Brian Idowu – How Russia Lost a Promising Talent

At a time where more and more foreigners are naturalized to fill the spots on the Russian national team, and Russian youngsters struggle to earn playing time in the Russian Football Premier League, it is irony at its cruelest that the country could soon end up losing one of the few youngsters who has actually taken the difficult journey from talent to RFPL regular. The player is Amkar Perm’s defender Brian Idowu who has caught the eye of the Super Eagles. Idowu’s father is Nigerian while his … [Read more...]

RFPL Winter Transfer Window – Team by Team Summary Part 1

The Russian transfer window closed at the end of February, and as we have finally gathered the full overview over a long and hectic winter, it is time to evaluate how the 16 Russian Football Premier League clubs did in the transfer market. In the span of three articles, which will be published in the following days, we'll evaluate all the clubs and grade their dealings. Amkar Perm Amkar started the window in the worst possible fashion, losing Russian prospects Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgy … [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...]

Selikhov’s Move to Spartak Raises Concern

For Amkar Perm’s Aleksandr Selikhov, this season has been one long exam as the 22-year-old goalkeeper has been closely followed by scouts during every single game. The young man caught the attention of both Russian and foreign clubs when he broke through last season, establishing himself as one of the most promising and exciting prospects in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) of his age. Since then, he has regularly been linked with numerous clubs, including powerhouses Zenit St. … [Read more...]

RFPL 2016/2017 – Who Has the Best Kit?

With the kick off to the 2016/2017 season, Russian clubs have all showed off their brand new kits. Some were nice, and some were downright ugly. In this article, we'll guide you through them all, and let you vote about which ones you like and which you don't like. Tom Tomsk The newly promoted Siberian side never hold an official presentation of their new kit, but they have already used them in a friendly game against Spartak Subotica. This light green shirt with black elements looks … [Read more...]

Three Rounds Left – The fight to escape the RFPL drop

With three matches left to play, tension at the wrong end of the Russian Premier League has reached breaking point. If no team’s fate is sealed this mid-week, this coming weekend promises to be the most nerve wrenching affair with the bottom six all due to play one another. Five seasons back when the league underwent their restructuring to fall into line with the European season schedule (Autumn-Spring), the relegation playoffs were introduced to add an extra dimension to the domestic end of … [Read more...]

Georgi Peev Retires after Managerial Bust-Up

Russian football was this week shocked by the sudden announcement that Amkar Perm's legendary Bulgarian midfielder Georgi Peev was terminating his contract and retiring from football with immediate effect at the age of 37. Such an announcement, midway through a season, would in most cases be presumed to be related to injury, but in the case of Peev, a bust up with veteran manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev pushed him over the edge. Gadzhiev, who has been in charge of Amkar since 2015, and has managed at a … [Read more...]

Villas-Boas and the War On Russian Media

Saturday, Zenit added another three points to their collection, which brought them just three points behind league leaders CSKA and two points behind Rostov in second place. Zenit received the points after beating Amkar 2-0 in Perm, a place that always causes problems for visiting sides. In fact, only three teams have won away against Amkar this season, and notable sides such as CSKA and Terek have both lost there this season, while Rostov drew 0-0 two weeks ago. With that in mind, it is … [Read more...]

Ogude’s New Year Nightmare

Amkar Perm midfielder Fegor Ogude’s 2016 started in the worst possible way. During his Christmas holiday in Nigeria, unknown gunmen abducted his wife Maimunat. Ogude joined Amkar from Norwegian side Vålerenga in January 2014, and he has since then established himself as a key player on the Perm-based side’s midfield. Ogude, who has been capped 16 times for the Super Eagles, was furthermore a part of Nigerian squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Speaking to TheCable about the … [Read more...]

Russia’s Biggest Free Transfer Steals

Everyone who has played Football Manager knows that towards the end of December, you should start looking for players whose contracts expire at the end of the season in order to sign players without having to pay their clubs. Last season saw Artyom Dzyuba move from Spartak Moscow to arch rivals Zenit St. Petersburg on a free transfer, and this season we could also be in for some big-name moves as several famous players are nearing the end of their contracts. With the Russian foreigner … [Read more...]