FC Alania Vladikavkaz
() is a Russian football
club based in Vladikavkaz
(formerly Ordzhonikidze), North Ossetia-Alania
. In 2010, it replaced FC Moscow
(who dropped out for financial reasons) in the Russian Premier League
, but was relegated back after one season on the top level.
By the collapse of the Soviet Union
, Spartak Vladikavkaz
were the only non-Muscovite Russian club competing in the old Soviet Top League
. This had been their second and last season in the STL; before that the only other season they competed in the top Soviet division was in 1970
Their most successful season was 1995 when they managed to grab the Russian Premier League
champions title, after several years of Spartak Moscow
domination having previously won a silver medal for the second place in 1992 and 1996. However in the qualification stages of the UEFA Champions League
Alania lost 10-3 on aggregate to Rangers F.C.
However, after departure of manager Valery Gazzaev
and several players from the club, Alania weren't able to get anywhere near the trophy again, finishing at the bottom half of the table.
Previously, the club was known as Spartak Ordzhonikidze
(1937–1990), Spartak Vladikavkaz
(1990–1994 and 2006), Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz
(1995–1996 and 2003–2006), Alania Vladikavkaz
(1997–2003 and since 2007).
In season 2005
Alania was relegated from Russian Premier League
after 15 seasons of top flight football.
On 14 February 2006 Alania and another First......