RFN Podcast Special: Exploitation of Migrant Workers and Human Rights Violations at the Zenit Arena

https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-special-with-josimar#t=0:00 In this special edition of the RFN podcast, podcast host Thomas Giles, Editor-in-Chief Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint spoke to Håvard Melnæs from Josimar after his hard-hitting piece about the exploitation of migrant workers at the Zenit Arena shocked the football world with its dark revelations. You can read the article here: You can also follow Josimar on Twitter: You can subscribe to the … [Read more...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [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...]

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...]

All aboard the Good Ship Anti-Russia

I don't know if it can be termed anti-Russian or anti-Russia as those lining up to take shots are a mix of both. The sentiment remains the same, Russia/Russian bad and we're going to prove it no matter what - even if there is no proof. It's a great time to turn rogue and go full on with the prevailing wind, it will make you money. And if you're good, it'll be regular. Fashionably Anti-Russia A writer on Russia, whom I respect and with pleasure co-operate with, had a chance to make some decent … [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...]

Should Arshavin Play at the World Cup?

It is no secret that the biggest tournaments make the biggest players. Some of the most legendary and memorable moments in football history were from the World Cup, like Oleg Salenko’s historic five goals in a single game during the 1994 group stage against Cameroon. There are however a handful great players who never managed to play at world football’s most prestigious tournament. Andrey Arshavin is one of them. At the age of 21, Arshavin lost out to teammate Aleksandr Kerzhakov in the … [Read more...]

“Is Ronaldo coming? Of course.” – Confederations Cup Draw in Kazan

This weekend, Kazan hosted football luminaries from across the globe as the draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup took place. Vlad Zimagulov from Sport BO was out and about that day, and has the summary of the days' events. All photos and text courtesy of Sport BO. The red carpet was put out before the ceremony surrounding the Confederations Cup draw. This, of course, does not compare to what the stars of the Oscars normally expect, or the world’s best players arriving at the Ballon D’or, but … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Eremenko Banned, Rostov Face Bayern Munich And More Problems At Zenit Arena

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular panelists Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint. The trio discuss the drugs ban imposed on CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko before previewing FC Rostov's match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as well as predicting FC Rostov's general European chances. They then talk about the latest delay and corruption allegations surround the World Cup venue in St. Petersburg and ask if the chaos will ever end on Krestovsky Island. Finally they take … [Read more...]

Vibrating pitch and corruption allegations? A normal day at the office on Krestovsky Island

The uncompleted Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg has once again hit a familiar roadblock in both construction and corruption. The old Kirov Stadium on Krestovsky Island was demolished the best part of a decade ago and the forecasts were that the new stadium, based on the old site, would be opened by 2009. However, thanks to numerous delays ranging from design flaws to monetary issues, we may now not see the stadium be ready in time for the fast-approaching 2017 Confederations Cup. Despite … [Read more...]