That was enough to decide the game and, with it, the title, leaving Dina – the dominant side of the 1990s – now celebrating their first championship win in 14 years. They are also looking forward to making their debut in the UEFA Futsal Cup next season, though they did win a previous unofficial European club title three times.
The lack of an offside rule means that both sides can attack freely (accompanied by the incessant squeaking of indoor footwear) and largely uninterrupted aside from fouls that are accentuated by the unforgiving surface – exemplified when Romulo was booked for cynically bringing down a Norilsk forward.
The 1 hour 10 minute train ride from Yaroslavskaya station to the region’s Eastern exurbs will set you back 82 rubles. For this, you will get the added extra of travelling merchants joining you on the journey, spouting deals in impossibly quick Russian for headphones and other items sandwiched in between accordion serenades and Spanish guitar songs, which each manage in equal measure to both extract money from passengers and personify the country’s bizarre public transport.
"I can't even express what I'm feeling now," said ISK Dina Moskva captain Alemao after his winning goal helped the capital side beat TTG-Ugra Yugorsk 2-1 in the fourth game of the Russian Futsal Super League play-off final to secure their first title since 1999/2000.
Futsal is a five-a-side game – the on-field team comprising four outfield players and the goalkeeper – played over two halves of 25 minutes and Dynamo started the first half with a composition of five Brazil-born players which went one-nil up within the first few minutes of the match.
The Moscow winter has its aesthetic benefits. The snow-framed view of The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the marvellous Christmas markets on Red Square and the cheeks of girls’ bitten red by the night air mean it is hard for the eye to ever be idle.
Dina made its debut in Futsal European Clubs Championship in 1993/94. Moscow side won italian Torino but lost croatian Uspinjaka and didn’t qualify to final. Dina did it the next year and won spanish Maspalomas Sol Europa. After that Dina got two titles of the best team in Europe: in 1996/97 (opponent in the final – italian BNL Calcetto) and in 1998/99 (won in final Lazio).
In 2011 Dina president Sergey Kozlov asked Great princess Maria Vladimirovna, living in Madrid, for permission to get the name «Imperial sport club Dina». In 2012 the permission was received.
Convinced I had seen a brilliant display of football, I headed back to the station to catch one of the last trains of the week back to the city. Not only was it enough to tide me over until the football starts again, but it was enough to make me flick through the Dynamo fixture list to plan my next trip.
The club Interviú defeated for their first European title in 2003/04, SL Benfica, have had their run of 12 straight Portuguese league final appearances ended by Fundão, who won 3-1 in Lisbon on Saturday for a 2-0 series win. In the final, Fundão will face title-holders Sporting Clube de Portugal, whose namesakes Sporting Clube de Paris retained the French title at the weekend, while Baku United FC did similar in England.
The smaller size 4 ball and the small, shiny pitch – which can be measured anywhere in between 25–42 m long and 16–25 m wide – means the tempo is fast and intense.
Imperial Sport Club Dina Moskva is a futsal club based in Moscow, but playing their home games at town Troitsk-Moscow.
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In 2013/14 Dina occupied the third place in regular championship. In the play-off the club beat Sinara (Ekaterinburg), Sibiryak (Novosibirsk) and Gazprom-Yugra (Yugorsk) and became Russian champions for the first time in 14 years.
For many years Dina’s players formed Russian national team. Golden era of the club is connected with Konstantin Yeryomenko, one of the best players in world futsal history. On European championship 1999, won by Russian national team, 11 players in Russian side were Dina players.
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Not long after, Norilsk, sensing they could force extra time with a draw, then decided to switch number 10 Sergey Ponomarev to act as both a goalkeeper and field player.
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Finally you will arrive at Shchyolkovo train station. A ten minute walk from the station – or in my case a five minute jog to avoid both missing the 17.00 kick off time and also freezing in the -20 degree temperatures – takes you to the oblong USC arena, sitting just behind an industrial estate. Entrance to the game is free and inside and upstairs will lead you a stand populated by young men and families overlooking a small wooden court.
Top spot in the regular season went to UEFA Futsal Cup runners-up FC Dynamo but a quarter-final loss to eighth seeds Novaja Generacija ended their three-year reign. Second-placed Urga and Dina, who finished third, then progressed to the best of five decider, in Dina's case the first for a decade.
The opening two matches of the series were held in Yugorsk, where the two sides exchanged 4-2 wins. They then reconvened in Troitsk, near Moscow, with Dina triumphing 3-2 on Saturday to put themselves in pole position ahead of Sunday's outing.
But Russia winters also bring a break in the greatest sight of all – that of twenty two men kicking a ball around a field. For any fan of Russian football, the winter break is reluctantly accepted as logical but it doesn’t stop it being drab. In Moscow, the capital’s five professional teams become dormant until mid February, enjoying long training camps in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean weather away from the Arctic temperatures.
Meanwhile in Spain, the side that beat Dynamo in the UEFA Futsal Cup final in Baku, FC Barcelona, were also deposed as national champions after three years, losing 1-0 at Murcia FS to lose the semi-final series 2-1. In the final Murcia, for who Kike will make his last appearances before retirement, take on three-time UEFA Futsal Cup winners Interviú Madrid.
In 1991 Moscow businessman Sergey Kozlov donated USSR futsal championship. He liked the sport very much and decided to create his own club. The name of the club – Dina - is the name of Kozlov’s wife.
But there is another way of receiving your football fix during the winter months – futsal.
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In 2009/10 Dina showed the worst result in its history – 9th place. During the season the club got new coach –Miguel Andres Moreno from Spain. Dina signed first world champion in its history – spanish Marcelo. However, next season Dina’s result was even worse – 10th place (last but one in the table).
On the weekend of 23rd/24th January Dynamo played Norilskiy Nickel over two legs in the Russian Cup quarter final. Having won the first leg 5-1, I went along to see if they could cement their place in the semis.
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In the post-match press conference, Fernandinho, who now has 35 goals this season, expressed his gratitude to the fans while manager Temur Alekberov lauded a well-fought result against a tough opponent.
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Dina organized five tournaments of International Futsal Cup, which were held in Moscow from 1997 to 2001. Moscow club won the first one, where they struggled against brazilian Inter/Ulbra.
The plan backfired and after some dominating possession play in their opponent’s half, Norilsk lost the ball and Fernandinho looped the ball into the empty net from his own half with just 39 seconds of the game left to play. Norilsk responded by hitting the post almost immediately after the restart but Dynamo again netted on the break and the game ended 4-1.
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The contest was more enthralling than it was spectacular, with nerves no doubt playing a role, but Dina retook the lead with 47 minutes gone when Alemao, a UEFA Futsal Cup winner in the inaugural 2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons with Playas de Castellón FS, drilled the ball through Ugra's defence and sent it into the far corner.
In 2014/15 Dina qualified for Final Four of UEFA Futsal Cup, holding in Lisbon from 24 to 26 April.
Futsal is thoroughly entertaining and the level of skill and athleticism is incontrovertibly high. It has a knack of strangely transporting you back to your childhood and playing football out in the street with your friends. For some, this game literally is their childhood. Namely the ball boys, scarcely nine years old, who enter the pitch to clean the area where a free kick is to be taken with a brush that dwarfs them – another of the games endearing features.
"My emotions are running so high," commented Alemao. "This is my first title with Dina after three years in the team. We are very happy to have won the title. Six or seven strong teams were fighting for the championship, so it was really hard for us."