Terek Grozny’s Name Change – A Political Tool

In the recently finished season, Terek Grozny finished fifth. It was the best result ever by the Chechen side, who have played in the Russian Football Premier League since 2008. Under the guidance of head coach Rashid Rakhimov, who has led the club for three years, the team has developed gradually, finishing each season in a better position than in the last. Now however, it seems that the pressure on the team is about to skyrocket as the club has a new name. “Dear friends,” Ramzan Kadyrov, … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Football In Chechnya Special

Host Thomas Giles is joined on the podcast by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss football in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya. The trio look at how football, and particularly local club Terek Grozny, is being used by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to promote himself and his politics. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-football-in-chechnya-special Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section … [Read more...]

RFPL Winter Transfer Window – Team by Team Summary Part 3

Terek Grozny Terek had perhaps one of the quietest windows in the whole league. However, they did some business, and the first move raised eyebrows everywhere, as they struck early to sign Kosovan winger Bernard Berisha from Anzhi. While it was thought he would be leaving Anzhi in the window, many, including us at RFN, think very highly of Berisha, and to see Terek seal his signing was a huge shock, as a move to one of the larger sides would not have been a surprise considering his clear … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Terek Grozny

Introduction Terek Grozny have been a pleasant surprise this season. The Chechen outfit, who finished 7th last year, are currently sitting in 4th, and they have once again made Akhmat Arena, where they have defeated Zenit, Rubin, Krasnodar and Rostov, a fortress. Although being a solid side with a good foundation, Terek weren’t expected to challenge for European football this season. During the summer, they lost Polish winger-turned-fullback Maciej Rybus, their top scorer and star player … [Read more...]

Betting Advice for RFPL Week 13

Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Bet One: €5 Lokomotiv - Anzhi: Anzhi to win with +1 handicap @1.68 at bet365 Lokomotiv are a side bereft of imagination going forward and offer very little serious threat other than to weak sides with problems of their own. Granted, their defensive record is impressive at home with just four goals conceded, but Petar Skuletic, Igor Portnyagin and Ezekiel Henty are hardly the most fearsome strikeforce in the Premier League, and they aren’t even guaranteed a … [Read more...]

LIVE Ural 1-4 Terek

Welcome to the first live RFPL match blog! You've picked an absolute cracker to join us (absolutely no sarcasm intended, honest...) as Terek visit Ekaterinburg to take on struggling Ural. The temperature is hovering around zero with a fair whack of snow covering the ground outside the stadium,  but the pitch itself looks reasonably firm so fingers crossed for a decent game. Team news coming up shortly... No luck catching Chisa after the press conference, no luck for Skripchenko, and now … [Read more...]

RFPL 2016/2017 – Who Has the Best Kit?

With the kick off to the 2016/2017 season, Russian clubs have all showed off their brand new kits. Some were nice, and some were downright ugly. In this article, we'll guide you through them all, and let you vote about which ones you like and which you don't like. Tom Tomsk The newly promoted Siberian side never hold an official presentation of their new kit, but they have already used them in a friendly game against Spartak Subotica. This light green shirt with black elements looks … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Oleg Ivanov

Introduction: It's difficult for Ivanov to go unnoticed on the field. At 192 cm, he's the second tallest midfielder in the RFPL. Born in Moscow, Ivanov took his first steps in football at Lokomotiv Moscow.  However, shortly after he opted to join Spartak, where he spent almost 10 years. His history is similar to the one that marked Roman Shirokov, as both are physically strong players that have been rejected by Russian top clubs at the beginning of their careers. After Spartak, Ivanov played … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Zinchenko – the latest star of the RFPL, Krasnodar’s progress, and Terek to Europe?

Host Thomas Giles is once against joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint for this edition of the Russian Football News podcast. The three of them discuss Ufa's Oleksandr Zinchenko - the latest star to be linked with a move away from Russia, Krasnodar's fight for a Champions League spot despite only being founded in 2008 and the prospects of Terek Grozny, from the volatile region of Chechnya, getting into … [Read more...]

Four Rounds Left – Who’ll Win the RFPL?

Four rounds is all that is left of this season's RFPL, and the league remains closer than ever. There is a seven point gap between CSKA in the first place and Lokomotiv in fifth, which means not only the championship fight but also the fight for European tickets are wide open. Qualification rules: The champion will get a direct spot to next year’s Champions League. The runners-up will start in the third qualifying round. The teams finishing 3rd to 5th will start the third qualifying … [Read more...]