RFN Podcast: Slutsky Leaves Hull & RFPL Takes Winter Break

Thomas Giles, Toke Theilade and James Nickels provide their usual insight into Russian football, and discuss the latest issues, including the departure of Leonid Slutsky at English side Hull City, and provide a mid-season review as the RFPL moves into the Winter Break. https://soundcloud.com/world-football-index/russian-football-news-slutsky-leaves-hull-rfpl-takes-winter-break You can find the podcast on SoundCloud, or subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. You can also subscribe via … [Read more...]

Leonid Slutsky Appointed Head Coach of Hull City – Becomes Historic

Former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team head coach Leonid Slutsky has made history by becoming the first Russian to take charge of an English club after being confirmed in the hot seat at Hull City. His appointment follows speculation over the past week - with Sunderland also said to have been interested in capturing the 46-year-old - and months of acclimatisation to English football, language and culture. After his predecessor Marco Silva left the club having failed to save them from … [Read more...]

Does Russian Football Make Average Foreigners Look Good?

When Zenit St. Petersburg signed Yoann Mollo from Krylia Sovetov earlier this year, both Zenit fans and observers from Mollo's home nation France raised their eyebrows. The fans of Zenit thought that Mollo was not at the level of their club, only shining at Krylia as he was the focal point in their counter attacking style of play, and therefore took the lead in most of their attacking play. French observers, fans of his former club Saint Etienne, for example, struggled to believe that a player … [Read more...]