This story, bordered by river banks, is about the places and people beside the longest European river, the Volga.
I looked at them through the prism of soccer that is a common passion here in Russia and particularly in those tiny towns on the Volga.
I travelled along the river and visited the games of 9 teams who named after the river.
So they are all FC Volga from different russian regions.
2011

На фоне громких новостей о строительстве огромных стадионов, сумасшедших контрактах и рокировках в станах топ-клубов остаются незамеченными тысячи людей, ежедневно в той или иной степени занимающиеся спортом, вдали от телекамер и спонсорских премиальных.
FC Volga United- это история, снятая на Волге, о местах и людях, населяющих ее берега.
Путешествуя вдоль Волги, я посетил матчи 9 команд, которые позаимствовали свое название у реки.
Таким образом, все они- ФК Волга из различных регионов страны, играющие в совершенно разных по уровню турнирах, зачастую не имеющие даже собственного зрителя.
Везде я делал диптихи - портрет игрока местной команды и снимок реки.
2011
<strong>Alexander Matyukhin,</strong> 21, defenderFC "Volga" <strong>Zubtsov</strong>, Tver region championship, West zone of 2nd division
Alexander Matyukhin, 21, defender
FC "Volga" Zubtsov, Tver region championship, West zone of 2nd division
Town stadiumZubtsov, Tver region
Town stadium
Zubtsov, Tver region
<strong>Andrey Arlashin,</strong> 21, midfielderFC "Volga" <strong>Tver</strong>, 2nd division, "West" zone
Andrey Arlashin, 21, midfielder
FC "Volga" Tver, 2nd division, "West" zone
"Khimik" stadiumTver
"Khimik" stadium
Tver
Ilya Volkov, 22, forwardFC "Volga" <strong>Rybinsk</strong>, "Golden Ring" League
Ilya Volkov, 22, forward
FC "Volga" Rybinsk, "Golden Ring" League
"Meteor" stadiumRybinsk, Yaroslavl region
"Meteor" stadium
Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region
<strong>Eugeny Kudryashov,</strong> 20, defenderFC "Volga" <strong>Yurevets</strong>, Ivanovo region championship, 2nd league
Eugeny Kudryashov, 20, defender
FC "Volga" Yurevets, Ivanovo region championship, 2nd league
 Cemetery behind the goal. Yurevets, Ivanovo region
Cemetery behind the goal. Yurevets, Ivanovo region
<strong>Maxim Serov,</strong> 17, forwardFC "Volga" <strong>Puchezh</strong>, Ivanovo region championship, 2nd league
Maxim Serov, 17, forward
FC "Volga" Puchezh, Ivanovo region championship, 2nd league
Town stadiumYurevets, Ivanovo region
Town stadium
Yurevets, Ivanovo region
<strong>Maxim Burchenko,</strong> 28, midfielder FC "Volga" <strong>Nizhny Novgorod</strong>, Premier League
Maxim Burchenko, 28, midfielder
FC "Volga" Nizhny Novgorod, Premier League
"Lokomotiv" stadiumNizhny Novgorod
"Lokomotiv" stadium
Nizhny Novgorod
<strong>Maxim Spinov,</strong> 20, forward FC "Volga-TAV" <strong>Cheboksary</strong>, Chuvash republic championship
Maxim Spinov, 20, forward
FC "Volga-TAV" Cheboksary, Chuvash republic championship
 "Volga" stadium, Cheboksary, Chuvash republic
"Volga" stadium, Cheboksary, Chuvash republic
"Volga" stadiumCheboksary, Chuvash republic
"Volga" stadium
Cheboksary, Chuvash republic
<strong>Anton Bobylev,</strong> 23, forward FC "Volga" <strong>Ulyanovsk</strong>, 2nd division, "Ural-Povolzhie" zone
Anton Bobylev, 23, forward
FC "Volga" Ulyanovsk, 2nd division, "Ural-Povolzhie" zone
"Trud" stadiumUlyanovsk
"Trud" stadium
Ulyanovsk
<strong>Vitaly Baklanov,</strong> 18, defenderFC "Volga" <strong>Svetloe pole</strong>, Samara region championship
Vitaly Baklanov, 18, defender
FC "Volga" Svetloe pole, Samara region championship
 Medical help, Svetloe pole, Samara region
Medical help, Svetloe pole, Samara region
Local stadiumSvetloe pole, Samara region
Local stadium
Svetloe pole, Samara region