Valery Karpin and that infamous day in the summer of 1990

“When I arrived there, the team was… they had escaped relegation in the last match of the previous season. It was unthinkable what we had done in five years. It was Celta’s golden era…” - Valery Karpin (2015) Valery Karpin joined Celta de Vigo back in 1997, three years after landing in Spain to play for Real Sociedad. An excellent second season at San Sebastian with Javier Irureta’s Sociedad side worked as a stepping stone for a somewhat unconvincing one-year adventure at Valencia before … [Read more...]

RFN Confederations Cup Predictions League

Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sánchez and Ruslan Kambolov are all set to rub shoulders this week as the cream of world football roll into town to fight for the FIFA Confederations Cup. What a cracker to kickstart the tournament as well; New Zealand, fresh from a friendly win over Irish second division club side Cabinteely, open up proceedings against the hosts in the Krestovsky Stadium (sorry, “St Petersburg Stadium”...) on a relaid surface that only arrived a matter of days ago. Denis … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: Football in Moscow

It is Friday once again, and as usual that means that you get the opportunity to prove just how much, or little, you know about Russian football. With the CSKA - Spartak Derby coming this weekend, the focus of this quiz is on football in the capital of Russia. But enough talk, it is time to test your knowledge. Let us know your score, either by tweeting us or simply comment on this post.   … [Read more...]

From Fans For Fans: a City Guide to Moscow

Dear Young Boys fans, as a part of a project with Football Supporters Europe (FSE) we prepared for you a guide to Moscow to make your trip to Russian capital as enjoyable as possible. The FSE Football Fans’ Guide is a smartphone app that enables fans who travel to stadiums across Europe to have all useful information relevant for football supporters with them through their mobile phone. All info is independent, entirely subjective and provided by football fans, for football fans. And the best … [Read more...]

Spartak Sit Heavier on the Moscow Seesaw

Spartak Moscow 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow The Moscow derby between Spartak and Lokomotiv turned out to be a fierce face-off. An impressive 43,000 fans turned up to the match. It was nice to see so many Lokomotiv fans in the away section, which they filled to capacity, with 10,000 Zheleznodorozhniki arriving in support. You couldn’t call the game a bright one, but the match was played at a decent pace with plenty of emotion, there were decent chances for both sides, there were lots of good … [Read more...]

Spartak Stun Arsenal Tula To Begin RPL 2016/17 Campaign – RFN Photo Reportage

Spartak Moscow 4-0 Arsenal Tula   Spartak began their 2016/17 RPL campaign with a stunning win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday. Two goals each from youngster Zhano Ananidze and then Quincy Promes gave "Myaso" a convincing win. Georgian maestro Ananidze was impressive throughout and took his two goals particularly well, notching his first with a cleverly curled shot in off the post to give Spartak the lead on six minutes. The 23-year-old's second of the game was even more spectacular, … [Read more...]

Russian Super Cup 2016 – Photo Reportage

    RFN reportage of the 2016 Russian Super Cup from Lokomotiv Stadium Zenit St. Petersburg kickstarted their 2016/17 campaign with a 1-0 victory over  rivals CSKA Moscow to retain the Russian Super Cup at Moscow’s Lokomotiv stadium on Saturday. Midfielder Mauricio got the only goal of the game for Zenit in the 22nd minute. The Brazilian stabbed home Artur Yusupov’s cross at the far post to give the Sine-Belo-Golubye their fourth Super Cup and set up the summer … [Read more...]

Football in USSR During the Great Patriotic War

On May 9, the whole of Russia commemorated the victory against Nazi Germany in World War II, or the Great Patriotic War as it was also known in the Soviet Union. The day was celebrated with a big military parade in Red Square, and all over the country, in honour of the veterans and 26 million people who died during the war. During the war, it was difficult to imagine people being entertained by football matches, but despite the human sacrifice, the need for fighting and working in factories, … [Read more...]

Russian Cup Final 2016 – Zenit Win the Battle of Kazan, but War Wages on

What was billed as a tightly contested Russian Cup Final showpiece turned out to be a whitewash as Zenit St. Petersburg emphatically notched their fourth Russian Cup success against a lacklustre CSKA Moscow at Kazan Arena yesterday. The sun had bathed Kazan – the capital and largest city of Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan – throughout the first long weekend of the Russian May holidays, lifting moods even higher among the expectant travelling fans. Groups of friends and families sauntered … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Cities

Moscow and St. Petersburg have long been entwined in the annals of Russian history. From the Siege of Leningrad to the October revolution, the city of St. Petersburg has played host to some of  the most titanic displays of Russian spirit and ideal in living memory. Over 600km to the south, Moscow has been the stage of Russia’s greatest displays of victory, power and strength, from Stalin through to Putin. The people of Petersburg like to think of themselves as the zenith of cosmopolitanism, … [Read more...]