Andrei Kanchelskis Exclusive Interview: “There are many problems in Russian football”

It may only be just over a year since Andrei Kanchelskis was employed in professional football, but it already seems a lifetime away. The flying winger blazed a remarkable trail across Great Britain and Italy in his playing days before enduring a number of frustrating managerial positions back in his homeland that was strewn with incompetent, baseball-bat-wielding and at times unqualified sporting directors and chairmen. What is sometimes forgotten is quite how well Kanchelskis himself actually … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2017: 20-11

As 2017 has turned into 2018, it is time for an annual tradition on russianfootballnews.com: The RFN Top 50. We rank the 50 best players in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) in 2017 by genuine ability alone, and now it’s time for the players ranked 20-11 (movement compared to last year’s ranking is shown in brackets).  This is the third year in our annual tradition, and definitely the hardest yet. Let us know who you would have picked, and we hope you enjoy it. Find the players … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2017: 35-21

As 2017 has turned into 2018, it is time for an annual tradition on russianfootballnews.com: The RFN Top 50. We rank the 50 best players in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) in 2017 by genuine ability alone, and now it's time for the players ranked 35-21 (movement compared to last year’s ranking is shown in brackets).  This is the third year in our annual tradition, and definitely the hardest yet. Let us know who you would have picked, and we hope you enjoy it. Find the players … [Read more...]

Leonid Fedun – From Apparatchik to Affluence

Leonid Fedun has recently spoken out on the necessary reform for the Premier League, offering up what he claims is a "football revolution", however, just who is he? The current owner of Spartak Moscow, he is on a high after the red-whites' first championship victory in sixteen years in the summer. However, this was not always the case, with a "Fedun curse" emanating the halls of the club and Tarasovka training ground since he took over the controlling stake in the club in 2003. Despite saving … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2017: 50-36

As 2017 has turned into 2018, it is time for an annual tradition on russianfootballnews.com: The RFN Top 50. We rank the 50 best players in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) in 2017 by genuine ability alone, and we start with the players ranked 50-36 (movement compared to last year’s ranking is shown in brackets).  This is the third year in our annual tradition, and definitely, the hardest yet, let us know who you would have picked, and we hope you enjoy it. Here are the lists of … [Read more...]

Round Table: Reforming Russian Football

Reform is finally the topic of discussion; and possibly just in time too with the timely (but ultimately fruitless) resignation of apparatchik-in-chief, Vitaly Mutko. However, it is more likely this will be propagated as an excuse to do nothing - as is custom. But nevertheless, we all try to be optimistic here at RFN, and as thus we've grouped together some of our most reform-supporting writers to discuss the recent proposals of Evgeny Giner, Leonid Fedun, Vladimir Hashig and Sergei Pryadkin and … [Read more...]

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Volgograd

Volgograd at a Glance Population: 1.025m Stadium: Volgograd Arena Number of matches: 4 Tunisia - England Nigeria - Iceland Saudi Arabia - Egypt Japan - Poland Due to its history, Volgograd is an iconic city inside of Russia. During the Soviet era it was known as Stalingrad, and it was here the Soviet Union won one of the most important victories during the World War II. On the football pitch, the city of Volgograd has also endured great victories, although local pride Rotor Volgograd is … [Read more...]

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Kazan

Kazan at a glance Population: 1.2m Stadium: Kazan Arena Number of matches: 6 Iran - Spain France - Australia South Korea - Germany Poland - Colombia C1 - D2 (Round of 16) E1/F2 - G1/H2 (Quarter Final) Kazan is Russia’s self-described “third city” and capital of Russian sport. Captial of the Republic of Tatarstan, and with an estimated population of over 1.2 million people, it’s Russia’s 6th largest city and lies around 800km east of Moscow. A cultural melting pot, Kazan see’s large … [Read more...]

World Cup 2018 City Guide: Moscow

Moscow at a Glance Population: 12.2m Stadia: Luzhniki and Spartak Stadium Number of matches: 13 Russia - Saudi Arabia (opening match Luzhniki) Argentina - Iceland (Spartak Stadium) Germany - Mexico (Luzhniki) Poland - Senegal (Spartak Stadium) Portugal - Morocco (Luzhniki) Belgium - Tunisia (Spartak Stadium) Denmark - France (Luzhniki) Serbia - Brazil (Spartak Stadium) B1 - A2 Round of 16 (Luzhniki) H1 - G2 Round of 16 (Spartak Stadium) Semifinal (Luzhniki) Final (Luzhniki) The … [Read more...]

Nikita Simonyan Biography: Football – Is It Just a Game? (Part One)

Nikita Pavlovich Simonyan (1926-  ) is the current vice president of the Russian Football Union, and one of the most noteworthy figures in Russian and Soviet football. Between 1949 and 1959 he became the highest scoring player ever for Spartak Moscow, with whom he won four Soviet championships, and he was also one of the stars on the Soviet national team that won the 1956 Olympics and finished fourth at the 1958 World Cup.  He later went into coaching and he won three Soviet championships … [Read more...]