Round Table: Reforming Russian Football

Reform is finally the topic of discussion; and possibly just in time too with the timely (but ultimately fruitless) resignation of apparatchik-in-chief, Vitaly Mutko. However, it is more likely this will be propagated as an excuse to do nothing - as is custom. But nevertheless, we all try to be optimistic here at RFN, and as thus we've grouped together some of our most reform-supporting writers to discuss the recent proposals of Evgeny Giner, Leonid Fedun, Vladimir Hashig and Sergei Pryadkin and … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Which RFPL players should foreign clubs sign?

In the latest edition of the RFN Podcast, Thomas Giles, Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint discuss the recent proposals to reform the Premier League as well as the upcoming transfer window. You can find the podcast on SoundCloud, or subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. You can also subscribe via iTunes by selecting – File, Subscribe to Podcast – and entering the following … [Read more...]

Leonid Fedun’s “Football Revolution”: How the Spartak owner proposes reforming Russian football

Leonid Fedun is a highly influential figure in Russian football, and when he speaks, we all listen. He is the current majority shareholder of Spartak Moscow, LUKoil and former military officer. He has recently spoken out on reforming football in Russia, proposing what he claims is a "Football Revolution". Every year at the winter break, questions over reforming the league structure and schedule crop up, partly due to the lack of match action, but also the sheer importance and need for this … [Read more...]

Russian Club Owners: Leonid Fedun (Spartak Moscow) – A Dinamo Fan in Charge of Spartak Moscow

  Ever since oil billionaire and oligarch Leonid Fedun bought the controlling stake in Spartak Moscow in 2003, he has been one of the most controversial figures in Russian football. Born in Kyiv in 1956, Leonid Arnoldovich Fedun grew up an avid supporter of the local side, Dinamo. As a young boy, he experienced the Blue-Whites dominate Soviet football, winning three consecutive domestic titles between 1966 and 1968, and in 1975 they became the first Soviet club to win a European … [Read more...]

The Berdyev Saga at Otkritie Arena

All football clubs have their ups and downs, whether they are from a sporting point of view or from a strategic one. To minimize the problems on the latter, the club needs to develop a general sporting strategy by asking the right questions. What are our goals long-term and short term, and how does these fit together with the budget? How much should you allocate to transfers, and what kind of salary policy should you implement? Furthermore, how big a chunk of the overall budget should be … [Read more...]

The Tale of Michael Laudrup and Spartak

The past couple of seasons have seen an influx of Nordic and Scandinavian talent moving to Russian clubs. The majority of the players have been Swedish with Rasmus Elm, Kim Kallström and Pontus Wernbloom being some of the biggest names, but Iceland have also been represented by Solvi Ottesen and Ragnar Sigurdsson while Norwegian Stefan Strandberg has followed in the footsteps of Erik Hagen who played for Zenit between 2005 and 2008. Last but not least, Finland is currently represented by CSKA … [Read more...]

Spartak, What’s Next?

As I wrote after Spartak’s defeat to Rostov, the Red-Whites are going through a difficult time. Spartak have had to restart its project every summer in recent seasons because of coach changes, which means new players, structural reorganization and in the end Spartak haven’t moved forward but sideways. Since the 2011/2012 season when Spartak finished second, Spartak have finished fourth once and sixth twice. The club with the famous diamond logo is currently ranked seventh, and it is therefore … [Read more...]

Why Spartak’s No.10 Could Return the Glory Days to The People’s Club

It has been thirteen years since Spartak Moscow last won a trophy - the 2003 Russian Cup. The celebratory ticker tape has long since been cleared from the Lokomotiv Stadium pitch on that balmy summer night in the Russian capital; the lap of honour long since run. That year, the club’s coach Oleg Romantsev - perhaps the greatest manager in Russian football history - retired; alcohol problems and backroom politics allegedly precipitated his exit. The retirement marked the end of eleven years at … [Read more...]

Fedun, Yakin, Romantsev, Bushmanov and Alenichev – A Short Story On Spartak’s Adrift Vessel

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”- Leo Tolstoy The idea that something will eventually change with the apparent departure of Leonid Fedun from the position of chairman of Spartak Moscow position is just a mere hallucination caused by the sea of madness into which the most important Russian club of all-time is currently drowned into. Fedun stepping down from his commanding position will definitely not change much in the way the club is being managed … [Read more...]