Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – Mexico

After losing to Portugal earlier this week, Russia travel back to Kazan, where they also played against New Zealand, with the need to beat Mexico in order to emerge from the group stages of the Confederations Cup. A draw will be enough to take Mexico through and a point would only suffice for Russia in the unlikely event that New Zealand beat Portugal. Last time out The hosts are in danger of missing out on a semi-final spot after losing 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow. Cristiano … [Read more...]

RFN Confederations Cup Predictions League

Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sánchez and Ruslan Kambolov are all set to rub shoulders this week as the cream of world football roll into town to fight for the FIFA Confederations Cup. What a cracker to kickstart the tournament as well; New Zealand, fresh from a friendly win over Irish second division club side Cabinteely, open up proceedings against the hosts in the Krestovsky Stadium (sorry, “St Petersburg Stadium”...) on a relaid surface that only arrived a matter of days ago. Denis … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ilzat Akhmetov

Biography Name: Ilzat Akhmetov DOB/Age: 31/12/1997 – 19 years old Club: Rubin Kazan Position: Attacking Midfielder Nationality: Russia Career to Date Akhmetov is a homegrown academy player, who came through the ranks at Rubin Kazan from a young age. Although he was born in Kyrgyzstan, his family moved to Kazan while he was still a toddler, and so he is eligible to represent Russia at international level. An attacking midfielder by trade, Akhmetov impressed at reserve level for Rubin, … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Georgiy Tigiev

Biography Name: Georgiy Tigiev DOB/Age: 26/05/1995 – 21 years old Club: Anzhi Makhachkala Position: Left Back Nationality: Russia Career to Date Having come through the ranks at Kuban Krasnodar, Tigiev made his senior breakthrough at Torpedo Moscow in 2015 as a 19 year old. At the tail end of the season, as Torpedo were fighting for their Premier League survival, Tigiev started the last five games, making his debut in a 2-2 draw vs Rubin Kazan, and his impressive performances earned him a … [Read more...]

“Is Ronaldo coming? Of course.” – Confederations Cup Draw in Kazan

This weekend, Kazan hosted football luminaries from across the globe as the draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup took place. Vlad Zimagulov from Sport BO was out and about that day, and has the summary of the days' events. All photos and text courtesy of Sport BO. The red carpet was put out before the ceremony surrounding the Confederations Cup draw. This, of course, does not compare to what the stars of the Oscars normally expect, or the world’s best players arriving at the Ballon D’or, but … [Read more...]

Pre-Season Training Camps – An inside view of Rubin Kazan in Austria

Russian Football News have teamed up with Kazan based sports website Sport BO (@Sport_BO) to translate a very interesting article from their journalist Vladislav Zimagulov (@vlad_zima), who had the chance to go to Austria and spend time with Rubin Kazan as they undertook their lengthy pre-season training camp in Mühldorf. At this hugely exciting time for the club, with a new manager – Javi Gracia from Malaga- , new coaches and lots of new players, this kind of insight is hugely interesting, and … [Read more...]

Rubin Kazan – What Does Javi Gracia Have To Work With?

Rubin Kazan are coming off the back of their lowest league position in nine years, finishing in 10th position, however the coming summer and season promise to be one of the most exciting for in recent times, following the appointment of esteemed Spanish manager Javi Gracia from Malaga, but he will have a tough job on his hands. Following a highly impressive 2014/15 season which saw Rubin’s young, predominantly Russian squad finish in 5th, a largely unchanged side struggled for form during … [Read more...]

Russian Cup Final 2016 – Zenit Win the Battle of Kazan, but War Wages on

What was billed as a tightly contested Russian Cup Final showpiece turned out to be a whitewash as Zenit St. Petersburg emphatically notched their fourth Russian Cup success against a lacklustre CSKA Moscow at Kazan Arena yesterday. The sun had bathed Kazan – the capital and largest city of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan – throughout the first long weekend of the Russian May holidays, lifting moods even higher among the expectant travelling fans. Groups of friends and families sauntered … [Read more...]

James Appell: “Russian and English football have the same problem”

If you follow Russian football, you probably know who James Appell is, given there aren't too many foreign journalists covering and interested in Russian football. There have been interviews with him in the Russian press (he's well known in Russia). Reading it, I always thought it would be great to talk to him myself, and, probably, have an interview. The years passed, and, in the end, I found the opportunity. I heard he was coming to visit the Volga - Spartak match in Nizhny Novgorod, and … [Read more...]

Capello Announces Squad for Luxembourg and Israel Qualifiers

Russia boss Fabio Capello announced his final squad for the upcoming Luxembourg and Israel World Cup qualifiers. Russia, 2nd in Group F with 12 points and a game in hand on 1st-place Portugal (14 points), will host Luxembourg in Kazan on September 6 and Israel in St. Petersburg on September 10. Capello's men have yet to face Luxembourg, last in the group, though competitive with three draws in six outings. Israel, meanwhile, fell to Russia 4-0 at home last September and will be seeking … [Read more...]