New Stadia’s Impact on Attendances in the RFPL

Low attendances in the RFPL have been the subject of much debate and despair. People have put forth many different reasons for the poor league attendance, which has hovered around 11,000 per match for the last few years. In comparison, the Bundesliga averages 41,000 per match, and the English Premier League averages 35,000 per match. Some say that the quality of the league is too low, while others, including then-Sbornaya coach Leonid Slutsky, claim that Russia is simply not a footballing … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 6 Review

  The Anzhi Arena in DagestanA superb late turnaround gave CSKA, who defeated Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, a 2-1 win and bragging rights over Spartak in the Moscow derby. The league champions’ defeat means that they sit eight points behind Zenit St Petersburg, who fired four unanswered goals past Akhmat Grozny. Amkar remain winless but have gone two games undefeated after a credible draw with Krasnodar. Anzhi manager Aleksandr Grigoryan stepped down following his … [Read more...]

RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Transfer Window and Russian Clubs in Europe Preview

Thomas Giles and regular panelists Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint discuss the turnaround of players at Anzhi Makhachkala over the last couple of transfer windows before reviewing the Russian Premier League transfer window so far. The trio then dissect the chances of Russian clubs in European competition this season. https://soundcloud.com/world-football-index/russian-football-news-transfer-window-and-russian-clubs-in-europe-preview You can find the podcast on SoundCloud, or … [Read more...]

Gatoch Panom to Anzhi – An Ethiopian Trailblazer

Earlier this summer, Anzhi Makhachkala made a surprise transfer when after a succesful trial period, they signed Ethiopian international midfielder Gatoch Panom from Ethiopian Coffee in the nation's top flight. In moving to Russia, Panom became the 45th player to move directly from an African club to Russia since 1998, and it's the 4th time Anzhi have made such a move. And while the transfer might not be huge news in Russia, it means a great deal to Ethiopia, a nation not famed for it's … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Anzhi Makhachkala

In the winter transfer window last season, Anzhi Makhachkala signed 25 players and swapped experienced Czech manager Pavel Vrba for SKA Khabarovsk boss Aleksandr Grigoryan. Most people expected Anzhi to be relegated after this, but surprisingly the squad and manager gelled quite quickly and put together some decent performances, including a relegation six pointer win against Orenburg, and resilient 0-0 draws against FC Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow, which ultimately saw them avoid the … [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...]

Spartak Continue to Hoover Up the Russian Market

Having already signed arguably two of the most exciting young Russian prospects this winter in Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgiy Dzhikiya, as well as Russian international Aleksandr Samedov, Spartak Moscow look set to continue their cleaning up of the Russian market this transfer window. 21-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala left back Georgiy Tigiev is, according to Championat, set to join the current leaders of the Russian Football Premier League in a deal that’ll be announced shortly. With Evgeniy … [Read more...]

Another Anzhi Firesale, and a New Controversial Owner

After finishing for the break in eleventh place, eight points clear of relegation, Anzhi Makhachkala’s players could go on their winter holiday with a clean conscience and maybe even a bit of optimism. Unfortunately, the holiday peace wasn’t going to last, as the club sold Kosovan winger Bernard Berisha to Caucasian rivals Terek Grozny a few days before New Year’s Eve, hinting that something was wrong in the Anzhi-house. Since joining Anzhi a year ago, Berisha has been one of the club’s best … [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...]