Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

Russia v Costa Rica: Squad Evaluation

Russia’s upcoming friendly with Costa Rica in Krasnodar represents the second opportunity for new coach Stanislav Cherchesov to assemble his national team squad camp since he took over the hot seat from Leonid Slutsky after Russia’s Euros exit this summer. After hardly the most enthralling performances against Turkey and Ghana to kick start his reign at the beginning of the month, Cherchesov has made a couple of tweaks to his initial squad selection while continuing to disregard the widely … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Fedor Smolov

Introduction: Without question Smolov is the most in-form member of Russia's squad this summer after finishing a spectacular season on a personal level as the Russian Premier League's top goalscorer, but his true arrival on the international scene has been a long time coming. Once touted as a bright young star of Russian football, he made a rare foray into Europe with a loan spell at Feyenoord, but failed to make an impression. In fact until 15 months ago, at the age of 25, he had only … [Read more...]

The RFN Awards 2015/2016

With the regular season of the Russian Football Premier League being over, the Russian Football News team is proud to present to you, for the second season in a row - the RFN Awards. Our team have voted on six different categories while also finding the Team of the Season.  Player of the Season: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg) Russian Player of the Season: Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar) Young Player of the Season: Sardar Azmoun (FC Rostov) Best and Worst Signing of the Season: Fedor … [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...]

Can Kerzhakov Score His Way Back to Sbornaya?

Aleksandr Kerzhakov after his goal against South Korea at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On Wednesday evening, Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored twice to help FC Zürich qualify for the Swiss cup final, beating titleholders FC Sion 3-0. The goals against FC Sion, came just three weeks after Kerzhakov opened his account for Zürich when he secured a crucial 2-1 victory away against Luzern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xwcEoJgA7A Kerzhakov joined Zürich on a six-month loan in January after … [Read more...]

6 Players Who Could Turn Out as the Best Value Signings of 2015

This summer's transfer activity in Russia could be labelled slow and liturgical, however the majority of clubs have added quality and depth throughout their squads to compete on various forefronts ahead of the new season. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints placed on most clubs, spending in the league has been reduced in comparison to previous seasons so we have decided to have a look at the some of the best value signings this summer by Premier League clubs. Artem Dzyuba - Zenit St. … [Read more...]