The €12m Men and Their Free Transfers to Zenit

€7 million and €5 million. That, according to Transfermarkt, is the value of Dmitry Poloz and Aleksandr Erokhin. Of course, this is an underestimation given the circumstances on the Russian market. Two Russian internationals, who have just finished the season of their careers with FC Rostov, with two more years left of their contract can’t cost that little, given the limit on foreign players and the lack of quality players with Russian passport. Nevertheless, there is only one club in the … [Read more...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part V: The Uncapped

In our fifth and final part of 'Slutsky’s Choice', we take a look at the players yet to be capped for the Russian national team. Prior to every tournament, speculation surrounds uncapped players and their possibility of being called up for their very first international tournament. Pundits and observers carefully watch the culmination of the season and identify potential players who have had good seasons. Their inclusion often augments positions for which established and experienced players … [Read more...]

Leicester Isn’t Europe’s Only Sensation – Meet FC Rostov

It is no secret that Leicester City has been one of the biggest surprises on the European football scene this season, and perhaps even in the past decade. The English side is however not the only side currently fighting way above their weight class. FC Rostov from southern Russia are currently in the middle of a similar miracle. For people outside Russia, Rostov are best known for being the club where former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder David Bentley experienced the low of his career … [Read more...]

CSKA Bias or Lobanovskiy 2.0?

Two weeks ago, FC Rostov defeated CSKA Moscow with 2-0, and saw themselves move to first place in the Russian Premier League. After finishing 13th last season, Rostov had to go through relegation play-off in order to even secure their spot in this season’s Russian Premier League. On top of this, the club has been struggling financially for two years now, making their success is  the definition of a Cinderella story. However, despite their success on the pitch, not a single Rostov was included … [Read more...]

The Importance of Acevedo: A Player Focus From Ural v Dinamo

Ural had a disappointing transfer window, losing their two strongest attacking talents in Vyacheslav Podberezkin and Aleksandr Erokhin for nothing and failing to sign a mobile striker they so desperately need. The loan signing of Carlos Strandberg was an unmitigated disaster, as CSKA's teenage Swede struggled to even make the bench, yet alone the pitch, and he has since returned to his parent club. Fans outside the ground were disparaging with their comments about their recently departed … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]

European Championships 2016 – Group B Preview

Russian Football News has joined forces with various other football websites to give you the experts' view on European Championship 2016 Group B which contains England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales. Each team will feel they have a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds this summer in France. Our experts in this preview are: Russia: Thomas Giles - Writer and podcast host for Russianfootballnews.com as well as contributing to Sport Den za Dnem. @thomas_giles_uk England: Tom Coast - … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Erokhin – Russia’s Latest Unknown Name

Leonid Slutsky’s first team selection for Russia included two players who were yet to be capped by their nation with one being a lot more recognisable than the other.  At 34, defender Oleg Kuzmin is a well-known name in Russia. The full back had previously played under Slutsky at Moscow FC, and after the team dissolved Kuzmin stayed in Moscow for a year with Lokomotiv before being picked up by Rubin Kazan. The full back still ply’s his trade with the Tatars. The other player, who currently … [Read more...]