Football Club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Dnipropetrovsk. Dnipro, which is the Ukrainian name of the Dnieper river in Ukraine, is a popular name in Dnipropetrovsk. Beside the association football club, there is a team under the same name, basketball team. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, however, is not a multi-sport club, during the Soviet era, the club was a member of the Soviet Volunteer Sports Society Metallurg and until 1961 was under sponsorship of the Petrovsky Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Plant. After that, the club was sponsored by the Southern Machine-building Plant Yuzhmash, before the fall of the Soviet Union, the club was the second most successful club of Ukraine that participated in the Soviet Top League, winning in 1983 and 1988. Sometime after the fall of the Soviet Union, the club was privatized, the clubs franchise traces its history all the way back when the first team that was formed in 1918 by the Petrovsky factory and was called as BRIT.
The team participated in the regional competition, with the four other teams BRIT played its games on small stadium Sokil which was located at the corner of Pushkin street and Yuriy Savchenko street. Due to World War I, BRIT was disbanded, but on 9 May 1925 a new team was formed in Dnipropetrovsk, the team participated under a generic name as football team of Petrovsky factory. The official name it received in 1926 when it became to be known as Petrovets, the team entered the first Soviet competition under the name of Stal in 1936 in one of the lower divisions. The team participated in the three championship before World War II, after the war, in 1947, the team reentered the Soviet competition and was merged with another club from Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk. From 1949 until 1961, the team was called Metalurh, during this time, the team participated for three seasons, 1950–1952, among the amateurs due to poor results. In 1954, Metalurh Dnipropetrovsk reached the semi-finals of the USSR Cup, where it lost to Spartak Yerevan.
In 1961, the team was handed over to its new sponsor, the Yugmash and it was part of the Zenit volunteer sports society. The new sponsor changed the name to the Russian name of Dnepr, Dnieper, as the Russian was the accepted language of the Soviet Union. The teams performance did not change much until after 1968, when Dnepr obtained Andriy Biba, after that, it took the team three years to get promoted to the Soviet Top League and eventually finished in sixth place in 1972. In 1973 and 1976, Dnepr reached the semi-finals of the USSR Cup, in 1978, the team was relegated to the lower league for two years. Their next return to the top flight was not as inviting as their first one, in the following years, the governing body of the team hired new promising coaches – Volodymyr Yemets and Hennadiy Zhizdik. After those changes, Dnepr became a contender for the Soviet championship winning it twice, once with Yemets and Zhizdik in 1983
FC Dynamo Moscow
FC Dynamo Moscow is a Russian football club based in Khimki, Moscow Oblast, currently playing in the Russian Football National League. Despite this, it has never won the modern Russian Premier League title, during the Soviet era, it was affiliated with the MVD and with the KGB and was a part of Dynamo sports society. Chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus NKVD, Lavrentiy Beria, was a patron of the club until his downfall, from 10 April 2009 the VTB Bank has been the owner of Dynamo after acquiring a 74% share in the club. Boris Rotenberg Sr. was chairman until he resigned on 17 July 2015, on 29 December 2016, Dynamo Sports Society agreed to buy VTB Bank shares back for 1 ruble. Dynamos traditional colours are blue and white and their crest consists of a blue letter D, written in a traditional cursive style on a white background, with Moscow written below it, partially covering a football underneath. The clubs motto is Power in Motion, initially proposed by Maxim Gorky, the famous Russian author, Dynamo Moscow has its roots in the club Morozovtsi Orekhovo-Zuevo Moskva founded as a factory team in 1887.
The team was renamed OKS Moskva in 1906 and won a series of Moscow league championships from 1910 to 1914. After the Russian Revolution, the club found itself under the authority of the Interior Ministry and its head Felix Dzerzhinsky, chief of the Cheka. The club was renamed Dynamo Moscow in 1923 but was referred to disparagingly as garbage. Dynamo won the first two Soviet Championships in 1936 and 1937, a Soviet Cup in 1937, and another pair of titles in 1940 and 1945. They were the first Soviet club to tour the West when it played a series of friendlies in the United Kingdom in 1945, complete unknowns to the British, the Soviet players first drew 3–3 against Chelsea and defeated Cardiff City 1–10. They defeated an Arsenal side reinforced with Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and they drew 2–2 against Scottish side Rangers. They continued to be a side at home after World War II. Dynamo captured another five championships between 1949 and 1959, as well as their second Soviet Cup in 1953, honours were harder to come by after that time.
The club continued to some success in the Soviet Cup. Even so, Dynamos 11 national titles make it the countrys third-most decorated side behind Dynamo Kyiv, Dynamos greatest achievement in Europe was in the 1971–72 European Cup Winners Cup, where they reached the Final at Camp Nou in Barcelona, losing 3–2 to Rangers. This was the first time a Russian side had reached a final in a European competition, at the end of the 2008 season, Dynamo finished third, qualifying for the 2009–10 Champions League preliminary round. On 29 July 2009, Dynamo recorded a 0–1 away win against Celtic at Celtic Park, which gave them a strong advantage going into the second leg
FC Zorya Luhansk
FC Zorya Luhansk, formerly known as Zorya Voroshilovgrad and Zorya-MALS, is a Ukrainian football team. Zorya Luhansk is based in the city of Luhansk, Luhansk Oblast, because of the war in Eastern Ukraine, the team is currently playing its games at Slavutych-Arena in Zaporizhia. Today, the club considers the factory team as its predecessor that was established back in 1923. The stadium was built in 1922 under the order of Vladimir Lenin. The first games that involved participation of the Luhansks teams first mentioned in 1911, during the World War I and the following Soviet and German aggressions the league was suspended until 1920 when the situation in the region had stabilized. The first Luhansk team was created in the Russian Empire in 1908 when the workers of the Russischen Maschinenbaugesellschaft Hartmann created the Society of wise recreations, the football section was headed by the Czech specialist Henrich Drževikovski from Prague who was an instructor of gymnastics of the factorys ministerial school.
That team played its games and conducted its training on the empty lot near the factory today is located the sport hall Zorya. In 1923 the workers of the Luhansk steam train factory of the October Revolution organized their football team Metalist which became the forerunner of todays Zorya, the following year there was organized a championship of the newly created Luhansk okruha. In the final game the city team of Luhansk was victorious against its rival from the city of Snizhne winning it in overtime 1–0. In 1926 the All-Ukrainian Committee of the Mining Workers council organized a team of Donbass miners that was based on the players from Kadiyevka for tour games in Germany. There the Donbass team won four of their eight games, the following year in Luhansk took place an international game when the city team was challenged by their rivals from Austria. The Donbas players lost the game, in 1936 the football teams Metalist and Dynamo united into the united Luhansk city team which next year was given the name Dzerzhynets.
The name Dzerzhynets derives from the locomotive that was produced at the steam train factory FD – Felix Dzerzhinsky. That year Dzerzhynets got the 3rd place in the Ukrainian second league, in 1937 Dzerzhynets won the 1st place in the Ukrainian second league and was promoted to the Ukrainian first league. Moreover, it reached 1/8 final of the Ukrainian Сup and 1/16 final of the Soviet Cup, in 1938 Dzerzhynets became the champion of Ukraine after having won 9 games and having played 2 games in a draw. It was admitted to the Soviet First League, after World War II, the club was not revived right away. The city of Luhansk was represented by Dynamo Luhansk, while in 1949–1951 there was team of Luhansk regional party administration Trudovi Rezervy, in 1950 Dynamo Luhansk was merged in Trudovi Rezervy. In 1951 the chief of Trudovi Rezervy regional administration Ivan Lomakin was trialed, in 1948 Dzerzhynets was re-established in lower leagues of Ukrainian championship
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Football Club Dynamo Kyiv is a Ukrainian professional football club based in Kiev. Founded in 1927 as part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, the plays in the Ukrainian Premier League. Their home is the 70,050 capacity Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, since 1936, Dynamo has spent its entire history in the top league of Soviet and Ukrainian football. Its most successful periods are associated with Valeriy Lobanovskyi, who coached the team during three stints, leading them to domestic and European titles. Dynamo Kyiv became the only Soviet club that managed to overcome the total hegemony of Moscow-based clubs in the Soviet Top League, the Spartak Moscow–Dynamo Kyiv rivalry became the most exciting football rivalry in the Soviet Union that almost completely eclipsed the Spartak Moscow–Dynamo Moscow rivalry. Since late 1960s, the club has participated in the UEFA continental competitions almost every year and it is the first Soviet football club that started to participate in the UEFA European competitions since 1965.
Over its history, Dynamo Kyiv has won 28 national titles,20 national cup competitions, along with Dinamo Tbilisi, they were the only two Soviet clubs that succeeded in the UEFA competitions. The first team of Dynamo became a team for the Soviet Union national football team in the 1970–1980s. The two stars on the clubs crest each signify ten domestic titles the club has won, on 13 May 1927 the statute of the Kievan Proletarian Sport Society Dynamo was officially registered by the special commission in affairs of public organizations and unions of the Kiev district. The All-Union sport society of Dynamo itself was just earlier formed in 1923 on the initiative of the Felix Dzerzhinsky, under the banner of Dynamo gathered the representatives of the GPU, the best footballers of which defended the honors of the Trade Union club Sovtorgsluzhashchie. It was when by the initiative of Semen Zapadny, chief of the Kiev GPU and his deputy, Serhiy Barminsky, started to form the team not only out of regular chekists, but footballers of other clubs in the city.
All the footballers were part of the consolidated city team or the city champions. The newly created team played its first official game on July 1,1928 against a local consolidated city team while visiting Bila Tserkva, already on the fifth minute the Dynamo-men opened the score in the game, however at the end the club lost it 1–2. On 15 July, the Bila Tserkva newspaper Radyanska Nyva put it in such words, as the club gained more experience and played on a regular basis, it started to fill the stadium with spectators with both the club and football in general gaining popularity in Soviet Ukraine. During the Soviet era, the club was one of the main rivals and its ability to challenge the dominance of the Moscow clubs in Soviet football, and frequently defeat them to win the Soviet championship, was a matter of national pride for Ukraine. Leaders of the Ukrainian SSR unofficially regarded the club as their team and provided it with generous support. In 1936, the first Soviet Championship was played, and Dynamo Kyiv was one of the pioneers of the newly formed league, the clubs early successes were however limited to a second-place finish in 1936 and third place in 1937.
In the 1941 season, the only played nine matches as World War II interrupted league play
FC Dinamo Minsk
FC Dinamo Minsk is a professional football club based in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Since the independence of Belarus the club participates in the Belarusian Premier League, Dinamo plays its home games in the 16,500 capacity Traktor Stadium. Dinamo is the second Belarusian team, after FC BATE Borisov to reach UEFA Europa League group stages, Dinamo Minsk was founded in 1927 as a part of the Soviet Dinamo Sports Society. They relegated to level in 1952, but immediately returned top level at next year. However, in 1962, they return to the name of Dinamo Minsk. They relegated again from top level in 1955 and in 1957 and they played top level again in 1960 season. They relegated again in 1973 and returned to top level in 1975 season, but they relegated immediately in 1976. They returned top level after 2 year, in 1982, Dinamo Minsk won the Soviet championship for the first and only time in their history. The following year saw them debuting in the European Cup against Grasshopper of Switzerland and they reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup after eliminating Grasshoppers and Gyori ETO of Hungary, only to be eliminated by Dinamo Bucureşti.
In 1984–85 season, Dinamo Minsk reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Cup after beating HJK Helsinki, Sporting CP and Widzew Łódź, but were eventually stopped by Željezničar Sarajevo. 1988 saw Dinamo Minsk up to a new European performance, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, passing through Gençlerbirliği and Real Sociedad, Dinamo Minsk participated in Belarusian SSR league. Since mid-50s their appearances were sporadic and they were represented by youth teams in seasons. They have won the championship 7 times, Dinamo Minsk won the inaugural season of the Belarusian Premier League in 1992. They become the top team in the new Belarusian championship and won 5 league titles until 1995, making one appearance in the UEFA Champions League. However, after a title in 1997, Dinamo Minsk last won the championship in 2004, the 2000s saw Dinamo Minsk failing to secure any league title in the battle against BATE Borisov, thus finnishing on lower places, mostly second. Dinamo finished at the bottom with four points, after a draw with Guingamp,1927, club founded as Dinamo Minsk 1954, re-founded as Spartak Minsk 1959, renamed to Belarus Minsk 1962, renamed to Dinamo Minsk Dinamo Minsk is one of the most popular teams in Belarus.
Among ultras groups, the largest is called Blue White Will, fans of Dinamo Minsk are friends with Dinamo Brest fans. Their political views as well as proximity and contest for dominance of the city make them huge rivals with neighbours FC Partizan Minsk
FC Dinamo Tbilisi
FC Dinamo Tbilisi is a professional football club based in Tbilisi, that competes in the Erovnuli Liga, the top flight of Georgian football. Dinamo Tbilisi was one of the most prominent clubs in Soviet football and its main claim to European fame was winning the Cup Winners Cup in 1981, beating FC Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2–1 in the final in Düsseldorf. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, it would produce some of the finest Georgian players such as Temur Ketsbaia, Shota Arveladze, Giorgi Kinkladze, Kakha Kaladze. Dinamo Tbilisi was one of a handful of teams in the Soviet Top League that were never relegated and their most famous coach was Nodar Akhalkatsi, who led the team to the Soviet title in 1978, two Soviet Cups, and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1981. He was one of three co-coaches of the Soviet Union national football team during the FIFA World Cup in 1982, FC Dinamo Tbilisi are 16–time Georgian league champions and 13–time Georgian Cup holders. In 1927, FC Dinamo Tbilisi established a Junior club, Norchi Dinamoeli, in the early years in Georgia no official championship existed, so the teams played friendly games against each other.
The first match was played with Azerbaijan team Dinamo Baku on 26 January 1926, with the more experienced Azerbaijan squad winning 1–0. The Dinamo team starred, D. Tsomaia, A. Pochkhua, M. Blackman, I. Foidorov, N. Anakin, A. Gonel, A. Pivovarov, O. Goldobin, A. Galperin, S. Maslenikov, V. Tsomaia. Three days later, Dinamo played another Azerbaijan team, despite their success in the middle years of the 1930s, the Football Federation of the Soviet Union placed FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the first league instead of the Top League. Dinamo continued to show good form against the top teams, winning 9–5 in Tbilisi against probably the best team in the USSR championship and they beat Dinamo Leningrad 3–2, winning 5 matches out of 6 plus a draw against Stalinec Moscow. This was enough for Dinamo to qualify for the top League, the second championship started in autumn 1936. Altogether Dinamo played 1424 matches in the Soviet Union Championship, the first match was against Dynamo Kyiv, finishing 2–2, with goals by Nikolas Somov and Boris Paichadze.
The team sheet was, A. Dorokhov, S. Shavgulidze, B. Berdzenishvili, N. Anakin, V. Jorbenadze, G. Gagua, I. Panin, M. Berdzenishvili, B. Paichadze, M. Aslamazov and N. Somov. The first victory in the USSR championship was in the match against Spartak Moscow on 25 September with Mikheil Berdzenishvili scoring the winning goal, Dinamo finished the season in 3rd place. They challenged for the title, but this faded after the 2–3 loss against Krasnaia Zaria Leningrad, Dinamo played an unforgettable match in Moscow against Spartak Moscow in the Soviet Cup quarter-final, when Dinamo beat them 6–3. They reached the first edition of Soviet Cup final, but lost 0–2 to Lokomotiv Moscow and their first international match was against the Spanish team Baskonia in 1937, which Dinamo lost 0–2. In the 1930s and 1940s, Dinamo was one of the top Soviet football teams, in the 1950s, the team was led by Avtandil Gogoberidze who spent 14 years with Dinamo. He still holds the record for games played and goals scored for Dinamo, in the same period, the following players starred for Dinamo, G.
Antadze, Vladimer Marghania, N. Dziapshipa, M. Minaev, A. Zazroev, V. Eloshvili, Avtandil Chkuaseli
Football Club Kairat is a professional football club based in Almaty, which plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League, the highest level of Kazakh football. Founded in 1954 as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata on the basis of the football club Dinamo Alma-Ata, they were renamed to Urozhai in 1955, the clubs home ground is the Central Stadium which has a capacity of 23,804. They were the leading Kazakh team during the Soviet era, the only club to compete at the Soviet Top League. The team achieved an all-time high Soviet Top League finish of 7th in 1986 and altogether spent 24 seasons in the Soviet Top League, during the existence of the Soviet Union, Kairat was a part of the Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR. Kairat is considered to be one of the most popular clubs in Kazakhstan. At the end of 2006 season, the sponsor of the club, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. This precipitated a crisis which lasted until the start of 2007 season. Consequently, most of the players switched to other teams. The club entered the 2007 season with an inexperienced, young team, in July 2007, a group of private investors took over the club and invested around U. S. $4 million in it.
The club progressed to the quarter-final of the National Cup of Kazakhstan but was close to relegation. At the beginning of 2009, the club declared bankrupt and was relegated to the First Division. In November 2009, Kairat became the champion of the First Division and was promoted to the Kazakhstani Premier League, on 28 December 2015, Aleksandr Borodyuk was appointed as the clubs new manager, before resigning as manager on 5 April following a poor start to the season. On 7 April 2016, Kakhaber Tskhadadze was appointed as the clubs manager, Kairat was the first Soviet Team to win a European cup. It happened in 1971 in Almaty, when Kairat beat Rapid Bucharest with 2–1 and clinched European Railworks Cup, a defunct club tournament now. After the Football Union of Kazakhstan joined UEFA, Kairat played in qualifying rounds of European cups five times and twice advanced to second qualifying round in 2014–15. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for recent transfers, see 2017 FC Kairat season.
The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Kairat, Sporting CP Official website FC Kairat on UEFA. com All time statistics
PFC CSKA Moscow
PFC Central Sport Club of the Army, Moscow is a Russian professional football club. It is based in Moscow, playing its matches at the 30. The club is the most known division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, founded in 1911, CSKA had its most successful period after World War II with five titles in six seasons. It won a total of 7 Soviet Top League championships, including the season in 1991. The club has won 6 Russian Premier League titles, CSKA was the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union it has become privately owned, Russian businessman Roman Abramovichs Sibneft corporation was a leading sponsor of the club from 2004 to 2006. Officially, CSKA is a club and thus no longer a section of the Russian militarys CSKA sports club. The Russian Ministry of Defense is a PFC CSKA shareholder, the Moscow Army men won their 10th national title back in 2006 and they are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football, having an extensive legacy in Soviet football as well.
In 2004, the received a major financial infusion from a sponsorship deal with Sibneft. The partnership with Sibneft lasted until 2006, when VTB became the sponsor of the club, CSKA started 2009 without a shirt sponsor. On 4 November 1992, CSKA qualified for the stage of the UEFA Champions League which contained only 8 teams after defeating Spanish champion FC Barcelona 4–3 on aggregate. On 16 March 2010, CSKA qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Sevilla FC 3–2 on aggregate and they were eliminated from competition by Internazionale, losing by 1–0 scorelines in both Milan and Moscow. On 7 December 2011, CSKA qualified for the phase of the UEFA Champions League after winning crucial 3 points by defeating Internazionale with scoreline 1–2 in Milan. On 6 December 2016, CSKA announced that manager Leonid Slutsky would leave the club after seven years at the club, following their last game of 2016,6 days later,12 December, Viktor Goncharenko was announced as the clubs new manager, signing a two-year contract.
As of match played 6 December 2016 CSKA Moscow won their first, sergei Ignashevich lifted the 2005 UEFA Cup after CSKA ran out 3-1 winners over Sporting CP in Sportings own Estádio José Alvalade stadium. Goals from Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vágner Love saw CSKA become the first Russian club to win a major European title, CSKA was nicknamed Horses because the first stadium was built on the old racecourse/hippodromo in Moscow. Its capacity is small for a club of its stature. This is one of the reasons the club uses other venues in the city
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Football Club Shakhtar is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. Starting in 2014 the club has played out of Lviv before moving early 2017 to Kharkiv with its headquarters in Kyiv, Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first club in independent Ukraine to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, FC Shakhtar Donetsk is one of two Ukrainian clubs, the other one is Dynamo Kyiv, who have won a major UEFA competition. The club formerly played its matches at the Donbass Arena, due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Following the winter break of the 2016–17 season the club moved to the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv early 2017, Shakhtar Donetsk is Ukraines most popular football club. The club is the favorite of football fans in the Donbas. The club draws its history from the start of the Soviet football league competitions and is one of the oldest clubs in Ukraine. The club was a member of the Soviet Voluntary Sports Society of Shakhtyor, having connections with other Soviet teams from Karaganda, among others.
In the late Soviet period, Shakhtar was considered a tough mid-table club of the Soviet Top League, the team has played under the following names, Shakhtyor, and FC Shakhtar. The first team was based upon two other teams, the participants of the All-Ukrainian Spartakiads, Dynamo Horlivka and Dynamo Stalino. The first game was unofficial against Dynamo Odessa and took place on 12 May 1936 at Balitsky Stadium in Horlivka, the team lost it 3–2 after scoring the first goal. Its first official game with Dynamo Kazan was even more disappointing, the selective job conducted constructively by the clubs administration allowed the club to compete successfully at the top level by the end of the 1930s. During the war championship of 1941, which was interrupted unexpectedly, in the last game of that championship, played on 24 June, two days after the start of the Great Patriotic War, which they lost at home to Traktor Stalingrad. The All-Union coal mining society of Stakhanovite had changed its name in July 1946 to Shakhtyor, in 1950, Viktor Fomin was named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year, despite the club finishing only 11th in the league.
The first success for the team was in 1951, when it achieved third place in the USSR Championship, in 1954, Shakhtar under Ponomarev won the Class B League, thus sealing a return to the top league. In 1958, the players of the club received less yellow and red cards any other team in the championship, in the 1960s, under Oleg Oshenkov’s coaching, were three-time USSR Cup finalists, winning it twice in 1961 and 1962. Among the players playing for the club where defenders Viacheslav Aliabiev, the club was nicknamed The Cup Team due to Shakhtar’s success in vying for the trophy every year. The Miners’ more notable achievements, occurred from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, at the end of the season, Shakhtar received the Progress Cup for making the biggest progress from previous season in the league
FC Spartak Moscow
FC Spartak Moscow is a Russian football club from Moscow. Having won 12 Soviet championships and a record 9 Russian championships and they have won a record 10 Soviet Cups and 3 Russian Cups. Spartak have reached the semi-finals of all three European club competitions, the club was a part of the Spartak sports society. Other teams in the society include ice hockey club HC Spartak Moscow, the club is not connected with Spartak sports society and is an independent privately owned organization. In the early days of Soviet football, many government agencies such as the police, army, so many statesmen saw in the wins of their teams the superiority over the opponents patronizing other teams. Almost all the teams had such kind of patrons—Dinamo with the police, CSKA with the army and Spartak, the history of the football club and sports society Spartak originates from the Russian Gymnastics Society, which was founded on May 4,1883. In the spring of 1922 the RGO Sokol was renamed into MKS, in 1922, the Moscow Sport Circle, named Krasnaya Presnya, was formed by Ivan Artemyev and involved Nikolai Starostin, especially in its football team.
The team grew, building a stadium, supporting itself from ticket sales, the team changed sponsors repeatedly over the following years as it competed with Dinamo Moscow, whose 35,000 seat Dinamo Stadium lay close by. As a high-profile sportsman, Starostin came into contact with Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol who already had a strong influence on sport. In November 1934, with funding from Promkooperatsiia, Kosarev employed Starostin, again the team changed its name, this time to Spartak Moscow. The club founders, four Starostin brothers, played a big role in the formation of the team, the Starostins played for the red-whites in the 1930s but right before World War II they were subjected to repression as the leaders of the most hated team by the state authorities. Elder brother Nikolai Starostin wrote in his books that he had survived in the State Prison System due to his participation in football, after the political rehabilitation, in 1954, he would return to the team as the squads manager.
In 1935, Starostin proposed the name Spartak that was derived from Spartacus, a gladiator-slave who led a rebellion against Rome, Starostin is credited with the creation of the Spartak logo. The same year, the became a part of newly created Spartak sports society. Czechoslovak manager Antonin Fivebr is credited as the first head coach of Spartak, in 1936, the Soviet Top League was established, where its first championship was won by Dynamo Moscow while Spartak won its second, which was held in the same calendar year. Before World War II, Spartak earned two more titles, in 1937 Spartak won the football tournament of Workers Olympiad at Antwerp. During the 1950s, together with Dynamo, dominated the Soviet Top League, when the Soviet national team won gold medals at the Melbourne Olympics, it consisted largely of Spartak players. Spartak captain Igor Netto was the captain of the team from 1954 to 1963