Reforming the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Football National League is the biggest football league in the world according to geographic area, covering over 4,500 miles as-the-crow-flies and even crosses eight time zones. Due to the size of the league and other problems synonymous with Russian football such as fiscal instability, political corruption and systemic mismanagement, many clubs - as previously explored - do not face a race to thrive, but a battle to survive. READ PART ONE: Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football … [Read more...]

A Mountain in Moscow – Ararat and the Armenian Dream

Football in Armenia is in a precarious position. With financial problems accounting for the demise of several clubs in the top flight, the domestic Premier League has found itself reduced to just six clubs, and those qualifying for UEFA competition regularly find themselves dumped out of Europe at the first qualifying hurdle. Internationally, the nation which so narrowly missed out on Euro 2012 has since failed spectacularly, with political in-fighting leading to the blacklisting of star players … [Read more...]

Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

Tekstilshchik – The Football Club From City of Brides

250 kilometers northeast of Moscow, you find the city of Ivanovo and the local football club Tekstilshchik. As the name of the football club suggest, the city was once famous for manufacturing textile products on a scale that earned it the brand 'Russian Manchester'. This industry attracted a large amount of woman to the city seeking work, and it quickly became known as the City of Brides. This day, many of the factories are closed, but the nickname has stuck to the city and her 400,000 … [Read more...]