Reactions From the Last Week of the RFPL

Arsenal Tula - Spartak Moscow 3-0 Arsenal Tula pulled off a dramatic final-day escape with a 3-0 home victory over champions Spartak Moscow. The win, coupled with Krylia Sovetov’s loss to Terek Grozny, meant that Arsenal get to keep their Premier League status for at least a while longer. They will now face Yenisey in a promotion/relegation play-off on 25th and 28th May. Arsenal head coach Sergei Kiryakov was simply relieved to have won what was dubbed ‘the most important game of the … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 30: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: It is time to find out how much you know about Russian football

Usually these Friday Quizzes are published quite late in the day, but today is different. For once, there was no alcohol in our blood while making this quiz. We are unsure whether this helped or not, but it sure was interesting to try. By publishing it now, we hope that you are also sober (although we of course respect those of you starting off early, it is summer after all!), and that it will improve your results, because let's be honest, these quizzes are quite difficult. Anyway, no more … [Read more...]

Dinamo Moscow’s 1945 Goodwill Tour of Britain

“The Russians are Coming”: Arrival 4th November 1945, Croydon. Two planes, appearing to be Douglas DC-3 Dakotas, approached the runway and touched down amidst a barrage of London sunshine, a characteristically mundane and everyday sight for an airport which based RAF Transport Command from 1944. These giant planes would ferry ammunition and vehicles from factory to operating unit throughout World War Two. However, on this day, the influx of these two planes was a prodigious and preternatural … [Read more...]

Timeline of the Renaming of Russian Top Flight Clubs

The Soviet football system was very dissimilar to the Western system. In the early 1920s, all pre-revolutionary football clubs were dissolved; some of them were basically reformed under new names, after moving their "franchise" (football team) to some other location, some were created anew. There were no "football clubs" per se in the Soviet Union - officially, all football teams belonged to some "voluntary sports society" or the other, which was reflected in their names. Here's an incomplete … [Read more...]

Anti-Racism Inspector Aleksey Smertin Express Optimism About Upcoming Tournaments

In Bahrain for the 67th FIFA Congress, the Russian Football Union's inspector to combat racism and discrimination in football, Aleksey Smertin, took time out to meet leading members of the Irish community in the Gulf Kingdom. The former Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham player, and Russian national team captain, met with chairperson of Arabian Celts GFC Pat Kennedy and president of the Irish Society Janet Noone. Being a close friend of Irish football legend Damien Duff, whom he played together with … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 29: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

Reactions to Russia’s Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Following the announcement of Russia’s provisional 30-man squad for the Confederations Cup, Russian Football News has taken a look at some of the best reactions. Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov was philosophical in explaining why up-and-coming goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev from FC Rostov did not make the squad. He said, “You know, there is a train. Players get onto the train via the last carriage and make their way to the VIP carriage by going through the whole train. You cannot just skip to … [Read more...]

Massimo Carrera – Russia’s New Champion

It is often said that it is always darkest before the dawn.  That has certainly been the case this season for Spartak Moscow. When the club was eliminated in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League after losing 1-0 at home to Cypriot minors AEK Larnaca on 4th August, it seemed that the Red-Whites were in for yet another chaotic and underwhelming season. This opinion was only strengthened when the owner Leonid Fedun promptly sacked head coach and club legend Dmitry Alenichev after the … [Read more...]

Russia Announce Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Earlier today, head coach of the Russian national team, Stanislav Cherchesov announced his preliminary squad for this summer's Confederations Cup, which is of course being played in Russia. Shortly after the Russian Football Premier League is over on May 21, Cherchesov will decide which players will join him on the training camp in Austria to prepare for the tournament. The final squad will be announced on June 7 according to the official website of the Russian Football Union. The squad is … [Read more...]