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 19 | Rijeka #4: Record Breaking Handzic
HNK Rijeka were right in the mix for the Croatian title, just six points behind the almost unbeatable Dinamo Zagreb. Their efforts had once again been led by free-scoring striker Zijad Handzic, while the club's owners were reportedly worried by manager Vladimir Latunov walking away at the end of his contract in the summer.
Soviet Surge | Part 9 | Galatasaray #4: Turkish Delight
Season two in Turkey was proving to be somewhat of a breeze for Russian manager Vladimir Latunov, whose Galatasaray side had the Turkish Super League virtually wrapped up at the half-way mark with a 14 point lead.
Soviet Surge | Part 8 | Galatasaray #3: First Taste of the Champions League
Heading into the summer of 2023, Russian manager Vladimir Latunov was enjoying a growing reputation having just wrapped up consecutive titles, adding the Turkish league to the Polish crown he'd won with Legia.
Soviet Surge | Part 7 | Galatasaray #2: Targeting the Turkish Title
Life in Turkey had gotten off to a flyer, with Vladimir Latunov's third club in three seasons sitting top of the Turkish Super League heading into 2023. But things were about to get interesting with key players running out of contract and on the move.
Soviet Surge | Part 6 | Galatasaray #1: Three Clubs in Three Seasons
Vladimir Latunov indulged his jubilant Legia Warszawa players in copious bottles of vodka as the squad raucously celebrated becoming the most successful club in Polish history. But the elation would soon end as the Russian manager's achievements didn't go unnoticed.