Final of the era

The story behind the photo
17 May
28.10.2001. Moscow Spartak clinches the Russian championship title after beating Saint Petersburg Zenit 3 - 1 at Luzhniki Stadium in the 29th round of the national championship. © Igor Utkin / TASS

Moscow Spartak in the 90th was the absolute flagship of Russian football. Nine times the Red-Whites became champions of Russia (1992-1994, 1996-2001). The team loudly announced themselves in Europe, regularly participated in the playoffs of European competition, scored great victories over the leading clubs, such as Madrid Real, Amsterdam Ajax, London Arsenal and others. In 1995, Spartak became the third club in history, which won all six matches of the group stage of the Champions League.

In the photo of 2001, Spartak celebrates its ninth time winning the Russian championship. At that time, hardly anyone could have guessed that the next title would be waiting for their fans.

The picture was taken after a confident victory over Saint Petersburg Zenit, the round before the end of the championship. Only two of currently active players remember this match: Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who still stands for Zenit, and Aleksandr Pavlenko, who in that match remained on the bench of Spartak.

Many players have long been working as coaches. Egor Titov and Dmitry Ananko worked at Spartak headquarters, Dmitry Parfenov, along with Vladimir Beschastnykh, was taken to the premier league of FC Tosno from Leningrad region, Yury Kovtun works for the coaching staff of Dynamo Moscow, who confidently won the FNL championship (second level of Russian pro football), and Viktor Bulatov heads Moscow Torpedo, which retains a good chance of reaching the first division.