Season Preview: Arsenal Tula

  The 2016-17 campaign was an utter disaster for FC Arsenal Tula and it was only saved by Igor Schevchenko’s goal in the second playoff relegation match against FC Yenisey at the end of May. Parting ways with experienced head coach Sergei Pavlov early on and for no understandable reasons proved to be an enormous mistake by the club’s board since his replacement, Sergei Kiryakov, didn’t bring anything new to the team, despite being given plenty of new players during the winter … [Read more...]

David Bentley: What Happened to ‘the Next Beckham’ in Russia?

David Bentley remains the first and only Englishman to ever play in the Russian Premier League with FC Rostov, but what went wrong for the man dubbed 'the new David Beckham'? Back in 2012, when David Beckham was preparing to wave goodbye to Major League soccer, the man once described as his “Beckham's natural heir” was heading somewhere entirely different: Russia. David Bentley probably never imagined, in his wildest dreams, that he would become the first Englishman to play in the Russian … [Read more...]

Russian Cup Final Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Kuban Krasnodar

On the 21st May 2015, the 23rd Russian Cup final will be played. The two clubs competing for the trophy this year are Kuban Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow, and both teams are trying to do the same thing; save a disappointing season. Kuban has suffered considerably less pain this season than their opponents, but there is still a feeling that they could have been celebrating a lot more success. They started the season in incredible form. After losing just once in their first 13 games, the … [Read more...]

The Race For Europe

Zenit St Petersburg may have all but strolled to the title, but with three games to go the race for European qualification from the Russian Premier League is simmering with intent. You can get in on the action right here at Betfair. Only three more places remain, with the runners up gaining a place in the Champions League third qualifying round, and third and fourth place entering the Europa League. Five teams are still in contention to join Andre Vilas Boas's men in continental competition, but … [Read more...]

Around Match Day 27

  ’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 27th match day of the Russian Premier League was played on the same weekend as the 70th anniversary for the victory against Nazi-Germany in the Second World War, or the Great Patriotic War as it was known in the Soviet Union. Victory Day was celebrated Saturday the 9th of … [Read more...]

Round Table: Dinamo’s Right Backs, AVB, Kokorin and Bozovic

Our panel consists of: Saul Pope (@SaulPope): Writer for WhenSaturdayComes and owner of Aleks V (@AleksVee): Founder of Goalchatter and writer at RussianFootballNews Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Founder of TheOldNumber10, Writer for RussianFootballNews, BettingAdda,Futnsoccer and The Secret Footballer Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Writer for TheseFootballTimes, RussianFootballNews Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade): Chief Editor … [Read more...]