Tag: zenit

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,…

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…

André Villas-Boas and the long con

I have seen the future. Football’s future. It’s both exciting and tragic. Amidst the reliance on strength, pace and fitness, players have taken centre stage like never before. Long gone is the…

This is Russia: a story of west and east

“Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Winston Churchill’s famous words in October 1939 at the breakout of World War Two ring out as loudly today as they did…

Gazprom’s colossal football empire

It was once said that of all the unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important. Today, that quote seems so antiquated. Football has transcended the boundaries of a mere sport, into…

A World of Ultras: Zenit Saint Petersburg

This feature is part of A World of Ultras MOST STORIES HAVE two sides to be told, and the tale of Saint Petersburg and its football team is no different. Racism and bigotry…