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...
Montpellier have confirmed the signing of striker Lucas Barrios on a one-year loan deal from Spartak Moscow.
Barrios, 29, struggled to find form with the Russian club, scoring two goals in 16 appearances after signing from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for seven million euros last summer.