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Round Table: Alan Dzagoev

July 21 – Four CSKA fans examine the young hotshot midfielder’s tumultuous career, his prospects of moving to a top European league and role with Champions League-bound CSKA Moscow.



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Mark Ryutin: From Big-City Russia to the Faroe Islands

By TOKE MØLLER THEILADE, July 19 – Interview with Mark Ryutin, a young goalie from St. Petersburg who is one of a handful of players from his generation to seek out football beyond Russia’s borders.

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The Army Men Are In Control

By ANDREW MACIVER, July 9 – The new season is approaching and CSKA Moscow fans will have high exceptions after last season’s surprising league title win when they were not expected to finish in the top 3.

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Evaluating Kokorin in Brazil

By ANDREW MACIVER, June 30 – Even though Kokorin was not quite outstanding in Russia’s short World Cup campaign, it is safe to say that he was their best player. Of course Kokorin will be gutted that he put that free header against Belgium just wide…


Alexander Kokorin, Russia’s Next Superstar?

By ANDREW MACIVER, May 25 – Few outside of Russia know much about Dynamo striker Alexander Kokorin, but he could be poised for a breakout performance at the World Cup.


Tosic Strikes Gold for CSKA

By ANDREW MACIVER, May 19 – CSKA winger Zoran Tosic, author of the title-clinching goal last week against Lokomotiv, enjoyed his best season yet in Russia. Andrew MacIver takes a look at the Serbian star and what he means to the Army Men.


How (Not) To Buy Lokomotiv Tickets

By ILYA SOKOLOV, May 2 – Lokomotiv Moscow is fighting for a Champions League spot, but it doesn’t fight for its supporters.


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.


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.