Sergei Pryadkin: Just who is Mutko 2.0?

The president of the Russian Football Premier League and vice-president of the Russian Football Union, Sergei Pryadkin is one of the most important and influential of all apparatchiks in Russian football. He is essentially responsible for the influential decisions behind both the biggest league in Russia and it's links with the governing body. In a recent interview with Russian news agency TASS, he weighed his rather heavy opinion on how the new Premier League season is undertaking and … [Read more...]

Bobby Dazzled – Problems in Piter

For Zenit St Petersburg, 2017/18 was supposed to represent a glorious return to the summit of Russian football and in the UEFA Europa League reaching at least the semi-finals or matching the achievements of Zenit's glorious vintage of 2007-08 when they won the competition defeating the likes of Bayern Munich en route. READ MORE: 2007 - Zenit St. Petersburg’s Wonder Year Roberto Mancini had been hired as coach, a previous winner of Italian Serie A and English Premier League championships … [Read more...]

World Cup Draw LIVE Blog

Welcome to a very special edition of the Russian Football News LIVE Blog as we bring you all the latest reaction and news from the State Kremlin Palace as the World Cup Finals Draw takes place. We will discover which countries will face Russia, who will play in which city and which groups will be the dreaded Group of Death. Our man Danny Armstrong is reporting inside the event itself to give us a little extra insight into proceedings, but for now join in the debate and enjoy the ride. Are you … [Read more...]

Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ivan Ignatiev

Biography Name: Ivan Ignatiev DOB/Age: 06/01/1999 – 18 years old Club: FC Krasnodar Position: Striker Nationality: Russia   Career So Far A native of the Russian province of Krasnoyarsk, Ivan Ignatiev joined the flourishing Krasnodar academy in 2012 as a 13-year-old. As he progressed, Ignatiev started to be recognised by his country, and made his debut for Russia U15 and U16 just two years later. At every level, Ignatiev scored goals. But it was U18 level for his country where he … [Read more...]

Spartak Moscow – FC Ufa Match Report: Wrestlemania RFPL

The Sunday game between Spartak and Ufa was quite similar to an old-school professional wrestling match. Two teams have excellently played two classical roles. (And - no, I do not imply that the result, like in pro-wrestling, was predetermined too). Ufa was a heel. "Heel", in wrestling parlance, describes a character whose main job is to attract heat (anger) from the fans. Semak's lads were excellent in that role: scored a quick and somewhat illogical goal (Andrey Eschenko later even said … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 16: Results and Team of the Week

Only two of the RFPL top six recorded victories today, as Spartak broke into the top five for the first time this season courtesy of an impressive 3-1 comeback victory over Ufa. Their inability to hold onto a lead has hampered them all season, having dropped fourteen points from winning positions this season. Last season, they didn't lose any, and if they had repeated this would be sitting top of the table with 39 points, twelve wins and just the one loss from sixteen games, conceding a … [Read more...]

Dmitry Barinov – Lokomotiv’s Overlooked Leader

Since the introduction of the limit on foreign players, the Premier League has clearly had problems in developing young players and taking them to next level, that is senior football. Many talents have seen their career ruined by money, lack of ambition and lack of trust from their coaches. However, with the ruble's fall things have changed. Clubs have been slowly forced to sell their best players and to start relying on homemade talents. For instance, Aleksandr Golovin and Aleksey Miranchuk … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 15: Results and Team of the Week

Last week was arguably one of the most boring rounds of Premier League action since the inception of the division in 1992. However, Round 15 returned with a bang as our newly appointed leaders at the top, Lokomotiv Moscow, destroyed title rivals Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 at the Krestovsky, thanks to numerous sublime performances. This is the first time the Railwaymen have occupied first place in the table since 2004 and a record four Loko players feature in Round 15's TOTW. After not having a … [Read more...]

Why it is Time for Krasnodar to Sack Igor Shalimov

This weekend saw FC Krasnodar lose 1-0 away against Lokomotiv Moscow. Losing away to Loko isn't a catastrophe, but it was the fifth defeat in a row for the Bulls. This is the worst ever losing streak in the club's young history, and serious questions can be asked to head coach, Igor Shalimov. Shalimov’s reign as head coach has been an inconsistent one. The highs of Shalimov’s tenure have certainly been high; this 94th-minute winning goal last season against Zenit St. Petersburg is a great … [Read more...]