World Cup 2018 City Guide: Volgograd

Volgograd at a Glance Population: 1.025m Stadium: Volgograd Arena Number of matches: 4 Tunisia - England Nigeria - Iceland Saudi Arabia - Egypt Japan - Poland Due to its history, Volgograd is an iconic city inside of Russia. During the Soviet era it was known as Stalingrad, and it was here the Soviet Union won one of the most important victories during the World War II. On the football pitch, the city of Volgograd has also endured great victories, although local pride Rotor Volgograd is … [Read more...]

Valery Gazzaev – The Ossetian Polymath

A polymath isn’t usually a word you use to describe a person associated with football, but in Valery Gazzaev’s case, an exception can definitely be made. Gazzaev scored more than a 100 goals as a player, made history as a manager, is often seen talking about reforms in Russian football and is a member of the Duma. Wherever the man goes, he makes an impact, which makes him one of the most revered figures in Russian football. Gazzaev was born in the Ossetian city of Ordzhonikidze (now … [Read more...]

Reminiscing 2005: CSKA Moscow’s Golden Year

Ever since its inception in 1911, CSKA Moscow has seen everything. From being forced to withdraw from the league in 1952, to winning the last ever Soviet championship in 1991. However there has undoubtedly never been a year as special in the club’s history as 2005, when the Red-Blues became the first and only Russian club to win the treble. Fans remember Yuri Zhirkov’s goal to put the horses, as the club is known, ahead in the UEFA Cup Final in Lisbon like it was yesterday, for it is probably … [Read more...]