FC Spartak Moscow was formed in the 1920s by trade unionist workers, choosing the name ‘Spartak’ in reference to the gladiator-slave Spartacus who led a rebellion against Rome. This name is also reflected in the team badge where a large ‘C’ can be seen – this is because ‘Spartak’ is spelled ‘Спартак’ in Cyrillic.

The club known as ‘the people’s team’ are the current holders of the Russian Premier League title, having won the league for a record tenth time in the 2016-17 season. But it hasn’t always been easy for this famous club, and to read more about their history please check out The Battle For Moscow: Five Teams, One City.