VVS MVO Moscow, Vasily Stalin’s toy

VVS MVO Moscow is not a club name that many will recognize, and the acronym doesn’t reveal much about the club either. Nevertheless, it is a club with a short but interesting history. VVS MVO Moscow, a sports society VVS MVO Moscow was a sports club based in Moscow. The name was short for Voenno Vozdushnye Sily Moskovskogo Voïennogo Okrouga (Военно-воздушные Силы Московского военного округа), which means 'Club of the Air Force of the Military Region of Moscow'. It was founded in 1944 on … [Read more...]

Starostin Means Footballer in Russian

People have always been fascinated by biographies of women and men with exceptional histories. Nowadays, stories about atypical lives invade both bookstores and cinemas, but there are still many stories which haven't been told to the wider audience. One of these is the story of Nikolai Starostin. His story fascinated me, to the point that I myself want to write his French biography! (I didn’t find any in French...) Besides his contribution in the Professional Football League organization … [Read more...]

USSR – Yugoslavia, the Story of Two Different Football Conceptions

Yugoslavia, the now extinct country, is still a favourite topic among historians. Some describe its positive sides, while others point to the negative impact it had on society, culture and sports. One thing is however certain; it was in many ways a unique country. History has taught us that all countries have a lifespan, just like any other living organism. They are born, but after some time they also die. Yugoslavia sought to enclose all South-Slavic people into one nation, and in doing so the … [Read more...]

The Story of Spartak’s Oldest Fan

When Spartak Moscow face arch rivals CSKA Moscow on Sunday, they will have a 102 year old lucky charm on the stands of the Otkritie Arena. The name of the lucky charm is Otto Fisher, better known as the ‘World’s Oldest Spartak Fan’. Fisher, who is older than Spartak itself, became famous when the club’s fan club invited him to attend the city derby against Dinamo Moscow in the middle of March. The fan club invited Fisher after it heard about how he lived 1500 kilometers away from Moscow and … [Read more...]