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 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...]

Amir Natcho – Russia’s Next Superstar?

When the 18 year old Russian Amir Natcho moved to FC Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, before this season, he sought to continue a long and proud tradition of Russian midfielders in Spain’s La Liga. This tradition started in the 1990s when geniuses like Aleksandr Mostovoi and Valery Karpin impressed Spanish football fans. These days Villarreal’s Denis Cheryshev, despite his position on the wing, is keeping the tradition alive until we, hopefully, see Natcho in La Liga within the next … [Read more...]

CSKA Fans Fight Back – Interview With #CSKAFansAgainstRacism Campaign

CSKA Moscow’s ultras have long had a reputation for violent and racist behavior. Last season, the ultras drew unwanted attention to the Russian champions in the Champions League twice. First, they were caught yelling racial slurs at Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Touré, leading UEFA to punish them by closing the ultra’s stand in CSKA’s stadium Arena Khimki. Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), tried to convince UEFA to give CSKA a full … [Read more...]

Mark Ryutin: From Big-City Russia to the Faroe Islands

In the beginning of July, a Danish football website wrote that First Division club Skive IK had a Russian goalkeeper on trial. When I read the article I was surprised to see a familiar name--Mark Ryutin. Ryutin plays for Skala in the top league in Faroe Islands, but he was allowed a trip to Denmark to chase a contract in a better league. Mark Ryutin's football career is very unusual, and that is why several Russian sport sites and newspapers have written about his adventures in the Faroe Islands … [Read more...]

Yura Movsisyan: “Spartak fans are at a different level, just like the club”

It's been quite the year for Spartak forward, Yura Movsisyan. After making the move to Moscow last winter from another Russian club, FC Krasnodar, Movsisyan has bagged a pair of hat-tricks, scored 22 goals in 32 appearances, and emerged as one of the young guns on a rising Armenia side. Spartak, meanwhile, are 3rd in the league, just three points behind Zenit and Lokomotiv. Though he'll miss the final two matches of 2013 due to knee surgery, the 26 year old was on fire all autumn, racking up … [Read more...]

James Appell: “Russian and English football have the same problem”

If you follow Russian football, you probably know who James Appell is, given there aren't too many foreign journalists covering and interested in Russian football. There have been interviews with him in the Russian press (he's well known in Russia). Reading it, I always thought it would be great to talk to him myself, and, probably, have an interview. The years passed, and, in the end, I found the opportunity. I heard he was coming to visit the Volga - Spartak match in Nizhny Novgorod, and … [Read more...]

Interview with Ibrahima Baldé: “Kuban Krasnodar is making history”

Kuban's Senegalese striker, Ibra Balde, talked with RFN about his first year in Russia, Kuban Krasnodar, Senegal national team his past in Spain and Argentina and the case Denisov. Question: How are you doing with the cold weather? Answer: Winter is always hard to deal with. However, the problem is not the cold but the fact that we have to play matches under zero degrees on fields in bad conditions. When we went to Volga in March, the grass seemed cement, it was awful. At least, this … [Read more...]