Spartak-CSKA Preview: The Return of the Myaso-Koni Derby

Myaso (Meat), and Koni (Horses) are two historic, vitriolic aphorisms cast by both sides of the East Moscow divide. Spartak fans refer to themselves as myaso in a satirical throwback to their origins as food industry workers, while koni refers to the location of CSKA’s original ground built upon a hippodrome. Arguably the most voracious and competitive of the Moscow derbies is finally upon us, six months after their last meeting at the Arena Khimki in March, where CSKA ran out 1-0 winners thanks … [Read more...]

Spartak – Dinamo: Moscow’s Forgotten Derby

With a total of five clubs in the Premier League, Moscow is one of the cities with the most football derbies in the world. The biggest local derby is by far the one between CSKA Moscow and Spartak. These two clubs have won 14 of the 22 championships since the creation of the Russian league in 1992. But even though CSKA and Spartak have competed since the 1920’s, first in a local Moscow league, later the Soviet Union Supreme League and now in Russia’s Premier League, it is a relatively new thing … [Read more...]