Dinamo to Enter Collaboration With Agent Jorge Mendes

The Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes has for a long time been considered one of the most powerful men in football. Mendes and his company GestiFute represent some of the biggest names in the world of football, among these Cristiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho, Diego Costa, Thiago Silva, David de Gea, Angel de Maria, James Rodriguez as well as Ezequiel Garay and Danny from Zenit. Now it seems the Portuguese so-called super-agent is on his way into the Russian football scene, as he has signed a … [Read more...]

Tactical Analysis. Benfica – Zenit

The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about affection. Their language contained four words for the different types of affection that we as humans feel. One of these, storge, is used to describe the familial affection experienced by family members for each other, the affection one feels for a pet, or the affection Zenit have had recently for playing in Portugal. With the Russian champions having won their last three encounters on Portuguese soil, most of Zenit’s players no doubt have enjoyed … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 20-11

  The players ranked 50-36. The players ranked 35-21. 20. Bibras Natcho, midfielder, CSKA The Israeli midfielder Bibras Natcho played a pivotal role on CSKA’s team last season as he contributed with 12 goals and eight assists in the domestic league. His form earned him a spot on the RFN Team of the Year last summer together with his partner on CSKA’s central midfield Roman Eremenko. This season has however been different for Natcho, who has struggled with getting back on his old … [Read more...]

Hulk wrap up Zenit victory against Anzhi with an insane goal

After a couple of disappointing results, Zenit came back on track today when they defeated Anzhi with 5-1. Zenit scored four times in the second half, and the last goal of the match was a true beauty. Portuguese international Danny made a beautiful pass to Hulk, who finished the attack perfectly. Watch the goal below: … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Cities

Moscow and St. Petersburg have long been entwined in the annals of Russian history. From the Siege of Leningrad to the October revolution, the city of St. Petersburg has played host to some of  the most titanic displays of Russian spirit and ideal in living memory. Over 600km to the south, Moscow has been the stage of Russia’s greatest displays of victory, power and strength, from Stalin through to Putin. The people of Petersburg like to think of themselves as the zenith of cosmopolitanism, … [Read more...]

Danny The Champion of the World: A Decade of the Portuguese Maestro

A young boy thrown into a alien world, forced to improvise to find his way and gain approval: Roald Dahl might as well have been talking about the career of Daniel Miguel Alves Gomes in Russia when he wrote his classic children's novel. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he trod the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo from Madeira to Sporting Lisbon, and found life more difficult than his younger illustrious compatriot to make an initial impression. A €3 million transfer to Dinamo Moscow, two years after … [Read more...]

Zenit Secures the Title – A Look on their Incredible Season

Last Sunday Zenit St. Petersburg won their fourth Russian Premier League title and their fifth league title in total, 31 years after they won the first in the Soviet Supreme League in 1984. The championship was secured after a 1-1 draw with FC Ufa, making them unreachable for their closest rivals – CSKA Moscow and FC Krasnodar. Zenit’s road to success had already started last season, when André Villas-Boas signed a two year contract on the 18th of March, following a disastrous ending to … [Read more...]

Where next for Zenit’s Danny?

  The 31-year-old has been a standout performer since joining from Dynamo Moscow €30 million in 2008, wearing the captain’s armband with distinction in recent seasons. Danny was bought by Zenit St. Petersburg for a fee of €30 million, which made him the most expensive player of the Russian Premier League. Upon his arrival manager Dick Advocaat hailed him as "the best midfielder in Russia", and he made his club debut in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup game against Manchester United, where he … [Read more...]

Preview: FC Porto v Zenit

Zenit and Hulk travel to the Dragao this evening, in search of a win which has eluded them thus far in this years competition. Hosts Porto will be hoping to bounce back from the previous matchday defeat to Atletico Madrid, whereas Zenit could only manage a disappointing 0-0 draw with Austria Wien.  Both Porto and Zenit have been in fine form domestically and both currently sit top of their league tables. At the weekend Zenit comfortably saw off previous pace setters CSKA 2-0 at the Petrovsky … [Read more...]

Top 10 Foreign Players in the RPL

The Russian league has a vast amount of foreign talent, but these are my Top 10 international stars. (10) Joaozinho. The little Brazilian is a massive part of the reason FC Krasnodar have been able to stave off relegation and cement their place as a mid table side. Along with fellow Brazilian Wanderson and now Ari, they form a potent partnership for Krasnodar. And while Joaozinho's scoring record on paper doesn't make look like one of the best players on the team, his on the field … [Read more...]