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A New House is Not a Home: The Continued Demise of Spartak Moscow

A New House is Not a Home: The Continued Demise of Spartak Moscow

By Manuel Veth -  In late summer 2014 for the first time in their history Spartak Moscow played a true home game at the newly-erected Otkrytie Arena ...
Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

By David McArdle - After a hurried team talk, rendered by the young coach in a style of Russian more akin to prison slang, Olawale Sunday joins me f ...
Yevhen Konoplyanka and the Banker from Dnipro

Yevhen Konoplyanka and the Banker from Dnipro

By Manuel Veth -Yevhen Konoplyanka is perhaps the most sought after commodity in Ukrainian football. The ambidextrous winger, according to the You ...
Double Agents – Shakhtar Donetsk and the role of third-party ownership

Double Agents – Shakhtar Donetsk and the role of third-party ownership

By Manuel Veth - Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans Joachim Watzke was visibly exhausted upon his return from Donetsk after he completed the signing of Ar ...
Zurab Khizanishvili – A Georgia Veteran in Search of a Century

Zurab Khizanishvili – A Georgia Veteran in Search of a Century

By Alastair Watt -  Georgia’s second most capped player Zurab Khizanishvili recently returned to the former Soviet republic’s establishment club Dina ...
Post-Soviet Premier League XI

Post-Soviet Premier League XI

By Alastair Watt and Dougie Watt - As the Soviet Union fell in the East, a new football project arose in the West which would transform English footb ...
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