Dinamo's chances to save themselves are slim, but they can get help from others. Ufa and Mordovia, who still trail Dinamo by a point, play against Spartak and Lokomotiv, respectively, and at least one of them must win in order to send them down.

For millions of supporters, such a scenario would be a huge tragedy. Dinamo are the only Russian club to never have been relegated since the establishment of the Soviet league in 1936. Spartak Moscow went down in the 1970s and Zenit fell on hard times in late '80s, but Dinamo have always been there. They haven't won the title since 1976, but their proud heritage remained.

Manager Stanislav Cherchesov was replaced by the returning Andrey Kobelev, and many foreign players, such as Mathieu Valbuena, Balázs Dzsudzsák and Kevin Kurányi, subsequently left Dynamo. Several young Dynamo prospects, such as Grigori Morozov, Aleksandr Tashayev and Anatoli Katrich, who won the Under-21 competition in the 2014–15 season, were introduced to the first-team squad.

"I don't regret anything. How could I know that the whole situation would change like that?" Dyakov said last week. He also promised that Dinamo will stay up, but that is now rather unlikely.

The Financial Fair Play issues forces Dinamo to sell players before they can buy new ones as Adzhoyev explained to Championat in the beginning of June. An obvious player to sell is the Russian midfielder Igor Denisov who was demoted to Dinamo’s second team after a fall out with Cherchesov in the spring. His fate is yet to be determined by the club. Dinamo has however been strengthened with two Russian defenders in Vitaly Dyakov from Rostov as well as Kuban Krasnodar’s Anton Sosnin.

In the Dynamo organization, the position of "president" has not always been present; several times the head of the club was titled as "chief executive officer (CEO)."

Dynamo is the oldest Russian football club and it was the only one that has always played in the top tier of Soviet football (along with Dynamo Kyiv) and of Russian football from the end of the Soviet era to 2016. Despite this, it has never won the modern Russian Premier League title.

Michael Yokhin is ESPN FC's European football writer. Follow him on Twitter: @Yokhin

FC Dynamo Moscow (Dinamo Moscow, FC Dinamo Moskva,[1] Russian: Дина́мо Москва́ [dʲɪˈnamə mɐˈskva]) is a Russian football club based in Khimki, Moscow Oblast, currently playing in the Russian Football National League.

Greatest Weakness: The administration. It is still unknown what the future holds for Dinamo. In the spring the board imposed a salary cap, and the club has already cut its budget significantly. This uncertainty is definitely also impacting the players, and with no European football big names like Valbuena, Samba, and Dzsudzsak could leave the club.

The club's new mantra was to promote young players from the reserve team and build everything from scratch. Signing veteran striker Pavel Pogrebnyak from Reading hardly fit into that strategy, and he had a disastrous season, scoring just once. He was not the only failure though: Russia stalwart Igor Denisov, who earns €5 million annually, fell out with Kobelev and the management and was sent to train with the reserves in November.

After losing 1-0 at rivals Kuban on Monday, they fell to 14th place (in a 16 team league) for the first time. On Saturday, they host mighty Zenit, needing a win to ensure they aren't relegated automatically in the bottom two positions. If Dinamo win, they could escape completely depending on Kuban and Anzhi's results, or go into the relegation playoffs, just as Rostov did last season.

Время работы: с 09:00 до 21:00

The results were disappointing, but Dinamo were still middle of the table at the winter break. Then two more star international players, Aleksandr Kokorin and Yuri Zhirkov, were sold to Zenit, following the footsteps of Artur Yusupov, who left in the summer -- and the team completely fell apart.

Центральная трибуна

Join the European football family today! Get involved with games, competitions and much more.

During the Soviet era, it was affiliated with the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs – The Soviet Militia) and with the KGB[2][3] and was a part of Dynamo sports society. Chief of the Soviet security and secret police apparatus NKVD, Lavrentiy Beria, was a patron of the club until his downfall.

The problem was that presidents and general managers never stayed too long. And strategies frequently changed, with numerous powerbrokers pulling the club in different directions behind the scenes. Dinamo are the most enigmatic team in Russian football; they are totally unpredictable even to the best-informed journalists.

Greatest Strength: Dinamo has a strong core of Russian players. Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksei Ionov, Aleksandr Kokorin, Yuri Zhirkov, Roman Zobnin, Aleksei Kozlov, and even Igor Denisov have all been called up to Fabio Capello’s national team within the last year.

Season Prediction: There are a lot of ifs regarding Dinamo’s upcoming season, but if they manage to keep the squad together, and maybe even add a proven goalscorer to the squad, they can take advantage of their European suspension compared to CSKA, Zenit and Krasnodar. Last year the long Europa League campaign took its toll on the players. Dinamo do however look weakened compared to last season. They finish 5th.

In the season of 2012 Muscovites have very serious achievements in the international arena - to win the CEV Cup, Dynamo always proved stronger than the Polish club "Resovia." Also "Dynamo" won the silver medal in the championship of Russia - the second year in a row.

Магазин ФК «Динамо»Аэропорт «Шереметьево»

Магазин «Динамо-Москва»

Incredibly, Dinamo won just two league fixtures after August. They took only a single point from their final eight games, the latest two under interim coach Sergey Chikishev after Kobelev was belatedly fired. Ironically, in the meantime, Cherchesov won the title in Poland with Legia Warsaw.

New hopes arose in the summer of 2013, when oligarch Boris Rotenberg was named the club's new president. Rotenberg, one of Vladimir Putin's closest friends -- the pair have known each other since their mutual judo training sessions in the '70s -- immediately bought five stars from Anzhi Makhachkala's fire-sale. Then, in the summer of 2014, Mathieu Valbuena -- one of France's best performers at the World Cup in Brazil -- sensationally arrived from Marseille.

Dynamo's greatest achievement in Europe was in the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they reached the Final at Camp Nou in Barcelona, losing 3–2 to Rangers. This was the first time a Russian side had reached a final in a European competition, a feat not repeated until CSKA Moscow won the UEFA Cup in 2005.

Worst Case Scenario for the Season: Several profiles leave the club due to the Europa League suspension, and the club fails to attract new sponsors to cover the gap left by VTB Bank. This forces the club to scale down financially. The club finish the season as the worst of the four clubs from Moscow.

government-owned VTB Bank took control over the legendary club in 2009, they are still to see the results of these investments. Dinamo finished with 17 points fewer than Zenit, and despite the signings of players like Mathieu Valbuena they are still far from eradicating the ‘Beria Curse’.

Dinamo Moskva

Dynamo's traditional colours are blue and white. Their crest consists of a blue letter "D," written in a traditional cursive style on a white background, with "Moscow" written below it, partially covering a football underneath. The club's motto is "Power in Motion," initially proposed by Maxim Gorky, the famous Russian author, who was once an active member of the Dynamo sports society.

Key Early Season Fixture: The opening match away at Petrovsky Stadium against Zenit St. Petersburg. This match will help us understand exactly how far, or close, Dinamo is from the reigning champions. A victory could create momentum, and allow the fans to dream, while a defeat would create a lot of pressure on Cherchesov from day one.

Dinamo finished fourth last season, and this would have been enough for Europa League football, had it not been for UEFA’s judgment. Despite the fact that the club has been very active in the transfer market since the

But the success was short-lived. Dinamo's challenge faded away in the spring. They finished fourth, Silkin was eventually fired and they haven't been able to find any sort of stability since.

Now it all comes down to one game against Zenit. If the worst happens on Saturday, Dyakov would be forgiven for blinking twice and considering his future once more. The shiny, renovated Lev Yashin Stadium could be set to host second-division games in 2017 if Dinamo's proud 80-year uninterrupted stay in the top flight comes to an end.

Spare a thought for Vitali Dyakov. The promising centre-back, who used to be on the fringes of Russia's national team, scored a hat trick for FC Rostov a year ago in the relegation playoffs against second division Tosno and kept his club alive. However, Rostov's desperate financial situation saw them clear favourites to go down the following season, and Dyakov was delighted to get an offer from Dinamo Moscow -- traditionally one of the top teams in the league.

Following Dynamo's relegation from the Russian Football Premier League (which holds its own competition for the Under-21 teams of the Premier League clubs) at the end of the 2015–16 season, the reserve squad FC Dynamo-2 Moscow received professional license and was registered to play in the third-tier Russian Professional Football League, beginning with the 2016–17 season.

After the Russian Revolution, the club eventually found itself under the authority of the Interior Ministry and its head Felix Dzerzhinsky, chief of the Cheka, the Soviet Union's secret police. The club was renamed Dynamo Moscow in 1923 but was also referred to disparagingly as "garbage", a Russian criminal slang term for "police", by some of the supporters of other clubs.

Сделай фото - выиграй приз

Russian Football Results WhoScored.com - Russia Russian Premier League Russian Football Union 2018 World Cup Russia

On 22 December 2015, Chairman of Dynamo's board of directors Vasili Titov announced that the shares had not been transferred to the Dynamo society; that FFP compliance rather than the share transfer was the top priority for the club; and that he expected the club to achieve compliance by April 2016.[12]

In a season of 2010 the command has achieved the most serious success on international scene from the moment of revival. Dynamo's players have made the way in a Champions League final where have conceded to Italian of "Trentino". Now the command "Dynamo" is one of leaders of the Russian volleyball.