Since the team moved to Saint Petersburg in 2014, the team is a part of football club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Witsel's move to Juve collapsed on deadline day while the Belgium international was already in Turin and had passed a medical.
• Heaviest away defeat4-1: FK Austria Wien v Zenit11/12/13, group stage3-0: Málaga CF v Zenit 18/09/12, group stage3-0: Real Madrid CF v Zenit10/12/08, group stage
• Heaviest away defeat 5-0 twice, most recently v VfB Stuttgart01/11/89, UEFA Cup second round second leg
The LOMO optical plant took up the ownership of the team after the war.[vague] In 1990, FC Zenit were re-registered as an independent city-owned professional club. After being relegated in the first year of the Russian League (1992), Zenit returned to the top flight in 1996 and has been decent since. They claimed the 1999 Russian Cup, finished third in the League in 2001, made the Cup final in 2002, became the runners-up in the Premier League and won the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003.
Zenit progressed through the knockout stage of the 2010–11 Europa League in first place, then beating Swiss side Young Boys in the Round of 16. On 6 March 2011, Zenit won against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Super Cup, the third Russian trophy won under Spalletti. On 17 March, however, Zenit were knocked out of the Europa League, losing to Dutch team Twente 2–3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.
• Biggest away win0-2: Olympique Lyonnais v Zenit04/11/15, group stage0-2: SL Benfica v Zenit16/09/14, group stage0-2: FC BATE Borisov v Zenit 05/11/08, group stage
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League • Biggest home win8-0: Zenit v FC Encamp (see above)
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• Heaviest away defeat5-0: VfB Stuttgart v Zenit (see above)
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)• Biggest home win3-1: Zenit v Olympique Lyonnais20/10/15, group stage3-1: Zenit v FC Porto28/09/11, group stage2-0: Zenit v Valencia CF24/11/15, group stage
Zenit's home ground is now the 21,500-capacity Petrovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. In 2007, the club's former home base at the Kirov Stadium was demolished, to be replaced with a new stadium built for Zenit, Krestovsky Stadium. The new football stadium in Saint Petersburg is currently under construction. Once completed, it will host Zenit's home matches. The stadium will have a capacity of 64,287.
Luciano Spalletti signed a contract with Zenit in December 2009, with Italian coaches Daniele Baldini, Marco Domenichini and Alberto Bartali also joining the Russian club. The Board of Zenit mandated him to return the Russian Premier League title to Zenit, win the Russian Cup and progress from the group stage of the Champions League in his first year.
With just 13 minutes remaining, Zenit were on their way to a humiliating defeat, trailing 3-0 and totally outplayed at the modest Maccabi Tel Aviv on the opening day of Europa League group stage. But Giuliano had other plans.
In December 2005, Gazprom took a controlling stake in the club. The deal was announced by Valentina Matviyenko, the Saint Petersburg governor. Gazprom bought the majority of the club and invested over $100 million, buying new players and building the new stadium.
United struggled to create clear-cut chances against their well-organised Ukrainian opponents, until Jose Mourinho brought on Wayne Rooney, who within moments was involved in the move that brought the 69th-minute breakthrough.
In April 2012, Zenit won their second-straight Russian Championship after beating Dynamo Moscow.
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• Heaviest home defeat 0-3: Zenit v Bologna FC16/09/99, UEFA Cup first round first leg
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Zenit.
Aleksandr Kokorin started the total obliteration of AZ Alkmaar to help Zenit secure their second win in the Europa League.
• Biggest away win0-5: FC Encamp v Zenit (see above)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah found space on the right and pulled the ball back towards Rooney,...
Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has laughed off claims he is no longer committed to the Russian club and is only thinking about Juventus.
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He was forced to return back to Russia as Zenit did not have time to find a replacement, although he is still reportedly set to join the Italian champions next summer on a free transfer, if not in January.
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Domestic honours (latest triumph in brackets)League title: 5 (2015)USSR/Russian Cup: 4 (2016)
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Second half goals from Axel Witsel and Giuliano propel Zenit 4-2 over Spartak Moscow.
Manchester United laboured to a 1-0 Europa League victory over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford as Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home in the second half to seal the points for the below-par hosts.
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The Brazilian midfielder moved smartly into an open space to receive a great ball from Axel Witsel and set up Aleksandr Kokorin for a simple tap in. Zenit then won an indirect free kick in the penalty area, and Giuliano moved the ball for Mauricio to score the second goal....
RecordsUEFA club competition• Biggest home win 8-0: Zenit v FC Encamp29/08/02, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg
• Biggest away win 0-5: FC Encamp v Zenit 15/08/02, UEFA Cup qualifying round first leg
UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)• UEFA Cup (1): 2008• UEFA Super Cup (1): 2008
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• Heaviest home defeat0-3: Zenit v Bologna FC (see above)
• Heaviest home defeat2-4: Zenit v Borussia Dortmund25/02/14, round of 16 first leg