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...]

Déjà vu all over again – Rotor Volgograd Reborn

For long-term followers of Russian football’s second-tier, the Football National League (FNL), the fixture list for the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign will, for some at least, have brought a strange combination of faint hope mixed with premature resignation. Last season, the feeder division to the Premier League was at least graced with historical giant Dinamo Moscow, battling below the top flight for the first time in their history. Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg’s reserve squads … [Read more...]