FC Zenit Saint Petersburg is a Russian football club based in the city of Saint Petersburg. They currently feature in the Russian Premier League and are one of the top clubs in Russia.
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg were established in 1925 although the club owes its origin to the political history of Saint Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad. In 1914 a team called Murzinka was established and was renamed as Bolshevik in 1924.
Then began the team called the “Stalinets” in the 1930s and they merged with Murzika in 1939. Actually, Bolshevik became part of the Zenit sports society in 1936 and were rechristened as FC Zenit and three years later absorbed Stalinets.
Zenit won the USSR Cup in 1944 but suffered some indifferent times in the subsequent years in the Soviet Top League. They won their first Soviet League title in 1984 and won the Soviet Super Cop in 1985.
In 1990 FC Zenit became an independent city-owned professional club. They were relegated from the Russian premier League in the very first year (1992) but returned to the Russian top flight in 1996. They won the Russia Cup in 1999.
In 2005 Gazprom took over the club and invested heavily in it. Zenit have since gone onto establish themselves as a major force in Russian football and won the Russian Premier League and the UEFA Cup last season.
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg play their home matches at the Petrovsky Stadium that can accommodate 21,570 spectators. The club bears the nickname Blue-White-Sky Blues.
Some of the club’s major achievements include:-1 Russian Premier League-1 Soviet Top Flight-1 Soviet Cup-1 UEFA Cup-1 UEFA Super Cup