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Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea years

THOUSANDS OF VOICES COULD BE HEARD singing the famous Russian folklore song ‘Kalinka’ during another of Chelsea’s match at Stamford Bridge. The crowd cheered a goal scored by the Blues and peered gaily,…

The groundbreaking Dynamo Moscow tour of Britain in 1945

Several months after World War Two had been declared a victory Great Britain and its allies, the English FA, striving to discover the intriguing nature of football behind the Iron Curtain, decided to…

Anzhi Makhachkala’s fleeting moment in the sun

Founded in 1991 in the Republic of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala, the biggest achievement FC Anzhi could boast until 2011 was the Russian Cup final in 2001, a game that the ‘Yellow-Greens’ lost on…

The death match of 1942

BY THE MIDDLE of September 1941, just three months after Adolf Hitler’s army had invaded the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s capital, Kyiv, was occupied by the Wehrmacht after a…