The Importance of Acevedo: A Player Focus From Ural v Dinamo

Ural had a disappointing transfer window, losing their two strongest attacking talents in Vyacheslav Podberezkin and Aleksandr Erokhin for nothing and failing to sign a mobile striker they so desperately need. The loan signing of Carlos Strandberg was an unmitigated disaster, as CSKA's teenage Swede struggled to even make the bench, yet alone the pitch, and he has since returned to his parent club. Fans outside the ground were disparaging with their comments about their recently departed … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]

Watch Gerson Acevedo’s Perfect Free Kick Against CSKA

Chilean midfielder Gerson Acevedo has done well since his arrival in Russia. Acevedo,  who represented second-tier side Deportes Puerto Montt before leaving his home country, has established himself as a key player for Ural Ekaterinburg since he helped the club secure its promotion to the Russian Premier League.  Acevedo is one of few players in Ural's squad who can turn a match around by himself, and against the current league leaders CSKA he showed that when he scored the equalizer with a … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Ural Ekaterinburg

Intro: Following last season’s nail-biting escape from relegation in the playoff against Tom Tomsk, the RPL’s easternmost club are faced with a major challenge to keep their heads above the water. With two strong teams gaining promotion in Anzhi Makhachkala and Krilya Sovetov, the fight for survival will be even more intense this time round, but they have brought in a specialist at battling against the odds in Viktor Goncharenko. The Belarussian has been appointed in favour of departing manager … [Read more...]

Ural’s Great Escape

Pablo Fonatello probably deserved his long breath in the corridors of the Geolog Stadium just over a week ago. With a Terry Butcher-esque bandage still clinging to his forehead with genuine blood, sweat and tears, he slumped in the chair outside the changing rooms holding his young daughter having just put in an undisputed man-of-the-match performance to ensure Ural Ekaterinburg kept their place in the Russian Premier League. One would have forgiven him for having his mind elsewhere during the … [Read more...]

Report: FC Ural 2-1 Dynamo Moscow

Fyodor Smolov netted in a late goal at Geolog Stadium in Tyumen to give FC Ural their first win against Dynamo Moscow since 1993, and three more points in their race for survival in the Russian Premier League. "Fyodor is in good psychological and physical shape, and he has craftsmanship," noted Ural manager Alexander Tarkhanov. Smolov, on loan from Dynamo, has been playing the best season of his professional career. The forward created plenty of reason for unrest in the final third throughout … [Read more...]