About Ilya Sokolov

I became interested in football after the 1998 World Cup. Despite my dad wanting me to support Dynamo, I chose Lokomotiv (the name sounded great) and soon saw the team win the league for the first time in its history. Besides Loko, I also like watching Amateur League games in Moscow and its suburbs.

Everything You Need to Know About: Lokomotiv Moscow

Last year, Lokomotiv Moscow finally got rid of president Olga Smorodskaya, the first female to hold that position in Russian football. The new guy in charge, Ilya Gerkus, has been doing well in terms of marketing, but what is more important — he invited the legendary coach Yuri Semin, who won most of the Lokomotiv’s trophies, to come back. While this was a popular move among the fans, everything hasn't gone exactly to plan. Lokomotiv only finished eight last season, and had they not won the … [Read more...]

RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

The €12m Men and Their Free Transfers to Zenit

€7 million and €5 million. That, according to Transfermarkt, is the value of Dmitry Poloz and Aleksandr Erokhin. Of course, this is an underestimation given the circumstances on the Russian market. Two Russian internationals, who have just finished the season of their careers with FC Rostov, with two more years left of their contract can’t cost that little, given the limit on foreign players and the lack of quality players with Russian passport. Nevertheless, there is only one club in the … [Read more...]

Foreign Academies in Russia – Talent Development or Money Machines?

Earlier this month, Italian powerhouse Juventus announced that they would open two academies in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Over the past four years, the club has held a number of training camps for local youth in Russia, for example in Sochi between April 29 and May 9 this year, and in Maykop between June 12 and 17 this month. Neither the camps nor academies are unique as the club have this kind of arrangements all over the world from Florida to Tokyo, and so do most other European … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 28: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

FC Rostov – More Than Just the Russian Leicester

When FC Rostov challenged for the title last season, they were often described as the Russian version of Leicester City. And that is probably the easiest way to explain to a foreigner what feelings this team causes. Two years ago, Rostov was in last place in the Russian Football Premier League, but then they hired Kurban Berdyev as the new head coach, and he managed to turn things around in an almost magical way. Following survival in the top flight, which required two relegation play-off … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 18

With the Russian Football Premier League set to return today, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we'll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we'll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surrounds the beautiful game in … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Lokomotiv Moscow

The season began with some unexpected shocks. Head coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned before it was announced that club’s president Olga Smorodskaya and her team were leaving Lokomotiv. The most famous women in Russian football was replaced by Ilya Gerkus, former Zenit’s development director and ex–CEO of Liga–TV. Gerkus hired Igor Korneev, who also worked for Zenit, as sporting director, while Lokomotiv’s legendary coach Yuri Semin returned to the club for the fourth time to take over after … [Read more...]

Kirill Suslov, From Army Man to the Norwegian Cup Final

When Norwegian first division side Kongsvinger IL, a club famous for having it's CEO on the roster, Sunday take on powerhouse Rosenborg BK in the Cup final, a Russian defender is set to play a key role. At the beginning of 2016, Kirill Suslov left Russia in exchange of Kongsvinger, and almost a year later, that move could culminate with him winning the first silverware in his professional career. Russian Football News has taken a closer look at why 25-year-old Suslov, the holder of the … [Read more...]

Can Semin Bring the Glory Days Back to Lokomotiv?

This August many Lokomotiv supporters finally breathed a sigh of relief as Olga Smorodskaya left her position as club president. Her successor, Ilya Gerkus, came like a saviour. Soon after Head Coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned under mysterious circumstances (he recently claimed that Sports Director Igor Korneev asked him about substitutions made during the game against Tom Tomsk, despite not yet being appointed as Sports Director at that point). Gerkus brilliantly seized the opportunity to get … [Read more...]