The 70 Best-Paid Players in Russia, and What They Tell Us About the League

Every year the Russian sports site Sports.ru publishes a list of the best-paid players from the Russian Premier League, and this year was no exception. The numbers on the list includes bonuses and sign-on-fees, which are split into the amount of years the contract runs. For example, Artyom Dzyuba earns €3 million euros annually for Zenit on a five-year contract, but when he signed, he received a sign-on-fee of €3 million, which split into his five-year contract gives him an annual wage on €3.6 … [Read more...]

Inside the Game: Preview to Benfica vs Zenit

Lisbon on Tuesday plays host to an enticing first round match between Euro giants SL Benfica and FC Zenit St. Petersburg in Group C Champions League action. Russian Football News has combined forces with our Portuguese counterparts at PortugalFutbol.net to provide you with a comprehensive preview of this clash of titans. Zenit Blue, White & Sky-Blue Preview Andre Villas Boas said he wanted to be like Peter the Great (the Tsar who looked to Europe), when he first arrived at the Blue, White … [Read more...]

Top of the Table Showdown at the Petrovsky: Zenit vs. Dynamo

In terms of star power and table implications, the weekend’s Zenit - Dynamo clash in St. Petersburg is the RPL’s biggest yet of the season. The showdown between Zenit St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow is not only a match between number one and two in the Russian Premier League, it is also a match between two of the deepest-pocketed Russian clubs. Both squads have plenty of foreign talent with exciting players like Ezequiel Garay, Axel Witsel and Hulk for Zenit and Christopher Samba, Alexander … [Read more...]