996

Lokomotiv Moscow

10', 43' Kosolapov
85' Drozdov

3-2

Spartak Moscow

22' Lipko
30' Nikiforov

Dynamo Stadium, Moscow

20,000

1995

Dynamo Moscow
 

0-0 aet
8-7 pens

Rotor Volgograd
 

Luzhniki, Moscow

20,000

1994

Spartak Moscow

6' Lediakov
11' Karpin

2-2 aet
4-2 pens

CSKA Moscow

39' Radimov
58' Bystrov

Luzhniki, Moscow

30,000

1993

Torpedo Moscow

8' Savichev

1-1 aet
5-3 pens

CSKA Moscow

20' Faizullin

Luzhniki, Moscow

20,000

   

Russian Cup Final performance by club

 

Club

Winners

Runners-up

Winning years

Runner-up years

Lokomotiv Moscow

8

1

1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2015, 2017, 2019

1998

CSKA Moscow

7

4

2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

1993, 1994, 2000, 2016

Zenit St. Petersburg

4

1

1999, 2010, 2016, 2020

2002

Spartak Moscow

3

2

1994, 1998, 2003

1996, 2006

Dynamo Moscow

1

3

1995

1997, 1999, 2012

FC Rostov

1

1

2014

2003

Rubin Kazan

1

1

2012

2009

Torpedo Moscow

1

1993

Akhmat Grozny

1

2004

FC Tosno

1

2018

Ural Ekaterinburg

2

2017, 2019

Anzhi Makhachkala

2

2001, 2013

Rotor Volgograd

1

1995

Krylia Sovetov Samara

1

2004

FC Khimki

1

2005

FC Moscow

1

2007

Amkar Perm

1

2008

Sibir Novosibirsk

1

2010

Alania Vladikavkaz

1

2011

FC Krasnodar

1

2014

Kuban Krasnodar

1

2015

Avangard Kursk

1

2018

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