As for the relationship between the classics of Russian literature and football - history is dumb on it.
But it's clear that football fans from all over the World are definitely not indifferent to Russian writers: since the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup the sales of Pushkin in foreign languages have doubled. ("Eugene Onegin" is a real bestseller!!!).
The Greatest" is followed by Turgenev and Bulgakov. A similar level of demand was found for "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, "The Idiot" by Dostoyevsky and Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago".