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FC Zenit Stats & History
Zenit St. Petersburg’s predecessor teams for the Russian soccer team were a group of workers from the Leningrad Metal Plant and a club named Murzinska. Those teams merged in 1939 to form the Zenit sports society. The first trophy in the Zenit St. Petersburg team stats was a Soviet Cup win in 1944.
The club was unsuccessful in the Soviet Top League during much of the 20th century. They even came close to relegation in 1967 but were saved from it by Soviet leadership. Their performances improved in 1980, as they came in third in the top division and reached the final of the Soviet Cup.
Finally, in 1984 Zenit St. Petersburg won their first-ever Soviet league championship. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Zenit were relegated from the Russian Premier League in 1992. They returned in 1996 and were able to win the Russian Cup in 1999.
Zenit’s best period came after the Russian state-energy company Gazprom bought a majority stake in the club in 2005. Just three years later, they had one of the best seasons in the FC Zenit stats. Under Dick Advocaat, Zenit St. Petersburg reached their first ever UEFA Cup final and faced Rangers. Zenit scored two late goals to lift their first and only piece of European silverware.
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With the win, they made their first UEFA Champions League appearance in the following season. Zenit emerged as one of the best Russian soccer teams in the 2010s. They kicked off the decade with a Russian Premier League and Russian Cup double.
In 2011-12, they reached the Champions League round of 16 for the first time but lost to Benfica. Zenit finished the decade with four Russian Premier League titles and two Russian Cup trophies.
They haven’t found much European success in recent seasons but have dominated domestically. In 2020, Zenit won another domestic double. With RPL triumphs in both 2021 and 2022, Zenit St. Petersburg have won three consecutive titles for the first time in club history.
UEFA banned Russian soccer teams from participating in their club competitions in 2022-23; thus, there will be no Zenit Champions League odds to bet on this season. Betting advice does suggest taking a look at Zenit in their Russian Premier League matches. They’ve already won the Russian Super Cup and have outscored opponents 12-1 in four competitive matches as of August 2022.
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