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Notable kits of yesteryear

cska-kiev15013 June ~ The season when CSKA Kyiv wore this shirt was a high-water mark. They finished sixth in the Ukrainian Supreme League (now the Premier League) and were also finalists in the Ukrainian Cup. The club's second string, CSKA-2, were playing just one league below them. For a club with a nomadic history and no fewer than 16 name changes, things were about to alter drastically.

CSKA (which stands for Central Sport Club of the Army) were funded by the Ukrainian military, who in 2001 decided there was not enough money for two football clubs. CSKA's top-flight league place was sold to Arsenal Kyiv. CSKA-2 were renamed CSKA, but after a few more seasons in the first division they dropped down to the second division and quickly resigned from the league structure.

In 2013 CSKA Kyiv were reborn, albeit briefly, at amateur level. They played for a few months in Kyiv's Christian Football League, but were forced out for being too large. A spokesman for the league described the problem: "Unfortunately most of our teams play their games at pitches with no special places for spectators." An unofficial source said the league did not like the unexpected attention CSKA had brought..

Sponsors Ukrgasbank have been more fortunate. In financial meltdown following the 2009 global economic crisis, they were bought by the Ukrainian government and stayed afloat – and are no longer involved in sponsoring football clubs. Saul Pope

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