Kokorin has missed his last chance to test himself against the best.

When news of Aleksandr Kokorin's move to Zenit St. Petersburg broke two days ago there was celebration from the fans of the Russian Premier League holders. Zenit managed to secure arguably Russia's greatest footballing prospect for the small fee of €2.5m from Dinamo Moscow which also included the fee for his fellow Dinamo player Yuri Zhirkov, quite frankly this is an absolute bargain. With his contract due to expire in a few months, Kokorin had the freedom to pick and choose a club which was … [Read more...]

Dinamo  – The footballing embodiment of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Nobody would deny that current Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg hold the football monopoly in Russia's second city but this has not the always been the case. However, before Zenit's first title win in 1984 under Pavel Sadyrin, Dinamo Leningrad, as they were then, were the most supported club in the city. Their story is a fascinating one that embodies the history of the great city they represent. St. Petersburg, the capital of the former Russian Empire, is the … [Read more...]

Reaction to Hulk’s new Zenit contract.

News came through yesterday that Hulk had signed a contract extension with top of the table Zenit St. Petersburg until 2019, his original deal was due to expire in 2017. So what does this contract extension mean for Zenit and Hulk himself? The previous contract he received after his €60 million Euro move to Zenit was worth 7 million Euros ($8m/£5m) a year and this extension has probably bumped his salary up although Zenit did not disclose any financial details about the contract in … [Read more...]