At the age of ten, Roman Zobnin moved 3500 kilometres from his home town of Irkutsk to the Konoplyov Academy in Togliatti. Having received his all-round football education there, he signed a professional contract with Dynamo Moscow towards the end of 2013.
The agile midfielder, equally comfortable playing through the centre as on the wing, quickly made a name for himself as Dynamo’s rising star. However, their relegation from the Russian Premier League forced Zobnin to go looking for another club, and he moved to Spartak Moscow in 2016, becoming a key member of the side that won the league title in his first season.
Zobnin’s Russia debut came in March 2015 against Kazakhstan, but injuries have thus far robbed him of the chance to appear in an international tournament. Sbornaya fans are hoping his time will come at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.