Friday, June 23, 2017

Spartak Moscow Greatest All-Time Team

1936 Soviet Top League Champion
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
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This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

In the early days of Soviet football, almost all the teams were related to the government—Dinamo with the police, CSKA with the army and Spartak Moscow, created by a trade union public organization was considered to be "the people's team." Spartan Moscow was the second most successful football team in the Soviet Union and the most successful Russian club after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The club was founded by the Starostin brothers with help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth) in the early 1930's.

2016-2017 Russian Premier League Champion
Team
GK: Rinat Dasaev (USSR)
Rinat Dasaev was considered one of the best keepers in the world during the 1980's.  He was capped 91 times from 1979 to 1990, being the second-most capped player ever for the Soviet Union. He appeared in the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1988, where the Soviets finished second. He spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow.  In the West, he played for Seville in Spain between 1988 and 1990.
Rinat Dasaev 
GK: Anatoly Akimov (USSR)
Akimov played for the Moscow teams " Trigogorka ", " Spartak ", " Dynamo ", " Torpedo " and the Air Force between 1931 and 1952 . He was considered one of the best Soviet goalkeepers of the pre-war period. He became famous in the match for the Moscow national team against the Paris club "Racing", after which he received the nickname "Man-eel" from the French press.  He was also a handball player.  

GK: Vladislav Zhmelkov (USSR) 
Vladislav Zhmelkov was considered one of Soviet Union's greatest goalkeepers.  He was known for his penalty stopping. He played Spartak Moscow, CSKAS Moscow and Tbilisi.  He won the best sportsman of the USSR in 1939. He was the Champion of the USSR in 1938, 1939. He also won the USSR Cup 1938, 1939 and 1946.  His career was distracted during the war when he served in the Red Army. 

LB/RB: Mikhail Ogonkov  (USSR)
Mikhail Ogonkov was a member of the USSR team that won the 1956 Olympic gold medal.  He spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He career was cut short in 1958 when he was arrested over an alleged rape and he was suspended for three years. After his return, he was forced to retire after a serious injury.

RB: Gennady Logofet (USSR)
Both of Logofet's parents are from sporting background. He  played his entire career with Spartak Moscow from 1965 to 1975.  In the 1971 Final of USSR Cup, he scored the equaliser 20 seconds before the final whistle that eventually Sparktak Moscow won in the replay. He represented the Soviet Union at Euro 1968 and the 1970 World Cup Finals.

CB: Vasily Sokolov (USSR)
In 1929, he began his career in local football team Żeldor. He played for DKA Smolensk (1934-1936). In October 1936, he played one match for CDKA Moscow, and the following year he returned to Smolensk DKA. In 1938, he moved to Spartak Moscow, where he achieved his greatest success. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War he joined Krylja Soviet Moscow, but in 1942 he returned to Spartak, where he served as captain.

CB/RB: Aleksandr Starostin (USSR)
Before the founding of Spartak Moscow, he played for Moscow clubs: RGO Sokol (1918-1921), ISS (1922), Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Food Industry (1926-1930) and Promkooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Dukat "(1932-1933).  With Spartak Moscow, he was the first captain of the team. From 1931 to 1935, he played 11 unofficial matches for the Soviet Union. Since 1932, he was their captain. 

CB: Viktor Onopko (USSR/Russia)
Viktor Onopko was an Ukrainian, but chose to play for Russia after the collapse of the USSR.  He picked up 4 caps for CIS and 109 caps for Russia. He played in the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, as well as the European Championship in 1996.  In his career, he played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moscow, Real Oviedo, Rayo Vallecano, Alania Vladikavkaz and FC Saturn. He held the record for most international appearances for the national team until 2015, when Sergei Ignashevich broke it.
Viktor Onopko 
CB: Vagiz Khidiyatullin (USSR)
Vagiz Khidiyatullin earned 58 caps and scored 6 goals for the USSR , and played for them in the 1980 Summer Olympics, 1988 UEFA European Championship and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He was also on the squad of the 1982 World Cup team.  His career was spent with Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow.  He played from 1988 to 1990 for Toulouse FC in France.

SW/DM: Anatoli Maslyonkin (USSR)
Anatoli Maslyonkin earned 33 caps for the USSR national football team, and participated in two World Cups, as well as the first ever European Nations' Cup in 1960, where the Soviets were champions. He also won a goal medal in Football at the 1956 Summer Olympics.  Most of his career was with Spartak Moscow, where he played from 1953 to 1963.


LB: Evgeny Lovchev  (USSR)
Evgeny Lovchev was the Soviet player of the Year in 1972. He played 52 times for the USSR national team.  He was one of the best fullback of his time.  In 1970, he became the first player to be booked on a World Cup Finals match, in the opening game of the tournament against Mexico.  He played mainly for Spartak Moscow. He also played for Dynamo Moscow and FC Krylia Sovetov Samara.
Evgeny Lovchev
DM/CM: Andrey Starostin (USSR)
Andrey Starostin was one of the famous Starostin brothers that made Spartak Moscow so famous. He played for clubs in Moscow Krasnaya Presnya (1923-1925), Pisheviki (1926-1930), Cooperatsiya (1931, 1934), Ducat (1932-1933), Spartak (1935-1942, captain team in 1937-1940). He played for the national team of Moscow. For the USSR national team played he played 10 informal matches from 1932-35 respectively, all against the Turkish national team. He also played hockey.

CM: Igor Netto (USSR)
Netto was regarded among the best midfielders in Soviet history.  He played most of his career for Spartak Moscow.  He was the captain of the USSR from 1954 to 1963. He led the country to the gold medal in the 1956 Summer Olympics, and victory at the first ever European Championship in 1960. He missed all but one match in the 1958 World Cup , and also played all four matches in the 1962 World Cup when the USSR reached the quarterfinals. In total he collected 54 caps and four goals. 
Igor Netto
Fyodor Cherenkov played 494 matches for Spartak Moscow between 1977 and 1993, more than any other player in the club's history. He played on the Soviet national team, scoring 12 goals in 32 appearances. He won a bronze at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. He was the Soviet Player of the Year in 1983 and 1989.  Later, he played for Red Stars Football Club in France during the 1990-1991 season after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Fyodor Cherenkov
RW: Valeri Karpin (Russia)
At club level, Karpin has played for Fakel Voronezh (1989), Spartak Moscow (1990–94), Real Sociedad (1994–96 and 2002–05), Valencia CF (1996–97), and Celta Vigo (1997–2002). For Russia, Karpin was capped 72 times, scoring 17 goals (also capped once for the CIS). He scored Russia's first goal after the breakup of the Soviet Union against Mexico in 1992. Karpin played for Russia at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, and the 2002 World Cup.

LW: Galimzyan Khusainov (USSR)
Galimzyan Khusainov played for the Soviet Union national team (33 matches/4 goals), and was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, 1966 FIFA World Cup and at the 1964 European Nations' Cup, where the Soviet Union squad won the silver medal.  He scored a goal in the Final against Spain. His career was spent manly with Spartak Moscow.

AM: Andrey Tikhonov (Russia)
Andrey Tikhonov won a total of eight Russian League titles with Spartak Moscow. He was Russian Footballer of the year in 2005 and 2010. He then had a short loan spell in Israel, before signing a contract with Krylia Sovetov Samara. In 1998, he scored 8 goals in one game, which was then a record in Russia.  From 1996 to 2000, he was capped 29 times.  His international career was not as good as his club career.
Andrey Tikhonov 
FW: Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia)
Roman Pavlyuchenko was remembered for his £13.7 million transfer from Spartak Moscow to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. he played for many clubs in Russia.  He earned 51 caps for Russia, and scored 21 goals. He was named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2008, with Russia reaching the semi-finals, and was also in their squad for Euro 2012.

AM: Yegor Titov (Russia)
Titov spent the majority of his club career at Spartak Moscow, starting in 1995, helping them to six consecutive league titles, and winning Russian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000.  He later played with Lokomotiv Astana in Kazakhstan  with his former teammate Andrey Tikhonov. He played for Russia at the 2002 World Cup and has amassed over 30 caps for his country.  He had a 12 month ban for substance abuse.
Yegor Titov

FW: Nikolai Starostin (USSR)
Nikolai Starostin was the eldest of four Starostin brothers.  With the help from Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth), he founded Spartak Moscow in the 1930's.  The club was known for his rivalry with Dynamo Moscow.  He had a feud with Lavrentiy Beria where he was jailed during the Great Purge.

ST/FW: Boris Tatushin (USSR)
Tatushin spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow.  He made his debut for USSR on September 8, 1954 in a friendly against Sweden. He played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but was not selected for the final tournament squad, because he was arrested with Eduard Streltsov and Mikhail Ogonkov over rape allegations and was disqualified for three years.

ST: Anatoli Ilyin (USSR)
Ilene spent his entire career with Spartak Moscow.  He was Soviet Top League top scorer in 1954 (11 goals) and 1958 (20 goals).  He was capped 31 times for the Soviet Union.  In 1956, he scored the winning goal the Olympics Gold Medal Matches. He participated in the 1958 World Cup Finals. He scored the first ever goal in European Championship history in a match against Hungary.

ST: Sergey Rodionov (USSR)
During his years at Spartak (1979–90, 1993–95) and Red Star Saint-Ouen (1990–93), Sergey Rodionov scored 162 goals. He also played with FC Asmaral Moscow.  He was the league top scorer in 1989. He played 37 times for the national team.  He was a member of the USSR national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals.

ST: Sergei Salnikov (USSR)
Sergei Salnikov played for both Dynamo and Spartak Moscow.  He played 20 times for the national team.  He made his debut against Sweden in 1954. He was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, where Salnikov scored two goals in the quarterfinal match against Indonesia. He is the grandfather of the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas.

ST Nikita Simonyan (USSR)
Nikita Simonyan is the top scorer in the history of the club Spartak Moscow at 160 goals, and is also the top scorer in the Soviet Top League at 133 goals.  He also held the record of most goals in a single season. He was the Soviet captain at the World Cup Finals in 1958.  He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1956.  He was capped 20 times. He was awarded the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR title in 1954
Nikita Simonyan

Honorable Mention
Anzor Kavazashvili, Stanislav Cherchesov, Nikolay Abramov, Nikolai Tishchenko, Aleksandr Bubnov, Ilya Tsymbalar, Aleksei Paramonov, Anatoli Isayev, Stanisław Leuta, Viktor Papayev, Anatoli Bashashkin, Welliton, Luis Robson, Galimzyan Khusainov, Anatoly Krutikov.

Squad Explanation
-- The creation of this all-time team is an answer to Dynamo Kyiv all-time team.  In the 1980's, the Soviet national team was dominaited by players from Ukraine and Dynamo Kyiv.  In the 1960's, the Soviet Union was dominated by players from Russia.  Spartak Moscow happened to be the most successful Russian club.
-- Most of my club all-time teams are about teams who did well in Europe.  Sparkak Moscow never won anything in Europe.  Their best performance was in the 1990-1991 season when they reached the semifinal before being eliminated by Marseille.  I know nothing about that team.
-- Igor Netto was regarded among the best midfielders in Soviet history.  He was the captain of the national team from 1954 to 1963. He helped the Soviet Union to win the first ever Euroepan Champoionship in 1960.  
-- Rinat Dasaev was considered one of the best keepers in the world during the 1980's. Then, I took a pair goalkeepers who played before the war.  They are Vladislav Zhmelkov and Anatoly Akimov. Stanislav Cherchesov and Anzor Kavazashvili were also considered for the goalkeepers spots.
--  There are influx of foreign players after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I wanted to choose a player not from the former Soviet Union. I do not know if Welliton and Luis Robson can be considered among their greatest.   They made honourable mention. 
-- Fernando Cavenaghi's move to Spartak Moscow from River Plate generated a lot of news in 2004.  He was projected to be the next star from Argentina. His performance there was not up to standard. Marcos Rojo also only played a handful of games before making a name elsewhere.
-- Anatoli Bashashkin only played a season or so with Spartak Moscow. He made honourable mention only.
-- Andrey Tikhonov was the Russian Footballer of the year in 2005 and 2010. Titov was  the Russian Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
-- Nikita Simonyan is the top scorer in the history of Spartak Moscow at 160 goals, and is also the top scorer in the Soviet Top League at 133 goals. 
-- Roman Pavlyuchenko was a fan favorite.  He is one of the few Russian players from the club who earned a big transfer fees to a club outside Russia.  Along with Valeri Karpin, they gained a lot of name recognition because of their playing careers in the West.
-- The Starostin brothers were associated with the founding of the club and how it turned soccer into a big sport in the Soviet Union. So all four of them made the squad.  Their conflict with Lavrenty Beria was well-documented.  Petr Starostin was put on honorable mention because I could not find much about his football career.
Starostin brothers 

Formation



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