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...]

Rinat Dasaev’s dark days at the Nervión

“Había más de 3.000 personas en el aeropuerto. Salí del avión y no sabía lo que me iba a encontrar. Estaba nervioso, lo tengo que reconocer. Llegaba a un país muy distinto al nuestro, otro idioma, otra vida… ¡Qué difícil fue para mí! Me costó por lo menos un año adaptarme.” (There were more than 3000 people at the airport. I left the plane without knowing what was expected of me. I was nervous, I admit to that. I was arriving at a completely different country, a different language, a different … [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...]