VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Kuban Krasnodar - the next Europa League opponents for Swansea City
AFTER saying Hola to Spain, and Hallo to St Gallen, Swansea City and their fans say Zdravstvujtye to Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday.
One of Russia’s oldest clubs, Kuban have been playing football in Russia since 1928.
Much like the Swans, they have risen and fallen through the leagues with varying success.
And there are many other similarities in the recent history of both clubs.
BELOW: Kuban Krasnodar in action against Anzhi Makhachkala:
For example, this is the first match for Swansea against Russian opponents, while Kuban have never played against a team from the English top flight.
Kuban were promoted from Russia’s First Division in 2010 and have become a difficult team to beat, finishing 8th in their first season in the Russian Premier League, and 5th last season.
The traveling team come under a banner of names, often referring to themselves as the Cossacks or Kubantsky. They are also known as the Canaries, a dubious honour shared with Norwich and French club FC Nantes, or by their enemies, the Toads.
BELOW: Kuban Krasnodar against Spartak Moscow:
They have a dedicated home support, and can regularly count on 30,000-plus fans attending matches, one of the highest averages in Russia.
Yet they have faced some rocky times. Current boss Viktor Goncharenko replaced Dorinel Munteanu in early October, meaning Munteanu had only spent two and a half months in the job.
Munteanu replaced Leonid Kuchuk in July, despite Kuchuk overseeing an unbeaten run in the Russian Premier League from January to June.
BELOW: Kuban Krasnodar versus Volga Nizhniy Novgorod:
Instability seems to be the order of the day.
Despite this disruption, Goncharenko comes highly recommended after six years in the Belarussian League and having earned five titles as Manager of FC Bate.
He currently holds the record as youngest manager to coach a team in the UEFA Champions League - he was 31 in 2008 when his team faced Real Madrid, and is lauded by many in the Russian game.
Nevertheless, while this season may be one to remember for the club, the team has recently experienced a drop in form, winning only one match in their last five, including losses to Valencia and St. Gallen.
BELOW: An arty look at the city of Krasnodar - population: 744,995
Many of Kuban’s players will be unknown to Swansea fans. A notable exception to this is the presence of Djibril Cisse. The former Liverpool and QPR man has only played Swansea once, during the QPR’s match at the beginning of the last season, when they were thrashed 5-0 by the Swans.
But Kuban were thought unlucky to have lost against Valencia and few doubt the quality in the team.
If Kuban can channel a similar energy to that seen by St. Gallen at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea could face a battle to maintain their perfect start to the competition.