RFPL Round 20: Results & Team of the Week

Week 20 in the RFPL marks the end of the Apertura, and the Winter Break is finally upon us. Unlike in Western Europe, this is actually a longer pause of play than in the summer, so expect some major overhauls and transfer dealings. Zenit St. Petersburg are getting their business done already just today confirming the signing of Anton Zabolotny on a three and a half year deal from local 'rivals' Tosno. The striker did not play for Tosno at the weekend, who lost 3-1 at home to league leaders … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 19: Results & Team of the Week

The most recent edition of our Team of the Week seems a little two-sided, literally. Seven of the players involved come from CSKA or Anzhi after their respective impressive 6-0 and 4-0 results at home to Tosno and SKA. Such was the dominant performance of CSKA's supremely talented midfield, all three were going to make up the RFN TOTW midfield trio, but Aleksandr Golovin was omitted due to his penalty miss (despite that brilliant goal). Elsewhere, Zenit returned to winning ways with a 2-1 … [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...]

RFPL Round 18: Results & Team of the Week

  This week's results were finally somewhat easier to predict, with a few expected scorelines such as Amkar's low-scoring home victory and CSKA, Lokomotiv and Rostov all winning. Ural's fine unbeaten home record came to an end on Saturday, and who else but former Uraltsy hitman Fedor Smolov? The RFN Top 50 2016 winner was presented with his award by our regular Englishman in Siberia, Andrew Flint and the Krasnodar striker looked almost as happy to receive it as he did to … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 17: Results and Team of the Week

In what is arguably the most unpredictable and exciting RFPL season in years, results took somewhat of a turn towards normality in Round 17. Last week, only two of the top five recorded victories (Krasnodar and Spartak), here, four did. Loko, Zenit, CSKA and Spartak all won, with only Krasnodar missing out because they played in-form Spartak. As a result, six of the players picked featured for these sides. Spartak destroyed Krasnodar in Krasnodar this week, and Sergei Galitsky must surely be … [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...]

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...]

RFPL Round 14: Results and Team of the Week

From just one draw in the whole of Week 13, we have now been treated to a league-high of five draws in just eight games through Round 14. Who said Russian football is boring, eh? Despite struggling at the bottom of the table, and Arsenal Tula defeating Zenit St. Petersburg last time out, Anzhi Makhachkala managed to defeat Arsenal 3-2 at the Anzhi Arena on Sunday evening, and one of their players makes our Team of the Week at the top end of the pitch. Other notable results are the only other two … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 13: Results & Team of the Week

Welcome to our inaugural RFN Team of the Week feature, in conjunction with our Betting Advice and Previews, we will review the weekend's action and each week our writers' will work together to decide the Premier League Team of the Week, decided upon the merit of their individual performances, with one player each week chosen as our Player of the Week. The number inside parentheses before the player name features how many times the selected player has featured in the RFN TOTW. Week 13 threw up … [Read more...]

FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]