There's an old saying that carries true through many sports: Defense wins championships.
In the Russian Premier League, this was absolutely no different. Rubin Kazan won their second consecutive title, and to nobody's surprise, they boasted the best defense in the league. Conceding only 0.7 goals per game, Rubin's back line excellence didn't just stop there.
They stood up to the world's most potent offense in Barcelona and only allowed one goal in 180 minutes of play.
Like Rubin, many Russian teams take great pride in their defense. Some of the world's best defenders have roots in the Russian Premier League, including Nemanja Vidic (Spartak Moscow), Branislav Ivanovic (Lokomotiv Moscow) and Martin Skrtel (Zenit St. Petersburg).
In 2010, there are no shortages of fine defenders. Let's take a look.