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...]

Five Things Russia’s Recent Friendlies Taught Us

After securing qualification for next summer’s Euro, Leonid Slutsky had his first chance to experiment a bid during Russia's two friendlies against Portugal and Croatia. Slutsky had to do without a couple of experienced players, as both Aleksandr Kokorin and Vasiliy Berezutskiy were out with injuries, which challenged the coach to find new options. When Russia took on Portugal in Krasnodar Saturday evening, Slutsky fielded his strongest possible line-up, something that payed off as the match … [Read more...]