Dinamo  – The footballing embodiment of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Nobody would deny that current Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg hold the football monopoly in Russia's second city but this has not the always been the case. However, before Zenit's first title win in 1984 under Pavel Sadyrin, Dinamo Leningrad, as they were then, were the most supported club in the city. Their story is a fascinating one that embodies the history of the great city they represent. St. Petersburg, the capital of the former Russian Empire, is the … [Read more...]

The Story of Spartak’s Oldest Fan

When Spartak Moscow face arch rivals CSKA Moscow on Sunday, they will have a 102 year old lucky charm on the stands of the Otkritie Arena. The name of the lucky charm is Otto Fisher, better known as the ‘World’s Oldest Spartak Fan’. Fisher, who is older than Spartak itself, became famous when the club’s fan club invited him to attend the city derby against Dinamo Moscow in the middle of March. The fan club invited Fisher after it heard about how he lived 1500 kilometers away from Moscow and … [Read more...]