RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

“Is Ronaldo coming? Of course.” – Confederations Cup Draw in Kazan

This weekend, Kazan hosted football luminaries from across the globe as the draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup took place. Vlad Zimagulov from Sport BO was out and about that day, and has the summary of the days' events. All photos and text courtesy of Sport BO. The red carpet was put out before the ceremony surrounding the Confederations Cup draw. This, of course, does not compare to what the stars of the Oscars normally expect, or the world’s best players arriving at the Ballon D’or, but … [Read more...]

Preview: Qatar v Russia

This week sees friendly action between the next two World Cup hosts of Russia and Qatar in Doha. We’ve teamed up with Asian football website Sandals for Goalposts to run the rule over the squads and likely outcomes ahead of Thursday's encounter. Qatar The Gulf nation will be using this home encounter with Russia as preparation for their last ditch attempt to crawl back into World Cup qualification reckoning, with a make or break tie in China ahead of them on Tuesday. Their form of late … [Read more...]

Stanislav Cherchesov – The Dresden days and the uncertain future

Although I have always been a hardcore supporter of FC Spartak Moscow, Stanislav Cherchesov was never my favourite goalkeeper. It is hard to admit that I have never felt the same kind of admiration for him that I had for Rinat Dasaev, who left the Moscow’s former powerhouse in the beginning of 1989, when Cherchesov returned to the Red-Whites after spending one year with FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Cherchesov’s trademark black pants tucked in his white socks, nevertheless, inspired my “career” as a … [Read more...]

Report: FC Ural 2-1 Dynamo Moscow

Fyodor Smolov netted in a late goal at Geolog Stadium in Tyumen to give FC Ural their first win against Dynamo Moscow since 1993, and three more points in their race for survival in the Russian Premier League. "Fyodor is in good psychological and physical shape, and he has craftsmanship," noted Ural manager Alexander Tarkhanov. Smolov, on loan from Dynamo, has been playing the best season of his professional career. The forward created plenty of reason for unrest in the final third throughout … [Read more...]

Top of the Table Showdown at the Petrovsky: Zenit vs. Dynamo

In terms of star power and table implications, the weekend’s Zenit - Dynamo clash in St. Petersburg is the RPL’s biggest yet of the season. The showdown between Zenit St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow is not only a match between number one and two in the Russian Premier League, it is also a match between two of the deepest-pocketed Russian clubs. Both squads have plenty of foreign talent with exciting players like Ezequiel Garay, Axel Witsel and Hulk for Zenit and Christopher Samba, Alexander … [Read more...]