Should Arshavin Play at the World Cup?

It is no secret that the biggest tournaments make the biggest players. Some of the most legendary and memorable moments in football history were from the World Cup, like Oleg Salenko’s historic five goals in a single game during the 1994 group stage against Cameroon. There are however a handful great players who never managed to play at world football’s most prestigious tournament. Andrey Arshavin is one of them. At the age of 21, Arshavin lost out to teammate Aleksandr Kerzhakov in the … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Russian Players In England, Transfer Rumours, RFN Top 50 Analysis

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by RFN writers Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint in the first RFN podcast of 2017. The trio ask why transfers from Russia to England rarely work out before discussing potential transfers involving Russian clubs in the current transfer window. Finally they review the recently published RFN Top 50 and pick out some of the most interesting findings from the poll done by the RFN writing … [Read more...]

Andrey Arshavin and the Kazakh Revival

After a disastrous, short spell at Kuban Krasnodar, Andrey Arshavin left his motherland in March this year, when he signed a one-season contract with Kazakh side FC Kairat Almaty, and thus joined his former teammate from Zenit Anatoliy Tymoshchuk at the club. The move to Kazakhstan and Almaty gave the then 34-year-old midfielder one last shot at redemption after failing to meet the expectations of Russian football fans after the many disappointments since he permanently moved back to Zenit … [Read more...]

The RFN Awards 2015/2016

With the regular season of the Russian Football Premier League being over, the Russian Football News team is proud to present to you, for the second season in a row - the RFN Awards. Our team have voted on six different categories while also finding the Team of the Season.  Player of the Season: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg) Russian Player of the Season: Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar) Young Player of the Season: Sardar Azmoun (FC Rostov) Best and Worst Signing of the Season: Fedor … [Read more...]

What Awaits Andrey Arshavin?

Since the former Zenit and Arsenal player Andrey Arshavin’s early release by Kuban, plenty of rumours have surrounded the little midfielder. While Arshavin only managed a meager 356 minutes in the autumn season for the Yellow-Greens, his now former coach Dmitri Khokhlov has assured everyone that he is still a good player. This, however, didn’t stop Kuban and Arshavin from terminating the contract after a ‘mutual agreement’. It is still unknown exactly why Arshavin and Kuban parted ways, but … [Read more...]

The End for Arshavin?

After six disappointing months with Kuban Krasnodar in southern Russia, Andrey Arshavin was today released from his contract. The termination was announced on the official website of the Yellow-Greens and was described as a mutual agreement between the two parties, which Arshavin later confirmed to Sport-Express. The Zenit legend managed 356 minutes for Kuban spread over eight matches, in which he received two yellow cards and no goals or assists. Arshavin joined Kuban on a free … [Read more...]

RPL XI of players with less than 5 games played

Inspired by my recent articles on Christopher Samba and Mbark Boussoufa, two high-profile players who have fallen out of grace at their clubs, I have decided to put together a XI of the best players based in Russia who have played less than 450 minutes, or five full games, this season. The amount of minutes each player have played were found on Goalkeeper: Anton Shunin – Dinamo – 0 appearances, 0 minutes Most famous for being hit by a firecracker during a match … [Read more...]

15 Lessons Andrey Arshavin’s Website Taught Me About Him

Before social media controlled the world all celebrities with respect for themselves had a personal website where they shared big and small stories from their life. Andrey Arshavin was one of these celebrities, and on the website his fans could follow his life. "On the pages of this website you can learn a lot about me. Not only as a footballer, but as an ordinary person." Statement on the frontpage of Arshavin's website. Until April 2013, the website was updated almost daily with … [Read more...]

Round Table: Leonid Slutsky, Kuban Krasnodar and the Title Race

Our panel consists of: Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Founder of TheOldNumber10, Writer for RussianFootballNews, BettingAdda, Futnsoccer and The Secret Footballer Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Writer for TheseFootballTimes, Futbolgrad, RussianFootballNews and Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade): Editor in chief at RussianFootballNews, featured at Futbolgrad, ThinkFootball and TheseFootballTimes Johan Nilsson (@Jni84): Russian football blogger at David … [Read more...]

Kuban, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko: Three Parties in Need of a Reignited Spark

The end of the 2014/15 season saw two Russian legends leave their clubs to become free agents. Since returning to Russia from the English Premier League both Andrey Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko have failed to live up to the fans' expectations, and this summer they both found themselves without clubs as their contracts expired. Now a couple of months later they have the chance to shine for Kuban Krasnodar, with the pair linking up for the first time since August, 2012, when they both played in … [Read more...]