Sbornaya – Dinamo Moscow: Another RFU Farce

Unfortunately for fans of Russian Football and particularly the Russian National Team, that headline is not a typographical error. While incumbent World Champions Germany face off against the Czech Republic and Norway in two difficult and competitive World Cup Qualifying games, Sbornaya will face Dinamo Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 3 September. Although Russia are playing, the tie has been officially denoted as a "Club Friendly", not an international. Therefore, it is the only game that the … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 6 Review

  The Anzhi Arena in DagestanA superb late turnaround gave CSKA, who defeated Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, a 2-1 win and bragging rights over Spartak in the Moscow derby. The league champions’ defeat means that they sit eight points behind Zenit St Petersburg, who fired four unanswered goals past Akhmat Grozny. Amkar remain winless but have gone two games undefeated after a credible draw with Krasnodar. Anzhi manager Aleksandr Grigoryan stepped down following his … [Read more...]

Zinchenko’s Italian Renaissance?

Reports in both England and Italy have emerged over the weekend that ex-FC Ufa star Oleksandr Zinchenko is close to joining SSC Napoli. Rumours of the switch were first broken last week by ESPN and La Gazzetta dello Sport but the financial aspects of the deal have now been leaked. It is rumoured to be a full season loan for a reported fee of €500,000 which will become a permanent €6 million deal if he makes 25 appearances of 45 minutes or more. Zinchenko was Guardiola's fourth Manchester City … [Read more...]

Nikita Medvedev – Record Breaker

On the 1st of November 2015, Nikita Medvedev played his final game for his hometown club, Zenit-Izhevsk, as they triumphed 2-0 in the PFL (the 3rd tier of Russian football) against Nosta Novotroitsk. In the 18 months since he signed for his new side FC Rostov, Medvedev has made his league, cup and European debut, played against the three biggest sides in Russia, Sparta Prague and Manchester United, and broken the biggest goalkeeping record in Russian football. Excluding a cup defeat to Dinamo … [Read more...]

Vadim Skripchenko’s Controversial Ural Split Leaves a Siberian Snowstorm

Ural v Terek is fast becoming a cursed fixture for Ekaterinburg’s Premier League outfit. Last year it precipitated the acrimonious departure of Viktor Goncharenko amid highly suspicious betting patterns and an apparent clash of philosophies between the coach and the combustible club President Grigoriy Ivanov, with the Belarussian manager going AWOL in his homeland before the split was confirmed. A year on, and after Sunday's humiliating 4-1 capitulation questions have again been asked about the … [Read more...]

Russian Transfer Deadline Day LIVE

22:54 BST: Back to Yann M'Vila. There's a couple of images going round purportedly showing a dejected M'Vila posting on Instagram that he's not going to Sunderland. We shall see. *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    * Make sure to read Toke Theilade's piece from yesterday about which deals we could see go through today:  *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 26

As something new on Russian Football News, we'll try to give you the most interesting quotes on the most important events of the Russian Football Premier-League. This week we focus on the games Lokomotiv - Spartak, Krasnodar - Anzhi and Mordovia - Rostov. Lokomotiv - Spartak Spartak emerged as 2-0 victors over Lokomotiv in the Moscow derby. Jan Durica turned Ivelin Popov’s low cross into his own net in the 43rd minute and Ze Luis doubled his side’s lead at the end of the game with a … [Read more...]

The Russian Adventures of Emmanuel Frimpong, Aged 24 1/4

Last night it was confirmed that Ufa's Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has had his contract cancelled after only playing eight matches this season for the Russian Premier League's youngest club. Discussions aimed at finding a compromise between him and the club failed to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion, and it has been clear for some time that the relationship between Frimpong and his club has become fractious at best. After nearly two seasons in Bashkiria - his longest period with … [Read more...]

Financial Crisis at Volga Nizhny Novgorod Hits New Low

Volga Nizhny Novgorod have endured a couple of difficult years, after three seasons in the Russian Premier League they were relegated to the Russian First Division where they finished in a very disappointing 13th place in the 2014/15 season. However, the manager who came down with them, Andrei Talalaev, has started somewhat of a revival this season. They currently sit in 7th place, only four points away from the Promotion Play-Off places, and have the second best defensive record in the division … [Read more...]

Putin’s New Sports Channel and the Controversies Surrounding It

With the new sports channel Match TV seeing daylight on the first of November this year, a revolution in the world of Russian sports TV is set to take place. Match TV was created on the direction of President Vladimir Putin and it will be a part of the Gazprom–Media holding, which also control pay-cable NTV–Plus who currently broadcast the Russian Premier League matches. The goal with the new TV-channel is to create a new public sports channel to replace Rossiya 2, who currently broadcast major … [Read more...]