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 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 23 | FC Nitra #1: A Different Kind of Challenge
After tasting success in more than half of the countries across Eastern Europe, Russian manager Vladimir Latunov, with all due respect, took a major step down in quality in the next leg of his Soviet Surge in the summer of 2031.
Soviet Surge | Part 15 | Plzen #2: Czech-Mate
Life in the Czech Republic had gotten off to a flying, goal-filled start for Vladimir Latunov in his first six months with Viktoria Plzen. But he now faced a two-month winter break to explore his new country and assess some of the exciting youngsters his scouts had been busy discovering.
Soviet Surge | Part 14 | Plzen #1: Scoring Goals For Fun
Having wrapped up a title in Hungary, following previous success in Poland and Turkey, Russian manager Vladimir Latunov was swiftly on his way to the Czech Republic to join Viktoria Plzen in May 2026. He signed a two-year deal worth £4,200-per-week.
Soviet Surge | Part 13 | Honvéd #4: Chasing the Hungarian Title
A swift rebuild of Honvéd FC was afoot as Vladimir Latunov had his side sitting pretty at the top of the Hungarian Division I heading into 2026, just two seasons after they flirted with relegation.
Soviet Surge | Part 12 | Honvéd #3: Goal Hungary
The mission of lifting every league title in Eastern Europe meant there was no room for sentimental attachments for Vladimir Latunov. That was tested when, having succeeded in Poland and Turkey and performed a turnaround in Honvéd's fortunes, the summer of 2025 saw him headhunted by admirers from afar.
Soviet Surge | Part 11 | Honvéd #2: Strike Sensation Sandro Luiz
Honvéd had enjoyed an immediate surge under the leadership of Russian manager Vladimir Latunov. At the half-way mark of the 2024/25 campaign, they were already just three points short of their tally in the entirety of the previous season. And they were sitting pretty in third in Hungarian Division I.