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Russian Relegation Rumble

Written by De Twaalfde Man

Dinamo Moscow is considered to be one of the bigger clubs in Russia. In reality it is a fallen top team, as their last success was in 1995 as they won the Russian cup. They have been national champion eleven times, but their last championship was celebrated in 1976. Spartak and CSKA are now the succesful clubs of the capital, and even Lokomotiv is doing much better the last couple of years.

This season Dinamo is fighting against relegation. Their last league match of 2017 was played against Anzhi. Equal in points, but Dinamo doing better when it comes to scoring goals. A win for either of the teams could mean getting out of the relegation zone for a moment.

I had some expectations on forehand, as Dinamo has the name and playing against Anzhi which comes from Dagestan, a rebel region fighting against the Russian regime. But in reality there was no actual rivalry between the two sides. The turn up was a dissapointment as well as the stadium was far from sold out. The Dinamo ultras did their best creating some atmosphere. The Anzhi supporters were in such small numbers you could hardly hear them. Also looked like they were more busy with themselves. Eventually Dinamo won the match with 2-0. Hereby the impression.

About the author

De Twaalfde Man

Passionate about football. Loves the game, especially al that happens around the pitch. Prefers to attend matches between the fanatics, the ultras, to experience football how it should be and if possible capture the passion on pictures telling the story. Crazy about authentic football culture, old stadiums and has a soft spot for the Balkans. Travels all around Europe and has been named "derby specialist" bij Panenka Magazine.

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