Magazine article Russian Life

The Building of Spartak

Magazine article Russian Life

The Building of Spartak

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Legendary Russian soccer coach Konstantin Beskov recently turned 80. On the occasion of his birthday, President Vladimir Putin awarded Beskov with the Order of Merit of the Fatherland, Second Degree for his "outstanding contribution in the formation and development of domestic soccer.

Beskov, a former Soviet soccer star, made his fame as a coach in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he led Moscow's Spartak from the second league to the first (i.e. premier) league in just one year. Ever since that time, Spartak has been at the top of Russian soccer. Today Oleg Romantsev, one of Beskov's players and his coaching pro continues Beskov's legacy. Last year he led Spartak to its eighth title--of just nine titles contested since Russian independence. It is also the club's fifth straight title and, at press time, the team was leading its group in the Euro League.

One reason Spartak is so hot is certainly because of the team's Cameroon-born defender, Christian Tchuyse. …

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