Nikita Simonyan: How the son of an Armenian illegal immigrant became the ‘Grandfather of Russian Football’

245 matches, 160 goals, 0 yellow card and 0 red cards. These statistics are but a microcosm of Nikita Pavlovich Simonyan’s career for Spartak Moscow. Simonyan was as a player, manager, club ambassador and, above all else, still is a keen supporter of Spartak Moscow, and throughout this time has acted as a humble sportsman, functionary and gentleman. Upon celebrating his 90th birthday last season, the club hosted him as a honoured guest and invited him onto the pitch before the match with FC … [Read more...]

Russia Set to Sack Fabio Capello

Following Russia’s disappointing lose in Moscow at Otkritie Arena against Austria, the debate about Fabio Capello’s job as Russian national team coach has ignited. The Russians are currently third in their group after Sweden and Austria. They are four points behind the Swedes who occupy second place, and it looks like Russia will have to go through playoff matches to qualify for the European Championship tournament next summer. The defeat to Austria was just the latest in a long line of … [Read more...]