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...]

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...]

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...]

Kuban Crisis Could Promote FC Sochi

Being a football fan in Sochi isn’t the easiest thing. Although the city has the top modern Fisht Stadium, built for the Winter Olympics in 2014, and adjusted for the 2018 World Cup, the city’s best football club, FC Sochi, play in the Second Division South, the third tier, where they are currently 5th, 15 points from promotion. Nevertheless, Sochi could be about to earn a ticket to the Football National League, as the club could take Kuban Krasnodar’s spot in the division according to … [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...]

St Petersburg hits another stumbling block in 2018 preparations

Construction firm Inzhtransstroi-SPB, who were contracted to build the stadium on Krestovsky Island, have been given the boot by local authorities after $39m went missing. Russia's second city has had a history of problems regarding its planning for the World Cup in 2018. Hotels and infrastructure are well behind schedule whilst the construction of the stadium itself has been nothing short of a farce. This latest blunder in preparations is perhaps the most serious yet. With under two years … [Read more...]

RPL Week 2: Around the Match Day

The big story in the previous weekend was the World Cup draw in St. Petersburg. 208 nations hope to qualify for the biggest stage in football, and for the first time in the history of the World Cup all national teams around the globe registered for the qualification tournaments. The ceremony was held at the historic Konstantin Palace, and it wasn’t without controversies as Zenit’s Brazilian star Hulk, who was supposed to be one of the assistants at the draw, pulled out a briefly before the draw … [Read more...]