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RFPL Round 18: Betting Advice & Previews

By ANDREW ALINT, ARTËM MAKAREVITCH, BEN CLARK & VINCENTY TANGUY Nov 24 – Betting Advice and Previews for all eight games of Round 18 of the Russian Football Premier League.


Interview with Maksym Kalynychenko, Part Two: The FNL, Spartak under Oleg Romantsev, and more.

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Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – FK Vardar Skopje

By JAMES NICKELS, 23 Nov Zenit St. Petersburg play Macedonian side Vardar Skopje in the Europa League group stages tomorrow. The Blue-White-Sky Blues have already qualified, but a statement of intent victory here is key to winning the group ahead of Real Sociedad.

Football Manager 2018 – RFN’s Russian Data Update

By DAVID SANSUN, Nov 22 – Football Manager is arguably the best game in the world, but it still lacks a bit when it comes to Russian football. However, this update fix all the minor details, which makes it even more enjoyable to play.

RFPL Round 17: Results and Team of the Week

By DAVID SANSUN and JAMES NICKELS, Nov 22 – Here are all the results from Round 17 of the Russian Football Premier League as well as our RFN Team of the Week.

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Copenhagen

By WILL BAUMGARDNER, 22 Nov Lokomotiv Moscow play Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League group stages tomorrow. The Railwaymen have flattered to deceive in Europe, but will they turn it around?

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – NK Maribor

By JAMES NICKELS, Nov 21 – We preview tonight’s UEFA Champions League Group game between Spartak Moscow and NK Maribor with anything but a victory a poor result for the Russian Champions. Can they pull it of under pressure?

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – SL Benfica

By TOKE THEILADE, Nov 19 – CSKA Moscow are favourites at home against SL Benfica in Tuesday’s Champions League fixture, but what can we expect from the army men?

RFPL Round 17: Betting Advice & Previews

By ILYA SOKOLOV, JAMES NICKELS, LUKAS MÜLLER & MARTIN LOWE Nov 18 – Betting Advice and Previews for all eight games of Round 17 of the Russian Football Premier League.

RFPL Mid-Season Team Profiles

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI, 17 Nov – RFN’s resident statistician has taken a statistical look at the first half of the RFPL season. Have a look at his in-depth findings right here.

RFPL Round 15: Weighted Age Analytics

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI & JAMES NICKELS, 16 Nov – A statistical analysis of the weighted age of the 16 RFPL teams at the midway stage of the season.

Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

By JAMES NICKELS, 16 Nov – Russia have just played two friendlies against some of the world’s best in Argentina and Spain. Here’s how they played, and their trajectory leading into the World Cup Finals in general.

A changing wind: Can Lokomotiv become Moscow’s new football kings?

By TOKE THEILADE, 15 Nov – Lokomotiv Moscow have shown great domestic form in recent weeks, and they are now among the favourites to take the title. However, much depend on how their rivals perform in European football.

Comrade Yakov Iordanov: Spartak Moscow’s Lone Englishman?

By JAMES NICKELS, 15 Nov – Some claim no Englishman has ever played for both Russia and the USSR’s biggest team, Spartak Moscow. However, according to some accounts, this is not the case. Here’s the story of James Riordan, Spartak’s lone Englishman.