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Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

By JOHN TORRIE, Mar 27 – Last week, the Russian national team suffered yet another defeat, and it is time for Sbornaya to get a new coach argues this author.


Interview with Bart Caubergh: Physical Training and Extreme External Factors in Russia

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Bukharov Returns to Sbornaya

By TOKE THEILADE, Mar 25 – After a long break away from the national team, Aleksandr Bukharov received his first start for Russia Friday evening, and he could start next week against Belgium again.

Nizny Novgorod – A World Cup City Without a Team

By STEPHEN FENTON, Mar 24 – Nizhny Novgorod is one of Russia’s 11 World Cup host cities, but football wise it is far from its former glory, which wasn’t to glorious to begin with.

Preview: Russia v Ivory Coast

By MARTIN LOWE & SALIM SAID, Mar 23 – Preview for Russia’s friendly against Ivory Coast, which is played in Krasnodar Friday evening.

Maxime Lestienne and Alex Song Face Disciplinary Action in Kazan

By VLADISLAV ZIMAGULOV, Mar 23 – A group of Rubin Kazan players have reportedly had enough with the problems caused by Alex Song and Maxime Lestienne.

Reactions from RFPL Week 20

By JOHN GORROD, Mar 22 – Reactions from week 20 of the RFPL, which saw Lokomotiv and Spartak draw 1-1 and Zenit beat Arsenal.

Aleksandr Hleb and the Second Chance in Samara

By DAVID SANSUN, Mar 22 – Aleksandr Hleb has returned to the RFPL for a second spell with Krylia Sovetov, will this be one last hurrah for the former Arsenal star?

We are Russia – United Against Discrimination

By ALAN MOORE, Mar 21 – On the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the most ambitious and far reaching social project in sports in Russian History – We Are Russia Against Discrimination is launched.

Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 1)

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI, Mar 21 – Spartak co-founder Nikolai Starostin is one of the most legendary figures in Russian sport. Here’s chapter 1 of a book he wrote in 1986 on Soviet sport.

Five Stars With a Past in Russian Football

By TOKE THEILADE, Mar 20 – Several big names have played in Russia at one point in their career. In this article, we look at some of the current stars that used to play in Russia.

Brian Idowu – How Russia Lost a Promising Talent

By TOKE THEILADE, Mar 19 – Despite playing regularly in the RFPL for Amkar Perm, Brian Idowu hasn’t been considered for the Russian national team, and he could soon be lost for Sbornaya.

RFN Podcast – Dodgy Pitches, Crisis At Tom Tomsk And The Latest Aleksandr Kokorin Scandal

RFN PODCAST, Mar 18 – In this edition of the RFN Podcast, the panel discuss Rostov and Rubin’s awful pitches, Tom Tomsk’s financial crisis and Aleksandr Kokorin’s latest scandal.

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 20

By BEN CLARK, LUKAS MÜLLER, JACK BERESFORD & VINCENT TANGUY, Mar 17 – Previews and betting advice for all eight games of the 20th round of the RFPL.