Cherchesov’s Old Grudges Hinders Russia’s Chances at the Confederations Cup

When head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov announced his preliminary squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup on May 15, it surprised many that Lokomotiv Moscow's Igor Denisov had been overlooked. The 33-year-old UEFA Cup winner just finished one of his personal best seasons in a long time, and at the beginning of this month, he even scored the winning goal in the cup final against FC Ural. Nevertheless, Cherchesov overlooked him, instead opting for his teammate Dmitry … [Read more...]

The World Cup in Russia To Introduce Video Referees

Video referees will be used at the World Cup in Russia next year, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has said. The video assistant referee technology, or VARs technology as it is known for short, has been in a trial since last year and based on those results, Infantino has revealed it will now be utilized at the 2018 World Cup. Although, it is understood the decision is not final until it is approved by the International Football Association Board or IFAB. A ruling is expected by the IFAB, the … [Read more...]

Nikolai Sokolov – The Founder of Russian Goalkeeping

Lev Yashin is considered perhaps the best to ever play football, but even before him, the Soviet Union has had a long line of great goalkeepers. One of these is Nikolai Sokolov, who both Nikolai Starostin in Football Stars and Anatoly Akimov in The Goalkeeper and his Role in the Team name as the founder of the Soviet goalkeeping school, which later gave birth to Yashin, Rinat Dasaev and many others. Sokolov was born in Moscow on May 12, 1897. At this time, football wasn’t a sport for Russians … [Read more...]

Reactions From the Last Week of the RFPL

Arsenal Tula - Spartak Moscow 3-0 Arsenal Tula pulled off a dramatic final-day escape with a 3-0 home victory over champions Spartak Moscow. The win, coupled with Krylia Sovetov’s loss to Terek Grozny, meant that Arsenal get to keep their Premier League status for at least a while longer. They will now face Yenisey in a promotion/relegation play-off on 25th and 28th May. Arsenal head coach Sergei Kiryakov was simply relieved to have won what was dubbed ‘the most important game of the … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 30: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

What’s at Stake in the Last Round of the RFPL?

On Sunday afternoon, the last game of the 2016/2017 Russian Football Premier League season is played. After 232 games, some more exciting than others, it is time to close the curtain with the last eight games of the regular season. While Spartak Moscow have already secured the championship, and Tom Tomsk have been relegated, there is still plenty left to play for at both the top and bottom of the league. However, before we dig into the various battles in the league, we need to look at the rules … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: It is time to find out how much you know about Russian football

Usually these Friday Quizzes are published quite late in the day, but today is different. For once, there was no alcohol in our blood while making this quiz. We are unsure whether this helped or not, but it sure was interesting to try. By publishing it now, we hope that you are also sober (although we of course respect those of you starting off early, it is summer after all!), and that it will improve your results, because let's be honest, these quizzes are quite difficult. Anyway, no more … [Read more...]

Dinamo Moscow’s 1945 Goodwill Tour of Britain

“The Russians are Coming”: Arrival 4th November 1945, Croydon. Two planes, appearing to be Douglas DC-3 Dakotas, approached the runway and touched down amidst a barrage of London sunshine, a characteristically mundane and everyday sight for an airport which based RAF Transport Command from 1944. These giant planes would ferry ammunition and vehicles from factory to operating unit throughout World War Two. However, on this day, the influx of these two planes was a prodigious and preternatural … [Read more...]

Timeline of the Renaming of Russian Top Flight Clubs

The Soviet football system was very dissimilar to the Western system. In the early 1920s, all pre-revolutionary football clubs were dissolved; some of them were basically reformed under new names, after moving their "franchise" (football team) to some other location, some were created anew. There were no "football clubs" per se in the Soviet Union - officially, all football teams belonged to some "voluntary sports society" or the other, which was reflected in their names. Here's an incomplete … [Read more...]

Anti-Racism Inspector Aleksey Smertin Express Optimism About Upcoming Tournaments

In Bahrain for the 67th FIFA Congress, the Russian Football Union's inspector to combat racism and discrimination in football, Aleksey Smertin, took time out to meet leading members of the Irish community in the Gulf Kingdom. The former Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham player, and Russian national team captain, met with chairperson of Arabian Celts GFC Pat Kennedy and president of the Irish Society Janet Noone. Being a close friend of Irish football legend Damien Duff, whom he played together with … [Read more...]