Football Manager 2018 – RFN’s Russian Data Update

We’re back again! As with the last two years, we are coming at you with a large data update for the Russian Leagues, to enrich your experience on Football Manager 2018. Every year when the game is released, we at RFN always pick at the little mistakes which we think are wrong. So we fix these and release them to the public to share. With over 1800 pieces of information changed in the database, we hope that by including this file in your game, we can further add to the realism of Football … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 17: Results and Team of the Week

In what is arguably the most unpredictable and exciting RFPL season in years, results took somewhat of a turn towards normality in Round 17. Last week, only two of the top five recorded victories (Krasnodar and Spartak), here, four did. Loko, Zenit, CSKA and Spartak all won, with only Krasnodar missing out because they played in-form Spartak. As a result, six of the players picked featured for these sides. Spartak destroyed Krasnodar in Krasnodar this week, and Sergei Galitsky must surely be … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Copenhagen

This Thursday’s Europa League clash between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen is of high importance. Lokomotiv are sitting a surprising third in the group after their shocking loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in their last Europa League fixture. Meanwhile, Copenhagen sit atop the group on goal difference, one point ahead of Lokomotiv. So far this season, Lokomotiv’s fine league form has yet to translate to their Europa League campaign. In the Premier League, Lokomotiv are in first place, three points … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – NK Maribor

Spartak are looking to progress to beyond the group stage for the first time since the legendary Oleg Romantsev was in charge, and in order to do so must defeat Maribor today. Maribor have conceded 13 goals without scoring since their opening goal in the previous game, but Spartak have now gone 16 games in Europe without a clean sheet, and have only played out two 0-0 draws from 26 games in all competitions this season. In fact, both teams have scored in 19 of these games. Maribor have never … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – SL Benfica

CSKA Moscow can take a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages if they secure three vital points when they host Benfica on Wednesday. The Muscovites have been dreadful at home so far in their Champions League campaign as they were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester United and lost 2-0 to Basel. However, their away form has been magnificent: they beat Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon and gained sweet revenge on Basel last time out with another 2-1 victory. Man Utd have run away with the group, but … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 17: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round - Saturday 13:30 BST: FC Krasnodar - Spartak Moscow By James Nickels (@JamesNickels) One-man team? Igor Shamilov has been under pressure at Krasnodar for some time now, however, two convincing wins over promoted sides SKA (4-1) and Tosno (3-1) has eased the pressure somewhat. This is largely in thanks to in-form Fedor Smolov, who now has six goals in his last four games for club and county (including four in two for Krasnodar). Krasnodar is essentially a one-man team right … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Team Profiles

Following on from our more traditional Mid-Season Reviews of all RFPL clubs after 15 games, here we take a deep statistical look at how each side has performed in these Team Profiles. Read the Review of each side first by following the link below. READ MORE: RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part One   Team Profiles Lokomotiv Moscow: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde +10=2-3, 32 points, goals 32-11 First halves: +2=11-2, 17 points, goals 5-5 Second halves: +10=3-2, 33 points, goals 18-6 After 75 … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 15: Weighted Age Analytics

Fifteen rounds have passed in the Russian Football Premier League, and thus it's time to look at weighted ages again. Here's a reminder of what's the difference between squad weighted age and squad average age. Weighted age is a dynamic parameter that takes into account the actual usage of a player during the season: total minutes he played and the average age in the matches he played; this parameter changes with every match depending on the squad selection. The precise algorithm for … [Read more...]

Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

A changing wind: Can Lokomotiv become Moscow’s new football kings?

It’s been 13 years since Lokomotiv Moscow were last crowned as the kings of Moscow and Russia, but with half of the 2017/18 campaign now elapsed, Lokomotiv find themselves atop the division, and they preserved that position with a last-gasp equaliser against bitter city rivals, CSKA Moscow before the national team break. CSKA have been the dominant force for many years now, but it is Lokomotiv who are showing the most potential for breaking that supremacy. A 2-2 home draw between the two … [Read more...]