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Despite the critical and sometimes mocking attitude of Russians towards football and soccer players, this sport still remains very popular in our country. In the end, probably every boy at least once in my life, and chased the ball with friends in the yard. And such names like Lev Yashin, Igor Akinfeev, Andrey Arshavin and many others long entered the hall of fame for world football.
Therefore, there are a lot of football clubs in Russia. It’s not only “Spartak” and “Dynamo”, whose names have long been heard. In this material We have collected the 10 most popular football clubs in Russia so that you They knew who to root for at the next championship.
Rating of the most popular football clubs in Russia
|Nomination||a place||football club||popularity rating|
|10 most popular football clubs in Russia||10||“Akhmat”, Grozny||4.1|
|8||“Wings of the Soviets”, Samara||4.3|
|6||“Torpedo” , Москва||4.5|
|4||Zenit, St. Petersburg||4.7|
Football club “Akhmat”, based in the city of Grozny, Chechen Republic – the winner of the Cup of Russia 2003-2004. True, at that time it was called “Terek”. But this is already particular, since this football club regularly changes its name. For example, when In the Soviet Union, it was also called Dynamo and Oilman.
He received the new name “Akhmat” only in 2017 – in honor of Akhmat-Hadji Kadyrov. And it brought him the most popularity Russian Cup 2003-2004. In the finals, the football club had to fight the Wings of the Soviets – but thanks to professionalism Fedkova team from Grozny won 1-0.
In the “recent history” of “Akhmat” there are several more victorious matches. Since 2007, the club is confidently located in Russia Premier League, and in 2017 he took the highest mark in his stories taking 5th place in the ranking table.
Rostov football club “Rostov” – one of the oldest in Of Russia. It was founded in 1930! However, especially large victories or champion titles in its history is not observed.
So, the highest achievement in local competitions was “silver” at the championship of Russia 2015-2016. But FC “Rostov” in season 2016-2017 entered the 1/8 League of Europe. In the decisive match he had to fight the “red devils” of Manchester United and save face – the match ended in a draw 1: 1.
Nevertheless, “Rostov” left the Europa League, still losing “Manchester United” in the second leg – and with a minimum score 0-1. Thanks to this Russian football club got 15 points in the final odds table.
Another interesting feature of this football club is that his home stadium is famous Playground “Rostov Arena”. The one whose construction was completed in 2018, right before the World Cup. And on which were several matches of the 2018 World Cup.
“Wings of the Soviets”, Samara
Samara football club “Wings of the Soviets” virtually no took prizes in the championships. However he holds a huge number of games, making it surprisingly popular.
In the “assets” of the club from Samara – a bronze place in the championship Russia 2004 and silver in the 2004 Russian Cup. There are also some other achievements received back in Soviet times. The fact is that the history of “Wings of the Soviets” begins back in 1942 year, and over more than 75 years of existence, this club managed participate in a huge number of competitions. For example, he even in the European Cups “listed”, and football player Anton Beaver spent 10 matches in UEFA Tournament Games.
Wings of the Soviets are loved by fans as well. So, in the season 2018-2019 years, each match of this football club was attended by an average of 19 thousand viewers! This is largely due to the influx of fans new stadium. Since 2018, after the relevant World Championship, “Wings of the Soviets” train and play on the court “Samara Arena”.
Kazan club “Rubin” boasts quite large number of titles and awards. Moreover, in 2009, the Russian the football union named it the best team of the year, which means much. On the shelves of “Rubin” you can find achievements such as titles champion of Russia in 2008 and 2009; Russian Cup 2012; Russian Super Cups 2010 and 2012.
Most of the achievements of “Ruby” obtained at a time when The club was led by coach Kurban Berdyev. He came at the end of 2001 and lasted twelve years. True, the first time, “Ruby” constantly losing. But then, after acquiring new football players, in 2009 and later the club began to receive one award after another.
In 2014, Berdyev was replaced by a new coach – and the team again started to lose. So, in the 2015-2016 championship of seven games the club won six defeats. As a result, even the president’s acting Of the Republic of Tatarstan invited the new coach to voluntarily leave your post.
However, even the change of coach and the return of Berdyev did not led the “Ruby” to the desired result. One of the most famous popular and strong teams of the 00s now practically does not go beyond home games.
“Torpedo” , Москва
Popular fame and love came to the Moscow club “Torpedo” in Soviet times – the team was able to become the owner of the Cup 6 times USSR and 3 times champion of the USSR. True, in the future her fate was not so rosy. So, the club won the 1993 Russian Cup – and that’s it.
The “absence” of the Moscow football club in recent history due primarily to financial difficulties. In the 90s he “wandered” from hand to hand, regularly changing the owner and place deployment, and in the early 00s due to acute budget shortages even from top division came out.
As a result, to return to the domestic football pantheon it took several years. Only since 2013 Torpedo entered major professional leagues. In the season 2018-2019 club plays PFL and FNL, while showing records. So, Torpedo managed to play a series of 21 matches, never having suffered defeat!
Everything suggests that the “Torpedo” will soon become again one of the leaders of domestic football.
Moscow football club Lokomotiv, currently owned by Russian Railways and representing the railway industry is not only one of the oldest teams in domestic sport. On his account – three Russian Super Cups, eight Cups of Russia, three titles of the Champion of Russia.
In the current season, he received silver in the Championship of Russia 2018-2019.
But, of course, the history of the “Locomotive” does matter. After all, this club almost ready to celebrate a century! It was founded in 1922 simultaneously with the opening of the Moscow-Kazan railway branches, and was originally named after this path – “Kazanka”. But He changed the name very often. However, the team “Kazan” exists now – and this is the Lokomotiv farm club.
An important feature of the “Locomotive” is the “inconstancy”. Club carries out large-scale transfers after each season. Therefore in new championships he enters with the teams of the most powerful players. Lokomotiv buys not only Russian, but also foreign footballers – So, in the offseason of 2018, the German team replenished FC Benedict Hövedes, Pole Grzegorz Krychowiak, Portuguese Eder and Nigerian Brian Idov.
In general, this behavior can be easily explained. “Локомотив”belongs to the commercial company “Russian Railways”, the main task of which is Receiving a profit. Therefore, the club will collect the most famous, strong and experienced players, regardless of their country origin.
Zenit, St. Petersburg
A favorite of St. Petersburg and personally Mikhail Boyarsky, football club Zenit is one of the most famous teams in Russia. And this not surprising. On the account of “Zenith” – UEFA Super Cup 2008; UEFA Cup 2008; Premier League Cup 2003; four Russian Super Cups; three cups Russia; and five titles of the Champion of Russia.
However, in the “latest football history” at “Zenith” is not everything so smoothly. The problems began in 2014, when the FC coach became Andre Villas Boash. In his history – work with such famous teams like Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea but with Zenit a bit out of luck.
Under the leadership of Villash-Boash, Zenit was able to get silver in Russian Championship 2013-2014. In the Europa League he could only reach 1/8, where he dropped out after a duel with Sevilla. Then the team lost Arshavin and Kerzhakov. In the future, coaches almost changed every year, and as a result, “Zenith” “balanced” between oblivion and glory. And only after the return of coach Semak FC could to get your long-awaited award – to become the winner of the Championship Russia 2018-2019.
Zenit is one of the oldest FC in Russia. It was founded in 1925 year. Now his main sponsor is the company Gazprom, and the home stadium – Gazprom Arena.
Dynamo Moscow Football Club is known primarily thanks to its glorious past. He has a huge amount awards – 19 cups! However, 18 of them were obtained during the Soviet era. Union.
Indeed, since 1991, Dynamo has been actively is present in the sports infopole, but it’s practically not wins. So, he has only one modern award – Cup of Russia 1994-1995. Dynamo plays in Russian football Premier League, trying to occupy the top lines tournament tables. However, the club is often downstairs. For example, in the season of 2018-2019 Dynamo was on the 12th line standings, where “migrated” from 8 places in the previous season.
This situation makes Dynamo not a very active player on transfer market. The main transfers occur with Russian clubs – the team accepts athletes from other clubs inside country.
However, it is worth noting that it was for Dynamo many cult footballers of the past – Lev Yashin, Alexander Novikov, Alexander Makhovikov and others.
Moscow (or rather, the All-Russian, simply based in Moscow) CSKA football club was able to collect all the internal trophies, and also european. The team has six Champion titles Russia, seven Russian Cups, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup, as well as several awards of the times of the USSR. In addition, CSKA is one of the oldest clubs. It was founded in 1911, so long and successfully celebrated its centenary.
CSKA is one of the few Russian football clubs, who survived the 00s period without any problems. Then the team coach became Valery Gazaev. And for the period from 2001 to 2008, CSKA received most of their current awards.
In the future, however, the fate of CSKA was not so impressive. The place of the head coach of the club was taken by the Brazilian Zico. The team performed successfully, successfully, but did not achieve any special results. Period since 2008 to 2018 are called the “era of stability” when CSKA did not have no impressive defeats, no dizzying victories.
In 2018, the contracts of many CSKA players ended – and did not renew them. Other athletes simply announced retirement, and Sergei Ignashevich and completely moved to the number trainers. As a result, the club almost completely updated the composition of the team – And with new players he was able to beat Real Madrid twice. But not too successful – CSKA still left the Champions League.
1st place: Spartak, Moscow
The same club whose name is associated with the Russian football, Moscow “Spartak” boasts the largest in country by the number of titles. So, among modern awards to him 10 titles of the champion of Russia, 3 Cups of Russia, 1 Super Bowl belong Russia, 6 Commonwealth Cups. He also went to the semifinals in the fight for the UEFA Cup, European Cup and Cup winners cups. He also has 22 awards from the times of the USSR.
Nevertheless, despite the huge number of modern awards, a long time in the history of Russia club “Spartak” in general existed without trophies. The “black line” for the team began in 2004 simultaneously with the advent of Leonid Fedun. The change of coaches, players, home stadium began … And in the end Spartak has existed for 13 years without a single trophy.
The first award for such a long period went to the team at the Russian Championship 2016-2017. A few months before the club again changed the coach – it was the Italian Massimo Carrera. In addition, in 2014 Spartak moved to a new home stadium – the Otkrytie Arena venue.
And in the end, these two changes led the team to success. More in addition, in 2018, at the match for the Super Bowl, Spartak won again – and FC first got this award. In the season 2017-2018 Moscow FC took third place in the Russian Championship, and in the season 2018-2019 – only fifth.
In addition, Spartak is one of the oldest FC in Russia. His story started in 1922. Now the main sponsor of the team is Lukoil, and the Moscow stadium is the home stadium “Opening Arena”.
Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.