5 Russians Who Could Move to Europe’s Top Leagues This Summer

After Russia reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008, it was only natural that many of their players were sought after by European clubs. By August of the following year, Andrei Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Yuri Zhirkov had all made their way over to the Premier League. Almost ten years have passed since that tournament, and since Arshavin’s four goals at Anfield, Russian players have had little to boast about in Europe. Currently, there are only two players in … [Read more...]

Aleksey Miranchuk and The Unknown Truth

Truth has always been elusive, but one thing is certain: the higher up you go, the harder it gets to find it. That is the case of the Trump election, Area 51's secrets or even more specifically of the Aleksey Miranchuk saga at Lokomotiv. The contract of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder runs out at the end of 2017 and nothing is clear at the moment. On the one hand, the Railwaymen are trying to persuade him to extend the deal on the best terms. On the other hand, all the best Russian … [Read more...]

Ones to Watch – Aleksey Miranchuk

Biography Name: Aleksey Miranchuk DOB/Age: 17/10/1995 – 21 years old Club: FC Lokomotiv Moscow Position: Attacking midfielder Nationality: Russia Career so far: Born in Slavyansk-na-Kubani in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia, Aleksey Miranchuk took his first steps in football in Olimp, the local school academy based in Krasnodar, around an hour and a half by car from his birth city, together with his twin brother Anton. After a few years, the Miranchuks caught the attention of the … [Read more...]

Anton Miranchuk: An Eternal Runner-up or the New Russian Football Star?

The Russian Premier League (RPL) is probably one of the craziest football leagues in the world. Despite unpaid wages, low attendances, poor pitches and several numbers of scandals, Krasnodar, Lokomotiv and Zenit all managed to win their groups in the European competitions, defeating noteworthy teams like Borussia Dortmund, Besiktas, Sporting CP and Valencia. On top of this, the RPL is probably also the league with the highest number of brothers, including three pairs of twins in Dmitriy and … [Read more...]

RFN Mailbag: Aleksey Miranchuk, World Cup 2018 and Rostov

In 2013 former Editor-in-Chief at Russian Football News Andy Shenk started the RFN Mailbag, an article series where he answered readers' questions about the beautiful game and Russia. We are proud to now bring the feature back on RFN. Unless anything else is stated, Toke Theilade, RFN's Editor-in-Chief, will be the one answering the questions.  If you like what you see here and there’s something you’d like to ask, just email us at russianfootballnews1@gmail.com, ask us a question … [Read more...]