Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years – Captain’s Memory

Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book ‘My Football Years’ with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 1)

Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book 'My Football Years' with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

Five Stars With a Past in Russian Football

Since the formation of the Russian Football Premier League in 1992, a long range of quality players have amazed fans around the country. However, with so many players coming through the ranks, some more memorable than others, others more profitable for bookmakers, it is easy to forget a couple, especially for people who don't follow the league closely. Therefore, we have dived into the history books to find five superstars you might not know played in Russia at some point in their … [Read more...]

Denis Davydov: The Russian Messi, or just another False Dawn?

Denis Davydov made his debut for Spartak almost four years ago at the tender age of eighteen after a string of impressive performances for Yevgeni Bushmanov's Spartak-2 side. However, whether operating in his preferred position as a centre-forward or on the wing for the first team, the Moscow-born striker has not managed to live up to his early hype, and the "Russian Messi" tag attributed to him by Spartak Moscow owner Leonid Fedun has slowly diminished. Prior to this season, fans of Spartak … [Read more...]

Russian Club Owners: Leonid Fedun (Spartak Moscow) – A Dinamo Fan in Charge of Spartak Moscow

Ever since oil billionaire and oligarch Leonid Fedun bought the controlling stake in Spartak Moscow in 2003, he has been one of the most controversial figures in Russian football. Born in Kyiv in 1956, Leonid Arnoldovich Fedun grew up an avid supporter of the local side, Dinamo. As a young boy, he experienced the Blue-Whites dominate Soviet football, winning three consecutive domestic titles between 1966 and 1968, and in 1975 they became the first Soviet club to win a European title, as they … [Read more...]

Spartak Continue to Hoover Up the Russian Market

Having already signed arguably two of the most exciting young Russian prospects this winter in Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgiy Dzhikiya, as well as Russian international Aleksandr Samedov, Spartak Moscow look set to continue their cleaning up of the Russian market this transfer window. 21-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala left back Georgiy Tigiev is, according to Championat, set to join the current leaders of the Russian Football Premier League in a deal that’ll be announced shortly. With Evgeniy … [Read more...]

Carrera’s Catenaccio or Alenichev’s Authoritarianism?

Spartak Moscow is on the way to returning to the zenith of their powers; the team currently lead the way in this season’s Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), have arguably the best player and manager in the league, and are one of the economic powerhouses with a deep pool of oil money. Leonid Fedun has long been one of the richest oligarchs’s in Russian football through his status as the major shareholder (9.2%) of LUKoil, but for the first time since the demise of the great Oleg Romantsev, … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Samedov – From Spartak to Spartak

Although the confirmation of Aleksandr Samedov's signing for Spartak Moscow dragged out, the transfer has been an open secret for more than a month now. The transfer means the winger will once again play in the famous red and white colours after leaving the club in 2005. Samedov, who was one of Lokomotiv Moscow's most important players before joining Spartak, fell out with the Railroader's iconic Head Coach Yuri Semin after he took over the team following the club's presidential change in … [Read more...]

Spartak is Gearing Up for Championship Run

Two years ago, when the ruble crisis was at its highest, Spartak Moscow owner Leonid Fedun announced that the club would have to rely on young players in the future as the Red-Whites couldn’t afford expensive players like Dutch international Quincy Promes anymore. Two years later, things have changed for the better, and despite the Russian transfer window not officially opening before February, the People’s Team have already showed their muscle. Already in November they fought off Zenit … [Read more...]

The Russian Revolution at Sarrià

The 1991-92 campaign certainly causes mixed feelings to RCD Espanyol supporters. The departure of Head Coach Luís Aragonés at the end of the previous season had left “Los Pericos” adrift in their own sea of madness and the club’s board ended up deciding to bring in Ljubomir Petrovic as his replacement. “Ljupko” Petrovic arrived in Spain with an European Cup in his trophy cabinet after leading FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) to glory a few months before in Bari (Italy) against the … [Read more...]