RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Amkar Perm

When talking about Amkar, the first word that comes into mind is stability. Since their promotion to the RFPL in 2003, they've never been relegated and also managed to play European football a couple of times. The most surprising fact is that the Perm-based club has one of the lowest budgets in the league and in every transfer window they're forced to sell key players in order to survive. Last season, wasn't an exception. For most part of the season, it seemed that they could fight for an … [Read more...]

Brian Idowu – How Russia Lost a Promising Talent

At a time where more and more foreigners are naturalized to fill the spots on the Russian national team, and Russian youngsters struggle to earn playing time in the Russian Football Premier League, it is irony at its cruelest that the country could soon end up losing one of the few youngsters who has actually taken the difficult journey from talent to RFPL regular. The player is Amkar Perm’s defender Brian Idowu who has caught the eye of the Super Eagles. Idowu’s father is Nigerian while his … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Amkar Perm

In the last five seasons, Amkar Perm have finished the season either in 10th or 11th place, proving that stability and survival has been in recent years the key mission for the club.  Amkar’s transfer policy over the past year also reflects a club with little financial resources at its disposal and a lot of restraints including many free transfers. Nevertheless, Amkar have had a great first half of the season and currently sit 6th after 17 games. They are unbeaten at home and are only one point … [Read more...]

Selikhov’s Move to Spartak Raises Concern

For Amkar Perm’s Aleksandr Selikhov, this season has been one long exam as the 22-year-old goalkeeper has been closely followed by scouts during every single game. The young man caught the attention of both Russian and foreign clubs when he broke through last season, establishing himself as one of the most promising and exciting prospects in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) of his age. Since then, he has regularly been linked with numerous clubs, including powerhouses Zenit St. … [Read more...]

Georgi Peev Retires after Managerial Bust-Up

Russian football was this week shocked by the sudden announcement that Amkar Perm's legendary Bulgarian midfielder Georgi Peev was terminating his contract and retiring from football with immediate effect at the age of 37. Such an announcement, midway through a season, would in most cases be presumed to be related to injury, but in the case of Peev, a bust up with veteran manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev pushed him over the edge. Gadzhiev, who has been in charge of Amkar since 2015, and has managed at a … [Read more...]

Ogude’s New Year Nightmare

Amkar Perm midfielder Fegor Ogude’s 2016 started in the worst possible way. During his Christmas holiday in Nigeria, unknown gunmen abducted his wife Maimunat. Ogude joined Amkar from Norwegian side Vålerenga in January 2014, and he has since then established himself as a key player on the Perm-based side’s midfield. Ogude, who has been capped 16 times for the Super Eagles, was furthermore a part of Nigerian squad that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Speaking to TheCable about the … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Amkar Perm

Intro: Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, the man that worked together with Anatoliy Byshovets to take the Soviet Union Olympic football team to the gold medal back in 1988 in Seoul, embarked, last December, on an unbelievably complicated task at the helm of Amkar Perm, but so far he has been doing an impressive job. Amkar’s last season was full of ups and downs as the team failed to fully overcome the departure of the tactician Stanislav Cherchesov, who did a very good job with the team and implemented … [Read more...]