At 18 years of age, Vladimir Moskvichev started to train with Moscow Dynamo’s main team.
One of the books on his bedside table is Andrés Iniesta’s biography. Perhaps there lies the reason Vladimir Moskvichev took to Barcelona to polish his tactical criteria on the pitch. His first visit was back in the summer of 2014 for one of Marcet’s High-Performance courses. He had been in the Dynamo Moscow Academy for more than four years but was looking to improve his football with the aim of making it to the first team on return.
“You have to have ambitious goals,” said the midfielder in 2016, during one of his stays in Barcelona. “My next goal is to enter Dynamo’s second team, to then reach their first,” he stated. Two years later his words were fulfilled, making himself the first player, having born in the year 2000, to be given the honour of training with Dynamo’s first team.
His modern vision of football explains his rise to the ranks of the oldest club in Russia. “For me, smart football means quick passes and making space on the pitch, which is why Iniesta is one of my favourite players. I like combinational and connective football, especially Barça’s play style,” he explains on his club’s website.
At Marcet, the Russian athlete – who plays both centre and right back positions – found the way to making that leap that he longed for so much. “The training here is very good and more demanding than in Moscow,” he told us back in 2016. “In my country, we train once a day… Here it was three! I was definitely noticing a difference, we were having sessions on the beach and the physical preparation is very good.”
In summer 2019, Vladimir started to play on loan for Orenburg, another Russian Premier League team. Two years later, he did the same thing for Neftekhimik. According to data from Transfermarkt‘s website, the defender has a market value of 500,000€ today. A success at 19 years of age, especially considering that he already has accumulated 50 caps with the Russian National Team. His talent, his sacrifice and his approach to football will undoubtedly mark the way for the next generation of players who aspire to reach the top in Russia and in the rest of the world.