RFN Podcast: Russian Players In England, Transfer Rumours, RFN Top 50 Analysis

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by RFN writers Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint in the first RFN podcast of 2017. The trio ask why transfers from Russia to England rarely work out before discussing potential transfers involving Russian clubs in the current transfer window. Finally they review the recently published RFN Top 50 and pick out some of the most interesting findings from the poll done by the RFN writing … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2016: 3-1

3: Giuliano, Midfielder, Zenit (NEW ENTRY) No one really knew what to expect from the Brazilian when he joined Zenit before this season. After a couple of seasons in Ukraine with Dnipro Giuliano returned to Brazil in 2014, and left the public eye. When Zenit sold Hulk, many fans hoped for the club to replace him with a major signing, but Giuliano, who was brought in for €7 million, has done a better job than any marquee signing could ever do. Of course, it has been impossible for Giuliano … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2016: 10-4

10: Denis Glushakov, Midfielder, Spartak (+31) Back in August nobody could possibly have predicted that Spartak would sit pretty at the top of the table going into the winter break, and even fewer could have foreseen Denis Glushakov’s meteoric rise up the RFN Top 50, but the midfield general has been a relatively unsung hero in Massimo Carrera’s machine. Without question the individual highlight was his sensational rocket that crashed in off his new teammate Aleksandr Selikhov’s crossbar in … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2016: 20-11

20: Aleksandr Samedov, Midfielder, Lokomotiv (NEW ENTRY) On a personal note, 2016 has been a good year for the now 32-year-old winger, Aleksandr Samedov. Despite Lokomotiv Moscow only finishing 6th last season, and struggling this season too, Samedov has been one of few highlights for the Red-Greens. So far this season, he has contributed with four goals, making him the joint top scorer of the team, as well as two assists, a number that would most likely have been higher, had Lokomotiv had … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2016: 35 – 21

Find the players ranked 50-36 right here: 35: Salvatore Bocchetti, Defender, Spartak (NEW ENTRY) The left-footed centre-back has flourished under the tutelage of fellow Italian Massimo Carrera this season, improving on his good run of form in the latter stages of the 2015-2016 season under Dmitri Alenichev. Bocchetti has been played in numerous positions this calendar year, proving adept playing in a back-three, and has even been played as a left back earlier in his career. On the pitch he … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 2016: 50-36

As 2016 has turned into 2017, it is time for an annual tradition on Russianfootballnews.com: The RFN Top 50. We rank the 50 best players in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) in 2016, and we start with the players ranked 50-36 (movement compared to last year's ranking is shown in brackets).  You can find last year's RFN Top 50 right here: 50: Alex Song, Midfielder, Rubin (NEW ENTRY) Plenty chuckled when Rubin unveiled the signing of Song on social media, with the Cameroonian … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 3-1

3. Artyom Dzyuba, striker, Zenit Scoring 16 times in his first 24 games for Zenit, six of these coming in the Champions League, Artyom Dzyuba has done everything he could to win over Zenit’s fans after he joined the club from archrivals Spartak Moscow before this season. Since his debut for Spartak in 2006, Dzyuba has been considered a great talent, but the fans had to wait ten years before the striker finally established himself as one of the best strikers in the country. 2015 has … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 10-4

10. Seydou Doumbia, forward, CSKA On a personal level, 2015 has shot up and down for Seydou Doumbia as the Ivorian hitman finally secured his big move to Serie A with AS Roma, only to return with his tail between his legs in the summer on loan to CSKA. Despite an initial burst of goals that inspired the Army Men through to the Champions League group stages, his impact has diminished significantly; although his upper body strength is impressive, according to InStat only Edgar Manucharyan … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 20-11

  The players ranked 50-36. The players ranked 35-21. 20. Bibras Natcho, midfielder, CSKA The Israeli midfielder Bibras Natcho played a pivotal role on CSKA’s team last season as he contributed with 12 goals and eight assists in the domestic league. His form earned him a spot on the RFN Team of the Year last summer together with his partner on CSKA’s central midfield Roman Eremenko. This season has however been different for Natcho, who has struggled with getting back on his old … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]