Fourteen years have passed since Spartak Moscow last added silverware to their collection. This season, however, the Red-Whites have every chance of finally bringing home the Russian championship, and so we have looked in the history books and remembered the players who have made history for the Moscow team by scoring the goals that directly brought home league and cup titles in the past.
1936, Autumn Championship: Boris Schibrov
Boris Schibrov (1912 – 1975) played just nine games for Spartak in the 1936 and 1937 seasons, scoring two goals before transferring to Osnova Ivanovo, where he played until the end of his career. His second goal became pure gold though as it brought Spartak the 3-1 win against CDKA Moscow, the predecessor to the current CSKA, in the last round of the autumn 1936 championship, which allowed them to overtake Dinamo Moscow by one point.
1938, Soviet Cup: Viktor Semyonov
Ex-Torpedo Moscow man Viktor Semyonov (1915-1975) is one of the legendary pre-war Spartak strikers. In the Soviet Cup final against Elektrik Leningrad, he made the score 3-1, and the goal turned to be the winning one as the Leningrad players managed to pull one back.
Some old Soviet football stat books say that he scored a brace in that final. This was because Andrei Starostin, who scored Spartak’s second goal, was made a non-person along with all his brothers after being sent to labour camps; they were only rehabilitated in the mid-1950.
1938, Soviet Championship: Georgy Glazkov
In the last round of the 1938 Soviet Championship, Spartak soundly thrashed Krylia Sovetov Moscow 6-1. The winning goal was scored by another legendary Spartak striker, Georgy Glazkov (1911-1968). Before the game, CDKA Moscow trailed by two points, and in the case of equal points, there could’ve been a playoff. Spartak weren’t having any of that and went on to win.
1939, Soviet Cup: Viktor Semyonov (final), Georgy Glazkov (semi-final replay)
Everyone who has studied Spartak’s history knows all the peculiarities of this Soviet Cup. First, Spartak defeated Stalinets Leningrad (future Zenit) 3-1 in the final, with Semyonov scoring the winning goal. And later, due to a Dinamo Tbilisi protest (presumably backed by Beria or others higher up), they had to replay the semi-final game. Georgy Glazkov scored a hat-trick that ensured a 3-2 win.
1939, Soviet Championship: Pavel Kornilov
In 1939, Spartak won the championship with one round to spare, moving three points ahead of Dinamo Tbilisi. Spartak’s victim in the golden match was Traktor Stalingrad, the future Rotor Volgograd. Pavel Kornilov (1912-1946), who started his career in the obscure Dinamo Dnepropetrovsk before he transferred to Spartak from Dinamo Kyiv, was the man with the golden goal as he scored to make it 2-0, and this goal turned out to be decisive with the Red-Whites winning 3-1.
Kornilov became the first ever Spartak player to never score in a game the club lost.
Sadly, Kornilov died very young, aged 34, of a non-football-related head injury.
1946, Soviet Cup: Oleg Timakov
The first of two Cups that were brought to Spartak by this midfielder’s winning goals. In extra time, Oleg Timakov (1920-1990) scored against Dinamo Tbilisi, sealing a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
1947, Soviet Cup: Nikolai Dementyev
Nikolai Dementyev (1915-1994), the younger brother of the equally famous Peter Dementyev, transferred to Spartak when he was over 30, but Father Time seemed to have no control over this forward – he was a first-team player until the age of 39. In the 1947 final, he opened the score against Torpedo Moscow, and Spartak won 2-0 (incidentally, the second goal was also scored by Oleg Timakov).
1950, Soviet Cup: Oleg Timakov
Timakov’s second cup-winning goal wasn’t so dramatic. He opened the score against Dinamo Moscow, and then Viktor Terentyev and Nikolai Dementyev scored two more goals to make it 3-0.
1952, Soviet Championship: Anatoly Ilyin
In the short one-leg 1952 Soviet Championship, Spartak, managed by Vasily Sokolov (1912-1981) who had just hung up his boots after an illustrious Spartak career that lasted from 1937 to 1951, won the tournament with two rounds to spare (and promptly lost both remaining games). The winning goal against Dinamo Tbilisi was scored by the young homegrown player Anatoly Ilyin (1931-2016), 21; the final score was 2-1.
1953, Soviet Championship: Nikita Simonyan
In the last round of the 1953 Soviet Championship, Spartak played against Zenit Kuibyshev (Krylya Sovetov were renamed thusly for half a season for unknown reasons). It would have been enough for the Red-Whites to draw, but Nikita Simonyan (b. 1926) scored the only goal of the game, allowing him to catch up with Dinamo Tbilisi’s Avtandil Gogoberidze and become the joint top scorer.
1956, Soviet Championship: Anatoly Isaev
Spartak again won the championship with a round to spare. And again, it would have been enough to draw to clinch the title. And again, Spartak deemed it too dull to just draw: there was a real thriller at the newly-build Luzhniki. Spartak defeated Dinamo Kyiv 4-3, allowing them to catch up from 0-1 and 1-3 (one of the goals was even scored by an ex-Spartak player, Viktor Terentyev). Anatoly Isaev (1932-2016) scored both the first and the last goals of this exciting game.
1958, Soviet Cup: Nikita Simonyan
In the first 90 minutes, Spartak and Torpedo Moscow failed to score. In added time, Simonyan scored the only goal. It was the penultimate goal in his Spartak career: in the 1959 season, he scored only once, against SKVO Rostov, and in 1960, became the team’s head coach.
1958, Soviet Championship: Sergei Salnikov
Another replay for dubious reasons, another 3-2 win. Spartak had to play Dinamo Kyiv almost a month after the league ended because, in the second-leg match (which, interestingly, was also won 3-2), the referee blew the final whistle a few seconds earlier than he should have. By the 75th minute, Spartak were trailing 1-2, but Anatoly Ilyin then levelled the score, and towards the end, Sergei Salnikov (1925-1984) completed his brace and brought the last great victory to the great Spartak of the 1950s – the win allowed them to overtake Dinamo Moscow by one point.
1962, Soviet Championship: Valery Reingold
Valery Reingold’s (b. 1942) goal against Moldova Chisinau (a match which finished 2-0, Boris Petrov scoring the second goal) became “golden” only in hindsight. Before the last round, Spartak was ahead of Dinamo Moscow and Dinamo Tbilisi by two points, but in that bygone era, there was no rule that last-round matches should be played at the same time. As a result, Dinamo Moscow drew in Rostov, Dinamo Tbilisi lost to CSKA at home, and so Spartak became champions even before their match against Dinamo Kyiv. This didn’t stop them from winning in Kyiv 2-0 (Khusainov and Sevidov scored).
1963, Soviet Cup: Yuri Falin
Another ex-Torpedo man, after Viktor Semyonov, who made Spartak’s “golden” history. Yuri Falin (1937-2003) scored the winning goal against Shakhtar Donetsk when Spartak emerged from behind to win 2-1.
1965, Soviet Cup: Galimzyan Khusainov
Galimzyan Khusainov (1937-2010) scored a brace in a very difficult Cup final replay against Dinamo Minsk (the first match ended 0-0), first levelling the score and then netting a winning goal in extra time to give another 2-1 win.
1969, Soviet Championship: Nikolai Osyanin
Nikolai Osyanin (b. 1941) scored the famous goal in Kyiv in 1969, but the truly “golden” goal was scored in a later 1-0 match against CSKA Moscow in the last round.
1971, Soviet Cup: Nikolai Kiselyov
Gennady Logofet (1942-2011) scored an incredible equaliser against SKA Rostov in the Cup final in the dying seconds of the match; Nikolai Starostin said that “the team raised from the grave” with that goal. The next day, the teams came to the field again for a replay, with Nikolai Kiselyov (b. 1946) scoring the only goal.
1977, Soviet First League: nobody
Yes, such things happen too. After being relegated to the First League in 1976, Spartak won the ‘small gold’ and promotion back to the top-flight by drawing 0-0 away against Terek Grozny. Perhaps we could say that Spartak won the tournament because of Aleksandr Prokhorov’s (1946-2005) clean sheet?
1979, Soviet Championship: Aleksandr Mirzoyan
Due to the draw limit, Spartak needed a win in the last round’s match against SKA Rostov to score points. And they managed to win – even despite Rinat Dasaev’s injury. The goal that turned out to be golden was scored by Aleksandr Mirzoyan (b. 1951) – he converted a penalty. Even another penalty, scored by Sergei Andreev, changed nothing – Spartak won 3-2 (3-2 again!) and became the Soviet champion again after ten years.
1987, Soviet Championship: Fyodor Cherenkov
Spartak won the 1987 championship with a round to spare, in the Olimpiysky indoor arena. The players managed to pick themselves up after a heavy European defeat to Werder Bremen (2-6) and modestly defeat last-place Guria Lanchkhuti. Fyodor Cherenkov (1959-2014) scored the only goal.
1989, Soviet Championship: Valery Shmarov
The Shmarov goal is so legendary among Spartak supporters that there’s nothing more to add to the story. In the last minute of the match against Dinamo Kyiv in the Luzhniki, Valery Shmarov (b. 1965) suddenly ran up and struck a free kick, and the ball flew straight into the top corner of Chanov’s goal, making the score 2-1 and bringing Spartak the championship – again with a round to spare, like in 1987.
1992, Soviet Cup: Vladimir Beschastnykh
The last ever Soviet Cup was won by Spartak Moscow – after a gap of 21 years (incredibly, CSKA Moscow, whom they faced in the final, had also had to wait 21 years for a championship win in the previous year – such a beautiful synchronization). The 18-year-old Vladimir Beschastnykh (b. 1974) scored a brace as Spartak won 2-0.
1992, Russian Championship: Viktor Onopko
In the last few years, Viktor Onopko (b. 1969) has made himself infamous among the Spartak’s faithful by kissing a CSKA scarf when he was unveiled as one of Leonid Slutsky’s assistants (he was even booed for that at the opening veteran match at the Otkrytie Arena). Nevertheless, it was his goal that won Spartak their first Russian Championship: Spartak eased past Lokomotiv (4-1), with Onopko making the score 2-0 at the end of the second half.
1993, Russian Championship: Andrei Tikhonov
The young Andrei Tikhonov (b. 1970), who didn’t even have a stable first-team place back then, equalised against Okean Nakhodka (1-1), and this draw allowed Spartak to win the league with four rounds to spare.
1994, Russian Cup: Dmitry Alenichev
Dmitry Alenichev (b. 1972), then 21 years old, came off the bench during extra time in the Russian Cup final against CSKA. His decisive penalty strike brought Spartak their only penalty shoot-out cup final win in their history. Since that cup final in 1994, Spartak have never won another penalty shootout in official games.
1994, Russian Championship: Andrei Tikhonov
Tikhonov scored four goals against a poor Krylya Sovetov Samara (6-2); one of those goals became “golden in hindsight”, like Reingold’s 1962 one. Dinamo Moscow played earlier than Spartak in the next round and failed to win, and so Spartak became champions even before their game against Zhemchuzhina Sochi (5-2).
1996, Russian Championship: Andrei Tikhonov
And now, a truly golden goal by Tikhonov: not in a drawn game, not “in hindsight” – in a golden play-off! Against Alania Vladikavkaz, Tikhonov made the score 2-0 in the last 10 minutes. Alania managed to claw one back later, but this was the most they could do.
1997, Russian Championship: Valery Kechinov
By an incredible calendar coincidence, two title challengers played each other in the last round: Spartak visited Rotor in Volgograd. Rotor needed to win, but Spartak never gave them any chance and won 2-0. Valery Kechinov (b. 1974) opened the score, and the second goal was scored by Shirko.
1998, Russian Cup: Andrei Tikhonov
Andrei Tikhonov strikes again! After three championships, Tikhonov won the Russian Cup for Spartak by scoring the only goal against Russia’s strongest cup team, Lokomotiv Moscow.
1998, Russian Championship: Andrei Tikhonov
In 1998, Tikhonov won an incredible “double”: he scored winning goals both in the Cup final and in the league “golden” match – Spartak again became champions with a round to spare. Tikhonov brought the score against Shinnik Yaroslavl to 2-0, and the match ended 3-1.
1999, Russian Championship: Egor Titov
Like Andrei Tikhonov, Egor Titov (b. 1976) scored his first trophy-winning goal at the age of 23 by equalising the score in a drawn game – Spartak drew 1-1 against Dinamo Moscow and again won the title before the championship was over. Incidentally, the first goal of the game was scored by an ex-Spartak man, Konstantin Golovskoy.
2000, Russian Championship: Maksym Kalynychenko
Ukrainian midfielder Maksym Kalynychenko (b. 1979) brought gold to Spartak in his debut season by scoring the only goal against Rostselmash in the penultimate round.
2001, Russian Championship: Vasily Baranov
In 2001, Spartak… yes, you’re right, again won the championship with a round to spare. They did it with gusto this time, defeating the bronze medal winners Zenit St. Petersburg. Zenit, led by the very young Andrey Arshavin and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, even took the lead, but Spartak managed to recover and won 3-1. The winning goal was scored by Belorussian midfielder Vasily Baranov (b. 1972).
2003, Russian Cup: Egor Titov
Spartak’s last trophy became Oleg Romantsev’s swan song – just a few days after this victory, Romantsev was fired. The only goal against the former Rostselmash (now FC Rostov) was scored by Egor Titov, who was Spartak captain at that time.
Author: Alexey Spektrowski
I’m a Spartak Moscow fan who dabbles in Soviet/Russian football history (mostly numerical and statistical). Contributed some data to the Spartak Moscow museum at Otkrytie Arena.