Reforming the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Football National League is the biggest football league in the world according to geographic area, covering over 4,500 miles as-the-crow-flies and even crosses eight time zones. Due to the size of the league and other problems synonymous with Russian football such as fiscal instability, political corruption and systemic mismanagement, many clubs - as previously explored - do not face a race to thrive, but a battle to survive. READ PART ONE: Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football … [Read more...]

Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

The Sad State of Luch-Energiya Vladivostok

Two weeks ago, Football National League (FNL) side Luch-Energiya Vladivostok were supposed to host division leaders Dinamo Moscow at home. The game however, was moved to Moscow and Arena Khimki because of the poor state of the pitch at Dinamo Stadium. While this seems innocent enough considering major clubs like FC Rostov and Rubin Kazan are also struggling with their pitches, a darker story lies behind. Luch-Energiya find themselves in poor financial shape, and have done for a long time now. … [Read more...]

Luch-Energiya Vladivostok – The Eastern Outpost of Russian Football

After writing about Baltika Kalingrad, who are situated in the far western reaches of Russia in my previous piece, I felt it was only fair to travel 10,000 kilometres to the far eastern corner of the Russian Federation to balance this. There we find the city of Vladivostok, also known as Russia's Gateway to the East. READ MORE: Baltika Kaliningrad - The Western Outpost of Russian Football Vladivostok is the capital and administrative centre of Primorski Krai. The city is situated on the … [Read more...]