Andreas Granqvist – FC Krasnodar’s Swedish warrior looking to return home

FC Krasnodar defender Andreas Granqvist is arguably in his best form ever. In November, he was Sweden’s most important player in their 1-0 aggregate win over Italy in the World Cup qualifiers that sent a shock through the footballing world, as Italy are now set to miss their first World Cup tournament since 1958. Especially in the return 0-0 leg at the San Siro, Granqvist was outstanding, singlehandedly controlling the Swedish defence. Just over a week later, he broke Zlatan Ibrahimović’s … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit St. Petersburg – Rosenborg BK

Zenit conceded their first defeat of the Russian Premier League season on Sunday, against Arsenal Tula at home. A shocking defeat for the so far superior St. Petersburg outfit, who despite the loss, still remain first in the league. In the Europa League, Zenit has started their campaign with two wins out of two, beating Vardar 5-0 in Skopje, and Real Sociedad 3-1 in St. Petersburg. Norway’s best club, Rosenborg, are undefeated in their latest five games, with their latest defeat coming away … [Read more...]

What To Expect From the Russian Clubs in the European Group Stages

With the Champions League and Europa League group stages about to begin, it is time to take a closer look at the Russian teams competing in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen steadily, and in August 2016, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest league in Europe, which means Russia will have three teams in the Champions League next season, instead of only two. This season Russia have four teams competing in the … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Previews and Betting Advice Week 27

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...]

Zenit and the Winter Curse

CSKA Moscow have won three of the last four Russian championships, with Zenit St. Petersburg clinching the other. During these seasons, Zenit have been superior to CSKA, and everyone else, on the pitch in terms of quality, and this has shown in Europe especially where Zenit have outperformed the Army Men. Despite this however, CSKA ran away with the titles, with Zenit constantly falling short. In the 2012/13 season CSKA finished two points above the St. Petersburg outfit, and the following … [Read more...]

What is to come from Russia in Europe this season?

Russian teams always seem to do well in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen nicely, and in August this year, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest in Europe. Even though Russia only have four teams in the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, compared to five last season, all four of them look ready to compete on an international level. I will go through the chance of success for the various … [Read more...]

Travel Report: A Zenit Fan in Gent

The Champions League match between the Belgian champions from Gent and their Russian counterparts Zenit had a dramatic prelude, when the mayor of Gent banned all Zenit fans from the match in fear of hooliganism. This decision was later revoked, and in the end, the fans from St. Petersburg were allowed to both enter Gent as well as watch the game. A victory would have made Zenit the first Russian side to win all six of their Champions League games since Spartak in the 1995/1996 season, so despite … [Read more...]