Does Russian Football Make Average Foreigners Look Good?

When Zenit St. Petersburg signed Yoann Mollo from Krylia Sovetov earlier this year, both Zenit fans and observers from Mollo's home nation France raised their eyebrows. The fans of Zenit thought that Mollo was not at the level of their club, only shining at Krylia as he was the focal point in their counter attacking style of play, and therefore took the lead in most of their attacking play. French observers, fans of his former club Saint Etienne, for example, struggled to believe that a player … [Read more...]

5 Russians Who Could Move to Europe’s Top Leagues This Summer

After Russia reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008, it was only natural that many of their players were sought after by European clubs. By August of the following year, Andrei Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Yuri Zhirkov had all made their way over to the Premier League. Almost ten years have passed since that tournament, and since Arshavin’s four goals at Anfield, Russian players have had little to boast about in Europe. Currently, there are only two players in … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs are Once Again Pursuing African Talents

Russian Football Premier League sides have, on occasion, been known to venture into Africa and sign players directly from the continent, something which many other top flight leagues will not risk due to their unproven ability to adapt to a new league and nation. Signing young and unproven players from Africa gives the club the opportunity to get new players at low prices and low wages, meaning the upside is huge if they suceed and the risk is small. When signing 18-year-old Ivorian striker … [Read more...]

RFPL Winter Transfer Window – Team by Team Summary Part 1

The Russian transfer window closed at the end of February, and as we have finally gathered the full overview over a long and hectic winter, it is time to evaluate how the 16 Russian Football Premier League clubs did in the transfer market. In the span of three articles, which will be published in the following days, we'll evaluate all the clubs and grade their dealings. Amkar Perm Amkar started the window in the worst possible fashion, losing Russian prospects Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgy … [Read more...]

LIVE RFPL Winter Transfer Window Deadline Day

Welcome to Russian Football News' LIVE coverage of the Winter Transfer Deadline Day! Regular readers will know how important this day actually is in the dealings of clubs as they emerge from enforced hibernation to resume hostilities, and we will bring you the latest developments as they happen, as well as a summary of how the window has gone for the clubs. Get involved on Facebook, Twitter and on this site if you have any questions or comments; otherwise strap yourselves in and … [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...]

Spartak Continue to Hoover Up the Russian Market

Having already signed arguably two of the most exciting young Russian prospects this winter in Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgiy Dzhikiya, as well as Russian international Aleksandr Samedov, Spartak Moscow look set to continue their cleaning up of the Russian market this transfer window. 21-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala left back Georgiy Tigiev is, according to Championat, set to join the current leaders of the Russian Football Premier League in a deal that’ll be announced shortly. With Evgeniy … [Read more...]

Branislav Ivanovic and Zenit’s Loss of Local Identity

Whenever we talk transfers we tend to focus on the players involved. Their moves mark points on the trajectory of their careers, a constellation of improvement and decline offering a final appraisal of their merit when the floodlights have dimmed. But often a big move says more about the clubs involved than the player at the centre of the trade. Branislav Ivanovic is a case in point. A stellar player whose qualities are beyond question, Zenit's capture of him should be a cause for nothing but … [Read more...]

Vitinho and Olanare – The Lost Sons are Back to Save CSKA’s Season

CSKA Moscow has been known for having great strikers this millennium. From Vagner Love to Ivica Olic, from Jo to Seydou Doumbia, the Army Men have been blessed up front with some of the strongest legionnaires in the history of the Russian Football Premier League, but this season has been different. After selling Ahmed Musa to Leicester in the summer, the Red-Blues went into the season with Lacina Traoré, Carlos Strandberg and Fyodor Chalov as the striking options, and the results have … [Read more...]

Viktor Claesson – Krasnodar’s latest Scandinavian Import

In the winter of 2011, FC Krasnodar signed Armenian striker Yura Movsisyan at Danish side Randers FC. Two years and 23 league goals later, they sold him to Spartak Moscow for almost four times what they had paid for him themselves. The Armenian was the Bulls’ first Scandinavian signing, and he was quickly followed by much more. Since then, Krasnodar have signed Wanderson from Swedish side GAIS, Ragnar Sigurdsson from FC Copenhagen, and Stefan Strandberg from Rosenborg, while also adding Swedish … [Read more...]