RFN Podcast – Russian Derbies, Trouble At Spartak v CSKA & RFPL Managerial Vacancies

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by website editor Toke Theilade and writer Andrew Flint. The trio discuss Russian derbies and talk about the unsavoury incidents at last weekend's Moscow derby between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow. They then go over the recent managerial departures in the Russian Premier League before taking listeners' questions and talking about their 'Only in Russian football' moment for this … [Read more...]

Franky Vercauteren Pays Price For Boardroom Errors

News of Krylia Sovetov manager Frank "Franky" Vercauteren leaving the club came as no surprise given his publicly-known frustration with life at the club as they struggle at the bottom of the Premier League. However, the Belgian found himself on the end of a sacking rather than being allowed to leave on his own terms. Although Krylia are in a spot of bother right now, it is important to remember where they were when Vercauteren took over. Before the Belgian arrived in Samara, Krylia had … [Read more...]

Round Table: RPL’s Spring Season

Saturday afternoon, the Russian Premier League returns from the winter break, and so we have gathered an expert panel to discuss the upcoming spring season. Or panel consists of: Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade): Editor in chief at Russian Football News, writer for These Football Times, Sport Executive and Mr East, featured at Futbolgrad and ThinkFootball Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Writer for These Football Times, Futbolgrad, Russian Football News and Back Page Football David … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Krylia Sovetov Samara

Introduction: Frank Vercauteren's men capped a fine season by pipping the FNL's wealthiest club, Anzhi Makhachkala, to the second tier title, returning to the top flight after a brief one-year abscence. Their record is impressive: no side from outside Moscow has played more games in the Russian Premier League than the Samara-based outfit, and they can boast three European campaigns in the last 15 years to boot. A strong run in the Russian Cup to the quarter finals came to end with Bibras … [Read more...]