RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

My First Encounter with Russian Football

Exactly nine years ago, the 16th of November 2005, a few months after CSKA Moscow’s UEFA Cup victory brought Russian football back on the European football map, I had my first live experience with Russian football. The Danish U21 national team faced Russia in the final playoff match before the 2006 U21 EURO. I have seen many football matches around Europe since, but even today I often think about this particular one, and I believe it is one of the reasons why I today follow Russian football … [Read more...]

Why Russia SHOULD Host the 2018 World Cup

  Ever since Russia won the 2018 World Cup bid it has been surrounded by controversy. With recent political events this has become even bigger news and many have even suggested that Russia should be stripped of the right to host the World Cup in 2018. The other side of the argument that rarely gets heard is why Russia should host the World Cup. The recent crisis in Ukraine has brought Russia and Eastern Europe under the microscope. However, this has been largely in a negative light … [Read more...]

2013-2014 Russian National Team Calendar

Every Russian qualifying match and friendly in the build-up to Brazil 2014 can be found here. August 14: 2014 World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland - Russia, Belfast September 6: 2014 World Cup Qualifier Russia - Luxembourg, Kazan September 10: 2014 World Cup Qualifier Russia - Israel, St. Petersburg October 11: 2014 World Cup Qualifier Luxembourg - Russia October 15: 2014 World Cup Qualifier Azerbaijan - Russia November 14-15: 2014 World Cup Qualifying Playoff … [Read more...]