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Andrei Kanchelskis Exclusive Interview: “There are many problems in Russian football”

By ANDREW FLINT, 23 Jan – Last year, RFN caught up former Manchester United, Everton and Russia winger Andrei Kanchelskis for an exclusive interview about the state of Russian football today.

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Andrei Kanchelskis Exclusive Interview: “There are many problems in Russian football”

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RFN Top 50 2017: 20-11

By TOKE THEILADE, 22 Jan – Among the players ranked 20-11, we find several of the best defenders in Russia as well as an Argentinean international. Read the full list here.

RFN Top 50 2017: 35-21

By JACK BERESFORD, Jan 21 – The RFN Top 50 has reached 35-21. Here we find some of the league’s most famous players, including a former Manchester City player.

Leonid Fedun – From Apparatchik to Affluence

By JAMES NICKELS, 19 Jan – Leonid Fedun has recently introduced his “Football Revolution” for reforming Russian football. Bit just who is he, and what role does he play in Russian football?

RFN Top 50 2017: 50-36

By DAVID SANSUN, Jan 18 – For the third year in a row, RFN has found and ranked the 50 best players in Russia. First up are the players ranked 50-36.

Round Table: Reforming Russian Football

ROUNDTABLE, 17 Jan – New year, new resolutions, and possibly a new format? Hopefully. We’ve gathered our Writers of the Roundtable for a discussion on reforming everything from league structure to the calendar.

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Volgograd

By HANU TRIVEDI, 16 Jan – Volgograd hold a special place in Russian history, but unfortunately the city’s football teams are suffering these days. In this article we give you everything you need to know about the city formerly known as Stalingrad.

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Kazan

By DAVID SANSUN & ANDREY MARTYNOV, 15 Jan – Everything you need to know about World Cup host city Kazan, including what to see, where to eat and of course the city’s football history and hotspots.

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Moscow

By TOKE THEILADE, 14 Jan – With the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, we introduce to you our city guides. The first is of course the capital and location of both the opening game and final, Moscow.

Nikita Simonyan Biography: Football – Is It Just a Game? (Part One)

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI, 12 Jan – Nikita Simonyan remains one of the most brilliant football minds in Russia. Therefore, we are happy to give you a unique insight his mind with the translation of his memoirs from 1989.

How to travel around Russia for free during World Cup 2018

By DAVID SANSUN, 11 Jan – The FIFA World Cup 2018 organizing committee has laid out free trains for all fans attending games during the tournament, and here’s just how to get yourself all booked up for the free travel.

How have the summer RFPL departees fared?

By TOKE THEILADE, 10 Jan – A number of high profile stars left the RFPL for pastures new in the summer, but just who left, and how are they faring elsewhere? RFN investigates just as to how they’re getting on.

Moritz Bauer: The RFPL’s latest export to England

By DAVID SANSUN, 09 Jan – Moritz Bauer has moved from Rubin Kazan to Stoke City, we look at his 18 months in Russia and what Stoke fans can expect from their new player.

Nikita Simonyan Biography: Football – Is It Just a Game? (Introduction)

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI, 07 Jan – Nikita Simonyan remains one of the most brilliant football minds in Russia. Therefore, we are happy to give you a unique insight his mind with the translation of his memoirs from 1989.

RFN Podcast: Which RFPL players should foreign clubs sign?

RFN Podcast, 06 Jan – In this edition of the RFN Podcast, the team discuss the Premier League structure, the upcoming transfer window and Vitaly Mutko’s resignation as president of the Russian Football Union.

Round Table: Russian Football’s New Year

ROUND TABLE, 05 Jan – January is a time for reflection and dreams, which is why we gathered a couple of RFN writers for a round table discussion about 2017 and 2018.

Valery Gazzaev – The Ossetian Polymath

By HANU TRIVEDI, 03 Jan – Valery Gazzaev is most famous for CSKA Moscow to their maiden and only UEFA Cup triumph in 2005, but he has led a long a storied career. Here’s all you need to know about the Ossetian polymath.

The tumultuous history of the Soviet League

By ALEXEY SPEKTROWSKI, 26 Dec – The Soviet Top League went through several changes over the years. Here’s the complete timeline of how the league changed over time.

1994 World Cup: The Letter of Fourteeners Mutiny

By JAMES NICKELS, 22 Dec – Back in 1994, 14 Sbornaya players signed a letter of mutiny against then head coach Pavel Sadyrin ahead of the World Cup. Here, RFN looks into the matter to discover why, and what the legacy of this moment is today.

Amkar Perm & the perils of regional government ownership

By JAMES NICKELS, 21 Dec – Amkar Perm have been a staple of mid-table in the RPL since their promotion in 2004. The club has been the epitome of stability. However, that has all changed this month, as the perils of regional government-ownership threatens the existence of another once-stable club in Russia.

Leonid Fedun’s “Football Revolution”: How the Spartak owner proposes reforming Russian football

By JAMES NICKELS, 20 Dec – Leonid Fedun has promised a “football revolution”, introducing what he believes are some key reforms to the Russian game. Here, we look in-depth at what he has said and analyse his proposals.