RFN Top 50 2016: 10-4

10: Denis Glushakov, Midfielder, Spartak (+31) Back in August nobody could possibly have predicted that Spartak would sit pretty at the top of the table going into the winter break, and even fewer could have foreseen Denis Glushakov’s meteoric rise up the RFN Top 50, but the midfield general has been a relatively unsung hero in Massimo Carrera’s machine. Without question the individual highlight was his sensational rocket that crashed in off his new teammate Aleksandr Selikhov’s crossbar in … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Denis Glushakov

Introduction: The Spartak Moscow central midfielder seems like he has been around for ages but he is still only 29 and therefore is now entering the peak of his career. Glushakov, whose uncle Valeri was also a footballer, has spent the majority of his career in Moscow having started out at the CSKA academy before moving to the now amateur side Nika Moscow. He then moved to Lokomotiv in 2005, spending eight years there before crossing the capital in a £6m move to current club Spartak. Although … [Read more...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part III: Midfielders

Moving on from the back line, in our third part of ‘Slutsky’s Choice’ we examine Russia’s midfield. Throughout the history of the national team, the midfield often possessed the most talented players. Following the days of the Soviet Union, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Andrei Kanchelskis, and Valeri Karpin functioned as the engine feeding strikers Igor Kolyvanov and Vladimir Beschastnykh. The modern midfield helped Russia qualify for a third straight tournament containing a deep pool of talented … [Read more...]

Spartak’s Winter Tasks

With the transfer window being almost three weeks old, and Spartak Moscow being in United Arab Emirates on their first training camp this winter, the fans are starting to wonder what’s happening regarding transfers. The disappointing results in the autumn led General Director Sergei Rodionov to talk about a smaller spring cleaning in the squad during the winter, with up to six players leaving the club. So far, there have only been a few official announcements while the rumours are … [Read more...]

The RFN Top 50 – 50-36

50. Ilya Maksimov, midfielder, Anzhi Despite the fact that Ilya Maksimov turns 29 in February, some people still consider him a young and promising player. Maksimov played 13 games for Zenit, six of these during the 2007 season when the club won its first Russian championship. Since then he has represented eight different Premier League and FNL clubs, and now it finally seems like he has found the right team. Maksimov, who has scored against Zenit, CSKA and Dinamo, is perhaps the brightest … [Read more...]

From Toothless to Ruthless: How Valery Karpin Transformed Spartak

Every single fan can probably recall the warm spring night at Luzhniki last May. Boos and jeers rang around the biggest stadium in Russia, when the host drew against lowly Krylia Sovetov in what was the last game at Luzhniki before its reconstruction. The costly result against minnows almost cost them an European spot, as an entire season of finger-pointing and sacking drama continued to be a problem for Spartak. However, the complete opposite happened yesterday. They looked like a champion, … [Read more...]

Round Table: Week Two

Pavel (@russianpotter) - 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) Xavier (@AxeMurderer60) - French Russian football fan and CSKA supporter Ashraff (@serapdesengal) - A Loko supporter and student in Moscow Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin John … [Read more...]