Season Preview: Akhmat Grozny

FC Akhmat Grozny has witnessed a considerable amount of changes this summer.  Not just notably a managerial change, as Rashid Rakhimov has left the club and been replaced by former FC Krasnodar coach Oleg Kononov, but also their official club name. Terek Grozny, as the club was previously known, was named after the city Grozny and the subsequent River Terek which flowed through her. This summer, however, the club was renamed after the first president of Chechnya, Akhmat Kadyrov, whom the … [Read more...]

Nizny Novgorod – A World Cup City Without a Team

In December, I had the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod for the first time. This is the city my wife’s family is from originally before they moved to St Petersburg and I have to say I was more than impressed. We caught the Strizh (Стриж) high-speed express train from Kurskaya Station in Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod.  A total of 4 hours’ travel, a route which I expect many European fans will take in 2018 and one which I would highly recommend. While enjoying a two course meal plus desert with … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Tom Tomsk

In the last 18 years, FC Tom Tomsk have been somewhat of a yo-yo club. Since 1998 they have resided within both Russia's top two divisions, achieving three promotions and also suffering two relegations.  Unfortunately for Tomsk, from what we have seen so far this season, it is currently looking like a 3rd relegation in as many years. The Siberian club are currently last in the RFPL with just nine points after the first 17 games. To make things even worse, Tom have just scored eight … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Amkar Perm

In the last five seasons, Amkar Perm have finished the season either in 10th or 11th place, proving that stability and survival has been in recent years the key mission for the club.  Amkar’s transfer policy over the past year also reflects a club with little financial resources at its disposal and a lot of restraints including many free transfers. Nevertheless, Amkar have had a great first half of the season and currently sit 6th after 17 games. They are unbeaten at home and are only one point … [Read more...]

Luch-Energiya Vladivostok – The Eastern Outpost of Russian Football

After writing about Baltika Kalingrad, who are situated in the far western reaches of Russia in my previous piece, I felt it was only fair to travel 10,000 kilometres to the far eastern corner of the Russian Federation to balance this. There we find the city of Vladivostok, also known as Russia's Gateway to the East. READ MORE: Baltika Kaliningrad - The Western Outpost of Russian Football Vladivostok is the capital and administrative centre of Primorski Krai. The city is situated on the … [Read more...]

Baltika Kaliningrad – The Western Outpost of Russian Football

You may ask yourself the question why write your first blog about an obscure team who currently lay struggling dead last in the Russian second tier, the Football National League (FNL) on the road to nowhere apart from relegation.  The answer to that question (Whilst sounding strange to some) lies with my time whilst living in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The continued rise of Russia on the international stage over the past ten years has given more and more notice to Russia's most westerly … [Read more...]