RFPL Round 4 & 5 Review

As the fifth round of RFPL fixtures draws to a close - Akhmat Grozny entertain Krasnodar this evening - Russian Football News has looked at some of the key talking points. Five-Star Zenit set the Standard It may be premature to race to conclusions in the Russian Premier League but Zenit St Petersburg and boss Roberto Mancini appear to be a good match. Last weekend they made the statement of the season so far by thrashing champions Spartak Moscow 5-1. And while the 100% record was ended … [Read more...]

RFPL Round Three Review

  Three is the magic number in the Russian Football Premier League. After the third round, the triumvirate of Lokomotiv, and Akhmat are the only sides to have won all three games. At the flip side of the table, SKA, Tosno and Amkar have endured much slower starts to the season, with not a point to show between them. Champions Spartak kicked off the season with back-to-back draws and struck gold at the third time of asking with a 2-0 win over Krasnodar. Lokomotiv at full steam … [Read more...]

Reactions From the Last Week of the RFPL

Arsenal Tula - Spartak Moscow 3-0 Arsenal Tula pulled off a dramatic final-day escape with a 3-0 home victory over champions Spartak Moscow. The win, coupled with Krylia Sovetov’s loss to Terek Grozny, meant that Arsenal get to keep their Premier League status for at least a while longer. They will now face Yenisey in a promotion/relegation play-off on 25th and 28th May. Arsenal head coach Sergei Kiryakov was simply relieved to have won what was dubbed ‘the most important game of the … [Read more...]

Reactions to Russia’s Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Following the announcement of Russia’s provisional 30-man squad for the Confederations Cup, Russian Football News has taken a look at some of the best reactions. Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov was philosophical in explaining why up-and-coming goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev from FC Rostov did not make the squad. He said, “You know, there is a train. Players get onto the train via the last carriage and make their way to the VIP carriage by going through the whole train. You cannot just skip to … [Read more...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 23

Spartak Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Spartak Moscow have one hand on the Russian Premier League title after defeating rivals Zenit 2-1 a day after second-placed CSKA dropped points. The Muscovites are now ten points clear at the top thanks to goals from Quincy Promes and Aleksandr Samedov either side of an Artyom Dzyuba equaliser. Promes opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he guided Denis Glushakov’s pass into the far corner with a fine, first-time curler from just inside the … [Read more...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 22

Spartak took advantage of Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow dropping points to go eight points clear at the top of the table. Basement side Tom Tomsk earned a point against an out-of-sorts Rubin Kazan, while fellow strugglers Krylia Sovetov shared the spoils with Amkar Perm. FC Ural made it three wins on the spin with a 2-0 victory over FC Orenburg. Ufa – Spartak Moscow 1-3 Spartak stamped their authority on the title race with a 3-1 win at Ufa. Goals from Denis Glushakov and Quincy … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 21

Once again, the Russian Football Premier League delivered a weekend of drama. Leaders Spartak looked set to record their third draw in four games until Quincy Promes popped up with a winner in the fifth minute of injury time. The win meant that CSKA and Zenit, having defeated Krylia Sovetov and Rubin Kazan respectively earlier in the weekend, remain six points from top. At the other end of the table, Tom Tomsk were unable to build on the surprise win over Amkar as they lost 3-0 to fellow … [Read more...]

Russian Reactions to Sbornaya’s Latest Displays

The international break saw Russia lose 2-0 to Ivory Coast in Krasnodar and hold Belgium to a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Brazil also became the first team to officially qualify for the World Cup in 2018. Russia – Ivory Coast 0-2 With whistling from the crowd and one RFN writer arguing that it is time for a managerial change, Russia’s 2-0 loss to Ivory Coast did little to inspire optimism for the almost-a-year-away-World Cup. Jonathan Kodija and Wilfried Zaha scored in the first and second … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 20

Lokomotiv and Spartak came away from the Moscow derby with a point apiece in a low-scoring weekend in the Russian Premier League. Spartak’s draw meant that the chasing pack could close the gap on the leaders and both CSKA and Zenit obliged with wins over Terek Grozny and Arsenal Tula respectively. The shock result of the weekend saw lowly Tom Tomsk beat Amkar to reignite their hopes of avoiding the drop. Lokomotiv Moscow – Spartak Moscow 1-1 Goals either side of half time saw Lokomotiv … [Read more...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 18

The Russian Football Premier League returned this weekend following the winter-enforced break and none of the top four sides recorded a win. Zenit and CSKA battled to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, meaning that Spartak had the opportunity to extend their five-point lead the top of the table against Krasnodar on Sunday. The leaders were held to a 2-2 draw and so the weekend’s big winners were Rostov, who thumped basement side Tom Tomsk 6-0 to move within a point of fourth spot. At the bottom of the … [Read more...]