Top Six: Premier League Russians

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28th, August 2008

The players (and owners) who came in from the cold
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1. Andrei Kanchelskis
Ukrainian by birth, but he played for Russia and we are not here to sort out Eastern European politics. Kanchelskis was undoubtedly the Premier League’s greatest on-field Russian to date. The flying winger had very successful spells with both Manchester United and Everton.
2. Dimitri Kharine
Chelsea’s Russian link years before Roman Abramovich came on the scene. Kharine was a mainstay of the Blues’ team during the mid-1990s. Although his most high profile moment came when he conceded four goals against Manchester United in the 1994 FA Cup final, he was a decent keeper until his injuries got the better of him.
3. Roman Abramovich
Talk of the devil. The Premier League’s most famous Russian

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