History of Zenit St. Petersburg kits throughout the years

Back in December, Russian Football News posted an article about a free exhibition taking place in St. Petersburg documenting how Zenit kits have changed throughout the year. Unfortunately the exhibition is now closed. However, Thomas Giles managed to go along to the exhibition over the New Year holidays and has uploaded the free booklet handed out at the exhibition which explains the history behind each kit. Enjoy. Russian Football News acknowledges that this booklet is not their … [Read more...]

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 Siege Game: Football In the City of the Dead

31 May 1942. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the artillery and gunfire stopped for a moment to hear a blow of a referee’s whistle in Dinamo Stadium. Despite the brutal devastation wrought upon the populace by German forces, a football match between Dinamo Leningrad and Nevsky Zavod took place. It was not just merely a leisure activity for the besieged citizens to enjoy but a defiant signal of resistance, that Leningrad would not surrender. Siege Mentality German forces surrounded … [Read more...]