Valery Karpin and that infamous day in the summer of 1990

“When I arrived there, the team was… they had escaped relegation in the last match of the previous season. It was unthinkable what we had done in five years. It was Celta’s golden era…” - Valery Karpin (2015) Valery Karpin joined Celta de Vigo back in 1997, three years after landing in Spain to play for Real Sociedad. An excellent second season at San Sebastian with Javier Irureta’s Sociedad side worked as a stepping stone for a somewhat unconvincing one-year adventure at Valencia before … [Read more...]

Round Table: The Greatest Players to Play in Russia

This spring, Russia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Russian Football Premier League. Russian media Sport-Express recently published their list over the greatest players to ever grace the league, and now it is time for the Russian Football News team to look back and remember the maestros.  This time, the panel consists off: Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Writer for Russian Football News, WhoScored, FutnSoccer, Bola na Rede and Futbol Pulse Robert Ustian (@Robustmsk):  Football … [Read more...]

Spartak’s Historic 1995/1996 Champions League Campaign

The first half of the Champions League campaign saw Zenit St. Petersburg vault to the top of Group H and qualify for the knockout phase. It included an impressive winning streak of 5 in 6 games, but they fell just short of advancing from the group stage with maximum points. Here’s a look back at the only Russian team in history to have done so. Russia’s leviathan landscape had altered by 1995. The icy atmosphere of the Cold War had thawed but politics was still high on the agenda. The Chechen … [Read more...]

Dmitri Popov – A Sonata For The Cantabrian Maestro

El Sardinero, in Cantabria, was home to some of the most impressive footballers of the Spanish La Liga back in the 1990s. The local side, Racing Santander (that is currently on the verge of being relegated to the Spanish football third tier), enjoyed some outstanding seasons back in those days and there were at least two Russian footballers who made an outstanding contribution to that unparallel success of Los Racinguistas: Dmitri Radchenko and Dmitri Popov. The career of these two Russian … [Read more...]

Fedun, Yakin, Romantsev, Bushmanov and Alenichev – A Short Story On Spartak’s Adrift Vessel

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”- Leo Tolstoy The idea that something will eventually change with the apparent departure of Leonid Fedun from the position of chairman of Spartak Moscow position is just a mere hallucination caused by the sea of madness into which the most important Russian club of all-time is currently drowned into. Fedun stepping down from his commanding position will definitely not change much in the way the club is being managed … [Read more...]