RFN Podcast – Football In Chechnya Special

Host Thomas Giles is joined on the podcast by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss football in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya. The trio look at how football, and particularly local club Terek Grozny, is being used by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to promote himself and his politics. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-football-in-chechnya-special Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast Special: Exploitation of Migrant Workers and Human Rights Violations at the Zenit Arena

https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-special-with-josimar#t=0:00 In this special edition of the RFN podcast, podcast host Thomas Giles, Editor-in-Chief Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint spoke to Håvard Melnæs from Josimar after his hard-hitting piece about the exploitation of migrant workers at the Zenit Arena shocked the football world with its dark revelations. You can read the article here: You can also follow Josimar on Twitter: You can subscribe to the … [Read more...]

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...]