Evaluating the performance of Rubin’s €40m summer signings

Last summer Rubin Kazan spent €40m, according to Transfermarkt, on a whole host of big name signings from Europe, but it was to no avail as under the management of Spaniard Javi Gracia, Rubin struggled to finish in 9th place, with many of their signings -  though not all of them - failing to make an impact during the season. So just how well spent was that €40m? Alex Song - Free transfer from FC Barcelona Perhaps the most high profile of all the players who joined, with experience at … [Read more...]

What Can the World Expect from Sbornaya at the Confederations Cup?

When Russia  take on New Zealand in St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon, it will be the culmination of a long year with Stanislav Cherchesov as head coach. Since his appointment after the failed Euros, Cherchesov has worked hard on assembling a team that could bring glory to Russia on home ground by the World Cup in 2018, and the Confederations Cup is the first real test of the level of the Russian national team, also known as Sbornaya. Cherchesov’s men have warmed up at a training camp … [Read more...]

RFN Confederations Cup Predictions League

Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sánchez and Ruslan Kambolov are all set to rub shoulders this week as the cream of world football roll into town to fight for the FIFA Confederations Cup. What a cracker to kickstart the tournament as well; New Zealand, fresh from a friendly win over Irish second division club side Cabinteely, open up proceedings against the hosts in the Krestovsky Stadium (sorry, “St Petersburg Stadium”...) on a relaid surface that only arrived a matter of days ago. Denis … [Read more...]

Berdyev’s Masterpiece is Falling Apart

After two and a half incredible seasons at FC Rostov, which saw the club challenge for the Russian championship and play in the Champions League, both for the first time, Kurban Berdyev has left the Yellow-Blues, and with him the club’s hopes of staying in the top of Russian football too. There is little doubt that Turkmen Berdyev was the mastermind behind Rostov’s sudden flight towards the stars. Under Berdyev, the club went from fighting to avoid relegation to battling CSKA Moscow and Zenit … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: Test your knowledge of Russian football

Due to some unforeseen technical issues, we cheated you from the RFN Friday Quiz last week. For that we are of course sorry, but now we are back! As usual, we have prepared ten questions for you, some about current events, and some to test your historical knowledge. The aim of this is to give you, our beloved reader, a chance to prove to yourself, your friends, arch rival, nemesis, significant other, family and so on, that you are a goddamn Russian football expert, and that you deserve the … [Read more...]

Leonid Slutsky Appointed Head Coach of Hull City – Becomes Historic

Former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team head coach Leonid Slutsky has made history by becoming the first Russian to take charge of an English club after being confirmed in the hot seat at Hull City. His appointment follows speculation over the past week - with Sunderland also said to have been interested in capturing the 46-year-old - and months of acclimatisation to English football, language and culture. After his predecessor Marco Silva left the club having failed to save them from … [Read more...]

Terek Grozny’s Name Change – A Political Tool

In the recently finished season, Terek Grozny finished fifth. It was the best result ever by the Chechen side, who have played in the Russian Football Premier League since 2008. Under the guidance of head coach Rashid Rakhimov, who has led the club for three years, the team has developed gradually, finishing each season in a better position than in the last. Now however, it seems that the pressure on the team is about to skyrocket as the club has a new name. “Dear friends,” Ramzan Kadyrov, … [Read more...]

Naturalisation and Foreign Player Limits in Russian Football

In the last couple of years, Russian football has seen a huge increase of naturalised players in the country’s top division, as well as the first ever naturalised players in the national team. Although this was a controversial decision by the Russian Football Union (RFU), what really caught many people's eye was how these players were able to obtain citizenship. Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme was the first non-Russian to play for the national team, and although many Russian … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – New Owners for Rubin and Mancini joins Zenit

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Andrew Flint and Toke Theilade who discuss the new owners at Rubin Kazan as well as Roberto Mancini's appointment as Zenit St Petersburg manager. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/5th-june-2017-new-owners-for-rubin-and-mancini-joins-zenit Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail russianfootballnews1@gmail.com or on the Facebook page. You can subscribe to the Russian … [Read more...]

Preview: Hungary – Russia

Monday afternoon, Russia play their first of two friendlies prior to the Confederations Cup at home field. Having started their preparations in Austria on training camp, Sbornaya have travelled to Budapest, where they take on Hungary. RFN has teamed up with the Tomasz Mortimer (@TMortimerFtbl) of Hungarianfootball.com for this preview.  Hungary By Tomasz Mortimer (@TMortimerFtbl) Hungary head into their game on Monday night against Russia with a depleted squad almost completely devoid of … [Read more...]