Sergey Novikov  FC Volga United

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Alexander Matyukhin, 21, defender FC "Volga" Zubtsov, Tver region championship, West zone of 2nd division

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Andrey Arlashin, 21, midfielder FC "Volga" Tver, 2nd division, "West" zone

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"Khimik" stadium Tver

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Ilya Volkov, 22, forward FC "Volga" Rybinsk, "Golden Ring" League

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Eugeny Kudryashov, 20, defender FC "Volga" Yurevets, Ivanovo region championship, 2nd league

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Cemetery behind the goal. Yurevets, Ivanovo region

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Maxim Burchenko, 28, midfielder FC "Volga" Nizhny Novgorod, Premier League

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"Lokomotiv" stadium Nizhny Novgorod

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Maxim Spinov, 20, forward FC "Volga-TAV" Cheboksary, Chuvash republic championship

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Anton Bobylev, 23, forward FC "Volga" Ulyanovsk, 2nd division, "Ural-Povolzhie" zone

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Vitaly Baklanov, 18, defender FC "Volga" Svetloe pole, Samara region championship

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Medical help, Svetloe pole, Samara region

 

This story, bordered by river banks, is about the places and people beside the longest European river, the Volga. I looked at them through the prism of soccer that is a common passion here in Russia and particularly in those tiny towns on the Volga. I travelled along the river and visited the games of 9 teams who named after the river. So they are all FC Volga from different russian regions.

 

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