The monument to the legendary football player of the Moscow football club "Spartak" and the national team of the USSR Fyodor Cherenkov was opened in Moscow on Monday, October 12 at the stadium "Otkrytiye Arena."
The opening ceremony was attended by the Russian Minister of Sports, the President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vitaly Mutko, the owner of the football club "Spartak Moscow" Leonid Fedun, vice president of the Russian Football Union Nikita Simonyan, General Director of the organizing committee "Russia-2018" Alexey Sorokin, General Director of "Spartak Moscow" Sergei Rodionov, as well as veterans of the club Sergey Shavlo, Georgi Yartsev, Rinat Dasayev.
"This is a landmark event in the history of the Russian football,” Vitaly Mutko said at the opening ceremony. “Fedor Cherenkov was loved by all fans, regardless of the team they supported. I am sure that the memory of Fyodor Cherenkov will inspire our young players, and we will surely see players like him," he added.
"I belong to the generation that grew up watching Cherenkov games,” Leonid Fedun said. “Cherenkov was an outstanding football player," he added.
Fyodor Cherenkov sculpture is made of bronze - it shows a 24-year-old player. At that age in 1983 he was voted the best football player in the USSR. The author of the monument is Philip Rukavishnikov, known for the monument to the Starostin brothers, which was installed at the stadium “Otkrytiye Arena in 2014.
In addition to the monument to Fyodor Cherenkov, mosaic depicting the legendary “Spartak” football player was opened at the south stand of the stadium.
"We always greatly enjoyed Cherenkov’s games,” Nikita Simonyan said. “His contribution to the style of “Spartak” is priceless. It was an amazing man. He was humble. He did not enter into any door without knocking, even though he could kick any open,” he added.
Fyodor Cherenkov began his career in "Spartak" when he was 18 years. During his first full season in 1979 he won the championship of the USSR, repeating this achievement in 1987 and 1989.
In 1983 and 1989 Cherenkov was recognized as the best player of the country. In 1990, together with long-time partner in "Spartak" Sergey Rodionov, who now heads the Academy named after Cherenkov, Cherenkov went to France, but failed to continue his career in the football club "Red Star".
After coming back Cherenkov, 34 years at the time, had a great season in 1993 as a part of "Spartak", becoming the champion of Russia, and then retired.
Fyodor Cherenkov holds the record for the number of matches played for "Spartak" (515). Cherenkov participated in 34 matches for the USSR national team and scored 12 goals. Cherenkov died at 56 on the night of October 4, 2014.