RFPL Weekly Preview Round 25

GAME OF THE ROUND: Wednesday 17:30 GMT CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) It is time for yet another Moscow derby as CSKA and Lokomotiv run into each other at CSKA's VEB Arena. The home team are still clinging to the hope of yet another championship, but with just six games left and seven points up to Spartak in first place, they are forced to win. A victory is also needed to keep third place Zenit behind them, so the pressure is on. The same thing goes for … [Read more...]

Why Rostov Defeat Could Signal Bad Things to Come for Spartak Moscow

Saturday was supposed to be a day of celebration for Russian Football Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow. Not only did the popular head coach Massimo Carrera, who is about to bring home the first championship in 14 year, turn 53, but the Red-Whites also played away against FC Rostov in the league  in front of a sold out away section. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned for Myaso. The home side came into the game with five 0-0s in a row - a new RFPL record - slowly drifting … [Read more...]

Round Table: The Greatest Players to Play in Russia

This spring, Russia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Russian Football Premier League. Russian media Sport-Express recently published their list over the greatest players to ever grace the league, and now it is time for the Russian Football News team to look back and remember the maestros.  This time, the panel consists off: Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Writer for Russian Football News, WhoScored, FutnSoccer, Bola na Rede and Futbol Pulse Robert Ustian (@Robustmsk):  Football … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz – How much do you know about Russian football?

 It is Friday, and you want to kick back and relax. You want to open a cold beer or get a nap before the weekend really starts. Stop it. There is plenty of time to do all of that later. First of all, you need to show off your knowledge about Russian football, and earn the bragging rights for the next week by being superior in the RFN Friday Quiz.This weeks quiz takes you over Euro 1960 and 2008, while also looking back at some significant European upsets as well as a trip to the Far East. … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 24

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...]

Reactions From RFPL Week 23

Spartak Moscow - Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Spartak Moscow have one hand on the Russian Premier League title after defeating rivals Zenit 2-1 a day after second-placed CSKA dropped points. The Muscovites are now ten points clear at the top thanks to goals from Quincy Promes and Aleksandr Samedov either side of an Artyom Dzyuba equaliser. Promes opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he guided Denis Glushakov’s pass into the far corner with a fine, first-time curler from just inside the … [Read more...]

Nikolai Starostin: My Football Years (Chapter 5) – The Reputation of Football

 Nikolai Petrovich Starostin (1902-1996) was a Soviet football player and official. He was the co-founder of Spartak Moscow, which turned into the most popular club in the USSR and Russia, and worked as its head administrator for most of his life. Starostin is considered one of the most legendary and universally revered figures of Soviet football. In 1986, he published the book ‘My Football Years’ with Lev Filatov, and even well into his eighties, he retained a keen understanding of the game, … [Read more...]

Chertanovo – How the Russian Athletic Bilbao is Shaping the Future

If there is one thing Moscow is famous for in the sports world, it is its amount of football clubs. Spartak, CSKA and Lokomotiv all play in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), Dinamo have just secured promotion to the RFPL, while Torpedo play in the Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier. Furthermore, there are a number of smaller clubs like Solyaris, Strogino and Domodedovo, and then we haven’t even mentioned the teams from the Moscow region. Despite all these teams, … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 23

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...]

RFN Friday Quiz: Name all of the 2018 World Cup cities

A long week is over, and it is finally Friday and Easter. However, before you sit back, relax and enjoy some quality football (or time with your family if you prefer that), it is time to prove to your mates and all of our readers that you know more about Russian football than they do. This time the RFN Quiz is about the upcoming 2018 World Cup, and you have two minutes to mention as many World Cup cities as possible. Let us know how you did by commenting below or send it to us on Twitter or … [Read more...]