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Missing salaries and results: the poor state of Rubin Kazan

By TOKE THEILADE, 14 Dec – Despite huge expectations before the season, Rubin Kazan are suffering both on and off the pitch, but where did it all go wrong?


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

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RFPL Round 20: Results & Team of the Week

By DAVID SANSUN, JAMES NICKELS & TOKE THEILADE, 12 Dec – Here are all the results from Round 20 of the Russian Football Premier League as well as our RFN Team of the Week.

Round Table: Evaluating Roberto Mancini’s Start at Zenit

By NEIL SALATA, ANDREI DAVYDOV & ARTËM MAKAREVITCH, 11 Dec – Three of RFN’s Zenit experts evaluate and discuss Roberto Mancini’s first months in charge of the Blue-White-Sky Blues.

Sergei Pryadkin: Just who is Mutko 2.0?

By JAMES NICKELS, 10 Dec – RFPL President Sergei Pryadkin is one of the men in charge of overseeing the future reform and direction of Russian football. But just who is he, and whathe can we expect reform-wise?

Egor Titov: Enigmatic Footballer, Esoteric History

By JAMES NICKELS, 09 Dec – Current Enisey Krasnoyarsk Assistant Egor Titov has led an interesting career, here’s just one small vignette.

Andreas Granqvist – FC Krasnodar’s Swedish warrior looking to return home

By LUKAS MÜLLER, 08 Dec – Andreas Granqvist has claimed he would like to return to Scandinavia, but when, and is any move away from Krasnodar plausible?

RFPL Week 20: Betting Advice & Previews

By ANDREW FLINT, BEN CLARK, JAMES NICKELS & LUKAS MÜLLER, 08 Dec – Betting Advice and Previews for all eight games of Week 20 of the Russian Football Premier League, the final week in the Apertura as we reach the Winter Break.

Europa League Preview: Fastav Zlín – Lokomotiv Moscow

By TOKE THEILADE, 07 Dec – In the final round of the Europa League, Lokomotiv Moscow travel to the Czech Republic to take on Fastav Zlin.

Europa League Preview: Real Sociedad – Zenit St. Petersburg

By JAMES NICKELS, 07 Dec – Already qualified Zenit St. Petersburg travel to San Sebastián to face a stern Real Sociedad side aiming to finish first place in the group and attain that coveted seeding for the Round of 32.

Champions League Preview: Liverpool FC – Spartak Moscow

By JAMES NICKELS, 06 Dec – Spartak Moscow must win in England to get through to the Champions League knockout stages, it is that simple. Lose against Liverpool, and they’ll be heading to the Europa League. Here’s how the away team are faring.

RFPL Round 19: Results & Team of the Week

By DAVID SANSUN and JAMES NICKELS, 05 Dec – Here are all the results from Round 19 of the Russian Football Premier League as well as our RFN Team of the Week.

2018 World Cup: Analysis of Russia’s Group

By JAMES NICKELS, 05 Dec – Russia have been drawn alongside Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt for the 2018 World Cup on home soil. Here’s a closer look at the group and an analysis of Russia’s chances.

Champions League Preview: Manchester United – CSKA Moscow

By JAMES NICKELS, 04 Dec – CSKA Moscow are really facing a daunting task having to defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford to have any chance of going through to the Champions League knockout stages. However, it is the Theatre of Dreams, can Viktor Goncharenko’s men do it?