Spartak 1-3 Athletic Club: A Lesson in Concentration

Spartak Moscow - Athletic Bilbao 1-3 (0-3 HT) Goals: Luiz Adriano, 60 - Aduriz, 22, 39. Kutepov, 45 (own goal) Spartak Moscow: Rebrov, Eschenko, Tasci, Kutepov, Kombarov, Fernando, Zobnin, Glushakov (Hanni, 75), Melgarejo (Ze Luis, 58), Promes, Luiz Adriano Athletic Bilbao: Iago Herrerín, De Marcos, Álvarez, Etxeita, Iñigo Lekue, Iturraspe, Rico, Susaeta (San José), Raúl García, Williams (Merino), Aduriz The Match I must admit that in the first fifteen minutes, I didn't expect … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Spartak Moscow – Athletic Club

Spartak Moscow - Athletic Club – Thursday 15 February, 18:00 GMT – Otkritie Arena, Moscow. Spartak Moscow failed to earn a seeding for the Europa League knockouts and thus are forced to faceoff against Group J winners Athletic Club. Athletic are a club with enormous heritage in the competition, having reached the semi-final in 2012, the quarters in 2014 and 2016, and star striker Aritz Aduriz is the fifth highest goalscorer in the competition's history with 28 in just 43 games - and has five … [Read more...]

Why January was the wrong time for Quincy Promes to leave Spartak

Transfer Deadline Day, for many across the European continent, is a way of quietly pushing through a last minute deal done with a minimum of fuss and social media attention. Contrast this with England where both summer and January Deadline Days see a flurry of social media activity, non-stop coverage on both the BBC and Sky Sports News, fans outside their teams ground anticipating news on an imminent player arrival and even fans logging onto a flight tracking website in anticipation of the … [Read more...]

Leonid Fedun – From Apparatchik to Affluence

Leonid Fedun has recently spoken out on the necessary reform for the Premier League, offering up what he claims is a "football revolution", however, just who is he? The current owner of Spartak Moscow, he is on a high after the red-whites' first championship victory in sixteen years in the summer. However, this was not always the case, with a "Fedun curse" emanating the halls of the club and Tarasovka training ground since he took over the controlling stake in the club in 2003. Despite saving … [Read more...]

Leonid Fedun’s “Football Revolution”: How the Spartak owner proposes reforming Russian football

Leonid Fedun is a highly influential figure in Russian football, and when he speaks, we all listen. He is the current majority shareholder of Spartak Moscow, LUKoil and former military officer. He has recently spoken out on reforming football in Russia, proposing what he claims is a "Football Revolution". Every year at the winter break, questions over reforming the league structure and schedule crop up, partly due to the lack of match action, but also the sheer importance and need for this … [Read more...]

Egor Titov: Enigmatic Footballer, Esoteric History

Egor Titov is a Spartak Moscow legend, spending thirteen years at the club during and after the great Oleg Romantsev's reign. As such, his opinion cast's a heavy shadow in the corridors of Tarasovka. His post-playing career has been spent as the assistant to fellow Spartak legend Dimitri Alenichev at both the Red-Whites and now Enisei Krasnoyarsk, currently atop the FNL and looking strong contenders for promotion to the Premier League. Titov is most likely largely unheard of too many … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Liverpool FC – Spartak Moscow

Liverpool FC v Spartak Moscow – Wednesday, 6 December, 19:45 GMT – Anfield, Liverpool. Spartak Moscow fans, players and officials will be hoping for an old-school mid-90s result on Wednesday night as they faceoff against Liverpool in a direct shootout for a Champions League knockout spot. All three of Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak are still able to win Group E, in what promises to be an exciting final day showdown. How do they achieve this? For Spartak it's simple, but once again I'll hand … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs’ European Permutations

It's been a great European season for the Russian clubs so far. Four out of the five participants, with the exception being FC Krasnodar, reached the group stage, where they have performed quite well, and three of them have already secured Europa League knockout spots. Moreover, both Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow still have chances to advance to the Champions League knockout stage, though to guarantee that, they both need big wins in England. Here's a brief rundown on all the European … [Read more...]

Comrade Yakov Iordanov: Spartak Moscow’s Lone Englishman?

Yakov Eordahnov, seemingly a typically Russian name, right? Not quite. In reality, this was James Riordan, the former professor of Russian Studies at the University of Surrey who led a rather interesting life as an academic, celebrity, class fighter and spy. But he was also the only ever Englishman to play for Spartak Moscow. At least according to Riordan himself. Many, including official Spartak club historians, have cast a doubt over his story's provenance.   Riordan's … [Read more...]

Spartak Moscow – FC Ufa Match Report: Wrestlemania RFPL

The Sunday game between Spartak and Ufa was quite similar to an old-school professional wrestling match. Two teams have excellently played two classical roles. (And - no, I do not imply that the result, like in pro-wrestling, was predetermined too). Ufa was a heel. "Heel", in wrestling parlance, describes a character whose main job is to attract heat (anger) from the fans. Semak's lads were excellent in that role: scored a quick and somewhat illogical goal (Andrey Eschenko later even said … [Read more...]