International Preview: Russia – Spain

The match against Argentina was a promising performance, undone by some genuine quality and a glaringly obvious missed offside decision. Post-match, not quite the promising and more of the horrendous, with reports of overcrowding and over 1.5-hour queues and to get out of the Luzhniki and onto the Moscow Metro. Let's hope the game against Spain on Tuesday goes off without a hitch and proves the authorities are ready to organise the logistics of the World Cup next year. The team landed in St … [Read more...]

International Preview: Russia – Argentina

We are finally here, and I don't know about you but with the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium at long last finally open, it seems like the excitement for the World Cup is full steam ahead. As such, Russia's International Friendlies take a real turn during this break, with two daunting opponents in Argentina and Spain, who have both qualified for the 2018 World Cup already. If Russia is to progress beyond the Group Stages of the tournament, they'll likely face teams of this calibre later in the … [Read more...]

Sbornaya – Dinamo Moscow: Another RFU Farce

Unfortunately for fans of Russian Football and particularly the Russian National Team, that headline is not a typographical error. While incumbent World Champions Germany face off against the Czech Republic and Norway in two difficult and competitive World Cup Qualifying games, Sbornaya will face Dinamo Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 3 September. Although Russia are playing, the tie has been officially denoted as a "Club Friendly", not an international. Therefore, it is the only game that the … [Read more...]

Summer Special in Moscow: Spartak – Dynamo Kiev

It's been decades since they battled for top honors in the Soviet league, but Spartak - Dynamo Kiev is still an important fixture, even when it's a preseason friendly. Days in advance, 8,000-plus Muscovites bought up every available ticket for the match at Eduard Streltsov Stadium on the southeast edge of downtown Moscow. Thursday's match, the first of the four-team United Tournament, featuring Spartak, Zenit, Shakhtar and Dynamo, went to the visitors, 1-0, on an Oleg Gusev penalty in the … [Read more...]