Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 4 part 1) – Eleven is our Number

 Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book ‘My Football Years’ with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

Kontantin Beskov – The Muscovite Tactician

Few cities can compete with Moscow in the number of top-flight football clubs with Spartak, Dinamo, CSKA, Lokomotiv and Torpedo all having won the national championship at some point. And few coaches can boast of having trained them all. This is the however the case of Konstantin Beskov. « Konstantin who ? » you might ask. While Beskov’s name isn’t famous outside of the Russian borders, it is the emblem of the beautiful game during the Soviet era. The titles gleaned to all the teames he led, and … [Read more...]

Fyodor Cherenkov – The Russian Hero That Football Has Forgotten

“Fyodor fue un ídolo durante mi infancia. (...) Cuando estuve en el Spartak y jugué junto a Fyodor fue como una cosa de ciencia ficción. (...) Beskov siempre le ponía como un ejemplo para nosotros.” - Aleksandr Mostovoi It is hard to find words to describe Fyodor Cherenkov’s talent and his unique personality. The former Spartak Moscow star was an example, both in football and as far as his personal life is concerned. A simple man, unattached to material things but blessed with such an … [Read more...]

When Will the Glory Years Return to Dynamo Moscow?

Throughout Europe there are numerous clubs steeped in history and tradition that have lumbered on without success for many years and decades. But there may not be another club with such history that has underachieved more than Dynamo Moscow. It's nearly forty years since the Moscow club was at the front of Russian football. Ever since, they have struggled to achieve a fraction of the success witnessed in the late 1940’s until early 1960’s when both domestic and European honours … [Read more...]