RFN Podcast – Dodgy Pitches, Crisis At Tom Tomsk And The Latest Aleksandr Kokorin Scandal

Host Thomas Giles is joined by usual guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent suspension of matches at FC Rostov and Rubin Kazan as a result of their poor pitches following the uproar surrounding the issue in Rostov's Europa League clash against Manchester United. They then talk about the financial chaos at Tom Tomsk and question whether allowing them to continue in the Russian Premier League undermines the competition. Finally, Aleksandr Kokorin is back in the negative … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Transfer Window Review And Spring Predictions

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Andrew Flint and Toke Theilade to discuss the moves in the recently closed Russian Transfer Window before giving their predictions for the final few months of the season. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-transfer-window-review-and-spring-predictions Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail russianfootballnews1@gmail.com or on the … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast New Year Edition – Another Anzhi Firesale & 2016 Review

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent takeover and potential firesale set to take place at Anzhi Makhachkala (recorded before manager Pavel Vrba's departure) before reviewing 2016 in Russian football. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-another-anzhi-firesale-2016-review Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit have actually done pretty well so far and currently sit in second going into the winter break. However, whilst this would not usually be too much of a panic, they are five points behind leaders Spartak Moscow which, with their form, could prove too much come the end of the campaign. Having said that, some new additions in January should give the Blue, White Navys the spark they need to push for that sixth top flight title. The Europa League has been a bright spot and the 2008 champions … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Krylia Sovetov

Introduction There can be no doubt that Krylia Sovetov's only aim this season is mere survival in the Premier League. The campaign got off to a bad start and it seemed that, thanks to lack of investment from the board, no improvement had been made from last season and in fact, things had gone backwards with the loss of key players in the summer. Despite the fact that Franky Vercauteren was given no backing from the hierachy, he was solely blamed for the club's woeful start and was … [Read more...]

Betting Advice for RFPL Week 15

Thomas Giles (@Thomas_Giles_UK): Bet One: €10 Amkar - Arsenal: Amkar to win @2.38 at Bet365 Amkar had an excellent start to the season but have now taken a bit of a downturn with just one win in seven matches. Gadzhi Gadzhiyev's side though have an excellent record at home and indeed have not even conceded a goal at the Stadion Zvezda this season. Arsenal Tula are pretty lucky to not be propping up the league as they have both the worst attacking (5 goals scored) and joint-worst … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Eremenko Banned, Rostov Face Bayern Munich And More Problems At Zenit Arena

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular panelists Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint. The trio discuss the drugs ban imposed on CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko before previewing FC Rostov's match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as well as predicting FC Rostov's general European chances. They then talk about the latest delay and corruption allegations surround the World Cup venue in St. Petersburg and ask if the chaos will ever end on Krestovsky Island. Finally they take … [Read more...]

Vibrating pitch and corruption allegations? A normal day at the office on Krestovsky Island

The uncompleted Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg has once again hit a familiar roadblock in both construction and corruption. The old Kirov Stadium on Krestovsky Island was demolished the best part of a decade ago and the forecasts were that the new stadium, based on the old site, would be opened by 2009. However, thanks to numerous delays ranging from design flaws to monetary issues, we may now not see the stadium be ready in time for the fast-approaching 2017 Confederations Cup. Despite … [Read more...]

Franky Vercauteren Pays Price For Boardroom Errors

News of Krylia Sovetov manager Frank "Franky" Vercauteren leaving the club came as no surprise given his publicly-known frustration with life at the club as they struggle at the bottom of the Premier League. However, the Belgian found himself on the end of a sacking rather than being allowed to leave on his own terms. Although Krylia are in a spot of bother right now, it is important to remember where they were when Vercauteren took over. Before the Belgian arrived in Samara, Krylia had … [Read more...]

Betting Advice for RFPL Week 12

Thomas Giles (@Thomas_Giles_UK): Bet One: €10 Amkar - Rostov: Under 2.5 goals @1.36 at Bet365 Any early season hopes of a title run-in for these two sides has now disappeared with both of them languishing eight points off top spot. However, there is no reason that, thanks to their consistency, they will not challenge for the European spots come the end of the season. Amkar and Rostov are the finest examples in the Russian Premier League of conservative football working. Neither side … [Read more...]