The threat from China on the RFPL

It’s January, and the start of a new transfer window is here. This usually creates a little buzz of excitement, in anticipation of the talent that potentially could be drafted in, however in Russia as is the case across the whole of Europe at the moment, the mood is that much more cautionary over players being tempted out, to China. The impact of the Chinese Super League’s rapid spending continues into yet another transfer window. Last year’s marquee signing of Hulk to Shanghai SIPG for £45m … [Read more...]

Another Anzhi Firesale, and a New Controversial Owner

After finishing for the break in eleventh place, eight points clear of relegation, Anzhi Makhachkala’s players could go on their winter holiday with a clean conscience and maybe even a bit of optimism. Unfortunately, the holiday peace wasn’t going to last, as the club sold Kosovan winger Bernard Berisha to Caucasian rivals Terek Grozny a few days before New Year’s Eve, hinting that something was wrong in the Anzhi-house. Since joining Anzhi a year ago, Berisha has been one of the club’s best … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast New Year Edition – Another Anzhi Firesale & 2016 Review

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent takeover and potential firesale set to take place at Anzhi Makhachkala (recorded before manager Pavel Vrba's departure) before reviewing 2016 in Russian football. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-another-anzhi-firesale-2016-review Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Anzhi Makhachkala

Introduction Anzhi have so far had a one of the most predictably realistic seasons a team could have. Despite some notable transfers – Croatian international Ivo Ilicevic, ex Man Utd winger Gabriel Obertan and versatile Frenchman Cedric Yambere on loan from Bordeaux. As a mid to bottom half team, they have picked up wins against their lower half rivals, had draws against the mid table teams, and lost to most of the top teams. They did start the season with an impressive draw against CSKA … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Georgiy Tigiev

Biography Name: Georgiy Tigiev DOB/Age: 26/05/1995 – 21 years old Club: Anzhi Makhachkala Position: Left Back Nationality: Russia Career to Date Having come through the ranks at Kuban Krasnodar, Tigiev made his senior breakthrough at Torpedo Moscow in 2015 as a 19 year old. At the tail end of the season, as Torpedo were fighting for their Premier League survival, Tigiev started the last five games, making his debut in a 2-2 draw vs Rubin Kazan, and his impressive performances earned him … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in October

1: Slutsky’s seat is heating up Last month I wrote that Leonid Slutsky had lost his aura of invincibility, now things have got even worse for the CSKA Moscow head coach. September saw the Army Men lose both Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko, both key players, and Slutsky has obviously struggled to find a plan B without his two midfielders. The former Sbornaya boss has tried to rotate between Bibras Natcho, Astemir Gordyushenko and Aleksandr Golovin, but with no success. In October, CSKA fell … [Read more...]

Pavel Vrba Reflects on RFPL Level and Rules

Speaking before to his side's 2-0 loss against Spartak Moscow, the Anzhi Makhachkala manager says the RFPL is developing and getting closer to the strongest leagues in the world. "Prior to joining Anzhi, I worked in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and if we compare the championships of these countries with Russia, the Russian championship is much stronger. An example is Rostov's 4-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League. These results show that Russian football is constantly moving … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 26

As something new on Russian Football News, we'll try to give you the most interesting quotes on the most important events of the Russian Football Premier-League. This week we focus on the games Lokomotiv - Spartak, Krasnodar - Anzhi and Mordovia - Rostov. Lokomotiv - Spartak Spartak emerged as 2-0 victors over Lokomotiv in the Moscow derby. Jan Durica turned Ivelin Popov’s low cross into his own net in the 43rd minute and Ze Luis doubled his side’s lead at the end of the game with a … [Read more...]

Swansea target Mensah set for Anzhi move

Anzhi Makhachkala are far flung from the side they were back in 2012 and 2013, when their extravagant spending and European ventures caught the eye of the footballing world. Since then, the Dagestani side have been relegated from and then subsequently promoted to the Russian Premier League. As a result, it has been a whole since Anzhi dabbled in the western European transfer market, until now. Russian Football News has received information that, contrary to reports in TASS, Evian Thonon … [Read more...]

Kokorin has missed his last chance to test himself against the best.

When news of Aleksandr Kokorin's move to Zenit St. Petersburg broke two days ago there was celebration from the fans of the Russian Premier League holders. Zenit managed to secure arguably Russia's greatest footballing prospect for the small fee of €2.5m from Dinamo Moscow which also included the fee for his fellow Dinamo player Yuri Zhirkov, quite frankly this is an absolute bargain. With his contract due to expire in a few months, Kokorin had the freedom to pick and choose a club which was … [Read more...]