Kazan Arena Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Wow that screen is massive!” my friend exclaimed as soon as we stepped out of the taxi and got our first view of the Kazan Arena and the screen on the outside of the stadium, facing the arriving fans. Kazan Arena is not only one of the stadiums that has been built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but also is one of the chosen four stadiums that will host games for the Confederations Cup this coming June. This means that in less than 3 months Kazan will host teams such as Germany, Chile, … [Read more...]

Maxime Lestienne and Alex Song Face Disciplinary Action in Kazan

The leading players from Rubin Kazan are prepared to send their expensive newcomers to the reserve team. The patience of the leaders is over. After the first defeat of 2017 away to Ural, the situation in Rubin has heated up. The clubs veteran leaders, Sergey Ryzhikov, Gokdeniz Karadeniz and Oleg Kuzmin on Wednesday arranged a squad meeting arranged to discuss the behaviour of Maxime Lestienne and Alex Song. The situation heated up so much, that manager Javi Gracia had to cancel morning … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Dodgy Pitches, Crisis At Tom Tomsk And The Latest Aleksandr Kokorin Scandal

Host Thomas Giles is joined by usual guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent suspension of matches at FC Rostov and Rubin Kazan as a result of their poor pitches following the uproar surrounding the issue in Rostov's Europa League clash against Manchester United. They then talk about the financial chaos at Tom Tomsk and question whether allowing them to continue in the Russian Premier League undermines the competition. Finally, Aleksandr Kokorin is back in the negative … [Read more...]

RFPL Winter Transfer Window – Team by Team Summary Part 2

Lokomotiv Moscow Lokomotiv have had one of the better windows in the league. The main event for them was keeping hold of wonderkid Aleksey Miranchuk. For the whole window, a saga of will he, won’t he rumours were in the press as Rubin Kazan sniffed around. In the end, Lokomotiv’s high asking price put off Rubin, who will try to pick up the youngster for free in the summer. However, Loko did lose club legend Aleksandr Samedov to city rivals Spartak, while clearing out some deadweight in Ezekiel … [Read more...]

Solomon Kverkvelia – From Liverpool Target to Lokomotiv

A year ago, the name of Rubin Kazan’s Solomon Kverkvelia was on everybody’s libs. The Georgian central defender was in the middle of yet another brilliant season for Rubin, his third as a crucial part of the team. He delivered two stellar performances against Liverpool in the Europa League, especially during the 1-1 draw at Anfield, and it was no surprise when Kverkvelia himself, in an interview with Georgian sports site Sportall.ge, revealed that Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Napoli and a number … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ilzat Akhmetov

Biography Name: Ilzat Akhmetov DOB/Age: 31/12/1997 – 19 years old Club: Rubin Kazan Position: Attacking Midfielder Nationality: Russia Career to Date Akhmetov is a homegrown academy player, who came through the ranks at Rubin Kazan from a young age. Although he was born in Kyrgyzstan, his family moved to Kazan while he was still a toddler, and so he is eligible to represent Russia at international level. An attacking midfielder by trade, Akhmetov impressed at reserve level for Rubin, … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Rubin Kazan

Introduction Rubin Kazan had high expectations going into the season with their new manager Javi Gracia, and high profile transfers such as Alex Song, Ruben Rochina and Jonathas, however it has taken them a while to gel. The start of the season was very disappointing, with poor results against Arsenal Tula, Amkar Perm and Anzhi Makhachkala big blows to the confidence, however the move back to the Kazan Arena following renovations to the pitch was a big boost, and Rubin’s form has picked up … [Read more...]

M’Vila performs career U-turn and stays with Rubin Kazan?

Yann M’Vila’s transfer to Sunderland was one of the most prolonged sagas of the entire summer, and in the end it didn’t even go through. On two occasions, it was reported that terms were agreed between Sunderland and Rubin Kazan, and on the last day, Rubin upped their asking price to £8.5m, and Sunderland said no. Wednesday, Rubin announced that M’Vila had begun training with the first team squad again, while they try to push through his squad registration. M’Vila, who had been in Kazan all … [Read more...]

What can we expect from the Russian clubs before the transfer window closes?

  With just a day and a half left of the summer transfer window, it is time to examine which transfers we can expect to see before the window closes. So far this summer has mostly been about players leaving Russia, but the departures of Hulk, Ahmed Musa and Bastos have given the clubs money to spend. Therefore, we take a look at last season’s top six as well as this summer’s big spenders from Rubin Kazan. Zenit St. Petersburg The St. Petersburg outfit started the summer of by … [Read more...]

Pre-Season Training Camps – An inside view of Rubin Kazan in Austria

Russian Football News have teamed up with Kazan based sports website Sport BO (@Sport_BO) to translate a very interesting article from their journalist Vladislav Zimagulov (@vlad_zima), who had the chance to go to Austria and spend time with Rubin Kazan as they undertook their lengthy pre-season training camp in Mühldorf. At this hugely exciting time for the club, with a new manager – Javi Gracia from Malaga- , new coaches and lots of new players, this kind of insight is hugely interesting, and … [Read more...]