Luch Energiya Vladivostok’s Crisis Deepens

It is no secret that Luch Energiya Vladivostok, one of Russia's most Eastern football clubs is in problems up to its knees. The club has massive financial issues, and it has been on the brink of bankruptcy for a while now. On Saturday 4th November, another chapter was added to the sad tale about Luch Energiya. The Tigers were supposed to face FC Khimki in the  FNL, but the game was delayed by fifteen minutes. The reason for this was that the players were protesting against the sad state of … [Read more...]

SKA – Lokomotiv: The Politics of a Russian Winter Game

Russia as a country is known for its insanely harsh winters, and obviously this also affects football. The white winter pitches and ice cold temperatures are almost trademarks of Russian football, but it is not just fun and games. In fact, the frozen pitches and freezing temperatures can really be quite dangerous for the players. An example of this came last weekend, when SKA Khabarovsk hosted CSKA Moscow home at Lenin Stadium in -17 degrees celsius. During the game both Georgy Milanov and … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Sheriff Tiraspol

This weekend saw Lokomotiv Moscow defeat the mighty Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 away, and the railroaders are now occupying the first place in the Russian Football Premier League for the first time since 2004. Yuri Semin's Lokomotiv have simply been fantastic domestically this season, but they are yet to copy this form to Europe. Lokomotiv are leading Europa League Group F, but after the first three games they still only have five points. They have drawn away against FC Copenhagen and Sheriff … [Read more...]

Pavel Pogrebnyak – A Constant Reminder of Dinamo’s Chaos

The hype was substantial when Pavel Pogrebnyak returned to the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) prior to the 2015/2016 season after six years abroad in Germany and England. The former UEFA Cup winner and Zenit St. Petersburg top scorer signed a three-year contract with big spending Dinamo Moscow, which made him one of the best-paid players in the country. However, Pogrebnyak's stint at Dinamo  has far from lived up to the expectations, and his contract has caused Dinamo  a headache ever … [Read more...]

RIP Konstantin Sarsania, the Sports Director Behind Zenit’s Success

Saturday morning the Russian football world was met with both shocking and tragic news as Zenit St. Petersburg announced that sports director Konstantin Sarsania had passed away aged just 49. The news surprised everybody as Sarsania hadn’t previously been sick, and the news truly came out of nowhere. The reason, it turned out, was thrombosis, explaining why his health deteriorated so quickly. Sunday morning, Sarsania’s old friend Roman Oretsuk, a well-known Russian football agent, told the … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – Manchester United

Following their impressive 2-1 victory away against SL Benfica in the opening match, CSKA Moscow returns to Russia. In the second match of the Champions League, they take on Manchester United, whom they last met in 2015. It does, however, look like a difficult match for the Army Men, who have been less than impressive in their last couple of outings. Last weekend, they drew 0-0 away against Dinamo Moscow, and before that, they suffered an embarrassing cup defeat to first division side Avangard … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 11: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 14:30 BST: Dinamo Moscow - CSKA Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Once again, it is time for a Moscow derby. This time it is between Dinamo and CSKA, clubs from opposite ends of the table. Dinamo have started the season in a poor way, having just won two of their first 10 games. They are thus ranked 12th, just above the relegation zone. CSKA on the other hand are near the top of the league, currently ranked 4th, and they have won their last two games. A … [Read more...]

16 Years Without Number 16 – Remembering Serhiy Perkhun

Before PFC CSKA Moscow’s recent outing against FC Rostov in the Premier League, the Red-Blue fans displayed a massive banner with the text: “16 years without number 16”. Alongside the banner, was a giant picture of goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun, who played for the club in 2001. The actions were in honour of the Ukrainian born goalkeeper, who died 16 years ago of a brain hemorrhage after a head-to-head collision with an Anzhi Makhachkala player during a game in the Premier League. Although it’s a … [Read more...]

Round Table: Looking Back at the Summer Transfer Window

Two weeks ago, the transfer window closed, and we have now had a chance to evaluate the new players. Therefore, we gathered a team to discuss the transfer window.  The panel consisted of the following RFN writers: Toke Theilade (@Toke Theilade) James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint) David Sansun (@RFN_David) Question one: Who'll stand as the best signing this summer, once the season is over? Toke: Emmanuel Mammana. After years with horrible central … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 9: Betting Advice and Previews

While Week 7 was the best in the history of RFN Betting with a profit of €149.75, Week 8 was the worst. Not a single tip landed, and the team lost a ton of money. Of course, the total profit remains sky high, just below €450, over the past three seasons, but we'll not repeat last week's fiasco. This weekend, we have two of the highest earners in Thomas Giles and David Sansun on the task, and the goal is to win back some of the money we lost last week.  Match of the Round, Saturday 17:00 BST: … [Read more...]