Dinamo Moscow to sign Abdul Tetteh as VTB Bank are set to pull financial support

Dinamo Moscow is set to confirm the signing of Ghanian central midfielder Adbul Tetteh as part of a €1.2m move from Polish Ekstraklasa side Lech Poznan. Sources close to RFN exclusively understand Tetteh will put pen-to-paper on a 2.5-year-deal, worth €360,000. On paper, this is good news for Dinamo fans, with reinforcements crucial in their bid to avoid relegation. Tetteh is a powerful 27-year-old midfielder and is expected to compete with Samba Sow for a starting berth in the side, yet … [Read more...]

Amkar Perm & the perils of regional government ownership

One of the sad truths of Russian football is financial instability, and every couple of weeks, stories of insolvency and huge debts spring up seemingly out of nowhere. In the last six weeks, we have already highlighted crises at Luch-Energiya Vladivostok and Rubin Kazan, and now, it is the turn of Amkar Perm. Despite establishing themselves as a stable mid-table club in the Premier League since promotion in 2004, finishing in European spots just once in 2008 and in the relegation … [Read more...]

Missing salaries and results: the poor state of Rubin Kazan

Few Premier League clubs entered this season with bigger momentum and more excitement than Rubin Kazan. After years of underachieving, the pride of Tatarstan was once again supposed to challenge the country's big boys. Over the summer, Rubin went from being in the hands of the local government of the Republic of Tatarstan to the republic's biggest private company, Tatar-American Investment and Finance, also known as TAIF. This saw the club receive an influx of cash, which was spent on … [Read more...]

Luch Energiya Vladivostok’s Crisis Deepens

It is no secret that Luch Energiya Vladivostok, one of Russia's most Eastern football clubs is in problems up to its knees. The club has massive financial issues, and it has been on the brink of bankruptcy for a while now. On Saturday 4th November, another chapter was added to the sad tale about Luch Energiya. The Tigers were supposed to face FC Khimki in the  FNL, but the game was delayed by fifteen minutes. The reason for this was that the players were protesting against the sad state of … [Read more...]