FC Spartak Moscow (Russian: Футбольный клуб «Спартак» Москва [spɐrˈtak mɐˈskva]) is a Russian football club from Moscow. Having won 12 Soviet championships (second only to Dynamo Kyiv) and a record 9 Russian championships, they are the country's most successful club. They have also won a record 10 Soviet Cups and 3 Russian Cups. Spartak have also reached the semi-finals of all three European club competitions.

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Czechoslovak manager Antonin Fivebr is credited as the first head coach of Spartak, though he worked as a consultant in several clubs simultaneously.[2] In 1936, the Soviet Top League was established, where its first championship was won by Dynamo Moscow while Spartak won its second, which was held in the same calendar year. Before World War II, Spartak earned two more titles.[3] In 1937 Spartak won the football tournament of Workers' Olympiad at Antwerp.

In the early days of Soviet football, many government agencies such as the police, army and railroads created their own clubs. So many statesmen saw in the wins of their teams the superiority over the opponents patronizing other teams. Almost all the teams had such kind of patrons—Dinamo with the police, CSKA with the army and Spartak, created by a trade union public organization was considered to be "the people's team."

Following a mixed start to the 2006 season and public criticism from Dmitry Alenichev, the team's captain and one of its most experienced players, the Starkovs left his position to Vladimir Fedotov.

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Historically, the club was a part of the Spartak sports society. Other teams in the society include ice hockey club HC Spartak Moscow. Currently, the club is not connected with Spartak sports society and is an independent privately owned organization.

Clearly the weight of European competition played havoc on Spartak as coming off a short rest period they lost 2-1 to host Amkar Perm.

Spartak’s perfect start to the new campaign came to an end as they played host Kuban Krasnodar to a 2-2 draw, honours even, in match day four of the Sogaz Championship of Russia.

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In 1935, Starostin proposed the name Spartak that was derived from Spartacus, a gladiator-slave who led a rebellion against Rome, and was inspired by eponymous book by Raffaello Giovagnoli. Starostin is also credited with the creation of the Spartak logo.[1] The same year, the club became a part of newly created Spartak sports society.

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In the 2005 season, Spartak, led by Aleksandrs Starkovs, finished second in the league following an impressive run to beat Lokomotiv Moscow, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Rubin Kazan to the last Champions League place.

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Spartak had never had its own stadium, with the team historically playing in various Moscow stadia throughout its history, even once playing an exhibition match in Red Square. Throughout its history, the team played home games at various Moscow stadiums - especially on the "Locomotive" and "Luzhniki". After the purchase of the club Andrei Chervichenko in the early 2000s they were made several statements about the speedy construction of the stadium, but construction has not begun.

One of the most favourite slogans of both the fans and players is, "Who are we? We're The Meat!" (Russian: "Кто мы? Мясо!", "Kto my? Myaso!")

Spartak has been entitled to place a golden star on its badge since 2003 to commemorate winning five Russian championships in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997. They have won the championship another four times since 1997. Since 2013, the club have added another three stars as rules allowed teams to include titles won during the Soviet era.

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Since the mid-2000s the supporters of Spartak maintain brotherhood relations with Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos Piraeus ultras – a friendship based on common Orthodox faith and same club colours. Also fans of Spartak have friendship relations with Torpedo Moscow supporters.

On 20 October 1982, disaster struck during the UEFA Cup match between Spartak and Dutch club HFC Haarlem. Sixty-six people died in a stampede during the match,[4] making it Russia's worst sporting disaster.

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Brazilian midfielder Fernando completed his transfer from Sampdoria to join Russian club Spartak Moscow on Monday.

Spartak Moscow maintained its perfect start to the new campaign with an entertaining nil draw with Rubin Kazan, held at Lokomotiv Stadium due to the World Athletics Championships at Luzhniki, in match-day five of the Sogaz Championship of Russia.

A new page in the club’s history began when the Soviet Union collapsed and its championship ceased to exist. In the newly created Russian league, Spartak, led by coach and president Oleg Romantsev, dominated and won all but one title between 1992 and 2001. Year-after-year the team also represented Russia in the Champions League.

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As a high-profile sportsman, Starostin came into close contact with Alexander Kosarev, secretary of the Komsomol (Communist Union of Youth) who already had a strong influence on sport and wanted to extend it. In November 1934, with funding from Promkooperatsiia, Kosarev employed Starostin and his brothers to develop his team to make it more powerful. Again the team changed its name, this time to Spartak Moscow.

In 1989, Spartak won the its last USSR Championship, rivals Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 in the closing round. Spartak's striker Valery Shmarov scored the "golden" free kick with almost no time left. The next season, Spartak reached the European Cup semi-final, consequently eliminating Napoli on penalties and Real Madrid (with 3–1 away victory), but losing to Marseille.

Fernando, 24, only spent one year in Italy after his move from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer.

The MLS club sealed the striker on loan from Spartak Moscow for the 2016 season. The Salt Lake Tribune reported the two sides will try to make the move permanent.

Tasci, 28, will initially join Bayern until the end of the season but the German champions will have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Spartak kicked off the 2013 campaign with a resourceful 2-1 victory over host Krylia Sovetov Samara at Metallurg Stadium.

February 19, 2013 it was announced that as a result of the agreement with the bank "Opening" stadium for 6 years will be called "The opening of the Arena". The opening match at the new stadium took place on September 5, 2014, when the Spartak took the Serbian "Red Star" (1: 1). The first official match took place on September 14, 2014, in 7 th round of the championship Spartak Russia defeated Moscow "Torpedo" 3: 1.

Had international caps for their respective countries, or held any club record. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Spartak. For further list, see List of FC Spartak Moscow players.

Movsisyan, 28, helped RSL win their only MLS Cup in 2009.