In our special review we are going to highlight the life of our team over the past 12 months.
Fedor Smolov’ comeback
In January 2022, Fedor returned to the parent club as one of the top scorers in Russian history and fully confirmed his status. He has played 35 matches and scored 16 goals throughout the year – it is the best result in the team. Fedor also added 8 assists to his personal stats.
During this period, the striker reached two significant marks: firstly, Smolov played his hundredth match for Dynamo (wearing the captain's armband) in the Russian Cup fixture with Akhmat (2:1), and then he scored the hundredth goal in the Russian Premier League making his former side Lokomotiv sad (3:1).
Anton Shunin joins Lev Yashin Club
The main regular of our team has overcome an important milestone related to the number 100 as well. Anton kept the hundredth clean sheet at the highest level in the 23rd round match against Krasnodar (1:0) and became the 31st representative of the prestigious Lev Yashin Club.
Shunin continues to move towards the club record breaking. This season turns out to be his 16th one at Dynamo first team – only Lev Yashin has more (19). As for the number of matches, Anton caught up with Sergey Nikulin – both footballers have made 336 appearances for the White-Blues.
Bronze medals and Russian Cup final
Dynamo have won bronze medals for the first time since 2008, repeating their winning record in one season (16). The White-Blues finished fourth after the first part of the current season. We hope that our team will gain success in the New Year.
The same goes to the Russian Cup, where Dynamo lost to Spartak in the May final. At the first stage of the new draw, our team took the first place in the group and now will face Krylia Sovetov Samara in the RPL Path quarterfinal.
The first Serbian coach in club’s history
When the 2021/22 season ended, Sandro Schwarz parted ways with the club leaving a good memory among Dynamo fans. He was replaced by the famous Serbian coach Slavisa Jokanovic.
Under his guidance, the team secured an eight–match winless streak at the start of the season. Another memorable streak continues to this day – five matches in the Moscow derby without any defeat (four wins and one draw). There are only three games left to repeat the Russian record set by the Konstantin Beskov's team.
Captain and Gentleman Daniil Fomin
One of Jokanovic's first decisions as Dynamo head coach was to appoint a new team captain. From the point of view of the Serbian specialist, the captain should be an outfield player. Thus, Daniil Fomin became the new captain, because he is one of the most stable and important players of the team.
In 2022, Daniil made 38 appearances (as well as Konstantin Tyukavin), scored 8 goals and registered 6 assists. He also repeated the RPL penalty record being successful 17 times. In November, he was named Gentleman of the Year in Russian football.
Alex Ovechkin played in a friendly match
The main star in Russian hockey of the XXI century not only reached the important milestone of 802 goals scored in NHL regular seasons, but also fulfilled a long-standing dream that consisted of playing for FC Dynamo.
In June, Alex took the pitch in a friendly against Amkal (5:0) and opened the score with a great shot. Everyone remembered his traditional hockey hit on Mike Krapivnikov. In that episode Ovechkin followed all football rules. It is not surprising that the fans called him the best player of that encounter.
Dynamo Academy and Dynamo Women success
Lev Yashin Dynamo Academy became the winner of the summer Club League for the second consecutive year. Viktor Okishor was named the best player of the year. He helped Dynamo U-17 team to win the tournament.
Dynamo Women ended their first season triumphantly. Our team struggled for Youth League gold medals until the last round, losing only one point to Lokomotiv. Now Sergey Lavrentiev will have to prepare the team for its debut in the top tier of the Russian female football.
The most attended arena in Moscow
VTB Arena continues to hold the banner of the most attended stadium in the capital. During the first part of the season, an average of 17,481 fans went to Dynamo's home matches in RPL. In comparison with Spartak (12,584) and CSKA (11,604), the White-Blues keep staying the most attended team in Moscow.
On August 20, the attendance record was broken in Petrovsky Park after a large-scale reconstruction. 25,249 spectators came to the derby with Spartak and enjoyed the victory of the White-Blues thanks to Konstantin Tyukavin's goal.