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Who Can Play for Russia at the 2018 World Cup?

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 29 – After failing at the EURO, Sbornaya will now look forward towards the 2018 World Cup, but who will be able to play in two years time?

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Hulk, Lombaerts and Witsel – How Lucescu Could Reshape Zenit

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 28 – Three Zenit profiles could leave the club this summer, which however will give Lucescu the needed financial space to start creating his own team.

Serdar Tasci and the Escape to Turkey

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 27 – Spartak player Serdar Tasci is determined to leave Russia, and Turkey seems like the obvious destination for the German-Turkish defender.

Pavlyuchenko and the Second Last Chance

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 26 – 34-year-old Roman Pavlyuchenko has signed a one-year contract with Ural Yekaterinburg, and it looks like his last chance to end his career on a positive note.

Rubin Kazan – What Does Javi Gracia Have To Work With?

By DAVID SANSUN, Jun 24 – Rubin Kazan have a new manager, Javi Gracia. What does the Spaniard have to work with, and how has he started his tenure at the club? We use data from InStat to help give an insight into Rubin’s failings, and look at how Gracia will rebuild for next season.

Who’ll Replace Leonid Slutsky?

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 23 – After losing to Wales, Leonid Slutsky admitted that Russia needs a new head coach. We highlight four different candidates who could replace Slutsky.

Russian Premier League: Will anyone move to England this summer?

By ANDREW HILL, Jun 23 – Several RFPL players could be in for moves to English clubs this summer.

A Union of One – Russian Footballers Union

By ALAN MOORE, Jun 22 – What Russia has cried out for has been a functioning football players union and it has one. Yet it remains unrecognised by the Global Governing body, FIFPro. Instead we have a very nasty situation with a “union” not even in name.

Will Fyodor Smolov Earn a Big Money Move This Summer?

By JOE CROSS, Jun 21 – Fyodor Smolov’s great season for FC Krasnodar could earn him a big money money to a big club.

EURO 2016 Preview: Russia – Wales

By JAMES NICKELS, Jun 20 – Russia needs to beat Wales in order to advance to the Round of 16 of the EURO, but questions remain about Leonid Slutsky’s selection.

The Last Time They Met: Russia – Wales (2009)

By JOHN GORROD, Jun 20 – Join John Gorrod as he looks back at Russia’s victory against Wales during the qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

RFN Podcast: Euro 2016 Match Special – Slovakia Review and Wales Preview

By RFN PODCAST, Jun 18 – Host Thomas Giles is joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to review Sbornaya’s loss to Slovakia and preview the game against Wales.

Editorial: Russia’s Failures Fall Back on Slutsky

By TOKE THEILADE, Jun 17 – Russia have just one point after their first two games at the EURO, and ultimately the blame falls on head coach Leonid Slutsky according to RFN editor in chief Toke Theilade.