RFN Top 50 2016: 10-4

10: Denis Glushakov, Midfielder, Spartak (+31) Back in August nobody could possibly have predicted that Spartak would sit pretty at the top of the table going into the winter break, and even fewer could have foreseen Denis Glushakov’s meteoric rise up the RFN Top 50, but the midfield general has been a relatively unsung hero in Massimo Carrera’s machine. Without question the individual highlight was his sensational rocket that crashed in off his new teammate Aleksandr Selikhov’s crossbar in … [Read more...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part III: Midfielders

Moving on from the back line, in our third part of ‘Slutsky’s Choice’ we examine Russia’s midfield. Throughout the history of the national team, the midfield often possessed the most talented players. Following the days of the Soviet Union, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Andrei Kanchelskis, and Valeri Karpin functioned as the engine feeding strikers Igor Kolyvanov and Vladimir Beschastnykh. The modern midfield helped Russia qualify for a third straight tournament containing a deep pool of talented … [Read more...]

Army Men Back on Top After Defeating Kuban

A brace from striker Ahmed Musa gave CSKA a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar and a return to the summit of the Russian Premier League. Musa netted from close range in the 20th minute and the Army Men finally put the game to rest when the Nigerian scored eight minutes from time, his 50th goal for CSKA. The hosts combined defensive solidity with sharp, attacking play to dominate a toothless Kuban side. Alan Dzagoev was the conductor of all things good and frustrating, while right-back Mario … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 20-11

  The players ranked 50-36. The players ranked 35-21. 20. Bibras Natcho, midfielder, CSKA The Israeli midfielder Bibras Natcho played a pivotal role on CSKA’s team last season as he contributed with 12 goals and eight assists in the domestic league. His form earned him a spot on the RFN Team of the Year last summer together with his partner on CSKA’s central midfield Roman Eremenko. This season has however been different for Natcho, who has struggled with getting back on his old … [Read more...]

RPL Week 15: Goals and Highlights

Mordovia - Anzhi 4 - 0 (1-0 Vlasov, 2-0 Lutsenko, 3-0 Lutsenko, 4-0 Djalo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYVw5rlANu8 Ural - Rostov 1 - 2 (1-0 Manucharyan, 1-1 Poloz, 1-2 Khozin OG) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS_nbJjK37g Ufa - Amkar 2 - 1 (1-0 Igboun, 1-1 Salugin, 2-1 Krotov) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzBIF8EwRH8 Dinamo - Kuban 2 - 1 (0-1  Ignatyev, 1-1 Kozlov, 2-1 Zobnin) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2MAq-Erz-M Terek - Spartak 2 - 1 (0-1 Semenov OG, 1-1 … [Read more...]

Season Preview: CSKA Moscow

Intro: Qualification for the promised land of Champions League football doesn't come much finer than on goal difference with two minutes of the entire season remaining, but thanks to Swedish holding midfielder Pontus Wernbloom's dramatic goal against Rostov, the Army Men just managed to pip Krasnodar to the second place available at Europe's top table. After a relatively fallow season for the capital's clubs with Spartak and Lokomotiv both hugely disappointing in the league, Torpedo getting … [Read more...]

5 Stars Who Could Leave Russia This Summer

1: Yura Movsisyan, Spartak Moscow The Armenian striker extended his contract with Spartak in April. His new contract made him one of Spartak's best paid players. Movsisyan’s 14/15 season was unfortunately ruined by injuries, which explains why he only found the back net two times. Movsisyan has earlier been linked with big clubs like the German cup winners Wolfsburg, and Liverpool, but after his disappointing season it is unlikely that these clubs are still interested. Movsisyan’s next … [Read more...]

Round Table: Alan Dzagoev

  Sergey (@Shadow1882) – a Voronezh based student CSKA Supporter and Football follower Ben (@CSKAMoscowENG) – Russian Football follower, CSKA Supporter, England resident Connor (@Con_027) – Russian Football follower, CSKA Supporter, England resident Xavier (@AxeMurderer60) – French Russian Football fan and CSKA Supporter … [Read more...]

Developing the National Team: Russia Moving Forward

A lot of ink has been spilled on the future of Russia's national team since Dick Advocaat's squad crashed out of Euro 2012. An eight-match unbeaten streak for the senior team with Fabio Capello at the helm has put Russia in excellent position to qualify for Brazil 2014, but major questions remain, particularly in the junior ranks. Despite Capello's willingness to call up a much broader selection of players - provincial clubs like Terek, Kuban, Rubin and Anzhi have seen a jump in national team … [Read more...]

Scandal Sunday – Russia’s Golden Boys Make Headlines

It really is unfortunate - a quick glance at the ESPN FC RPL headlines reveals nothing more than transfer rumors and scandals. You won't find any mention of CSKA's title, the battle for Europa League places or Alania and Mordovia's relegation. For most of the English-language media, the only Russian football that matters is played at the international level. The country's run to the Euro 2008 semis, Pavlyuchenko, Arshavin and Zhirkov's subsequent moves to high-profile English clubs, as well … [Read more...]