FC Rostov – More Than Just the Russian Leicester

When FC Rostov challenged for the title last season, they were often described as the Russian version of Leicester City. And that is probably the easiest way to explain to a foreigner what feelings this team causes. Two years ago, Rostov was in last place in the Russian Football Premier League, but then they hired Kurban Berdyev as the new head coach, and he managed to turn things around in an almost magical way. Following survival in the top flight, which required two relegation play-off … [Read more...]

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...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part IV: Forwards

After looking at the goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders, our fourth part of 'Slutsky’s Choice' covers Russia’s forwards. Unlike the other parts of the team, the current goal scoring contingent is less developed with a shallower pool talent. Historically, Russia possessed forwards that performed to varying degrees of success. Igor Kolyvanov, Vladimir Beschasnykh, and Sergey Kyriakov formed the core of the first generation in the wake of the Soviet Union. Their success fluctuated after … [Read more...]

CSKA Bias or Lobanovskiy 2.0?

Two weeks ago, FC Rostov defeated CSKA Moscow with 2-0, and saw themselves move to first place in the Russian Premier League. After finishing 13th last season, Rostov had to go through relegation play-off in order to even secure their spot in this season’s Russian Premier League. On top of this, the club has been struggling financially for two years now, making their success is  the definition of a Cinderella story. However, despite their success on the pitch, not a single Rostov was included … [Read more...]