World Cup Draw LIVE Blog

Welcome to a very special edition of the Russian Football News LIVE Blog as we bring you all the latest reaction and news from the State Kremlin Palace as the World Cup Finals Draw takes place. We will discover which countries will face Russia, who will play in which city and which groups will be the dreaded Group of Death. Our man Danny Armstrong is reporting inside the event itself to give us a little extra insight into proceedings, but for now join in the debate and enjoy the ride. Are you … [Read more...]

Is Samara ready to host the 2018 World Cup?

With the World Cup coming up in less than a year, cities all over Russia are giving their best efforts to prepare for the competition and the massive influx of tourists it will undoubtedly bring. At the beginning of September, Russian Football News had the opportunity to visit Samara; the sixth largest city in Russia and host of six World Cup matches next year. During the time there, a close eye was kept on the changes that were being made in time for the World’s most popular sporting … [Read more...]

World Cup Trophy Tour Kicks Off at Luzhniki Stadium

The official World Cup trophy tour recently kicked off from Moscow ahead of next summer’s Russia 2018 tournament, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino on hand to launch the longest tour of its kind. Over a 123-day period, the most coveted award in football will make its way around 24 Russian cities from Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East to Kaliningrad, the country’s most westerly city, as well as 50 countries across the globe, landing back in Moscow exactly … [Read more...]

Sbornaya – Dinamo Moscow: Another RFU Farce

Unfortunately for fans of Russian Football and particularly the Russian National Team, that headline is not a typographical error. While incumbent World Champions Germany face off against the Czech Republic and Norway in two difficult and competitive World Cup Qualifying games, Sbornaya will face Dinamo Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 3 September. Although Russia are playing, the tie has been officially denoted as a "Club Friendly", not an international. Therefore, it is the only game that the … [Read more...]

354 Days of Hope

Hundreds of journalists from all around the World are writing their articles from Russia these days. First impression from the Confederations Cup is truly amazing: we are happy and very proud of our country. Russia is doing a great job since the beginning of the tournament however we think that euphoria should not let us forget the most important thing: remaining time before the World Cup is a unique chance for all of us to bring a real change to Russian football, which still has problems with … [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...]

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...]

Big Challenges Awaits Cherchesov

After weeks of speculation and waiting, Vitaly Mutko finally presented Russia’s next national team coach earlier this week. The choice fell on 52-year-old Stanislav Cherchesov, who led Legia Warsaw to the Polish double last season, and he has signed a two-year contract with the Russian Football Union. The Ossetian-born coach won the job ahead of Kurban Berdyev, Sergey Semak and Aleksandr Borodyuk, who all had meetings with Mutko as well, and the goals set for Cherchesov and Sbornaya are enormous … [Read more...]

Friendly Game to Help Restore Russian-Turkish Relations

After months of hostility, the governments of Russia and Turkey recently began normalizing their relationship and restoring the ties that were destroyed when a Russian jet intruded Turkish airspace in November, with Turkish troops later shooting it down and killing the pilot. As proof of the restoration of relations, a friendly match between the two countries’ national teams has been arranged for the end of this month, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President, is expected to invite his … [Read more...]