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...]

Fyodor Cherenkov – The Russian Hero That Football Has Forgotten

“Fyodor fue un ídolo durante mi infancia. (...) Cuando estuve en el Spartak y jugué junto a Fyodor fue como una cosa de ciencia ficción. (...) Beskov siempre le ponía como un ejemplo para nosotros.” - Aleksandr Mostovoi It is hard to find words to describe Fyodor Cherenkov’s talent and his unique personality. The former Spartak Moscow star was an example, both in football and as far as his personal life is concerned. A simple man, unattached to material things but blessed with such an … [Read more...]

Lev Yashin: The Black Panther Who Changed the Goalkeeper Position

Very few players in the history of football have made a bigger mark in the history books than Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, who played 326 first team games for Dynamo Moscow between 1950 and 1970, and won the Olympics, Euros, five Soviet championships and three Soviet cup tournaments. Yashin was also awarded the Order of Lenin in 1967, which was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union. Last but not least did Yashin win the Balon d’Or, the honor given to Europe’s best football player. … [Read more...]