Betting Advice for RFPL Week 12

Thomas Giles (@Thomas_Giles_UK): Bet One: €10 Amkar - Rostov: Under 2.5 goals @1.36 at Bet365 Any early season hopes of a title run-in for these two sides has now disappeared with both of them languishing eight points off top spot. However, there is no reason that, thanks to their consistency, they will not challenge for the European spots come the end of the season. Amkar and Rostov are the finest examples in the Russian Premier League of conservative football working. Neither side … [Read more...]

The Evolution of the 5 Man Defence in Russian Football

One of the most common opinions about the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) – rightly or wrongly – is that the style of football and tactical approach applied to the games is somewhat straggling behind the rest of Europe. Common observations from pundits and football fans alike include that the RFPL is one dimensional, the football in Russia is slow, the football is old fashioned and the players are thugs. Many of these opinions will be drawn from the showing of Russian clubs in European … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 9: Betting Advice

Thomas Giles (@Thomas_Giles_UK):  Bet One: €10 Terek - Orenburg: Terek to win to nil @2.6 at Bet365 This fixture is certainly one of the more dull ones in the Russian Premier League this weekend, however, it is great for punters as it is incredibly predictable given the nature of the two sides. Generally you know what you're going to get with the Terek - no frills solid football which tends to get results against the smaller sides, especially at their home stadium of the Akhmat … [Read more...]

Spartak Stunned – Larnaca Late Goal Sends ‘Myaso’ Out of Europe – Photo Reportage

6.8.16 Europe League Third Qualifying Round - Spartak Moscow 0-1 AEK Larnaca (agg. 1-2), Trickovski '89   Spartak went down 1-0 to AEK Larnaca last night to go crashing out of Europe at the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Trickovski's 89th minute goal sparked joyous scenes for the Cypriot side, whose whole squad entered the pitch to celebrate when the Macedonian slotted home the match winner after finding himself in hectares of space to latch onto a through ball that … [Read more...]

Spartak Stun Arsenal Tula To Begin RPL 2016/17 Campaign – RFN Photo Reportage

Spartak Moscow 4-0 Arsenal Tula   Spartak began their 2016/17 RPL campaign with a stunning win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday. Two goals each from youngster Zhano Ananidze and then Quincy Promes gave "Myaso" a convincing win. Georgian maestro Ananidze was impressive throughout and took his two goals particularly well, notching his first with a cleverly curled shot in off the post to give Spartak the lead on six minutes. The 23-year-old's second of the game was even more spectacular, … [Read more...]

Preview: Russia – Czech Republic

On Wednesday, Russia take on Czech Republic in the first of two friendlies before the Euro 2016 kicks off. We have teamed up with Czech football writer Tomas Danicek to preview the game through a classic Q&A where we asked each other five questions. Tomas Danicek (@TomDanicek) on the Czech national team:  1) Fans of Russian football immidiately recognize Tomas Necid in the Czech squad. How has he performed since leaving CSKA, and what is his role on the Czech team? Necid has been … [Read more...]

Dinamo  – The footballing embodiment of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Nobody would deny that current Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg hold the football monopoly in Russia's second city but this has not the always been the case. However, before Zenit's first title win in 1984 under Pavel Sadyrin, Dinamo Leningrad, as they were then, were the most supported club in the city. Their story is a fascinating one that embodies the history of the great city they represent. St. Petersburg, the capital of the former Russian Empire, is the … [Read more...]

Round Table: The Frustrating Manuel Fernandes

Manuel Fernandes is one of the most controversial players in the Russian Premier League. His talent is obvious, and ever since an amazing bicycle kick goal against Arsenal Tula, the Lokomotiv Moscow fans have asked themselves "why is he so rarely showing his genious?". Fernandes have started all four of Lokomotiv's Europa League games this season, but only 1 of 14 national championship games. So, who is he: a key player or an exorbitant reserve? Does Lokomotiv deserve a player with such talent … [Read more...]

Interview with Krylya’s Yohan Mollo: “I came here to prove myself and play football”

This interview was originally posted on the brilliant French website Footballski.fr that specialize in anything related to East European football. They were kind enough to help us translate it into English and allow us to post it here on RussianFootballNews.  The interview was conducted on September 11 by Adrien Laëthier (@AdriLT) and translated by Quentin Guéguen (@Quentin_BZH). Big thanks to them both from the RFN editorial staff. First, can you tell us how you ended up in Samara? … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Rubin Kazan

Intro: Rubin Kazan was somewhat the surprise team of last season. Having finished in 9th in 13/14 season, and sacked legendary manager Kurban Berdyev, many expected them to struggle with inexperienced former Lokomotiv youth coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov at the helm. Financial issues meant that they were restricted in their transfer dealings and no standout signings were made last summer. However despite all this, Rubin battled through, and with a strong core of young Russian talent, were able to … [Read more...]