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...]

Russian Reactions to the Europa League Games and Draw

Rostov - Sparta Prague (5-1 on agg) Rostov will face Manchester United in the Round of 16 of the Europa League after a comfortable aggregate victory over Sparta Prague. A resounding 4-0 victory in Russia meant that only a major collapse in Prague would prevent Ivan Daniliants’ side from progressing. Dmitriy Poloz fired Rostov ahead but the 10-man hosts equalised seven minutes from time via former CSKA Moscow defender Vyacheslav Karavaev. Head coach Daniliants was pleased by his side’s … [Read more...]

LIVE RFPL Winter Transfer Window Deadline Day

Welcome to Russian Football News' LIVE coverage of the Winter Transfer Deadline Day! Regular readers will know how important this day actually is in the dealings of clubs as they emerge from enforced hibernation to resume hostilities, and we will bring you the latest developments as they happen, as well as a summary of how the window has gone for the clubs. Get involved on Facebook, Twitter and on this site if you have any questions or comments; otherwise strap yourselves in and … [Read more...]

Carrera’s Catenaccio or Alenichev’s Authoritarianism?

Spartak Moscow is on the way to returning to the zenith of their powers; the team currently lead the way in this season’s Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), have arguably the best player and manager in the league, and are one of the economic powerhouses with a deep pool of oil money. Leonid Fedun has long been one of the richest oligarchs’s in Russian football through his status as the major shareholder (9.2%) of LUKoil, but for the first time since the demise of the great Oleg Romantsev, … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 28

Ufa – CSKA Moscow 1:3 CSKA maintained their two-point lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Ufa. Alan Dzagoev put the Muscovites ahead in the 14th minute but Dmitry Sysuev levelled three minutes later. Pontus Wernbloom scored on the hour before Ahmed Musa added his side’s third in the 70th minute. CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky, speaking to the official club website, said: “It was a nervy game. We scored a quick goal and it seemed as if we would build on our … [Read more...]