LIVE Ural 1-4 Terek

Welcome to the first live RFPL match blog! You've picked an absolute cracker to join us (absolutely no sarcasm intended, honest...) as Terek visit Ekaterinburg to take on struggling Ural. The temperature is hovering around zero with a fair whack of snow covering the ground outside the stadium,  but the pitch itself looks reasonably firm so fingers crossed for a decent game. Team news coming up shortly... No luck catching Chisa after the press conference, no luck for Skripchenko, and now … [Read more...]

How Football Mirrors Society – Football in Russia on Election Day

One of the most commonly used clichés about sport is that it mirrors the society in which it is played, whether it is regarding xenophobia, cheating or the pursuit of excellence. Therefore, on the day of the Russian Duma election (Sunday September 18), I decided to head to a football match in Moscow to learn more about the society the game mirrored. For anyone unaware of the day's events, it would however have been impossible to guess that Russia stood in front of an election for the national … [Read more...]

The Grand Opening of Arena CSKA

Last weekend CSKA opened its new arena with a beautiful ceremony, which was unfortunately missed by many fans as they found out that the stadium is actually extremely well hidden. It is surrounded by a park and looks like some random office buildings, which makes it a perfect arena for the next Quidditch World Cup, as muggles won’t even notice it. Don’t try to meet your fellow supporters outside the arena if you don’t … [Read more...]

The Return of Emmanuel Frimpong

Before the international break Russian football welcomed back one of its more colourful characters as Emmanuel Frimpong made his debut for Arsenal Tula in the closing stages of their 1-1 draw away to Ural. Although his late cameo was brief as the predominantly direct style mostly bypassed him, he wasted no time in making headlines upon his return to the Russian Premier League, although thankfully this time is was not at the centre of a disgusting case of racist chanting from opposition … [Read more...]

Spartak Stunned – Larnaca Late Goal Sends ‘Myaso’ Out of Europe – Photo Reportage

6.8.16 Europe League Third Qualifying Round - Spartak Moscow 0-1 AEK Larnaca (agg. 1-2), Trickovski '89   Spartak went down 1-0 to AEK Larnaca last night to go crashing out of Europe at the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Trickovski's 89th minute goal sparked joyous scenes for the Cypriot side, whose whole squad entered the pitch to celebrate when the Macedonian slotted home the match winner after finding himself in hectares of space to latch onto a through ball that … [Read more...]

Zenit – Spartak: The Capital Calling

There are few cities more contradictory than St. Petersburg. Its uncanny likeness to a major European town – a product of the travels of its founder Peter I to the cities of Manchester and Leipzig to study their structures – seems to almost mock its status as the site of the Bolshevik October Revolution, the event that sheathed a Communist curtain between Russia and the west. Nevertheless St. Petersburg’s markedly severe 313-year history seems to seep through its glorious architecture and … [Read more...]

CSKA Back On Top After Mordovia Trashing

When Mordovia and CSKA last met in September, the score was 6-4 in favour of the 10-men Muscovites, who came back from 3-0 down. In Saturday’s match programme, defender Aleksandrs Cauna compared it to Liverpool’s Champions League final victory over AC Milan. This time there were no doubts about the outcome. An own goal and a Roman Eremenko strike put the hosts 2-0 up after 10 minutes.  Three goals in as many minutes from Aleksandr Golovin, Ahmed Musa and Sergei Ignashevich had CSKA five ahead … [Read more...]

Oleksandr Zinchenko: An Analysis from Ural v Ufa

At the precocious age of 19  Oleksandr Zinchenko is one of the most talented assets of the Russian Premier League, and it seems increasingly likely that his career at Ufa will not last beyond this summer. His departure would be a virtual certainty if the league's youngest club end up relegated, and with only eight games left to lift themselves out of the drop zone time is not on their side. If he were to depart, there is a strong likelihood he would consider moving away from Russia after he was … [Read more...]

Army Men Back on Top After Defeating Kuban

A brace from striker Ahmed Musa gave CSKA a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar and a return to the summit of the Russian Premier League. Musa netted from close range in the 20th minute and the Army Men finally put the game to rest when the Nigerian scored eight minutes from time, his 50th goal for CSKA. The hosts combined defensive solidity with sharp, attacking play to dominate a toothless Kuban side. Alan Dzagoev was the conductor of all things good and frustrating, while right-back Mario … [Read more...]

From Carrick Rangers to FC Volga Tver

The story of how I came to support FC Volga Tver of the second division west zone is not a typical one. I can look back to September and, it is strange to say, be grateful for my then-inability to translate the Russian language. Having arrived in Tver, a town situated two hours to the north of Moscow, in order to study on exchange, I sought out the local football team. After a quick and erroneous glance at the club website, I headed to Khimik (which means ‘chemist’) stadium to watch a … [Read more...]