Season Preview: Arsenal Tula

  The 2016-17 campaign was an utter disaster for FC Arsenal Tula and it was only saved by Igor Schevchenko’s goal in the second playoff relegation match against FC Yenisey at the end of May. Parting ways with experienced head coach Sergei Pavlov early on and for no understandable reasons proved to be an enormous mistake by the club’s board since his replacement, Sergei Kiryakov, didn’t bring anything new to the team, despite being given plenty of new players during the winter … [Read more...]

Play-Off Sunday: Who’ll Play in the RFPL Next Season?

On Sunday, two of the most important fixtures in the Russian football calendar are played – the final relegation/promotion play-off games for the Russian Football Premier League. These two games decide which teams get to play in the top flight with all the opportunities it presents, and which will play in the dreaded Football National League, where clubs go bankrupt left, right and centre, and the financial prospects are highly limited. This season’s two games are between Arsenal Tula and … [Read more...]

Emmanuel Frimpong’s Career Takes Another Hit as He’s Set to Join Unnamed Swedish Club

When Russian Football News’ Andrew Flint met Emmanuel Frimpong in Ekaterinburg in August following the Ghanaian’s debut for Arsenal Tula, Frimpong was optimistic about his future in Tula. He had just played his first game in 2016 after being released by FC Ufa earlier in the year. Frimpong played 24 minutes that evening in Ekaterinburg, and told RFN: “It’s good to be back. After a couple of games, I can get fitter.” Those games never came though, and at the end of the year, Frimpong had just … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Lokomotiv Moscow

The season began with some unexpected shocks. Head coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned before it was announced that club’s president Olga Smorodskaya and her team were leaving Lokomotiv. The most famous women in Russian football was replaced by Ilya Gerkus, former Zenit’s development director and ex–CEO of Liga–TV. Gerkus hired Igor Korneev, who also worked for Zenit, as sporting director, while Lokomotiv’s legendary coach Yuri Semin returned to the club for the fourth time to take over after … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Arsenal Tula

Tula, a city known for its metalworkers and for being the main centre of Russian samovar production, is also home to FC Arsenal Tula, who are currently second from bottom at the Premier League table. The 2016-17 campaign has been extremely complicated for the Tula outfit so far. Two different head-coaches, just two wins from seventeen league matches, the elimination from the Russian Cup and a long and never ending list of injured players since the first day of the season have undoubtedly … [Read more...]

Alenichev and the Tula Gingerbread

Since Dmitry Alenichev was sacked at Spartak Moscow in August following an embarassing Europa League defeat to AEK Larnaca from Cyprus, the Red-Whites have looked like a different team. Although they suffered a defeat in the cup earlier this week to SKA Khabarovsk, Spartak are currently leading the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) with 19 points from the first seven games and a goal difference of +12. Earlier this week, Alenichev gave his first interview after being fired from Spartak. … [Read more...]

The Return of Emmanuel Frimpong

Before the international break Russian football welcomed back one of its more colourful characters as Emmanuel Frimpong made his debut for Arsenal Tula in the closing stages of their 1-1 draw away to Ural. Although his late cameo was brief as the predominantly direct style mostly bypassed him, he wasted no time in making headlines upon his return to the Russian Premier League, although thankfully this time is was not at the centre of a disgusting case of racist chanting from opposition … [Read more...]

The Russian Messi and Spartak’s Missing Youth

Fans of the Red-White Moscow side Spartak didn't have much to celebrate last season, as the club finished sixth in the league, six points behind the historic rivals from Dinamo. One of the few bright spots during Murat Yakin’s single year in charge of Spartak was, however, the amount of youngsters he managed to give debut and utilize on the first team. Most noticeable was the striker Denis Davydov who played 19 matches throughout the season, but also 22 year old Vyacheslav Krotov, 21 year old … [Read more...]

The RPL Relegation Race

This season's race to escape relegation is closer than ever - a one point gap separates each team from the other. As it stands, all of the teams in the bottom four can escape the route to the FNL. Each team has three games remaining, a possible nine points and the chance to either leave the relegation zone or get a second shot at the Premier League via the relegation play-offs. Torpedo Moscow Torpedo have been on a one-way road to the FNL. Adding a new manager and a few experienced players … [Read more...]

Round Table: Looking Back At Matchday 21-23

Our panel consists of: Saul Pope (@SaulPope): Writer for WhenSaturdayComes and owner of Aleks V (@AleksVee): Founder of Goalchatter Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Founder of TheOldNumber10, Writer for RussianFootballNews, BettingAdda,Futnsoccer and The Secret Footballer Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Writer for TheseFootballTimes, RussianFootballNews and Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade): Chief Editor at RussianFootballNews, featured … [Read more...]