RFPL Round 6 Review

The Anzhi Arena in DagestanA superb late turnaround gave CSKA, who defeated Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, a 2-1 win and bragging rights over Spartak in the Moscow derby. The league champions’ defeat means that they sit eight points behind Zenit St Petersburg, who fired four unanswered goals past Akhmat Grozny. Amkar remain winless but have gone two games undefeated after a credible draw with Krasnodar. Anzhi manager Aleksandr Grigoryan stepped down following his side’s fourth … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 4 & 5 Review

As the fifth round of RFPL fixtures draws to a close - Akhmat Grozny entertain Krasnodar this evening - Russian Football News has looked at some of the key talking points. Five-Star Zenit set the Standard It may be premature to race to conclusions in the Russian Premier League but Zenit St Petersburg and boss Roberto Mancini appear to be a good match. Last weekend they made the statement of the season so far by thrashing champions Spartak Moscow 5-1. And while the 100% record was ended … [Read more...]

RFPL Round Three Review

  Three is the magic number in the Russian Football Premier League. After the third round, the triumvirate of Lokomotiv, and Akhmat are the only sides to have won all three games. At the flip side of the table, SKA, Tosno and Amkar have endured much slower starts to the season, with not a point to show between them. Champions Spartak kicked off the season with back-to-back draws and struck gold at the third time of asking with a 2-0 win over Krasnodar. Lokomotiv at full steam … [Read more...]

Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – Mexico

After losing to Portugal earlier this week, Russia travel back to Kazan, where they also played against New Zealand, with the need to beat Mexico in order to emerge from the group stages of the Confederations Cup. A draw will be enough to take Mexico through and a point would only suffice for Russia in the unlikely event that New Zealand beat Portugal. Last time out The hosts are in danger of missing out on a semi-final spot after losing 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow. Cristiano … [Read more...]

Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – Portugal

Russia will look to build on their 2-0 opening-day win over New Zealand when they play European champions Portugal in Moscow. The match will be played at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, usually known as Otkritie Arena, and the hosts go into the game with confidence against a Portuguese side that drew 2-2 with Mexico on Sunday. Last time out In St. Petersburg, Russia’s Confederations Cup campaign got off to the perfect start thanks to a Denis Glushakov-forced own goal and a Fedor Smolov … [Read more...]

Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – New Zealand

On Saturday evening, Russia kick off the Confederations Cup, when they take on Oceanian champions New Zealand in the opening fixture at St. Petersburg Stadium. We have teamed up with Ola Bjerkevoll from FootballOceania.com for this preview. Russia By John Gorrod (@John_CRFC) Russia’s Confederations Cup campaign kicks off against New Zealand in St Petersburg – and nothing but a win will suffice. The tournament is being viewed as a chance for Sbornaya to banish the ghosts of the disastrous … [Read more...]

Reactions From the Last Week of the RFPL

Arsenal Tula - Spartak Moscow 3-0 Arsenal Tula pulled off a dramatic final-day escape with a 3-0 home victory over champions Spartak Moscow. The win, coupled with Krylia Sovetov’s loss to Terek Grozny, meant that Arsenal get to keep their Premier League status for at least a while longer. They will now face Yenisey in a promotion/relegation play-off on 25th and 28th May. Arsenal head coach Sergei Kiryakov was simply relieved to have won what was dubbed ‘the most important game of the … [Read more...]

Reactions to Russia’s Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Following the announcement of Russia’s provisional 30-man squad for the Confederations Cup, Russian Football News has taken a look at some of the best reactions. Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov was philosophical in explaining why up-and-coming goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev from FC Rostov did not make the squad. He said, “You know, there is a train. Players get onto the train via the last carriage and make their way to the VIP carriage by going through the whole train. You cannot just skip to … [Read more...]

Reactions to Spartak’s First Championship in 16 Years

Spartak Moscow have won the Premier League for the first time in 16 years. On Saturday, a Quincy Promes goal secured a 1-0 win over Tom Tomsk, who were subsequently relegated, and the next day Zenit St. Petersburg fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Terek Grozny. The results mean that Massimo Carrera’s men are ten points clear of second-placed CSKA Moscow with just three games left. The Italian, who only took charge of Myaso in August, became the first foreign manager in Spartak’s … [Read more...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 23

Spartak Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Spartak Moscow have one hand on the Russian Premier League title after defeating rivals Zenit 2-1 a day after second-placed CSKA dropped points. The Muscovites are now ten points clear at the top thanks to goals from Quincy Promes and Aleksandr Samedov either side of an Artyom Dzyuba equaliser. Promes opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he guided Denis Glushakov’s pass into the far corner with a fine, first-time curler from just inside the … [Read more...]