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I am a big fan of the Russian Premier League, I got into it years ago during Euro 2008 after watching the Russian team and their quality of play. Little did I know at the time, the league I began watching turned into a little gem that has grown every year since.

A question I have always had was in regards to the popularity of the teams, specifically the big teams Moscow, and Zenit. I refuse to go by attendance for this sort of thing, because I know those numbers are extremely misleading, especially in the RPL.

Spartak is obviously number one(right?), but where do Dynamo, CSKA, Lokomotiv and Zenit fit in on the totem pole?

Thanks for the help!
 

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I am a big fan of the Russian Premier League, I got into it years ago during Euro 2008 after watching the Russian team and their quality of play. Little did I know at the time, the league I began watching turned into a little gem that has grown every year since.

A question I have always had was in regards to the popularity of the teams, specifically the big teams Moscow, and Zenit. I refuse to go by attendance for this sort of thing, because I know those numbers are extremely misleading, especially in the RPL.

Spartak is obviously number one(right?), but where do Dynamo, CSKA, Lokomotiv and Zenit fit in on the totem pole?

Thanks for the help!
I can answer your CSKA question really easy, they sit right at the bottom.

Despite being defending Champions they have only once had an attendance over 10,000 in 19 RPL matches - a whopping 14,000 against Spartak, there was 9,000 fans there from Spartak to thank for the attendance.

CSKA fans are known as the CSKA Barmy Army, they used to average 5600 fans but since Honda left, 1000 Japaneses tourists now flock to Milan and the CSKA Barmy Army is now just 4600.
 

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I've followed Russian football ever since I read Match as a child. The magazine used to publish the league tables of most large footballing nations, and for one reason or another I always followed the fortunes of Dynamo Moscow.

Anyway, I should be in Russia later this year for the first time. However I will not be visiting Moscow, but instead will spend my time in St. Petersburg. Also it will be during the close season.

I was hoping to be able to buy a Dynamo Moscow shirt during my visit, and didn't expect that to be a difficult task despite the fact I'll not be visiting the city. However, a few online searches - though my Russian's elementary - seem to imply this might actually be quite difficult. Naturally there are plenty of big sports shops, but mainly they seem to stock foreign merchandise or Zenit, Spartak and CSKA stuff. Can anybody recommend a shop that specialises in Russian football shirts in the city, please?
 

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These stats are old but it gives a good idea of clubs' popularity.
It was published by championat.ru in 2009


Here is a survey conducted by Championat.ru with supporters.

Approximately 20% (or 25 million) of the population aged over 10 years can be considered permanent fans. This part of the population has occasionally watched (mostly on television) one or more league games and a tournament outside of the World Cup 2006 and Euro 2008.

Of these 25 million people, more than 10 million prefer to see the matches of the national team of Russia and the European tournament games they consider interesting. About 2 million people consider themselves neutral and not support any particular club. 13 million people consider themselves fans of a professional football club in Russia. They followed (variable frequency) the results of their club and a game of their favorite team.

Here are the results, ranking of the most popular clubs in Russia (% of fans among the 13 million who consider themselves supporters)

1 Spartak Moscow -. 16.7

2 Zenit St. Petersburg -. 14.4

3 CSKA Moscow -. 12.7

4 Lokomotiv Moscow -. 8.1

5 Dynamo Moscow - 7.7.

6 Kuban Krasnodar -. 4.4

7 Rubin Kazan - 4.2.

Samara 8 - 4.

9 - Rostov. 3.5

10 Amkar Perm -. 3.1

11 Tom Tomsk -. 3.1

Terek Grozny 12 -. 2.6

13 Anzhi Makhachkala -. 2.2

14 Spartak Nal'chik -. 1.9

15 Ural Ekaterinburg -. 1.7

"Alania" Vladikavkaz 16 -. 1.7

Luch-Energia Vladivostok 17 -. 1.5

18 Sibir Novosibirsk -. 1.4

SKA-Energiya Khabarovsk 19 -. 1.2

20 Saturn -. 1.2

21 Moskva -. 1.1

22 Volga Nizhny Novgorod -. 0.9

23 Shinnik Yaroslavl -. 0.8

24 Salyut-Energiya Belgorod -. 0.7

25 Metallurg Lipetsk -. 0.6
Top Premier League clubs by the number of fans attending home games (from the 13 000 000).The forecast for the season-2009


1. "Spartak" - 11,5%.

2."Krylya Sovetov" - 11%.

3. "Kuban" - 9,5%.

4. "Zenit" - 8%.

5."Rubin" - 8%.

6. "Amkar" - 7,5%.

7. CSKA - 7%.

8. "Tom" - 5,5%.

9. "Lokomotiv" - 5%.

10. "Spartak Nalchik - 5%.

11. Dynamo - 5%.

12. "Rostov" - 5%.

13. "Terek" - 4,5%.

14. "Saturn" - 3,5%.

15."Khimki" - 2,5%.

16. "Moscow" - 1,5%.
 

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Spartak.... :proud:
 

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No surprise as to the order but the % is clustered closer together than I expected. I read about a poll in Ukraine that had Dynamo with 42 % and Shakhtar with 33%, now compare that with the Russian results. Or Juve having over 40 % in Italy and Utd. the same in England.
 

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I Think it's not really matter who is number 1 or which team followed by more people, but the team you love and follow - this is what all the football is about. This is why I also opened a blog about my favorite team, seems to be number 13 according to the list jsk4ever01 added - Anzhi Makhachkala. :musik:
 
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