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Spartak Moscow

 By Ben Gladwell

Nemanja Vidic's agent plays down talk of Spartak Moscow return

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Roberto Mancini can bring Inter back to the UEFA Champions League, if the Chelsea v Man City match on January 31st could be a title decider and more.

Nemanja Vidic is still aiming to prove his worth at Inter Milan despite reported interest from Spartak Moscow, his agent has said.

Vidic joined Inter on a free transfer after leaving Manchester United in the summer, yet he has only featured in nine games this season, and since Roberto Mancini took charge in mid-November, he has spent all of his time on the bench.

According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Spartak are keen on re-signing the defender on a loan deal until the end of the season, when they...

Russian league bans black player for responding to racism chants

Guelor Kanga battles for possession with Spartak Moscow's Patrick Ebert during Thursday's Russian Premier League match.

MOSCOW -- The Russian Football Union banned a club player for three matches on Friday for showing an offensive gesture to fans who racially abused him.

FC Rostov midfielder Guelor Kanga, from Gabon, was targeted with monkey chants by Spartak Moscow fans in the Russian Premier League on Thursday, and responded by showing them his middle finger.

In addition to a three-match ban, Kanga was fined 50,000 rubles ($930) for the "insulting gesture to fans," the RFU said.

Spartak was fined 70,000 rubles...

Artyom Dzyuba set to earn his first full Russian cap against idol Zlatan

Meet Artyom Dzyuba -- Russia's own Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Zlatan wants to get my shirt, and I want to get his," said Artyom Dzyuba through a smile a month ago after Russia thrashed Lichtenstein 4-0.

The Spartak Moscow striker entered the field at halftime, set up Alan Dzagoev for a move that ended in an own goal by Franz Burgmeier, got fouled in the box to win a penalty and finally scored his very first goal for the national team from Aleksandr Kokorin's assist. This was definitely his night, and he was making plans for the visit to Stockholm to meet...

Zenit forward Hulk urges greater punishment against racial abuse

Former QPR defender Christopher Samba was charged after reacting to racist abuse in Russia.

Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says he feels hurt after being subjected to racial abuse from visiting Spartak Moscow fans on Saturday.

Hulk, 28, has been no stranger to racial discrimination since moving to Russia from Porto in September 2012 and the forward was the target of monkey chants during Zenit's 0-0 draw with the capital outfit at the Petrovsky Stadium.

The Brazil international revealed to Russian newspaper Sport Express that he could hear the racist taunts during the game and he has consequently...

Spartak Moscow find their home as the Otkritie Arena prepares for spotlight

Spartak Stadium, named Otkritie Arena, is now open.

Few managers in football history were as influential as Nikolai Starostin at Spartak Moscow. He was the man who came up with the name when club were formed in 1935, proposing Spartacus [the gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic and whose legend was later made into a 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas], as the symbol for people's will.

Starostin personally drew the emblem that has remained virtually unchanged ever since. He played for Spartak in the 30s with his three younger...