Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

Nizny Novgorod – A World Cup City Without a Team

In December, I had the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod for the first time. This is the city my wife’s family is from originally before they moved to St Petersburg and I have to say I was more than impressed. We caught the Strizh (Стриж) high-speed express train from Kurskaya Station in Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod.  A total of 4 hours’ travel, a route which I expect many European fans will take in 2018 and one which I would highly recommend. While enjoying a two course meal plus desert with … [Read more...]

Financial Crisis at Volga Nizhny Novgorod Hits New Low

Volga Nizhny Novgorod have endured a couple of difficult years, after three seasons in the Russian Premier League they were relegated to the Russian First Division where they finished in a very disappointing 13th place in the 2014/15 season. However, the manager who came down with them, Andrei Talalaev, has started somewhat of a revival this season. They currently sit in 7th place, only four points away from the Promotion Play-Off places, and have the second best defensive record in the division … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs Celebrate ‘Victory Day’

Today, on the 9th of May, Russia is celebrating the capitulation of Nazi-Germany in World War 2, as it is known in Western Europe, or the Great Patriotic War as it is known to the former Soviet Union. The day is also known as Victory Day and it will be marked by a huge military parade in Moscow. This year's celebration has been overshadowed by the tragic events in Ukraine, which means several countries has refused to participate in the celebration. This has, however, not stopped the Russian … [Read more...]

FC Tyumen 2-1 Volga Nizhny Novgorod

November 2, Geolog Stadium Goals Tyumen: Cleyton (pen) 23, Telenkov 59 Volga: Sarkisov 64 Sent Off: Samsonov 65 Man of the Match: Renat Sokolov Tyumen: Sokolov; Chukhlei, Golyatkin, Kuleshov, Shlyapkin; Kanaev, Klenkin; Samsonov, Cleyton (Danilov 70), Telenkov (Savin 89); Mamtov Volga: Nigmatullin; Proshin, Polyanin, Dzhalilov, Kuraev (Petrov 73); Leandro, Sukhanov (Uridia 80), Malyaka (Minosyan 62); Kozlov, Sarkisov, Kukharchuk (Nikolaev 87) Nikita Telenkov's first … [Read more...]

The Day The Giants Fell

It began while much of Europe was still asleep, and indeed many Russians would have only been stirring in their beds when the first goal went in. Vasily Karmazinenko's 28th minute goals for SKA-Energia Khabarovsk against Volga arrived just before 4.30am in the UK, and by the time the final whistle blew, British clocks were yet to strike six. Nevertheless, Volga were out of the Russian Cup. Karmazinenko grabbed a double was enough to see off the Nizhny Novgorod side 2-0, and before long they … [Read more...]

Volga Nizhny Novgorod Season Preview

INTRO: This is Volga's third season in the Premier League. This time having lost their best player last season and probably one more. For Volga, this is definitely not the best way to start the campaign. Although Yuri Kalitvintsev did a good job the first four months in Nizhny Novgorod, there are things to be worried about in Russia's third capital. Can Volga make it, and as hoped for, finish in the top ten? (For more Volga history, check out RFN contributor Rob Dillon's Volga Club Profile on … [Read more...]

So Russian…

Ever fancied coming to the stadium when it's -1 (and it's not considered cold) and in a real snowstorm, especially when the stadium is so old and has no roof? 7200 fans in Nizhny Novgorod did it on Sunday. I could've been there too. Fortunately, I had to watch it on PPV while at the cottage (still, I was forced to) in warm and with dad's cookery. Probably that's the reason why I consider the game boring and so, so lame. There were two bad teams playing on the bad pitch (it was more black … [Read more...]