fut coins years since an intruder
The Muscovite monopoly was seemingly impenetrable. It had been 11 fut coins years since an intruder had invaded the steel capped club of Russian Premier League champions. That was until Gazprom flexed its monetary muscles. The petroleum mega power seduced the esteemed Dick Advocaat into Zenit's conductor's chair. It lavished rubles galore on adding Nicolas Lombaerts, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Konstantin Zyryanov, Alejandro Dominguez, Fatih Tekk and Pavel Pogrebnyak to an orchestra that already comprised vaunted pros Martin Skrtel, Igor Denisov and Andriy Arshavin. Its reward was reaped rapidly: the 2007 championship concluded with its trophy heading to Saint Petersburg. Many neutrals were satisfied to see Moscow's stranglehold snapped.
If fans in Kazan fantasised about their heroes giving the gold prize another new home, however, they were wildly unrealistic. 2007 had, after all, been disappointment heavy for Rubin. Midway through the campaign, they lost Russia U 21 defender Lenar Gilmullin, who died following a motorcycle accident. At its end they had lost more matches than every team other than rock bottom whipping boys Rostov, and they only just survived relegation. The club who had only surfaced in the top tier for the first time in 2003 then lost some of its key players. The €8. 7m acquisition of Turkey playmaker Gokdeniz Karadeniz may have helped appease the supporters, but big questions marks accompanied other signings through the Central Stadium gates.
Playmaker Serhiy Rebrov and striker Savo Milosevic were 34 and 35 respectively, while defender Roman Sharonov and midfielder Sergei Semak were both 32. Kurban Berdyev's team nevertheless made a flying start to 2008, upsetting Lokomotiv on their travels due to Sharonov's unanswered goal. Then, after overcoming a numerical handicap to beat Luch Energiya 1 0, the men in dark red turned up in Saint Petersburg for a presumed reality check. Instead, they returned having recovered from an early Arshavin goal and silenced the Petrovsky Stadium with a 3 1 victory. By April's end they had seized maximum points from seven outings and were in pole position. A run of just one win from nine sent Rubin spiralling from the summit, but just as the gas appeared empty in their title charge, Berdyev's boys found a www.fifa14store.co.uk second wind.