Spartak Moscow are through to the quarter-finals

Wednesday evening, Spartak Moscow destroyed their namesakes from Nalchik; bringing their undefeated streak to twelve, which they extended to thirteen on Saturday - the longest since 2002 (Oleg Romantsev managed a 14-game streak back then). To celebrate that, here are twelve more statistical facts about the game. The game against Spartak Nalchik was a milestone for Denis Glushakov (130th game) and Ivelin Popov (70th). Ilya Kutepov scored his first ever goal for Spartak Moscow (in his 47th … [Read more...]

Andrei Panyukov – Determined to Prove Himself

  Nowadays we rarely see Russian footballers, with the exception of Spain-based Denis Cheryshev, perform well in foreign countries, and in that light it has been a delight to follow Andrei Panyukov in the Lithuanian A Lyga. Few people noticed when Panyukov moved to Lithaunian side Atlantas on loan from Dinamo Moscow in January, but he has quickly convinced everybody of his talent. In his first four games Panyukov scored no fewer than ten goals. Four of these came in his 5-1 … [Read more...]

Serges Deble Brace Gives Khimki Hope

You can't ask for much more from Russia's Football National League (FNL), the first tier of competition beneath the Premier League. On Tuesday, two former RPL clubs, Khimki and Spartak Nalchik, clashed on a sunny evening outside of Moscow in a match with both promotion and relegation implications. Khimki, most recently in the top flight in 2009, welcomed Spartak Nalchik, relegated last spring, to Rodina Stadium in downtown Khimki. This sleepy bedroom community, population 200,000, located on … [Read more...]