The Players Who Scored Spartak’s Golden Goals

Fourteen years have passed since Spartak Moscow last added silverware to their collection. This season, however, the Red-Whites have every chance of finally bringing home the Russian championship, and so we have looked in the history books and remembered the players who have made history for the Moscow team by scoring the goals that directly brought home league and cup titles in the past. 1936, Autumn Championship: Boris Schibrov Boris Schibrov (1912 - 1975) played just nine games for … [Read more...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 22

Spartak took advantage of Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow dropping points to go eight points clear at the top of the table. Basement side Tom Tomsk earned a point against an out-of-sorts Rubin Kazan, while fellow strugglers Krylia Sovetov shared the spoils with Amkar Perm. FC Ural made it three wins on the spin with a 2-0 victory over FC Orenburg. Ufa – Spartak Moscow 1-3 Spartak stamped their authority on the title race with a 3-1 win at Ufa. Goals from Denis Glushakov and Quincy … [Read more...]

Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 4 part 2) – Eleven is Our Number

Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book ‘My Football Years’ with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 4 part 1) – Eleven is our Number

 Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book ‘My Football Years’ with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

5 Russians Who Could Move to Europe’s Top Leagues This Summer

After Russia reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008, it was only natural that many of their players were sought after by European clubs. By August of the following year, Andrei Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Yuri Zhirkov had all made their way over to the Premier League. Almost ten years have passed since that tournament, and since Arshavin’s four goals at Anfield, Russian players have had little to boast about in Europe. Currently, there are only two players in … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Abdoul Gafar

Biography Name: Abdoul Gafar Sirima (Gafar) DOB/Age: 30/12/1998 - 18 years old Club: Baltika Kaliningrad Positions: Striker Nationality: Burkina Faso Career to Date A common trend nowadays in Russia is for young players from Africa to appear on trial. Spartak and CSKA Moscow have taken a number of Nigerians and Ghanaians in 2016, though none were signed, while Tom Tomsk took two Libyans on trial. So, when CSKA revealed they had a triallist simply named “Jafar”, it was no real surprise. … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 22

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 – Home Cities of the RFPL Clubs

It is no secret that we love friendly competition at RFN. Therefore, we have created the RFN Quiz, where you can compete with your mates, and prove to them that you know more about Russian football than they do. Every Friday, we'll publish a new quiz, and we sincerelly hope that this new initiative won't ruin too many friendships, although we do accept some collateral damage. Enough talking, let's get this show on the road. In the first quiz, you are guessing the home cities of the stadia in … [Read more...]

Kazan Arena Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Wow that screen is massive!” my friend exclaimed as soon as we stepped out of the taxi and got our first view of the Kazan Arena and the screen on the outside of the stadium, facing the arriving fans. Kazan Arena is not only one of the stadiums that has been built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but also is one of the chosen four stadiums that will host games for the Confederations Cup this coming June. This means that in less than 3 months Kazan will host teams such as Germany, Chile, … [Read more...]

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...]