Football Manager 2018 – Which Russian Club Should You Play With?

The latest edition of everyone's favourite football management game, Football Manager 2018, is now out. At RFN, we have a number of big fans of the series and will continue our tradition of producing our own custom update for the Russian leagues, hopefully out later this month. But when this update is out, who should you manage? Here at RFN we could justify managing every club in Russia in one way or another, but to keep this short, we will name just five potential … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Arsenal Tula, Akhmat Grozny, and a Russian Perspective on FM 2018

https://soundcloud.com/world-football-index/russian-football-news-arsenal-tula-akhmat-grozny-and-a-russian-perspective-on-fm-2018#t=0:00 Host Thomas Giles is joined by David Sansun and Neil Salata to talk about Oleg Kononov's shock resignation from Akhmat Grozny before discussing whether Arsenal Tula's excellent recent form makes them the surprise package of the Russian Premier League season so far. The trio then dissect Stanislav Cherchesov's latest Russian National Team squad which is … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part One

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [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...]

Season Preview: Arsenal Tula

  The 2016-17 campaign was an utter disaster for FC Arsenal Tula and it was only saved by Igor Schevchenko’s goal in the second playoff relegation match against FC Yenisey at the end of May. Parting ways with experienced head coach Sergei Pavlov early on and for no understandable reasons proved to be an enormous mistake by the club’s board since his replacement, Sergei Kiryakov, didn’t bring anything new to the team, despite being given plenty of new players during the winter … [Read more...]

Play-Off Sunday: Who’ll Play in the RFPL Next Season?

On Sunday, two of the most important fixtures in the Russian football calendar are played – the final relegation/promotion play-off games for the Russian Football Premier League. These two games decide which teams get to play in the top flight with all the opportunities it presents, and which will play in the dreaded Football National League, where clubs go bankrupt left, right and centre, and the financial prospects are highly limited. This season’s two games are between Arsenal Tula and … [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...]

Emmanuel Frimpong’s Career Takes Another Hit as He’s Set to Join Unnamed Swedish Club

When Russian Football News’ Andrew Flint met Emmanuel Frimpong in Ekaterinburg in August following the Ghanaian’s debut for Arsenal Tula, Frimpong was optimistic about his future in Tula. He had just played his first game in 2016 after being released by FC Ufa earlier in the year. Frimpong played 24 minutes that evening in Ekaterinburg, and told RFN: “It’s good to be back. After a couple of games, I can get fitter.” Those games never came though, and at the end of the year, Frimpong had just … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Arsenal Tula

Tula, a city known for its metalworkers and for being the main centre of Russian samovar production, is also home to FC Arsenal Tula, who are currently second from bottom at the Premier League table. The 2016-17 campaign has been extremely complicated for the Tula outfit so far. Two different head-coaches, just two wins from seventeen league matches, the elimination from the Russian Cup and a long and never ending list of injured players since the first day of the season have undoubtedly … [Read more...]