Spartak Moscow – FC Ufa Match Report: Wrestlemania RFPL

The Sunday game between Spartak and Ufa was quite similar to an old-school professional wrestling match. Two teams have excellently played two classical roles. (And - no, I do not imply that the result, like in pro-wrestling, was predetermined too). Ufa was a heel. "Heel", in wrestling parlance, describes a character whose main job is to attract heat (anger) from the fans. Semak's lads were excellent in that role: scored a quick and somewhat illogical goal (Andrey Eschenko later even said … [Read more...]

Spartak Moscow are through to the quarter-finals

Wednesday evening, Spartak Moscow destroyed their namesakes from Nalchik; bringing their undefeated streak to twelve, which they extended to thirteen on Saturday - the longest since 2002 (Oleg Romantsev managed a 14-game streak back then). To celebrate that, here are twelve more statistical facts about the game. The game against Spartak Nalchik was a milestone for Denis Glushakov (130th game) and Ivelin Popov (70th). Ilya Kutepov scored his first ever goal for Spartak Moscow (in his 47th … [Read more...]

Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan – The Greatest Giant Killing in European History?

In 2008 and 2009, FC Barcelona were at the top of the footballing world. They won every trophy available to them: La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The squad that the Catalan's had put together under the management of Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time with Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández at the peak of their careers, alongside stars such as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Yaya Touré … [Read more...]

Spartak Moscow – Lokomotiv Moscow: Match Report and Press Conferences

Spartak Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow 3-4 (2-0) Spartak Moscow: Selikhov - Eschenko, Tasci, Bocchetti, Kombarov - Glushakov, Pašalić (Fernando, 72), Samedov, Ananidze (Melgarejo, 46), Promes - Luiz Adriano. Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme - Ignatyev, Kverkvelia, Pejcinovic, Rybus (V. Denisov, 46) - I. Denisov, Barinov (Kolomeitsev, 78), Tarasov (An. Miranchuk, 46) - Al. Miranchuk, Fernandes, Farfán. Goals: Glushakov, 30 - 1:0. Luiz Adriano, 43 - 2:0. Barinov, 48 - 2:1. Al. Miranchuk, 68 - 2:2. … [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 Round 4 & 5 Review

As the fifth round of RFPL fixtures draws to a close - Akhmat Grozny entertain Krasnodar this evening - Russian Football News has looked at some of the key talking points. Five-Star Zenit set the Standard It may be premature to race to conclusions in the Russian Premier League but Zenit St Petersburg and boss Roberto Mancini appear to be a good match. Last weekend they made the statement of the season so far by thrashing champions Spartak Moscow 5-1. And while the 100% record was ended … [Read more...]

RFPL Round Three Review

  Three is the magic number in the Russian Football Premier League. After the third round, the triumvirate of Lokomotiv, and Akhmat are the only sides to have won all three games. At the flip side of the table, SKA, Tosno and Amkar have endured much slower starts to the season, with not a point to show between them. Champions Spartak kicked off the season with back-to-back draws and struck gold at the third time of asking with a 2-0 win over Krasnodar. Lokomotiv at full steam … [Read more...]

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.   https://twitter.com/RusFootballNews/status/774640378280546304 Don’t try to meet your fellow supporters outside the arena if you don’t … [Read more...]