Fake News is not Good News – Russia and FIFPro

A few days after FIFPro, the international union for professional football players, unveiled the "Biggest ever football survey", I met with the President and CEO of Russia's legal Footballers Union (ARFPU), Alexander Zotov. It was on the sidelines of a Sponsorship in Sports Forum and despite the bling and jazz of stars and big hitters in the Hilton, the most interesting story came from Roman Shirokov and Zotov. We will recall the issues surrounding the 2 footballers unions in Russia. One … [Read more...]

Russia in Free Fall on the FIFA Ranking List

Looking at FIFA’s so-called Coca-Cola World Ranking of the best national teams in the world from a Russian point of view is depressing. It is no secret that Russia is far from the 9th place they occupied following the 2008 and 2012 Euros, and even further from the 5th place occupied in 1995 when the national team won eight of their 10 national team games. That Russia is currently ranked 38th is however both disappointing and poor, and exemplifies the state of Sbornaya. After updating the … [Read more...]

What Does Gianni Infantino’s Presidency Mean for Russia?

On Friday the 26th of February, FIFA elected a new president. After two close rounds of voting, Gianni Infantino from UEFA won the race ahead of Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa from Bahrain. The voting was anonymous, and it is therefore impossible to say with certainty who Russia voted for, but there is no doubt that Russia were on good terms with both of the main candidates. Like most of Europe, Vitaly Mutko (pictured above), the Russian sports minister and president of the Russian … [Read more...]

Who Will Russia Back for FIFA President?

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa from Bahrain and President Vladimir Putin. Source: TASS The simple answer to the above-asked question is UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino. At the beginning of February, president of the Russian Football Union and sports minister Vitaly Mutko stated: “We agree with most European countries and believe that Infantino is our candidate for FIFA presidency.” Mutko’s statement came after Infantino visited Russia for the unveiling of the 2017 Confederations … [Read more...]

Tarasov Becomes Part of UEFA’s Political Problem

It was hoped that this match would be able to unite two sets of people among the current diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey. However, unfortunately several inflammatory incidents took place around the game. Firstly stones were thrown at a bus of Lokomotiv Moscow fans and several Twitter accounts associated with Russian football were abused and threatened with violence.           The main incident to capture the headlines though has … [Read more...]

Monday Rewind: August 19-26

EDITOR'S PICK: Igor Akinfeev fast becoming the heir to the legendary Lev Yashin - Goal.com MONDAY, AUGUST 19: Why I Love The Russian Premier League - Russian Football News TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Russia crumbling when under pressure yet again - When Saturday Comes Round Table: National Team Update - Russian Football News Anzhi's New Approach Is Refreshing - Russian Football News WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Zenit: An Unforgettable Day with the young Sky Blues - … [Read more...]

Monday Rewind: August 12-19

EDITOR'S PICK: You could be next - The schadenfreude for Anzhi's "fall" - Back Page Football TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: Obituary: The Anzhi Project (2011-2013) - The Moscow News Russia World Cup Chief Defends Anti-Gay Law - World Football Insider Rumour Roundup - From Beyond the Iron Curtain Dzyuba ready to grasp Russia opportunity - FIFA WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14: Assessing the Squad Ahead of Northern Ireland - Russian Football News FIFA statement on Russia - FIFA THURSDAY, … [Read more...]

Stadiums

(1) LUZHNIKI STADIUM - MOSCOW Estimated cost: €480m Seating capacity: 81,000 History: Luzhniki officially opened on July 31, 1956, intended for use as the Soviet Union's central stadium. In 57 years, the facility has undergone two major renovations - prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics  and in 1996-1997, when a roof was added to comply with UEFA standards. The stadium has hosted the Summer Olympics, UEFA Cup and Champions League finals, and numerous Russian national team matches. It has … [Read more...]

Russia U17

FIXTURES & RESULTS   Iceland and Russia advance to the elite qualifying round for Euro 2014, which will be contested in March 2014. … [Read more...]