Aleksandr Hleb and the Second Chance in Samara

Former Belarus international Aleksandr Hleb made the news recently as he was announced as a new signing at Krylia Sovetov Samara. Now 35-years-old, this is his second spell at the club, having joined them in 2012 following his release from a disastrous spell at Barcelona. With an illustrious European career behind him, with stints at Stuttgart, Barcelona, Wolfsburg and Birmingham, Hleb is most fondly remembered for a three year spell with Premier League giants Arsenal. Joining in 2005 from … [Read more...]

The Night CSKA Moscow put Barcelona and Pep Guardiola in Camp Nou

CSKA Moscow is not a club you would associate with fairytales. Soviet Top League and Russian Premier League champions a combined 13 times, the early 2000s saw CSKA emerge as a dominant force in Russian football, capped off by success in the 2005 UEFA Cup – but it wasn’t always like this. Prior to the significant investment of Evgeniy Giner and Roman Abramovich-owned firms like Sibneft and Aeroflot, CSKA Moscow was an altogether different club. READ MORE: Russian Club Owners: Evgeniy … [Read more...]

What does Zenit’s new basketball team mean for the football club?

  Back in July it was announced that Zenit St. Petersburg were acquiring a basketball team. The team was originally created in 2003 and based in Moscow under the name BC Dynamo Moscow Region. It was affiliated to the 'Russian Superleague A' which at the time was the top league for Russian basketball but has since been downgraded to become the second division with the international 'VTB United League' now occupying the top position. In 2007 the team disbanded and reformed as 'Triumph … [Read more...]