FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Zinchenko – the latest star of the RFPL, Krasnodar’s progress, and Terek to Europe?

Host Thomas Giles is once against joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint for this edition of the Russian Football News podcast. The three of them discuss Ufa's Oleksandr Zinchenko - the latest star to be linked with a move away from Russia, Krasnodar's fight for a Champions League spot despite only being founded in 2008 and the prospects of Terek Grozny, from the volatile region of Chechnya, getting into … [Read more...]

Preview: CSKA v Manchester City

  CSKA take on the wealth of Manchester City in tonight's Champions League group stage encounter. Both sides will know the importance of the double header, starting in Moscow this evening, if they want to qualify for the knockout stages. CSKA previously beat Viktoria Plzen in St Petersburg whilst Man City were convincingly beaten by Bayern Munich at the Etihad.  CSKA have been in pretty woeful form of late in the RPL, they have not won in any of their last 5 matches. This has seen the … [Read more...]


Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin Andy (@AndyShenk) - Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Xavier (@AxeMurderer60) - French Russian football fan and CSKA supporter John (@JohnSager) - Russian Football follower, Zenit supporter, California resident --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CSKA 1)  How far will CSKA go in the … [Read more...]