Irish solution for a Russian problem – Russian League Realignment

I'll be slaughtered by friends at home over this, though I happen to think the 10 team Irish Premier Division is a decent idea. Stay with me. I think it's a good idea as we don't have enough talent or money to go around. We don't have enough fans to go around. I don't want to see a closed off League, though what happens with the First Division is equally as important to me. Yet in order to get football moving in Ireland, bringing in crowds, sponsors and players, a 10 team division is the best … [Read more...]

The Players Who Scored Spartak’s Golden Goals

Fourteen years have passed since Spartak Moscow last added silverware to their collection. This season, however, the Red-Whites have finally brought home the Russian championship, and so we have looked in the history books and remembered the players who have made history for the Moscow team by scoring the goals that directly brought home league and cup titles in the past. 1936, Autumn Championship: Boris Schibrov Boris Schibrov (1912 - 1975) played just nine games for Spartak in the … [Read more...]

We are Russia – United Against Discrimination

Today, March 21st, is the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21st 2017 is the day when Russian football took a leap forward and begun the drive to ensure that sports will be fight all forms of discrimination, in sports and society. It is a big though much needed task. The "We Are Russia Against Discrimination" #WeareRussia #AgainstDiscrimination project was launched, bringing together 3 driven entities. A project to fight Racism and … [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...]

‘Strip Russia’ campaign aiming for World Cup 2018

So there it was. Russia just awarded the World Cup in 2018, and the prime time sports show on Ireland’s top radio station, RTE Radio 1 and I got the call to give our reaction in Moscow. It was fair enough; I’d helped on the bid and worked in Russian sport. Logical as they couldn’t get anyone from the Russian Football Union (RFU) or a Russian sports journalist to come on. Plus my colleague was contracted with RTE and the producer knew me personally. I was there as a favor to give local reaction, … [Read more...]

The FNL Cup – And Why It Matters

While fans back home shiver in temperatures well below freezing, the traditional winter break tournament featuring the majority of Russia’s second tier teams, the FNL Cup, kicked off today in the mild Cypriot sunshine. For most participants, it is their second or even third warm-weather training camp as they gear up towards the resumption of domestic league duty in March, and the 16-team event is ever so gradually edging into more than just a relaxing holiday. It is far from the finished … [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...]

The Grand Opening of Arena CSKA

Last weekend CSKA opened its new arena with a beautiful ceremony, which was unfortunately missed by many fans as they found out that the stadium is actually extremely well hidden. It is surrounded by a park and looks like some random office buildings, which makes it a perfect arena for the next Quidditch World Cup, as muggles won’t even notice it.   https://twitter.com/RusFootballNews/status/774640378280546304 Don’t try to meet your fellow supporters outside the arena if you don’t … [Read more...]

Ilya Gerkus – A Zenit Man to Revive Lokomotiv

After weeks of speculation, Lokomotiv Moscow officially confirmed the departure of president Olga Smorodskaya on Wednesday. After six years of war against the fans, Smorodskaya announced her resignation on the club’s official website, stating that: “There have been mistakes and achievements, disappointments and discoveries. But there is nothing to compare with absolute happiness that football can bring. When your favorite team is awarded medals. When a cup is brought into the locker room. … [Read more...]

RFPL Attendance: Reasons to Believe in Better Days to Come?

There was a time, not long ago, when the attendance of the Moscow derby between Spartak and CSKA filled the enormous Luzhniki stadium. I clearly remember the derby on August 28, 2011 when no less than 70,000 fans turned up to watch Russia’s biggest match. Today, five years later, the situation has changed… The current situation: The RFPL attendance has been declining since the 2012/13 season, and last season’s average attendance per game of 10,151 was the worst average attendance in the … [Read more...]