Andreas Granqvist – FC Krasnodar’s Swedish warrior looking to return home

FC Krasnodar defender Andreas Granqvist is arguably in his best form ever. In November, he was Sweden’s most important player in their 1-0 aggregate win over Italy in the World Cup qualifiers that sent a shock through the footballing world, as Italy are now set to miss their first World Cup tournament since 1958. Especially in the return 0-0 leg at the San Siro, Granqvist was outstanding, singlehandedly controlling the Swedish defence. Just over a week later, he broke Zlatan Ibrahimović’s … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Crvena Zvezda – FC Krasnodar

First Playoff Round, Second Leg: Fyodor Smolov's Return? Last week’s Europa league clash between Krasnodar and Crvena Zvezda was a thriller. Featuring five goals, one improperly disallowed and scoring chances aplenty, there was no shortage of excitement at the Krasnodar Stadium. Krasnodar comes into this game with a deserved 3-2 lead after they controlled most of the game at their home arena. Though Krasnodar does have this lead heading to Serbia, Crvena’s two away goals mean that they are in a … [Read more...]

Swedish Exports – not just Volvo, IKEA & ABBA

What links CSKA's midfield linchpin Pontus Wernbloom & last season’s joint top RPL goalscorer Wanderson? The answer is the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Both of these impressive player's careers really took off whilst playing in Sweden's second city and they are not the only current RPL players with a Swedish footballing background. Here I will run down some ex-Allsvenskan (Sweden's premier league) players plying their trade in the RPL and put forward some current Swedish based talents who … [Read more...]