Back in the USSR: football and Putin’s dream
It appears Russian President Vladimir Putin’s imperial ambitions aren’t limited to economics and politics. The master of the Kremlin also wants to advance his agenda via sports, namely with the creation of a new football super league comprising leading teams from Russia and other formerly Soviet republics.
Club representatives from two regional football powerhouses, CSKA Moscow and Ukraine’s FC Shakhtar Donetsk, first started kicking around the idea of forming a super league back in in 2010, according to Alexandr Polyakov, a prominent Russian football commentator and a contributing editor at the football website chempionat.com. Two years later, Russian officials decided to form an organizing committee. Polyakov said he has played a consultative role in the discussions.
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Thanks to Alexandr Polyakov and Alexey Shunaev
Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli on Twitter)