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Why Lokomotiv Is On Top

By ILYA SOKOLOV, Mar 29 – Official statistics say that every third sub made by Kuchuk converts to a goal or an assist, and this is the highest figure among Premier League coaches. In 2014 Lokomotiv is keeping on schedule: Pavlyuchenko and Ozdoev created a decider in a game against Krylya Sovetov, while Tkachev completed the rout of Ural.



James Appell: “Russian and English football have the same problem”

By PAVEL BORISOV, Sept 17 – British journalist James Appell has written for Wall Street Journal, ESPNFC and other sports outlets, with a special focus on Russian football. RFN recently caught up with him in Nizhny Novgorod, with conversation ranging from life in Russia to Russians in England and, of course, plenty of football.

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Oh Serder, I’m Still in Shock (How Karpin Lost His Job)

By ANDY SHENK, Mar 18 – A night of two halves at Lokomotiv Stadium, featuring relegation scrappers Anzhi and title contenders Spartak. The Dagestani club grabbed a point at the death, and while Anzhi fans celebrated like they had won, Valery Karpin trudged off the field as Spartak boss one last time.

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Russian Premier League: What to Look Forward to after the Winter Break?

By JAMES RICHMOND, Mar 7 – Russian football is back! And with just 11 games left in the 2013/2014 campaign, the action will be smoking hot across the RPL this spring. James assesses the title race, European positioning and relegation scrap in our RPL spring primer.

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Brazil 2014: Who’s In and Out for Russia

By ASHRAFF HASNAN, Feb 26 – With just over 100 days before open Russia opens its World Cup campaign in Cuiaba vs. South Korea, Ashraff Hasnan breaks down the top candidates to feature for Russia in its much-anticipated return to football’s grandest stage.


Fall of the Anzhi House

Translated by PAVEL BORISOV, Jan 7 – Background info and analysis on Suleyman Kerimov’s shocking decision to “reformat” Anzhi this summer. Find out about the Anzhi owner’s financial and sports history, as well as his possible motivations for the abrupt sell-off.


Will Anzhi Avoid Relegation in 2014?

By ANDY SHENK, Jan 6 – Bottom of the table with only 11 matches to play, Anzhi’s chances of survival look slim. But there is a bit of hope, so long as the club finally starts winning a bit.


Yura Movsisyan: “Spartak fans are at a different level, just like the club”

By ANDY SHENK, Nov 24 – Interview with Spartak star Yura Movsisyan focused on his American upbringing, Armenian pride and skyrocketing European career.


Preview: UEFA League Matchday 4

By Josh Mart, Nov 7 I take a chance to preview tonight’s Europa League matches. How will the Russian clubs do?


Preview: Zenit v FC Porto

By Josh Mart, Nov 6 Zenit take on FC Porto at the Petrovsky in the Champions League tonight. I take a chance to preview this fascinating encounter, in which both teams need a victory.


Preview: Manchester City v CSKA

By Josh Mart, Nov 5 I take a look at CSKA’s visit to the Etihad stadium tonight, can the Army Men cause an upset?

Tyumen recorded the biggest shock of the day, beating Zenit 2-0.

The Day The Giants Fell

By ROB DILLON, Nov 1 – A look at the shocking upsets that shook the Russian Cup Round of 32, including losses from Zenit, Dynamo and Lokomotiv.


Tosno: Paying The Price To Join Zenit’s Family?

BY ROB DILLON: Far away from the bright lights of the Russian Premier League, newly-formed Second Division side Tosno parted company with their coach last week in a move which failed to register in the minds of those discussing the latest managerial departures in the top flight – Dorinel Munteanu at Kuban and Yuri Krasnozhan, almost inevitably, from Terek.



By ROB DILLON, CONNOR O’NEIL, PAVEL BORISOV, & JOHN SAGER, Oct 10 – Our Round Table breaks down the recent action shaking up the RPL table.