Slutsky’s Choice Part II: Defenders

In our second part of 'Slutsky's Choice' (Read part one here), we look at Russia’s backline. Historically, one of the stronger assets on the field, it has kept cohesion within the team during periods that lacked success. During the 1990s as Soviet players steadily retired, the back line featuring Viktor Onopko and Yuri Nikiforov helped Russia reach the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996. The next generation of defenders, Sergei Ignashevich, and Denis Kolodin brought more success as they heroically … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]

How far can Russia go at Euro 2016?

Although the Russian national team have a few more days to wait until they discover who their Euro 2016 group opponents will be, there is growing optimism that Leonid Slutskiy’s men can perform much better than they did in Brazil two years ago. The 2014 World Cup was a tournament to forget for Russia as they crashed out at the group stage without recording a single victory. Draws against South Korea and Algeria generated the most disappointment from fans and pundits who expected Fabio Capello … [Read more...]

Liverpool Among Sides Interested in Rubin’s Ozdoev

After reported interest from abroad for Rubin’s young defender Elmir Nabiullin earlier this week, rumours have now surfaced surrounding another Rubin player, this time midfielder Magomed Ozdoev, with Liverpool, Lyon and Schalke the clubs named to be interested in the 23 year old Russian international. His agent Thomas Zorn told Russian website – “It is true that European clubs are interested in Magomed. At the moment, the most interest comes from the German Bundesliga, but … [Read more...]

Elmir Nabiullin – Are the Big Leagues Calling?

Over the last few days, there have been rumours linking Rubin Kazan's Elmir Nabiullin with a move to England, with Southampton named as a club particularly interested. His agent Thomas Zorn tweeted that they have received several calls from English and German clubs alike, a follow up to confirmation that German clubs made enquiries in summer also. A Russian moving to one of the big … [Read more...]

The Next Generation – Russia’s 6 Best Young Talents

Russian football is awash with some of the brightest young talents in the game today. Here we take a look at some of the stand out stars of the next generation. Aleksandr Golovin Age: 19 Club: CSKA Moscow Position: Midfielder Playmaker Aleksandr Golovin has garnered a reputation as one of the brightest stars in the Russian football with some coruscating displays on the youth international scene. The midfielder played an integral part in Russia’s 2013 UEFA European U-17 Championship … [Read more...]