Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

Dinamo  – The footballing embodiment of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Nobody would deny that current Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg hold the football monopoly in Russia's second city but this has not the always been the case. However, before Zenit's first title win in 1984 under Pavel Sadyrin, Dinamo Leningrad, as they were then, were the most supported club in the city. Their story is a fascinating one that embodies the history of the great city they represent. St. Petersburg, the capital of the former Russian Empire, is the … [Read more...]

The Belarusian Samba – An Interview with Renan Bressan

Currently playing for the Portuguese side of Rio Ave FC, the Brazilian-born Belarusian international Renan Bressan is arguably one of the best footballers ever to have set foot in that Eastern European country. Being almost 27 now, the talented creative midfielder has been enjoying a good moment in Portuguese football, but he did not forget the glory days he spent at Belarus, the never ending nightmare he lived at Vladikavkaz and the brief stint in Kazakhstani football. Last week, the … [Read more...]