From Abramyan to Akinfeev – Top Eleven Goalkeepers With the Most Clean Sheets in the Soviet and Russian Top Flight

With CSKA Moscow's 4-0 victory at home against Tom Tomsk last Sunday, Igor Akinfeev recorded his 161st clean sheet in the Russian Football Premier League, a new record in the league and one more than the legendary Lev Yashin. With Akinfeev's incredible achievement, it is time to look back, and we give you the ten goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the Russian and Soviet top flight. 10: Alyosha Abramyan (1965 – 1978: Ararat Yerevan) & Sergey Kramarenko (1964 – 1984: Neftchi Baku … [Read more...]

Igor Akinfeev Adds Another Chapter to His Legacy

Few countries have made better goalkeepers over the years than Russia. From the tremendous Black Spider Lev Yashin of Dinamo Moscow, the only goalkeeper to ever win the Balon d'Or, to 1988 Best Goalkeeper in the World award winner Rinat Dasaev of Spartak Moscow and most recently CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev. Since making his debut for CSKA in 2003, and the Russian national team the following year, Akinfeev has always been in the shadows of the two Soviet giants, but the six-times Russian … [Read more...]

Sbornaya’s Golden Generation and the 1960 European Nations Cup

Igor Netto, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Ponedelnik and Lev Yashin. The ‘brilliant quartet’ who emphatically led the Soviet Union to the inaugural European Nations’ Cup trophy. Earned after 120 minutes of attrition against a stubborn Yugoslavia side, they were eventually victorious in the final, winning 2-1 through goals from Slava Metreveli and Ponedelnik. The Golden Generation Netto was an accomplished leader with excellent technical ability, much of which he attributed to the style of … [Read more...]

Igor Akinfeev Ties Rinat Dasaev’s First Place in the Lev Yashin Club

CSKA Moscow’s 2-0 victory at home against Ufa wasn’t only important for the club in their chase of the Russian title, it also meant something special for Igor Akinfeev, the experienced goalkeeper of the Army Men. With the 2-0 victory Akinfeev, CSKA’s number one between the posts since his debut in 2003, recorded his clean sheet number 232, which tied him with the legendary Rinat Dasaev as the leader of the prestigious Lev Yashin Club. The Lev Yashin Club is for all Russian and Soviet … [Read more...]

RPL Week 1: Around the Match Day

After many weeks of waiting the Russian Premier League finally kicked off last Friday when Spartak Moscow took on FC Ufa at Otkritie Arena in Moscow. Unfortunately, neither Ze Luis’ debut goal for the hosts nor Ufa’s impressive performace could steal the picture, after the guests' Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused in the first half. Frimpong later explained that a fan had called him a monkey, while the TV-pictures from the match revealed several loud monkey chants against … [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...]

Lev Yashin: The Black Panther Who Changed the Goalkeeper Position

Very few players in the history of football have made a bigger mark in the history books than Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, who played 326 first team games for Dynamo Moscow between 1950 and 1970, and won the Olympics, Euros, five Soviet championships and three Soviet cup tournaments. Yashin was also awarded the Order of Lenin in 1967, which was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union. Last but not least did Yashin win the Balon d’Or, the honor given to Europe’s best football player. … [Read more...]