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...]

Who Will Pick Up Anton Mitryushkin?

One of the standout players at the U19 Euro tournament held in Greece last summer was the Russian goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin. Together with teammates Denis Yakuba, Dmitri Barinov and Ramil Sheydaev, he made the Team of the Tournament as Russia finished second after losing 2-0 to Spain in the final. For Mitryushkin this was his second impressive showing at an international tournament, as he in 2013 helped Russia win the U17 Euro in Slovakia, where he also won the Golden Player Award after … [Read more...]

Russia’s Biggest Free Transfer Steals

Everyone who has played Football Manager knows that towards the end of December, you should start looking for players whose contracts expire at the end of the season in order to sign players without having to pay their clubs. Last season saw Artyom Dzyuba move from Spartak Moscow to arch rivals Zenit St. Petersburg on a free transfer, and this season we could also be in for some big-name moves as several famous players are nearing the end of their contracts. With the Russian foreigner … [Read more...]

The Next Generation – Russia’s 6 Best Young Talents

Russian football is awash with some of the brightest young talents in the game today. Here we take a look at some of the stand out stars of the next generation. Aleksandr Golovin Age: 19 Club: CSKA Moscow Position: Midfielder Playmaker Aleksandr Golovin has garnered a reputation as one of the brightest stars in the Russian football with some coruscating displays on the youth international scene. The midfielder played an integral part in Russia’s 2013 UEFA European U-17 Championship … [Read more...]