A Mess Worth Making? – The Rise and Fall of Mordovia Saransk

In Russia as elsewhere in football, it is a reasonably rare thing to see a team emerge from obscurity, climb the league system and find itself dining at the top table of the national game. When it does happen, it is often thanks in no small part to a sudden influx of cash – Wigan, Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig – which history has shown does not always stick around. Even established clubs who catch the taste of success – Anzhi, Portsmouth, Deportivo – often find that their flirtations with glory come at … [Read more...]

Damien Le Tallec and the Madhouse in Saransk

Every season, hundreds of Russian football players go months without receiving their salaries. Part of the reason for this are the weak Players Unions, another the light punishments for not fulfilling contractual obligations. Last season alone, the players of Mordovia, Kuban and FC Rostov went months without being paid, something that clearly took its toll on the players as both Mordovia and Kuban were relegated. But how exactly does it affect a squad when they are not paid, and what … [Read more...]

Mordovia’s Evolving Nightmare

Dalibor Stevanovič went from villain to hero last weekend, as his winning penalty to defeat the then-league leaders Rostov capped a remarkable few days for Mordovia Saransk. Prior to the match he was reported to have left the club's training sessions along with Serbian Marko Lomić in protest over unpaid wages, but after a dramatic intervention from the President of Saransk Region temporarily resolved the issue he was reinstated to the starting lineup. The issues are nothing new to Russian … [Read more...]

Reactions from RFPL Week 26

As something new on Russian Football News, we'll try to give you the most interesting quotes on the most important events of the Russian Football Premier-League. This week we focus on the games Lokomotiv - Spartak, Krasnodar - Anzhi and Mordovia - Rostov. Lokomotiv - Spartak Spartak emerged as 2-0 victors over Lokomotiv in the Moscow derby. Jan Durica turned Ivelin Popov’s low cross into his own net in the 43rd minute and Ze Luis doubled his side’s lead at the end of the game with a … [Read more...]