Gazzaev and Delusions of Grandeur

Valeri Gazzaev is a hero in Vladikavkaz, and rightly so. In 1995, having already made his name known with a respectable goalscoring record in the 70s, Gazzaev led Spartak-Alania to the Russian Top League title, unexpectedly breaking the hegemony of Oleg Romanstev's Spartak side with the unfashionable North Ossetian club. The scale of the achievement can be seen in the fact that, barring a second place finish in the following season, Alania have never broken back into the top five of the … [Read more...]

Round Table: Transfer Review

Our season round up Round Table discussion centers around a review of the RPL transfer action. Andy – @AndyShenk - a Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Pavel - @russianpotter - a Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Manuel - @homosovieticus - PhD Student with focus on Soviet history and football, as well as blogger at Futbolgrad.com (@futbolgradlive) Connor - @Con_027 - Russian Football follower, CSKA … [Read more...]

Foreigners: Alania Vladikavkaz

I've always wanted to write something about foreign players in RPL teams. How important are they to the teams they represent, whether the clubs really need them and are there really too many foreigners in the league? So, there will be a lot of numbers and statistics, but I hope to paint a picture of the number of foreigners per team: This will be an ongoing series. Let's start from the bottom, with the clubs whose chances to stay in the league are very low. 16th place: Alania … [Read more...]

Roysthon Drenthe – Saviour?

Alania Vladikavkaz, by their own admission, are not having a good season. Promoted back from the First Division after a season spent playing catch-up to Mordovia in the second tier, they currently sit joint bottom of the Russian Premier League, having managed just three wins and 22 goals in their 24 games so far. As if that wasn't bad enough, they also managed to get themselves knocked out of the national cup competition by lowly FC Tyumen, a Second Division side from east of the Urals whose … [Read more...]