Season Preview: FC Ural

Ural will look back on 2016-17 as the season that could have been; reaching the Russian Cup Final for the first time was a momentous achievement for a side more accustomed to battling relegation than fighting for continental football, and the financial advantages a Europa League run would have brought could have offered extra security. As it is, they prepare to move into the redeveloped Centralniy Stadium later this year with a reasonably settled squad under the man who effectively resurrected … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at FC Ural’s New Man Aleksandr Lomakin

FC Ural’s head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov is fully convinced that the team’s recent signing, Aleksandr Lomakin, will be of major importance for the Yekaterinburg outfit in the near future. During a short interview to FC Ural’s website, the experienced head coach remembered how hard it was to convince Lomakin’s former club, FC Yenisey, to release him and that the 21-year old midfielder has what is needed to help the team immediately. Lomakin was born in Moscow in 1995 and started playing … [Read more...]

Pavlyuchenko and the Second Last Chance

Eight years ago, only Andrey Arshavin outshone Roman Pavlyuchenko at Euro 2008 where Sbornaya impressed the whole football world by reaching the semifinal. Pavlyuchenko scored three goals for Russia that summer and made UEFA’s Team of the Tournament alongside teammates Andrey Arshavin, Konstantin Zyryanov and Yuri Zhirkov. Eight years later both Sbornaya and Pavlyuchenko find themselves at the opposite end of the scale, as the Russian national team recently crashed out of the Euros, … [Read more...]

Krasnodar Tricks UEFA With Podberyozkin Signing

It came as a surprise when FC Krasnodar announced the signing of Ural midfielder Vyacheslav Podberyozkin in the end of December. Podberyozkin joined the Bulls from Ural, where he has impressed since his debut for the club last season. Since joining Ural the Russian midfielder has established himself as an important part of the Yekaterinburg side, and with his contract set to expire following this season, he became an attractive player for most Russian clubs, who are always looking for … [Read more...]