A great team always leave the history. If the club want everybody know about them, they have to create story, achievements, things that every fan wants. Thanks to internet and the social media things, now everyone in the world may have the fanclub, or simply add club instagram for follow latest update of their club, Who’s in the world don’t have instagram, twitter, or facebook? Everybodies love it. So, we want to share 5 most supported club in Russia.
1. CSKA Moscow
The CSKA Moscow, a well known professional football club in Moscow. Founded 106 years ago in 1911, It is one of the oldest football club in Russian history and have good amount of fanbase. They have about 95k of Facebook fanbase, 25,7k followers of twitter and 279,2 followers of instagram. This team is one of most successful Russian club for lifted the UEFA Cup in 2005 after defeating Sporting CP. If we see the growth, this club is increasing its fanbase from the social media things. With these numbers, I think its not too much if we see this club is one of the 4 most supported football club in Russia.
This club is well known for the nickname: Koni (the horses ), Krasno-Sinie (Red-blues as their identical jersey) and the Armeisity (Militarians). The last one because CSKA Moscow was the official team of the Soviet Army during communist era. At 2004, the club takes huge sponsorship by Chelsea’s owner, the billionaire Roman Abramovich by Sibneft oil corporation during 2004 to 2006. Now, the CSKA was no longer part of Russian military club.
During their journey in Russian football league, CSKA Moscow won seven times Soviet Championship (1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970, 1991), Five times Soviet Cup (1945, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1991) , and won the Russian Premiere League (2003 ,2005, 2006, 2012 – 2013 , 2013 – 2014, 2015 – 2016).
The nickname of CSKA Moscow is unique, Koni was named because their first stadium were built on the old race course. The CSKA Moscow is the club for the Russian national team captain, Igor Akinfeev. He is one of the best Russian goalkeeper ever produced now – below with Lev Yashin, the legendary “black spider” goalkeeper of Russia.
2. Lokomotiv Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow is well known as formed by the Soviet ministry of Transportation. The Lokomotiv Moscow was founded 94 years ago, 23 July 1923 In Kazanka. Owned by the Russian Railways during the communist era, the Lokomotiv started to growth for success.
This club is one of the most successful in Russia, having won 3 Russian Premiere League, 3 USSR Cup and the 7 Russian Cups. Lokomotiv also the Russian Super cup holders back in 2003 and 2005.
The Lokomotiv Moscow was a great squad at the past. They had good players, good staff, and loved by their fans. Things become worse when the World War 2 comes and suffered the club. They were relegated to Soviet First League. After the world and the cold war, international clubs were rarely contact the Soviet Team. However, the Lokomotiv Moscow was the football ambassador by the Soviet, participating and playing friendly matches around the world, like Asia, Europe, even the North America.
Until in 1990, things didn’t come for good for Lokomotiv. Until that time Lokomotiv was not considered to big club like CSKA, Dynamo, and Torpedo. After the fallen of the Soviet Republic , the club was ready to shine.
Consistent performance and good history moment made this club were brought back their fans come again and fill the seats. To adding club performance, the club were adding new stadium – The Lokomotiv Stadium. By 2009, the stadium was the second highest average attendance in Russia.
This club has a good amount of fanbase in several social media. In facebook, they have 53k likes by the community. For Russian club, Lokomotiv Moscow has a decent amount of fanbase in Twitter. They had 2,356 followers in the bird apps and 199k Followers in Instagram.
3. Spartak Moscow
Spartak, if you heard the name, maybe it reminds you to famous Hollywood film. Spartak is one of the 4 most supported club in Russia. It is top football club which still plays for Russian Premiere League. Established in 1922, this is the professional club from Moscow and one of the most successful Football Club In Russia . They won 12 Soviet Championships and the record for having 10 Russian Championships. Not only the trophy, they also won 3 Russian Cups, 10 Soviet cups, and the Russian Super cup.
In 1922, the name of the club was Krasnaya Presna, formed by Ivan Artemeyev and Nikolai Stratostin. The last name came into close contact with Alexander Kosarev, and want to extent the club. They made the strong, powerful team under the name of Spartak Moscow. This era was the day that this club will remember, because after this, the Spartak Moscow were build the golden ink as the one of the most successful club in Russia. Winning five Russian Championship 1992, 1993,1994, 1996, and 1997. In 2012 – 2013, the Spartak qualified for the 2012 – 2013 UEFA Champions Leauge, this one is one of every Europe team were dreaming about. Till now they have steady performance and still playing in Russian top level league.
When soviet was booming with the football, the statesmen want to created their own teams. They have big pride when they saw their team wins against the other. And every all the teams had such their identical patrons: CSKA with the army, and Dinamo with the police, and the Spartak, create by the trade union who considered to be “society’s team”
This club have a great support , especially in social media fans. They have 700k fanbase in Facebook, 700k followers of twitter, and 300k followers in instagram. For Russian club, this is really much if you compare with another Russian premiere league member.
4. Zenit St.Petersburg
Zenit St.Petersburg was founded 93 years ago on 25 May 1925. Located in the city of Saint Petersburg, the club was simply amazing and filled with the culture and the wonderful things in Saint Petersburg. Same like above, the Zenit plays in Russian top league, the Russian Premiere League.
It was a long journey when we talk about Zenit. In late 1987, several football club were founded in Saint Petersburg. No official membership for the players so one player even playing different teams. This team were formed by several club around the city and finally merged at the end of 1939.
In late 2005, the club has a new investor and took controlling the club. Gazprom bought the majority stocks of the club in investing over 100 millions for buying new stadium and the players. Dick Advocaat , the netherland coach landed to the club and make some adjusted strategies for winning the league. It was truly magnificent after Zenit won their Russian Premiere League in 2007 and was allowing them to compete in 2008 – 2009 UEFA Champions League.
Zenit is one of the best football club in Russia, and people in here loves it. According to statistic, I think Zenit is number of 4 most supported football club in Russia. They have almost 1 million fanbase in Facebook, have 33k followers in Twitter, and last but not least, 370k people were following this club in Instagram.
So , that’s the 4 most supported football club in Russia. Get supported by fans and the media will boost the club’s revenue and that’s good for the club.