Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan – The Greatest Giant Killing in European History?

In 2008 and 2009, FC Barcelona were at the top of the footballing world. They won every trophy available to them: La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The squad that the Catalan's had put together under the management of Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time with Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández at the peak of their careers, alongside stars such as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Yaya Touré … [Read more...]

Karadeniz not to be affected by Russia-Turkey crisis

While the diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey that followed the Turkish shootdown of a Russian fighter jet in November has already gotten all the Russian clubs to cancel their training camps in Turkey, it won’t affect the Turkish football players plying their trade in Russia says sports minister Vitaly Mutko. The most profilic Turk currently playing in the Russian Premier League is Rubin Kazan midfielder Gökdeniz Karadeniz who joined the Tatars in 2008. He became an immediate success … [Read more...]

The RFN Top 50 – 50-36

50. Ilya Maksimov, midfielder, Anzhi Despite the fact that Ilya Maksimov turns 29 in February, some people still consider him a young and promising player. Maksimov played 13 games for Zenit, six of these during the 2007 season when the club won its first Russian championship. Since then he has represented eight different Premier League and FNL clubs, and now it finally seems like he has found the right team. Maksimov, who has scored against Zenit, CSKA and Dinamo, is perhaps the brightest … [Read more...]