Interview with Bart Caubergh: Physical Training and Extreme External Factors in Russia

Ever since the 2011/2012 season, when the Russian Football Premier League abandoned the calendar year to instead follow the European season, it has been debated whether or not this was the right move. The switch meant that Russian clubs now play well into December, while also kicking off after the winter break at the beginning of March, when most of the country is still covered in snow. While this always equals a bunch of cancelled games and a poor quality of games, it also gives a long range … [Read more...]

Interview With Kirill Suslov: If Young Players Can Go to Europe, They Should Without Thinking

A few weeks ago, Russian central defender Kirill Suslov finished his first season with Norwegian 1st Division side Kongsvinger IL, so we arranged an interview with the former CSKA Moscow player to hear his impressions about his Norwegian adventure. READ MORE: Kirill Suslov - From Army Man to the Norwegian Cup Final Nikita Armand: After the end of the regular season your team was fifth, and made the final of the Norwegian Cup. But now the cup has been won by Rosenborg, and in last match of … [Read more...]

The Return of Emmanuel Frimpong

Before the international break Russian football welcomed back one of its more colourful characters as Emmanuel Frimpong made his debut for Arsenal Tula in the closing stages of their 1-1 draw away to Ural. Although his late cameo was brief as the predominantly direct style mostly bypassed him, he wasted no time in making headlines upon his return to the Russian Premier League, although thankfully this time is was not at the centre of a disgusting case of racist chanting from opposition … [Read more...]

Damien Le Tallec and the Madhouse in Saransk

Every season, hundreds of Russian football players go months without receiving their salaries. Part of the reason for this are the weak Players Unions, another the light punishments for not fulfilling contractual obligations. Last season alone, the players of Mordovia, Kuban and FC Rostov went months without being paid, something that clearly took its toll on the players as both Mordovia and Kuban were relegated. But how exactly does it affect a squad when they are not paid, and what … [Read more...]

From Real Madrid to Yenisey – Juan Lescano

Do you ever have one of those days where you are browsing the football scores, or surfing through your favourite video game, and you come across a player and find yourself thinking: “wow, what a career this guy has had!” or “how have I never heard of this guy before?”. Well that’s what happened to me recently when I spotted the name Juan Eduardo Lescano on Football Manager 2016, plying his trade for FNL club Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. The first thought was, especially as a follower of Russian … [Read more...]

Interview With Erik Braun – “I Hope Russia Will Catch a Sight of Me”

In the youth academy of the Danish champions FC Midtjylland,  we find a young Russian. His name is Erik Braun, and he joined FC Midtjylland from Copenhagen based B93 in the summer of 2012. Midtjylland's academy is famous for its high quality, and in the past years players like Danish international Simon Kjær, West Ham defender Winston Reid and of course the current starlet Pione Sisto have received their football education in the facilities in Herning. The 18 year old Braun is a former … [Read more...]

Interview with Krylya’s Yohan Mollo: “I came here to prove myself and play football”

This interview was originally posted on the brilliant French website Footballski.fr that specialize in anything related to East European football. They were kind enough to help us translate it into English and allow us to post it here on RussianFootballNews.  The interview was conducted on September 11 by Adrien Laëthier (@AdriLT) and translated by Quentin Guéguen (@Quentin_BZH). Big thanks to them both from the RFN editorial staff. First, can you tell us how you ended up in Samara? … [Read more...]

The Belarusian Samba – An Interview with Renan Bressan

Currently playing for the Portuguese side of Rio Ave FC, the Brazilian-born Belarusian international Renan Bressan is arguably one of the best footballers ever to have set foot in that Eastern European country. Being almost 27 now, the talented creative midfielder has been enjoying a good moment in Portuguese football, but he did not forget the glory days he spent at Belarus, the never ending nightmare he lived at Vladikavkaz and the brief stint in Kazakhstani football. Last week, the … [Read more...]

Interview With Antifa Ultra Petr From Ekaterinburg

At a time where most media are only covering what is happening among the extreme right winged group of ultras in Russia, we set to learn more about the opposite side, those who calls themselves Antifa, short for anti-fascists. To do so we interviewed Petr from Ekaterinburg, a declared Antifa football supporter of the local team Ural and writer for the Russian blog LeftSideTerraces. How is it to be an anti-racist football fan in Russia? How many left winged fan groups are there in the country … [Read more...]

Interview with Stefano Conforti: “FCLM Magazine Will Improve Lokomotiv’s Brand Worldwide”

On the 15th of June, 2015, a new English magazine about Lokomotiv Moscow saw the light of the day. We have interviewed Stefano Conforti, editor-in-chief at the brand new FCLM Magazine, about his relationship with Lokomotiv and what the future holds for his new brain child.  Please, tell us a bit about yourself and your relationship with Lokomotiv. My name is Stefano Conforti and I live in a lakeshore village in Como, Italy. Within the next week I'm finishing my high school exams, and next … [Read more...]