Ones To Watch – Abdoul Gafar

Biography Name: Abdoul Gafar Sirima (Gafar) DOB/Age: 30/12/1998 - 18 years old Club: Baltika Kaliningrad Positions: Striker Nationality: Burkina Faso Career to Date A common trend nowadays in Russia is for young players from Africa to appear on trial. Spartak and CSKA Moscow have taken a number of Nigerians and Ghanaians in 2016, though none were signed, while Tom Tomsk took two Libyans on trial. So, when CSKA revealed they had a triallist simply named “Jafar”, it was no real surprise. … [Read more...]

Baltika Kaliningrad – The Western Outpost of Russian Football

You may ask yourself the question why write your first blog about an obscure team who currently lay struggling dead last in the Russian second tier, the Football National League (FNL) on the road to nowhere apart from relegation.  The answer to that question (Whilst sounding strange to some) lies with my time whilst living in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The continued rise of Russia on the international stage over the past ten years has given more and more notice to Russia's most westerly … [Read more...]