FC Moscow Has Left Russian Premier League. Let’s WailBy: Ivan | February 6th, 2010
The smallest football club from Moscow has pulled out of the Russian Premier League due to termination of investment from MMC Norilsk Nickel. Seems that Alania Vladikavkaz, 1995 RPL champions, will be ready to step in.
What a pity. Though FC Moscow was a kind of ‘anachronism’, as Jonathan Wilson discovered in 2007, this club has the right kind of attitude – passionate and modern. There are some extraordinary things to remember about them.
Club management found out that the winter training in South Africa would be cheap and fun, unlike dull Spain or Turkey. No other club in the Russian Premier League ever has the guts to do such a thing.
FC Moscow once has four Argentinians in the squad – Pablo Barrientos, Maxi Moralez, Maxi Lopez and unforgettable Hector Bracamonte. He learned enough Russian to write and sing songs!
Number of supporters was always the problem but they always were the good ones. No violence, no banner stupidity – but remarkable actions like ‘Take your mommy to football game’. And cheerleaders, of course.
Three managers of Spartak Moscow were put under the curse of FC Moscow. Alexander Starkov was fired in 2006 after 3-3 draw where Spartak was 3 goals up, Vladimir Fedotov was sacked in 2007 after harmful defeat and Michael Laudrup in 2009 also lost a crucial game to FC Moscow and left Russia one match later.
What a relief for Valery Karpin.