Russian Winters: Andrei Kanchelskis Autobiography Review

  Andrei Kanchelskis was something of a trailblazer for Soviet football when he took his first intrepid steps in Western Europe, but his life and career to date has amounted to so much more than matters on the pitch. One of a select few to have represented three separate nations - as well as being the scorer of the last ever goal for the Soviet Union before it became the Commonwealth of Independent States - he courted fame and infamy in almost equal measure. At a time when foreign … [Read more...]

FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]