Anzhi, are you OK?

Down in Dagestan, Anzhi Makachkala have been subjected to somewhat of a rough ride. It's been hard to gauge what the problems have been, and why on the whole, their largely decent performances see them sitting rock bottom of the table by the October international break with nine points from a possible 36. On their second manager of the season already, the campaign thus far can be split quite comfortably into the Aleksandr Grigoryan and Vadim Skripchenko sessions. The former lasted just six … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 13: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 17:00 BST: FC Krasnodar - CSKA Moscow By Will Baumgardner (@WillBaumRFN) Krasnodar and CSKA come into this matchup tied for third place in the RFPL. Both squads have been in some middling form as of late, as Krasnodar have lost their last two games, while CSKA has drawn their last two. The winner of this game will gain a solid grasp on the third and final Champions League spot in the RFPL, so there is everything to lose. Krasnodar stadium had sold out its 34,000 … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – Iran

Friendly International – Kazan Arena, Kazan After the mess that was September’s hybrid friendly with Dinamo Moscow, this week sees Russia up their World Cup preparations with two home clashes with fellow guaranteed participants South Korea and Iran. After relatively easily dispatching South Korea 4-2 on Saturday, Sbornaya now faces Iran rejuvenated from Stanislav Cherchesov's policy of experimentation.   Tactical Approach As usual, Russia will lineup in their customary 3-5-2 … [Read more...]

Russian Winters: Andrei Kanchelskis Autobiography Review

  Andrei Kanchelskis was something of a trailblazer for Soviet football when he took his first intrepid steps in Western Europe, but his life and career to date has amounted to so much more than matters on the pitch. One of a select few to have represented three separate nations - as well as being the scorer of the last ever goal for the Soviet Union before it became the Commonwealth of Independent States - he courted fame and infamy in almost equal measure. At a time when foreign … [Read more...]

RIP Konstantin Sarsania, the Sports Director Behind Zenit’s Success

Saturday morning the Russian football world was met with both shocking and tragic news as Zenit St. Petersburg announced that sports director Konstantin Sarsania had passed away aged just 49. The news surprised everybody as Sarsania hadn’t previously been sick, and the news truly came out of nowhere. The reason, it turned out, was thrombosis, explaining why his health deteriorated so quickly. Sunday morning, Sarsania’s old friend Roman Oretsuk, a well-known Russian football agent, told the … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – South Korea

After the mess that was September’s hybrid friendly with Dinamo Moscow, this week sees Russia up their World Cup preparations with two home clashes with fellow guaranteed participants South Korea and Iran. Martin Lowe is joined by Tim Lee from Korean football website Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors to run down Saturday’s clash in Moscow.   Russia By Martin Lowe (@PlasticPitch) Now into the final year of preparation ahead of the World Cup, Russia looks to be upping the nature of their … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Kokorin’s Reformed Character

Is there a finer sight in football than the sudden, late blooming of a player believed to be lost forever? A bud thought never to open that reveals its brilliance just as winter approaches. What can be more heartening than the reminder that a player’s potential is never truly wasted until the final whistle of their final game? It is, after all, confirmation that no judgments can be passed or epitaphs penned until a career has concluded. That said, such reveals are scarce and most player’s … [Read more...]

Sergey Pryadkin on Reforming the Russian Football Premier League

The president of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) and vice-president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Sergey Pryadkin, in an interview with Russian news agency TASS has weighed his rather heavy opinion on how the new Premier League season is undertaking and insights into new regulations on the prospective foreigner limit, salary caps and much more.   On the Russian Cup While discussing the current Premier League season, Pryadkin expressed his "dismay at the RPL clubs' bad … [Read more...]

Is Samara ready to host the 2018 World Cup?

With the World Cup coming up in less than a year, cities all over Russia are giving their best efforts to prepare for the competition and the massive influx of tourists it will undoubtedly bring. At the beginning of September, Russian Football News had the opportunity to visit Samara; the sixth largest city in Russia and host of six World Cup matches next year. During the time there, a close eye was kept on the changes that were being made in time for the World’s most popular sporting … [Read more...]

FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]