Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – Argentina

We are finally here, and I don't know about you but with the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium at long last finally open, it seems like the excitement for the World Cup is full steam ahead. As such, Russia's International Friendlies take a real turn during this break, with two daunting opponents in Argentina and Spain, who have both qualified for the 2018 World Cup already. If Russia is to progress beyond the Group Stages of the tournament, they'll likely face teams of this calibre later in the … [Read more...]

Interview with Ibrahima Baldé: “Kuban Krasnodar is making history”

Kuban's Senegalese striker, Ibra Balde, talked with RFN about his first year in Russia, Kuban Krasnodar, Senegal national team his past in Spain and Argentina and the case Denisov. Question: How are you doing with the cold weather? Answer: Winter is always hard to deal with. However, the problem is not the cold but the fact that we have to play matches under zero degrees on fields in bad conditions. When we went to Volga in March, the grass seemed cement, it was awful. At least, this … [Read more...]