About Andrew Flint

I moved out to Russia in 2010 to teach English because it sounded like fun, then I met and fell in love with FC Tyumen (and my wife!) and decided to stay. Surprisingly, I turned out to be the only English person remotely interested in a Siberian third-tier club, but then who wouldn't fall for a grizzly Georgian midget, a flying Brazilian and Tyumen's 93rd most influential figure...

Russian Winters: Andrei Kanchelskis Autobiography Review

  Andrei Kanchelskis was something of a trailblazer for Soviet football when he took his first intrepid steps in Western Europe, but his life and career to date has amounted to so much more than matters on the pitch. One of a select few to have represented three separate nations - as well as being the scorer of the last ever goal for the Soviet Union before it became the Commonwealth of Independent States - he courted fame and infamy in almost equal measure. At a time when foreign … [Read more...]

Everything you Need To Know About: Zenit St Petersburg

After a relatively fallow few years in the transfer market, Zenit are back in business just in time to christen their spectacular new home at the Krestovsky Arena. Five Argentinians and five Rostov players have joined over the summer under new boss Roberto Mancini as a total of 27 players passed through the revolving doors in St Petersburg, and after an unbeaten domestic record so far there are very few who will bet against them winning silverware next summer. They may have made heavy work of … [Read more...]

Transfer Deadline Day LIVE Blog – Summer 2017

Welcome to the last few hours of the Russian Summer Transfer Window 2017! We will keep you up to date with all the latest deals in the Russian Football Premier League, as well as fill you in on the possible movements and rumours floating around. Done deals are at the bottom of the page. Get in touch on Twitter (@RusFootballNews), Instagram (@RusFootballNews) or Facebook with your thoughts or questions. Who does your club need to sign? Have your club done enough in this window? Who are the … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 1: Betting Advice & Previews

Game of the Round: Tuesday 17:30 BST: Dinamo Moscow – Spartak Moscow By Artëm Makarevitch (@AMakarevitch) After an eight-week long break, the Russian Football Premier League is finally getting back in action this weekend, and the fixture list has treated us with a Moscow derby in the first round. A fixture with a historic background, the game between last year’s first and second tier league champions, Spartak and Dinamo, will take place at the Arena Khimki. With both teams hoping to get … [Read more...]

The 2017/18 RFN Predictions League & Newsletter

It’s back, and better than ever before… OK, so The Russian Football News Predictions League is still mostly the same, but we have made some important changes that we think you are going to love. We will still have a Points Per Prediction (PPP) championship, a Clausura championship, Personal Records and the Leaderboard, but this time we will also have an Apertura championship, players of the month, a knockout cup tournament, prizes, and a newsletter! For those of you joining us for the … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Rostov

What a difference 12 months makes. Last summer, Rostov were flying higher than they’d ever done before having qualified for their first Champions League campaign and only missed out on the title by a single goal, with arguably Russian football’s best tactician masterminding success from the sidelines. Fast forward to 2017, and their entire project is crumbling to pieces; 13 players (at the time of writing) have left the club, Kurban Berdyev has returned to his former home in the Rubin Kazan, and … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Ural

Ural will look back on 2016-17 as the season that could have been; reaching the Russian Cup Final for the first time was a momentous achievement for a side more accustomed to battling relegation than fighting for continental football, and the financial advantages a Europa League run would have brought could have offered extra security. As it is, they prepare to move into the redeveloped Centralniy Stadium later this year with a reasonably settled squad under the man who effectively resurrected … [Read more...]

RFN Confederations Cup Predictions League

Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sánchez and Ruslan Kambolov are all set to rub shoulders this week as the cream of world football roll into town to fight for the FIFA Confederations Cup. What a cracker to kickstart the tournament as well; New Zealand, fresh from a friendly win over Irish second division club side Cabinteely, open up proceedings against the hosts in the Krestovsky Stadium (sorry, “St Petersburg Stadium”...) on a relaid surface that only arrived a matter of days ago. Denis … [Read more...]

Leonid Slutsky Appointed Head Coach of Hull City – Becomes Historic

Former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team head coach Leonid Slutsky has made history by becoming the first Russian to take charge of an English club after being confirmed in the hot seat at Hull City. His appointment follows speculation over the past week - with Sunderland also said to have been interested in capturing the 46-year-old - and months of acclimatisation to English football, language and culture. After his predecessor Marco Silva left the club having failed to save them from … [Read more...]

RFN Mailbag – Mancini, Khabarovsk and Ze Luis

Welcome to the RFN Mailbag - a new regular feature where we field questions from followers across social media and answer them here on the site. Every fortnight we'll choose our favourites from our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts and pen our thoughts. Feel free to add your comments and views below this article on the site, or get in touch with us on any of the above channels - we always love to hear from you! This week's questions are answered by Andrew Flint. Fernando Puron, … [Read more...]