International Preview: Russia – Spain

The match against Argentina was a promising performance, undone by some genuine quality and a glaringly obvious missed offside decision. Post-match, not quite the promising and more of the horrendous, with reports of overcrowding and over 1.5-hour queues and to get out of the Luzhniki and onto the Moscow Metro. Let's hope the game against Spain on Tuesday goes off without a hitch and proves the authorities are ready to organise the logistics of the World Cup next year. The team landed in St … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ivan Ignatiev

Biography Name: Ivan Ignatiev DOB/Age: 06/01/1999 – 18 years old Club: FC Krasnodar Position: Striker Nationality: Russia   Career So Far A native of the Russian province of Krasnoyarsk, Ivan Ignatiev joined the flourishing Krasnodar academy in 2012 as a 13-year-old. As he progressed, Ignatiev started to be recognised by his country, and made his debut for Russia U15 and U16 just two years later. At every level, Ignatiev scored goals. But it was U18 level for his country where he … [Read more...]

Luch Energiya Vladivostok’s Crisis Deepens

It is no secret that Luch Energiya Vladivostok, one of Russia's most Eastern football clubs is in problems up to its knees. The club has massive financial issues, and it has been on the brink of bankruptcy for a while now. On Saturday 4th November, another chapter was added to the sad tale about Luch Energiya. The Tigers were supposed to face FC Khimki in the  FNL, but the game was delayed by fifteen minutes. The reason for this was that the players were protesting against the sad state of … [Read more...]

Dmitry Barinov – Lokomotiv’s Overlooked Leader

Since the introduction of the limit on foreign players, the Premier League has clearly had problems in developing young players and taking them to next level, that is senior football. Many talents have seen their career ruined by money, lack of ambition and lack of trust from their coaches. However, with the ruble's fall things have changed. Clubs have been slowly forced to sell their best players and to start relying on homemade talents. For instance, Aleksandr Golovin and Aleksey Miranchuk … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part Four

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part Three

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part Two

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part One

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Sevilla – Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow travels to Spain on Tuesday night, facing off against Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. Despite the 5-1 thrashing two weeks ago at the Otkrytiye, it will be a difficult night for the Red-Whites. Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and will be able to call upon the services of star man Steven N'Zonzi, who has been influential in midfield for Los Rojiblancos so far this season. Spartak themselves are still on a thirteen match unbeaten run, scoring twelve goals in their last … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 15: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round - Sunday, 13:30 BST: Zenit St. Petersburg - Lokomotiv Moscow By Ben Clark (@dinoben_) As this weekend brings a close to the first half of the Russian Premier League season, it's fitting that the top two play against each other. Zenit, who host the game on Sunday, won't be knocking over any glasses with their current standing. In fact, people are more surprised at the fact that they come into this game second. It's their visitors on Sunday who can boast that … [Read more...]