Vladimir Latunov's 22-year journey across Eastern Europe had come to an end as his FC Ural Yekaterinburg side lifted the Russian title for the first time in their history in 2042.
Soviet Surge | Part 44 | FC Ural #4: Russian Title Race Goes To The Wire
The long hard Yekaterinburg winter of 2042 had given Russian manager Vladimir Latunov plenty to think about as his FC Ural side led the Russian Premier League going into a mid-season break.
Soviet Surge | Part 43 | FC Ural #3: Game-Changing Russian Wonderkid
Vladimir Latunov's first year of management in his homeland of Russia had started poorly but ended superbly as he led FC Ural Yekaterinburg to the best league finish in its history. But the hard work began now as he looked to strengthen to challenge perennial champions Zenit St Petersburg.
Soviet Surge | Part 42 | FC Ural #2: Surprise Record-Breaking Season
Vladimir Latunov's first season managing in his Motherland hadn't exactly started superbly as a stuttering campaign saw his Ural Yekaterinburg side languishing eighth in the Russian Premier League.
Soviet Surge | Part 41 | Ural #1: Heading Home to the Motherland
After 20 years of football management, Vladimir Latunov had successfully collected national titles in Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Belarus and, most recently, Bulgaria. All that meant just one country remained on his Soviet Surge. The Motherland. Russia.
Soviet Surge | Part 40 | CSKA-Sofia #3: Fighting to End Ludogorets Domination
Vladimir Latunov's 20th season as a Football Manager had seen him mount a serious title challenge with CSKA-Sofia. His second season in Bulgaria saw his side lead perennial champions Ludogorets by eight points with 12 games remaining - and having beaten their biggest rivals twice.
Soviet Surge | Part 39 | CSKA-Sofia #2: Completing A Massive Rebuild
Half a season in Bulgaria had seen Vladimir Latunov spark a major upturn in CSKA-Sofia's fortunes, taking them from eighth to finishing fourth in the summer of 2039. However, plenty more work was ahead as he looked to bridge the gap to the top three and Ludogorets, who'd won the last 14 titles!
Soviet Surge | Part 38 | CSKA-Sofia #1: Reunited With A Legend
Fresh from wrapping up an 11th national title, Russian manager Vladimir Latunov was back on the move in December 2038. He moved from Belarus to Bulgaria as he swiftly took the reins at CSKA Sofia and didn't waste any time stamping his authority on his new club.
Soviet Surge | Part 37 | Dinamo Minsk #2: Battling with Brest
Having been sacked by Torpedo and moved up in the world to Dinamo Minsk, Vladimir Latunov's young side had enjoyed a great start to the 2038 season. They sat top of the Belarussian Highest League, just one point clear of nearest challengers Dinamo Brest with 14 games remaining.
Soviet Surge | Part 36 | Dinamo Minsk #1: 16-year-old Star Striker
Russian manager Vladimir Latunov had worked wonders to steer Torpedo Zhodinov clear of relegation, only for them to promptly sack him when he began looking elsewhere! However, he soon gained an upgrade when he took the reigns at divisional rivals Dinamo Minsk.