Massimo Carrera – Russia’s New Champion

It is often said that it is always darkest before the dawn.  That has certainly been the case this season for Spartak Moscow. When the club was eliminated in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League after losing 1-0 at home to Cypriot minors AEK Larnaca on 4th August, it seemed that the Red-Whites were in for yet another chaotic and underwhelming season. This opinion was only strengthened when the owner Leonid Fedun promptly sacked head coach and club legend Dmitry Alenichev after the … [Read more...]

Why Rostov Defeat Could Signal Bad Things to Come for Spartak Moscow

Saturday was supposed to be a day of celebration for Russian Football Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow. Not only did the popular head coach Massimo Carrera, who is about to bring home the first championship in 14 year, turn 53, but the Red-Whites also played away against FC Rostov in the league  in front of a sold out away section. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned for Myaso. The home side came into the game with five 0-0s in a row - a new RFPL record - slowly drifting … [Read more...]

Spartak Continue to Hoover Up the Russian Market

Having already signed arguably two of the most exciting young Russian prospects this winter in Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgiy Dzhikiya, as well as Russian international Aleksandr Samedov, Spartak Moscow look set to continue their cleaning up of the Russian market this transfer window. 21-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala left back Georgiy Tigiev is, according to Championat, set to join the current leaders of the Russian Football Premier League in a deal that’ll be announced shortly. With Evgeniy … [Read more...]

Carrera’s Catenaccio or Alenichev’s Authoritarianism?

Spartak Moscow is on the way to returning to the zenith of their powers; the team currently lead the way in this season’s Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), have arguably the best player and manager in the league, and are one of the economic powerhouses with a deep pool of oil money. Leonid Fedun has long been one of the richest oligarchs’s in Russian football through his status as the major shareholder (9.2%) of LUKoil, but for the first time since the demise of the great Oleg Romantsev, … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in October

1: Slutsky’s seat is heating up Last month I wrote that Leonid Slutsky had lost his aura of invincibility, now things have got even worse for the CSKA Moscow head coach. September saw the Army Men lose both Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko, both key players, and Slutsky has obviously struggled to find a plan B without his two midfielders. The former Sbornaya boss has tried to rotate between Bibras Natcho, Astemir Gordyushenko and Aleksandr Golovin, but with no success. In October, CSKA fell … [Read more...]

Spartak champions? When, if not now?

Spartak should win the RFPL this season. Yes, they “should”, because they will never get another chance to. Here is why I think they will be champions. Why Spartak? Spartak have a manager they need. Massimo Carrera is a guy who loves to win, win big and win always. For a few years he was in the shadow of Antonio Conte at Juventus and Italy, now he has the chance to prove what he’s made of to the footballing world. Carrera is an experienced coach. He has worked with the best team in … [Read more...]