Lokomotiv’s Five Greatest Exports to England, And What They Meant for Their Clubs

On the last day of the January transfer window, Baye Oumar Niasse moved from Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton for a fee of almost €18 million. This season he developed into a leader for Lokomotiv, and one of the best players in Russia: RFN ranked him 4th in 2015. So, let's take a look at some of the other former stars of the Railwaymen who moved to England. Experts from England have shared their knowledge about how these players performed during their time in the Premiership. Alexey … [Read more...]

6 Players Who Could Turn Out as the Best Value Signings of 2015

This summer's transfer activity in Russia could be labelled slow and liturgical, however the majority of clubs have added quality and depth throughout their squads to compete on various forefronts ahead of the new season. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints placed on most clubs, spending in the league has been reduced in comparison to previous seasons so we have decided to have a look at the some of the best value signings this summer by Premier League clubs. Artem Dzyuba - Zenit St. … [Read more...]

Transfer Preview: Rubin Kazan

After a successful season, Rubin Kazan are left with the tough situation of trying to improve their squad. With the hope that none of the big players will depart, though many will have reputable suitors, the main aim will be to strengthen the backbone of the team, adding to each department. Rubin, however, are not blessed with the money they once had. None of their latest big money signings have worked out particularly well (M’Vila, Devic and Livaja most recently), and this has consequently left … [Read more...]

What Happened to Russia’s succesful 2008 Squad?

When you talk about the 2008 EURO tournament, most people will talk about the amazing Russian team, which reached the semifinals, where they lost to the later champions from Spain. This was the beginning of the Spanish world domination, but even though the Russians did not win the gold medals, they won the hearts of the football world. Names like Zhirkov, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko suddenly became world famous, and several of the Russian players were on the short lists of Europe’s biggest clubs. … [Read more...]

English Premier League Exports to Russia

Dynamo Moscow • Chris Samba (Blackburn 2007 - 2012 & QPR 2013) • Alex Buttner (Manchester United 2012 - 2014) • Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea 2009 - 2011) Chris Samba arrived in the English Premiership as an unheralded £500,000 signing from unfashionable Hertha Berlin, and left England for the second time having to defend wages of £100,000 a week in a relegated QPR side. In fact, in the last two and a half years, he has commanded total transfer fees of around £50 million. It is safe to say his … [Read more...]