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...]

Vyacheslav Malafeev – The Last of the Local Lads

“My whole life at Zenit. My whole life in gloves” - the words of Vyacheslav Malefeev upon retiring from football last week neatly summarised the veteran goalkeeper’s life in football: all nineteen years of his professional career had been spent between the sticks at Zenit St. Petersburg. Cliches only serve to besmirch football writing, but it seems right to attach a few overused labels to Malafeev. He was a one-man club, something of an anomaly in modern football. With Zenit perhaps … [Read more...]