Tag: russia

The early years of Roman Abramovich and his legacy in Russia

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football The all-important name when discussing Russian football in a European context is Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich. Since buying a controlling stake in Chelsea in 2003…

Is Vitaliy Mutko the greediest man in football?

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football THERE’S GREED, and then there’s Vitaliy Mutko. When the Russian Duma’s Audit Chamber completed a review of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver,…

Igor Netto: the forgotten legend of Russian football

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football Nowadays the term ‘fair play’ has degenerated into kicking the ball out of the pitch when a player is faking an injury while…

Valeriy Gazzaev and the journey to greatness

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football As Valeriy Gazzaev glances over at the concrete pitch, a nostalgic grin spreads across his face. The goalposts are rusting, the nets are…

Gazprom, Zenit and European football

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football YOU HAVE JUST TURNED on your television to watch your favourite team play in the Champions League. Before the match start, you are…

Andrey Arshavin: a contradictory Russian talent

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football ON 23 APRIL 2016, Andrey Arshavin celebrated his first goal in 18 months. These days, the Russian wizard is 35-year-old and he is…

Oleg Romantsev: the incredible man of two halves

This feature is part of The Masterminds and The Tsars of Football ONE OF THE most beautiful aspects of football is its potential spontaneity and unpredictability, be it a subtle swerve of…

How Andrei Kanchelskis tore down the Iron Curtain

This feature is part of The Tsars of Football ANDREI KANCHELSKIS HAS NEVER BEEN AFRAID to take on a challenge in his career in football, and he has had a fair few…

Lev Yashin: the heroic gentleman in black

THERE HAVE BEEN many great goalkeepers in the history of the game. They range from the sober, colder types to the theatrical, colourful types and everything in between. But there is one man…

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…