Cherchesov’s Old Grudges Hinders Russia’s Chances at the Confederations Cup

When head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov announced his preliminary squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup on May 15, it surprised many that Lokomotiv Moscow's Igor Denisov had been overlooked. The 33-year-old UEFA Cup winner just finished one of his personal best seasons in a long time, and at the beginning of this month, he even scored the winning goal in the cup final against FC Ural. Nevertheless, Cherchesov overlooked him, instead opting for his teammate Dmitry … [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...]

Russia Announce Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Earlier today, head coach of the Russian national team, Stanislav Cherchesov announced his preliminary squad for this summer's Confederations Cup, which is of course being played in Russia. Shortly after the Russian Football Premier League is over on May 21, Cherchesov will decide which players will join him on the training camp in Austria to prepare for the tournament. The final squad will be announced on June 7 according to the official website of the Russian Football Union. The squad is … [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...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [Read more...]

Bukharov Returns to Sbornaya

When Aleksandr Bukharov received his debut for the Russian national team in October 2009, no one expected it would take him eight years to get his first start for Sbornaya, but it did. After receiving his debut against Azerbaijan in 2009, Bukharov finally got to start for the national team on Friday, when he delivered a disappointing performance as Russia lost 2-0 at home to Ivory Coast. When he played 26 minutes against Azerbaijan he was, at the age of 24, about to finish the best season of … [Read more...]

Preview: Russia v Ivory Coast

Ahead of this week's friendly with Ivory Coast in Krasnodar, we've teamed up with Salim Said from African football website Sandals for Goalposts to give us the lowdown on Les Elephants, while we consider Sbornaya's prospects, three games from this summer's Confederations Cup. Russia On the back of a humbling away defeat to Qatar and a mediocre, dare I say lucky victory over Romania back in November, Russia embark on March’s brace of internationals against Ivory Coast and Belgium in … [Read more...]

Should Arshavin Play at the World Cup?

It is no secret that the biggest tournaments make the biggest players. Some of the most legendary and memorable moments in football history were from the World Cup, like Oleg Salenko’s historic five goals in a single game during the 1994 group stage against Cameroon. There are however a handful great players who never managed to play at world football’s most prestigious tournament. Andrey Arshavin is one of them. At the age of 21, Arshavin lost out to teammate Aleksandr Kerzhakov in the … [Read more...]

Is Stan the Man to Lead Russia?

Whenever I watch the Russian national side nowadays, I’m oddly reminded of the X-Files. This isn’t a parallel most would readily form. While Russian football can be, and often is, likened to some of the country’s greatest and most tragic novels, why would the current national scene be reminiscent of an American sci-fi series that had its peak in the mid-nineties? Because, friends, like Fox Mulder, the beleaguered protagonist of the X-Files, I too want to believe. I want to believe that by 2018 a … [Read more...]