RFPL Week 6: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 15:30 BST: CSKA Moscow - Spartak Moscow By Will Baumgardner (@WillBaumRFN) Both Spartak and CSKA Moscow enter this heavyweight matchup with something to prove. Spartak, last season’s champions, enter the contest in a middling eighth place in the league. On the other hand, CSKA, who finished second last year, come into the matchup in a disappointing fifth place. Both teams will be looking to turn their seasons around in what is sure to be an exciting matchup at … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 5: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round, Wednesday 9:00 BST: Akhmat Grozny - FC Krasnodar By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Although not as imperious nor effective as early runaway leaders Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, Akhmat Grozny and FC Krasnodar have arguably been playing some of the best football in the RFPL season thus far. The two teams from southern Russia meet in Grozny on Wednesday night, in what is set to be an exciting affair with ex-Krasnodar coach Oleg Kononov facing up against his … [Read more...]

Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 3: Betting Advice & Previews

The Otkrytiye Arena during Spartak's home defeat to AEK Larnaca, feel's like an age ago now. Photo: Anton Akulov/RFN Match of the Round: Monday 17:30 BST Spartak Moscow - FC Krasnodar By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Spartak has begun their first Premier League title defence in unspectacular fashion, following consecutive draws with Dinamo Moscow and FC Ufa in the opening two weeks of the season. By complete contrast, Krasnodar has a 100% record from their two opening games thanks to … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Krasnodar

Krasnodar have qualified for the Europa League three years in a row now and will be aiming to do so again in Igor Shalimov’s first full season in charge of the Bulls. This may look harder than ever with the disappointing performances of the team last season both in Europe and domestically, questions marks over the future of star player Fyodor Smolov and the emergence of Rubin Kazan and Akhmat Grozny as genuine contenders for European qualification. This summer has been somewhat of a … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Spartak Moscow

Since the elation of last season’s championship win, Massimo Carrera has understandably kept a steady ship during the 2017/18 off-season, overseeing merely two incomings and sanctioning only two senior departures, at the time of writing. The club’s first Russian title in sixteen years may have been a long and agonising drought, but was worth the wait for the fans of the Red-Whites, with the victory Spartak’s 10th Russian championship victory, extending the club’s record as the most successful … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Tosno

FC Tosno has been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their short history. Founded in 2013 by Leonid Khomenko - current technical director at the club - and FortGroup, a commercial real-estate group based out of St. Petersburg, just an hour’s drive north-west of Tosno. This close locality to Russia's second city will be key for Tosno next season, as the club will be based at Zenit-2’s Petrovsky Stadium for their maiden RFPL campaign. Head coach Dmytro Parfyonov has overseen … [Read more...]

Dinamo Moscow’s 1945 Goodwill Tour of Britain

“The Russians are Coming”: Arrival 4th November 1945, Croydon. Two planes, appearing to be Douglas DC-3 Dakotas, approached the runway and touched down amidst a barrage of London sunshine, a characteristically mundane and everyday sight for an airport which based RAF Transport Command from 1944. These giant planes would ferry ammunition and vehicles from factory to operating unit throughout World War Two. However, on this day, the influx of these two planes was a prodigious and preternatural … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Previews Week 26

GAME OF THE ROUND: Sunday 15:00 GMT: CSKA Moscow – Spartak Moscow By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Another week in Russian football and another Moscow derby. CSKA are involved once again, after their 4-0 masterclass of Lokomotiv in mid-week, and will now welcome league-leaders Spartak to the VEB Arena in a must-win clash for either team. CSKA are still leading the hunt for Spartak, currently lying merely seven points behind their cross-city rivals heading into the weekend’s game and … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 21

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...]