RFPL Round 19: Results & Team of the Week

The most recent edition of our Team of the Week seems a little two-sided, literally. Seven of the players involved come from CSKA or Anzhi after their respective impressive 6-0 and 4-0 results at home to Tosno and SKA. Such was the dominant performance of CSKA's supremely talented midfield, all three were going to make up the RFN TOTW midfield trio, but Aleksandr Golovin was omitted due to his penalty miss (despite that brilliant goal). Elsewhere, Zenit returned to winning ways with a 2-1 … [Read more...]

Football Manager 2018 – RFN’s Russian Data Update

We’re back again! As with the last two years, we are coming at you with a large data update for the Russian Leagues, to enrich your experience on Football Manager 2018. Every year when the game is released, we at RFN always pick at the little mistakes which we think are wrong. So we fix these and release them to the public to share. With over 1800 pieces of information changed in the database, we hope that by including this file in your game, we can further add to the realism of Football … [Read more...]

Football Manager 2018 – Which Russian Club Should You Play With?

The latest edition of everyone's favourite football management game, Football Manager 2018, is now out. At RFN, we have a number of big fans of the series and will continue our tradition of producing our own custom update for the Russian leagues, hopefully out later this month. But when this update is out, who should you manage? Here at RFN we could justify managing every club in Russia in one way or another, but to keep this short, we will name just five potential challenges. Update: Our … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ivan Ignatiev

Biography Name: Ivan Ignatiev DOB/Age: 06/01/1999 – 18 years old Club: FC Krasnodar Position: Striker Nationality: Russia   Career So Far A native of the Russian province of Krasnoyarsk, Ivan Ignatiev joined the flourishing Krasnodar academy in 2012 as a 13-year-old. As he progressed, Ignatiev started to be recognised by his country, and made his debut for Russia U15 and U16 just two years later. At every level, Ignatiev scored goals. But it was U18 level for his country where he … [Read more...]

Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan – The Greatest Giant Killing in European History?

In 2008 and 2009, FC Barcelona were at the top of the footballing world. They won every trophy available to them: La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The squad that the Catalan's had put together under the management of Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time with Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández at the peak of their careers, alongside stars such as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Yaya Touré … [Read more...]

Anzhi, are you OK?

Down in Dagestan, Anzhi Makachkala have been subjected to somewhat of a rough ride. It's been hard to gauge what the problems have been, and why on the whole, their largely decent performances see them sitting rock bottom of the table by the October international break with nine points from a possible 36. On their second manager of the season already, the campaign thus far can be split quite comfortably into the Aleksandr Grigoryan and Vadim Skripchenko sessions. The former lasted just six … [Read more...]

FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]

Grozny’s Relationship With Brazil Growing Ever Stronger

Second, only to Spartak Moscow, Akhmat Grozny (formerly Terek Grozny) have had the most Brazilian players in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), totalling 15 including their three new signings this summer. In their Premier League history starting in 2005, with a two year gap until 2008, Akhmat have signed 61 players from foreign countries (excluding former Soviet nations Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkmenistan and Ukraine), and so with 15 of these being Brazilian, that means … [Read more...]

Krasnodar’s Youth Academy Bearing Its First Fruits

Just nine years ago, FC Krasnodar was formed. Founded and owned by billionaire businessman Sergey Galitsky, the intentions were not to go gung-ho with their money like the then free-spending Anzhi Makhachkala but to build from the bottom. This included the installation of a youth academy, which would recruit boys of all ages, with the intention that one day, half of the first team would be graduates of the school, and so the Krasnodar Academy was born. The Krasnodar Academy is situated next … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Rubin Kazan

This time last year, Rubin Kazan fans were filled with hope and promise. Their team had spent €40m on transfers, and appointed Spaniard Javi Gracia as their coach, but come the end of the season, they were languishing in 9th place, with Gracia working on borrowed time. A month later, Gracia was gone, and after lengthy rumour, Rubin's legendary manager from 2001-2013, Kurban Berdyev, rejoined the club after two highly successful seasons at FC Rostov. Berdyev is not alone in making the swap … [Read more...]