Interview with Bart Caubergh: Physical Training and Extreme External Factors in Russia

Ever since the 2011/2012 season, when the Russian Football Premier League abandoned the calendar year to instead follow the European season, it has been debated whether or not this was the right move. The switch meant that Russian clubs now play well into December, while also kicking off after the winter break at the beginning of March, when most of the country is still covered in snow. While this always equals a bunch of cancelled games and a poor quality of games, it also gives a long range … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Russian Derbies, Trouble At Spartak v CSKA & RFPL Managerial Vacancies

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by website editor Toke Theilade and writer Andrew Flint. The trio discuss Russian derbies and talk about the unsavoury incidents at last weekend's Moscow derby between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow. They then go over the recent managerial departures in the Russian Premier League before taking listeners' questions and talking about their 'Only in Russian football' moment for this … [Read more...]

Krylya Sovetov Close to Remarkable New Signings

Currently ranked 12th with only 19 points for 18 games, Krylya Sovetov are one of the candidates for relegation this season. The Samara-based side won only one of their last nine games in the autumn, but have despite their poor form recently been rather quiet transfer-wise this winter. In fact, the only things happening on the transfer front are Belarusian midfielder Stanislav Dragun leaving the club together with the back-up striker Nicolas Canales. Now, however, it looks like Krylya Sovetov … [Read more...]

Interview with Krylya’s Yohan Mollo: “I came here to prove myself and play football”

This interview was originally posted on the brilliant French website that specialize in anything related to East European football. They were kind enough to help us translate it into English and allow us to post it here on RussianFootballNews.  The interview was conducted on September 11 by Adrien Laëthier (@AdriLT) and translated by Quentin Guéguen (@Quentin_BZH). Big thanks to them both from the RFN editorial staff. First, can you tell us how you ended up in Samara? … [Read more...]

Around Match Day 26

’Around the Match Day’ is a new feature on We will take a look at all the major and minor stories surrounding the match day and give you an overview you do not get elsewhere. The Russian Premier League’s match day 26 showed us both the best and the worst from the Russian football world. Zenit Saint Petersburg visited Spartak Moscow at the brand new Otkritie Arena, where more than 40,000 spectators showed up to watch one of the biggest derbies in the country. Both fan … [Read more...]

The Day The Giants Fell

It began while much of Europe was still asleep, and indeed many Russians would have only been stirring in their beds when the first goal went in. Vasily Karmazinenko's 28th minute goals for SKA-Energia Khabarovsk against Volga arrived just before 4.30am in the UK, and by the time the final whistle blew, British clocks were yet to strike six. Nevertheless, Volga were out of the Russian Cup. Karmazinenko grabbed a double was enough to see off the Nizhny Novgorod side 2-0, and before long they … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Samara Season Preview

INTRO: At the end of last season, Krylia Sovetov had the pleasure of contesting a two-leg playoff tie against Spartak Nalchik of the Football National League (the FNL is Russia's second tier). The Samarans, who have never dropped out of the top flight since the fall of the Soviet Union, secured a berth in the 2013/2014 Premier League with 2-0 and 5-2 wins. With just a six-week offseason, Krylia haven't had much time to work on the transfer market. So far, a pair of Volga players have arrived, … [Read more...]

Round Table: Week 29

WE have a new feature at RFN that will offer a discussion amongst our diverse collection of experts.  We will touch on hot subjects and issues in Russian football and share different opinions on the latest in Russian football. Rob - @RobDillonMTA‎ - a journalist who specializes in Russian football, he is also the Editor of Pavel - @russianpotter  - a Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Andy - @AndyShenk – a Moscow … [Read more...]

Roysthon Drenthe – Saviour?

Alania Vladikavkaz, by their own admission, are not having a good season. Promoted back from the First Division after a season spent playing catch-up to Mordovia in the second tier, they currently sit joint bottom of the Russian Premier League, having managed just three wins and 22 goals in their 24 games so far. As if that wasn't bad enough, they also managed to get themselves knocked out of the national cup competition by lowly FC Tyumen, a Second Division side from east of the Urals whose … [Read more...]