The players and coaches of Zenit, of course, are not guilty of anything. They had every right to mark a memorable date. And the club’s leadership, in the context of restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, prepared a beautiful and touching ceremony. In the early morning, a huge Zenith banner rose from the embankment of the Peter and Paul Fortress into the sky. Sergey Semak its unconditional leader Artem Dziuba veteran legionnaire Branislav Ivanovich and club director Alexander Medvedev. “The club keeps a pedigree from the physical education club of the Leningrad Metal Plant (LMZ) named after Stalin, where in the spring of 1925 football teams were organized, which became the progenitors of Zenith, whose official date of birth is now accepted to be considered May 25, 192 5 years. ” That's it:“ it’s now accepted to count. ”However, until 1999 you wouldn’t have read anything like this in any football directory that was Soviet or Russian. The date of May 25 was set hastily, as indicated above, when Vitaliy Mutko, in connection with the Zenith debut in the UEFA Cup, decided to “put things in order in club history.” The basis was a clipping from the May issue of the Spartak magazine of the Leningrad sports community, which stated its intention to create base LMZ football team. The clipping was provided by the famous collector Vladimir Falin . However, no one bothered to check whether such a team was eventually formed. According to the famous football historian Yuri Lukosyak the August issue of the same magazine in 1925 said that the idea of creating a football team failed. And there was no organized football at the LMZ until the early 1930s, when the enthusiast Sergey Veniaminovich Yakobson set to work. That is why in the reference books of the times of the USSR, the year 1931 was usually indicated as the year of birth of the “Zenith”. So the “invention” of Mutko has too little power to celebrate the 95th anniversary. The Dziuba and Semak team are 89 at best. Or even less. After all, DSO Zenit was formed only in 1936. However, with a great desire it is not difficult to make the main football club of St. Petersburg even more ancient. If we consider Zenit as the successor of the Bolshevik team, then it’s quite possible to choose … 1914 as the birthday. It was then, even in tsarist Russia, that the Murzinka football team was formed, after the revolution transformed into a Bolshevik under the new name of the Obukhov plant. Anyway, referring to Lukosyak (and this is not some kind of marginal – it’s no coincidence that he singularly represents Russia in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics and constantly consults with the RFU and RPL), May 25, 1925 absolutely cannot be considered the date of the formation of Zenith. And today's shot of Dziuba-Semak is just a beautiful gesture, without any historical basis.