Spartak Sit Heavier on the Moscow Seesaw

Spartak Moscow 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow The Moscow derby between Spartak and Lokomotiv turned out to be a fierce face-off. An impressive 43,000 fans turned up to the match. It was nice to see so many Lokomotiv fans in the away section, which they filled to capacity, with 10,000 Zheleznodorozhniki arriving in support. You couldn’t call the game a bright one, but the match was played at a decent pace with plenty of emotion, there were decent chances for both sides, there were lots of good … [Read more...]

Spartak champions? When, if not now?

Spartak should win the RFPL this season. Yes, they “should”, because they will never get another chance to. Here is why I think they will be champions. Why Spartak? Spartak have a manager they need. Massimo Carrera is a guy who loves to win, win big and win always. For a few years he was in the shadow of Antonio Conte at Juventus and Italy, now he has the chance to prove what he’s made of to the footballing world. Carrera is an experienced coach. He has worked with the best team in … [Read more...]

Spartak Stunned – Larnaca Late Goal Sends ‘Myaso’ Out of Europe – Photo Reportage

6.8.16 Europe League Third Qualifying Round - Spartak Moscow 0-1 AEK Larnaca (agg. 1-2), Trickovski '89   Spartak went down 1-0 to AEK Larnaca last night to go crashing out of Europe at the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Trickovski's 89th minute goal sparked joyous scenes for the Cypriot side, whose whole squad entered the pitch to celebrate when the Macedonian slotted home the match winner after finding himself in hectares of space to latch onto a through ball that … [Read more...]

Spartak Stun Arsenal Tula To Begin RPL 2016/17 Campaign – RFN Photo Reportage

Spartak Moscow 4-0 Arsenal Tula   Spartak began their 2016/17 RPL campaign with a stunning win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday. Two goals each from youngster Zhano Ananidze and then Quincy Promes gave "Myaso" a convincing win. Georgian maestro Ananidze was impressive throughout and took his two goals particularly well, notching his first with a cleverly curled shot in off the post to give Spartak the lead on six minutes. The 23-year-old's second of the game was even more spectacular, … [Read more...]

Russian Super Cup 2016 – Photo Reportage

    RFN reportage of the 2016 Russian Super Cup from Lokomotiv Stadium Zenit St. Petersburg kickstarted their 2016/17 campaign with a 1-0 victory over  rivals CSKA Moscow to retain the Russian Super Cup at Moscow’s Lokomotiv stadium on Saturday. Midfielder Mauricio got the only goal of the game for Zenit in the 22nd minute. The Brazilian stabbed home Artur Yusupov’s cross at the far post to give the Sine-Belo-Golubye their fourth Super Cup and set up the summer … [Read more...]

Hulk – The Football Globetrotter

Some footballers were born to be talked about. They create an aura of intrigue and awe that follows them wherever they go. More so are the men who are known worldwide by a monosyllabic moniker. When Gilvan de Sousa, a market trader from the northeastern Brazilian city of Campina Grande, referred to his son, Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, as his favourite comic book character 'Hulk', he made sure his boy would be one such man. Chance dictated that young Givanildo grew limbs like tree trunks, … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Coach Profile: Leonid Slutsky

Leonid Slutsky is a man who has come to symbolise intricate Russian harmony in the country's Euro 2016 qualification campaign. Incontrovertibly, his presence as head coach of the Russian national side brought a calm to quell the storm created under previous manager Fabio Capello, who left the post under a cloud of unpopularity and stagnation in July 2015. When Slutsky took over upon the Italian's departure, Russia languished four points behind leaders Sweden in third in Group G, with a record … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Georgi Schennikov

Introduction: Moscow native and son of 1996 Olympic Games race walker silver medalist Mikhail Schennikov, Georgi Schennikov represents another of the CSKA stronghold in the national side. The 25-year-old left back has amassed just seven international caps for Sbornaya, which is the same number of CSKA players in the squad for the Euro 2016 tournament. He was, however, included in Russia's 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil. He was also nominated for the Golden boy award - voted for by sports … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Aleksandr Golovin

Introduction: Aleksandr Golovin was born in the same year Russia competed in their first European Championship – 1996, when Sbornaya finished dead last in their group after Germany, Czech Republic and Italy. The 20-year-old is the youngest of the eight CSKA Moscow players selected by club and national manager Leonid Slutsky, but he nevertheless has handy experience to transfer from his days in the national youth setup. Strengths and weaknesses: The boy from Southwestern Siberia was a … [Read more...]

Vyacheslav Malafeev – The Last of the Local Lads

“My whole life at Zenit. My whole life in gloves” - the words of Vyacheslav Malefeev upon retiring from football last week neatly summarised the veteran goalkeeper’s life in football: all nineteen years of his professional career had been spent between the sticks at Zenit St. Petersburg. Cliches only serve to besmirch football writing, but it seems right to attach a few overused labels to Malafeev. He was a one-man club, something of an anomaly in modern football. With Zenit perhaps … [Read more...]