Russian club Spartak Moscow are set to lift their first title in 16 years after years of elusion.

They established a 10-point lead over their closest rival with the victory over Ural ahead of the tough fixture against CSKA Moscow in a city derby.

Spartak defeated FC Ural by the slimmest of margins as Luis Fernando scored in the 23rd minute. The win put Spartak’s title hopes back on track after they had slipped against Rostov. This is their first serious championship title push since 2001 but they have CSKA Moscow on their heels still. Continue reading

Massimo Carrera rejected Chelsea to take over Spartak Moscow

The head coach of Spartak Moscow Massimo Carrera has recently revealed that he rejected the managerial job was offered to him by the Premier League club Chelsea as the Italian tactician instead decided to become the permanent coach of Spartak Moscow.

“They Chelsea called me after the Euros. I was sure I could have gone to Chelsea with Conte, and I very much liked the idea, but this was something different.”

Back in 2016, Massimo Carrera was appointed as the assistant coach of Spartak Moscow but when Dmitri Alenichev opted to resign from his managerial position on August of 2016, Carrera went from being a caretaker manager to being a permanent coach.

Before Carrera became the permanent coach of Spartak Moscow, the Italian tactician had the decision to either go with Antonio Conte and take over Chelsea or stay in Russia being at the helm of Spartak Moscow. Continue reading


If rumors in the transfer market are anything to go by, then we can authoritatively tell you that Spartak Moscow has officially submitted a bid for Ghanaian sensational defender Daniel Amoh.

According to reports in Ghanaian newspaper, the Russian powerhouse tabled an official bid that would see them secure the services of the 19-year-old Ghanaian defender from his parent club Azam FC.

The defender has been a subject of transfer war between various European clubs following impressive display and breathtaking performances for his East African based club. With his magnificent displays so far, it’s easy to see why Spartak Moscow has entered the fray in a bid to acquire his services.

According to sources within AzamFC, Spartak Moscow has signified interest in the former Medeamaplayer, by tabling an unspecified bid for the center back. However, it is still unclear if Azam FC will let him go on the cheap considering he just signed with them this August. Nonetheless, with the mouth-watering deal offered by Spartak Moscow, it wouldn’t be long before the club decides to do business Continue reading

Massimo Carrera Stock Rises after Win over CSKA Moscow

Antonio Conte took over at Chelsea in the summer and one of the surprising omissions from the backroom staff was Massimo Carrera.

The Italian was a major source of Conte’s success in the last five years.Carrera was the assistant manager to Conte when he was in charge of Juventus and the Italian national team. He was widely expected to follow suit at Chelsea, but he seemed to be left stranded in the summer. This led toCarrera’s unexpected move to Russian football with Spartak Moscow. Carrera took over a similar position with the Russian outfit and his career seemed to have come to a grinding halt.

Now, though,Carrerais not considered as one of the best managers in Russian football after managing to get Spartak Moscow – a mid-table outfit in the league that consists of heavy hitters like Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow – to the top of the table with some incredible results.Carrera has managed to get the club playing an attractive style of football which has also produced results. Continue reading

Spartak Moscow MakeMassimo Carrera as Permanent Manager

The reward for doing well in the caretaker manager spell at Spartak Moscow seems to have been a permanent job for Massimo Carrera.

The Italian has been temporarily being in charge of the club since the resignation of Dmitri Alenichev. The sudden unavailability ofAlenichev forced the club took placeCarrera in charge until a permanent solution was found.Carrera has managed to see his team suffer only two dropped points in the last four league encounters. Even though there was the disappointment of being unable to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League, Spartak Moscow can now focus on the league campaign.

The recent appointment represents a mercurial rise for someone who was appointed as an assistant manager only back in June.Carrera has very little experience as a coach but he was in charge of Juventus for a period of four months not too long ago. Spartak Moscow may be taking a big gamble by appointing an inexperienced manager, but so far, he has done all the right things at the club.Carrera has learnt from the best in the business after he has had an extensive playing career with the top players at Juventus. He went on to be the assistant manager at the club, while also serving as the assistant boss under Antonio Conte with the Italian national team. Continue reading

Spartak Moscow have managed to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fernando

Spartak Moscow have managed to bring in Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Italian outfit Sampdoria for around € 13 million.

The 24-year-old will be a big addition for the Russian outfit and he will not need any time for acclimatisation after having been used to Eastern European football from his time at Shakhtar Donetsk. Fernando had joined the Sampdoria from Shakhtar Donetsk only last summer for around € 8 million. Hence, this transfer represents a neat little profit for the Italian club. After having come through the ranks at Gremio, Fernando Lucas Martins joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

He played at the Ukrainian club for a two years and made only 27 appearances before making the move to Sampdoria. Last season, he was one of the first-team regulars for the club and he racked up 33 appearances in the league alone while scoring four goals in these games. Fernando has also featured for the Brazilian national team on eight occasions since making his debut in 2012. The intense competition for the defensive midfield position in the national team limits his opportunities to make an impact at international level. Spartak Moscow will be able to benefit immensely by the presence of the 24-year-old since he has a long time still left in football.
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