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Oct 9, 2014

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...

Oct 1, 2014

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...

Sep 10, 2014

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...

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Aug 12, 2014

Lucas Barrios joins Montpellier on loan

Barrios won the Bundesliga twice with Borussia Dortmund, scoring 39 goals in 83 appearances.

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.

Aug 5, 2014

Kazan police force female fans to strip

Rubin Kazan fans light flares during their match against Spartak Moscow on Friday.

MOSCOW -- The Russian Premier League condemned the treatment of female fans who say they were strip-searched by male police officers before a match in the World Cup 2018 host city of Kazan.

Several Spartak Moscow fans say police refused to allow female fans into the stadium for Friday's match against Rubin Kazan unless they complied.

In a widely read blog post in Russia, fan Ekaterina Stepanova wrote of the "humiliation" in which female fans were singled out and "required to strip, and that includes...