SKA – Lokomotiv: The Politics of a Russian Winter Game

Russia as a country is known for its insanely harsh winters, and obviously this also affects football. The white winter pitches and ice cold temperatures are almost trademarks of Russian football, but it is not just fun and games. In fact, the frozen pitches and freezing temperatures can really be quite dangerous for the players. An example of this came last weekend, when SKA Khabarovsk hosted CSKA Moscow home at Lenin Stadium in -17 degrees celsius. During the game both Georgy Milanov and … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs Cancel Training Camps in Turkey Due to Political Crisis

Because of the diplomatic crisis that emerged yesterday when a Russian jet and later a rescue-helicopter were shot down in Turkey, the Russian Football Union has encouraged Russian clubs to cancel their training camps in Turkey for the upcoming winter break. With a winter break running from December to March, the Russian Premier League clubs are spending most of the winter in training camps, and Turkey is a very popular destination. With Turkey being considerably cheaper than the Arab … [Read more...]