Sbornaya – Dinamo Moscow: Another RFU Farce

Unfortunately for fans of Russian Football and particularly the Russian National Team, that headline is not a typographical error. While incumbent World Champions Germany face off against the Czech Republic and Norway in two difficult and competitive World Cup Qualifying games, Sbornaya will face Dinamo Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 3 September. Although Russia are playing, the tie has been officially denoted as a "Club Friendly", not an international. Therefore, it is the only game that the … [Read more...]

Summer Special in Moscow: Spartak – Dynamo Kiev

It's been decades since they battled for top honors in the Soviet league, but Spartak - Dynamo Kiev is still an important fixture, even when it's a preseason friendly. Days in advance, 8,000-plus Muscovites bought up every available ticket for the match at Eduard Streltsov Stadium on the southeast edge of downtown Moscow. Thursday's match, the first of the four-team United Tournament, featuring Spartak, Zenit, Shakhtar and Dynamo, went to the visitors, 1-0, on an Oleg Gusev penalty in the … [Read more...]