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...]

Alenichev and the Tula Gingerbread

Since Dmitry Alenichev was sacked at Spartak Moscow in August following an embarassing Europa League defeat to AEK Larnaca from Cyprus, the Red-Whites have looked like a different team. Although they suffered a defeat in the cup earlier this week to SKA Khabarovsk, Spartak are currently leading the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) with 19 points from the first seven games and a goal difference of +12. Earlier this week, Alenichev gave his first interview after being fired from Spartak. … [Read more...]

Serdar Tasci and the Escape to Turkey

When Serdar Tasci left Spartak Moscow in January, he did not intend to return to Russia once his loan deal with Bayern Munich was over. “Tasci doesn’t wish to return to Russia,” his agent Ahmet Bulut told TASS in the beginning of June. Tasci, who was a regular at Spartak in the first half of the season, decided to leave the club after the fans reacted to the political crisis between Turkey and Russia by burning Turkish flags on the stands. “The fans at a game in Russia burned a Turkish … [Read more...]

Renaissance, Hope and Europa League for Spartak Moscow

On April 16, Spartak Moscow lost 5-2 in St. Petersburg against Zenit after an absolutely pathetic performance. Following the defeat, the Red-Whites were in dire trouble and found themselves in seventh place, far away from the European football the club had publicly announced as the goal for the season. At this time, goalkeeper Artem Rebrov was captain of the team and an undisputed first team player. The central defense was composed of Vladimir Granat and Salvatore Bocchetti, while Aleksandr … [Read more...]

Sergey Pesyakov – Spartak’s Unsung Hero

Artem Rebrov was Murat Yakin’s wingman on the pitch last season and things haven’t changed much with the arrival of a new head coach back in the summer. Dmitry Alenichev renewed his trust on the 32-year goalkeeper for this season and it is fair to say that Rebrov didn’t fall short of expectations in the matches he took part in. However, despite some solid performances he managed to pull off, Rebrov was benched after the heavy defeat in Saint Petersburg last month and so far he hasn't make his … [Read more...]

Spartak, What’s Next?

As I wrote after Spartak’s defeat to Rostov, the Red-Whites are going through a difficult time. Spartak have had to restart its project every summer in recent seasons because of coach changes, which means new players, structural reorganization and in the end Spartak haven’t moved forward but sideways. Since the 2011/2012 season when Spartak finished second, Spartak have finished fourth once and sixth twice. The club with the famous diamond logo is currently ranked seventh, and it is therefore … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Alenichev safe at Spartak? Dinamo’s youthful policy & Jorge Mendes plus why our clubs fail in Europe

Thomas Giles is once again joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the issues at the top of the agenda in Russian football. The trio discuss whether club legend Dmitri Alenichev is the right man for Spartak Moscow and the new youthful squad at Dinamo Moscow as well as their deal with super agent Jorge Mendes. Finally they ask why Russian clubs have failed in European football in recent years and whether anything can be done to improve the … [Read more...]

Emery, Laudrup & Karpin – Ten Coaches Who Failed at Spartak

Under the control of legendary Russian head coach Oleg Romantsev, Spartak Moscow won nine Russian championships as well as four Russian cups between 1992 and 2003. Furthermore, they became the first, and only, Russian team to win all six of their Champions League group stage games, when they won Group H ahead of Rosenborg, Legia Warszawa and Blackburn in 1995/96. If that wasn’t enough, the Red-Whites also reached three European semifinals; the 1990/1991 European Cup, the 1992/1993 Cup … [Read more...]

Rostov – Spartak: The Red-Whites at Their Usual Place

We are now more than two-thirds into the 2015/2016 season, and from a Spartak Moscow perspective, it is starting to look like many others. The Red-Whites are currently ranked seventh in the league, eight points behind league leaders Rostov, and four points behind Zenit in fourth place, which grants qualification for Europa League. Following last week’s 2-0 defeat to FC Rostov, captain Artyom Rebrov said: “The current situation is difficult, the club evolving here and there in the rankings.” Year … [Read more...]

Spartak’s Winter Tasks

With the transfer window being almost three weeks old, and Spartak Moscow being in United Arab Emirates on their first training camp this winter, the fans are starting to wonder what’s happening regarding transfers. The disappointing results in the autumn led General Director Sergei Rodionov to talk about a smaller spring cleaning in the squad during the winter, with up to six players leaving the club. So far, there have only been a few official announcements while the rumours are … [Read more...]