On March 29, 2021, within the framework of the program "Welcome to the Russian World: Language, History, Culture", Vice-Rector for International Cooperation Alexander Linnikov gave a lecture about football teams of Moscow to the students of the gymnasium n.a. M.R. Stefanika (Kosice, Slovakia).
The earliest known reference to football in Russia dates back to the 1890s. It is believed that the British brought football to Russia as in many other countries, it was they who organised the first football clubs in Saint Petersburg. None of these clubs have survived to the present day, so the Central Sport Club of the Army is considered to be the oldest in Russia.
"Football has been living in the capital of Russia for more than 100 years and has won the hearts of its citizens. Today I would like to tell you about the history of football in my favourite Moscow, which began in the late 19th century", says Alexander Linnikov.
In addition, Alexander Linnikov mentioned such Slovak footballers as Martin Škrtel, Jan Durica, Martin Jakubko and Ladislav Almasi, whose career is connected with Russia.
The students were very reluctant to let the speaker go. They had a chance to ask their numerous questions and receive detailed answers.