Russian Transfers – Homeward Bound

Each year we read the same nonsense with Russian transfers. XXXX is on the way to an English or German club. It's a done deal. It's in the final stages. A month ago CSKA Moscow's Golovin was about to join Arsenal. That was June 10th. Three days later the same news outlet reported Arsenal's Russian scout, Pavel Kucherov, said He is not talented enough for the European level and it’s unrealistic to discuss his transfer to a top Premier League club. Fanboys and journos went into overdrive with a … [Read more...]

Naive. Same Old Story, Myasa!

Nil creativity, nil creation, nil finishing, plus near-to-zero teamwork. Everything that Murat Yakin built from the thrashing of Rubin and hard-earned victory against Dynamo, crumbled in a drab 90 minutes in the humidity of Krasnodar. Different gaffer this time around, but the same opponent destroyed them at the same venue last season. What went wrong 1: Dzyuba-less Spartak = incompetence The towering striker, who benefited from his fruitful loan at Rostov last season, came back with a bang … [Read more...]

Goals Galore in RPL Kick-Off

The opening weekend to the Russian Premier League has set up the entire season and led Russian football fans to believe that this could be the most exciting and thrilling season to date. There's no denying the title race was wide open before the start of the season with four different sides being pumped up to win the league from the very beginning, and after this weekend's football, it's obvious the season will not disappoint the fans. Rubin - Spartak The eagerly anticipated return of … [Read more...]

Preview: Thursday’s Matches

I take a look at Thursday's fixtures in the RPL, featuring Lokomotiv and Dynamo. Loko will be looking to continue their good form and will be full of confidence after beating Dynamo last week. Dynamo, on the other hand, need to start picking up wins if they want to be challenging for the European places come the end of the season. Amkar v Rostov These two teams come into this match with contrasting form. Amkar have lost just 1 of their last 5 games, whereas visitors Rostov have lost 3 of … [Read more...]

Top 10 Summer Transfers

First off, click here for our complete Summer 2013 Transfer Table. Russian clubs spent approximately €283 million this summer, with Dynamo topping the list at €68 million. Anzhi, meanwhile, after selling off 13 players in less than a month, earned more than any other club worldwide - €136 million. The best transfer stories of the summer, though, no offense to the Top 10, came from 11th-placed Volga Nizhny Novgorod. In mid June, the club announced it had signed 26-year-old Argentine … [Read more...]

Rostov Hammered on the Road, Concede 2nd Place to Loko

Despite the league's top goal-scorer, Artem Dzyuba, starting for Rostov on Monday night, the visitors were rocked by Lokomotiv, 5-0, in the final match of Week 6. Equadorean striker Felip Caicedo gave the Railwaymen a 1-0 lead just before the break, heading home an incisive goal-line cross from Mbark Boussoufa. When Kamil Agalarov saw red in the 52th for a last-chance foul on Maicon in the box and Loko midfielder Alexander Samedov doubled the lead from the spot, Rostov's night was over. The … [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...]

Revival-on-Don?

After a single game of a new season, it would be ridiculous to try and predict how one team's fortunes may pan out over the next ten months. A whole host of factors can come into play, some more obvious than others, and with 29 matches still to be played, a single occasion will obviously bear little resemblance to the course of the season. That does not mean, however, that to ignore the opening days of the season is sensible, as there are undoubtedly trends and patterns forming which generate … [Read more...]

FC Rostov Season Preview

INTRO: Last year, Rostov finished 13th in the Russian Premier League for a second consecutive season. Miodrag Bozovic's men strolled to a 3-0 aggregate win over SKA-Energiya in the relegation playoffs, but management let its dissatisfaction be known. "The fans expect a more successful result from the team than what happened last season," said Rostov Region governor Vasily Golubev at a July meeting with the club. More specifically, the players have been told to aim for a top-10 finish. The … [Read more...]