Bobby Dazzled – Problems in Piter

For Zenit St Petersburg, 2017/18 was supposed to represent a glorious return to the summit of Russian football and in the UEFA Europa League reaching at least the semi-finals or matching the achievements of Zenit's glorious vintage of 2007-08 when they won the competition defeating the likes of Bayern Munich en route. READ MORE: 2007 - Zenit St. Petersburg’s Wonder Year Roberto Mancini had been hired as coach, a previous winner of Italian Serie A and English Premier League championships … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs are Once Again Pursuing African Talents

Russian Football Premier League sides have, on occasion, been known to venture into Africa and sign players directly from the continent, something which many other top flight leagues will not risk due to their unproven ability to adapt to a new league and nation. Signing young and unproven players from Africa gives the club the opportunity to get new players at low prices and low wages, meaning the upside is huge if they suceed and the risk is small. When signing 18-year-old Ivorian striker … [Read more...]

Tactical Analysis: Krasnodar 4-0 Anzhi

Losing 4-0 to FC Krasnodar is bad enough in isolation, but Anzhi's slide after the winter break is more than one game.  Only scoring one goal in their last 5, Anzhi's strong season is in danger of coming apart after the winter break.  Despite a fairly easy fixture list to start the final stretch of the season, including 4 out of the bottom 5 teams in the table, Anzhi have lost ground on the much coveted second spot that means Champions League qualification.  Needless to say title aspirations … [Read more...]