FC Torpedo Zil Moscow T-Shirt
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The team was founded in 1997 after Torpedo Moscow, which played in the Russian Top Division, became a property of SC Luzhniki and was not related to the automobile plant anymore. Soon afterwards ZiL decided to revive their own team.
Torpedo-ZIL made a debut in the Third Division in 1997. The club won promotion to the Premier League in 2000. In both 2001 and 2002, Torpedo-ZIL finished 14th out of 16 teams.
In the beginning of 2003, due to inability to finance a Premier League team, ZIL had to sell first 55 percent, and two months later all remaining stock to Norilsk Nickel a metallurgy giant, who renamed the team FC Torpedo-Metallurg, and a year later used it to form a new club, FC Moscow.
At the same time, ZIL created another team in the Third Division which was originally known as FC Torpedo-RG and was later renamed back to FC Torpedo-ZIL Moscow. That team has also since been disbanded.