Amkar Perm & the perils of regional government ownership

One of the sad truths of Russian football is financial instability, and every couple of weeks, stories of insolvency and huge debts spring up seemingly out of nowhere. In the last six weeks, we have already highlighted crises at Luch-Energiya Vladivostok and Rubin Kazan, and now, it is the turn of Amkar Perm. Despite establishing themselves as a stable mid-table club in the Premier League since promotion in 2004, finishing in European spots just once in 2008 and in the relegation … [Read more...]

Missing salaries and results: the poor state of Rubin Kazan

Few Premier League clubs entered this season with bigger momentum and more excitement than Rubin Kazan. After years of underachieving, the pride of Tatarstan was once again supposed to challenge the country's big boys. Over the summer, Rubin went from being in the hands of the local government of the Republic of Tatarstan to the republic's biggest private company, Tatar-American Investment and Finance, also known as TAIF. This saw the club receive an influx of cash, which was spent on … [Read more...]