Preview: Russia – Czech Republic

On Wednesday, Russia take on Czech Republic in the first of two friendlies before the Euro 2016 kicks off. We have teamed up with Czech football writer Tomas Danicek to preview the game through a classic Q&A where we asked each other five questions. Tomas Danicek (@TomDanicek) on the Czech national team:  1) Fans of Russian football immidiately recognize Tomas Necid in the Czech squad. How has he performed since leaving CSKA, and what is his role on the Czech team? Necid has been … [Read more...]

Russia Fire Warning to England Despite Loss in Paris

Despite suffering a narrow 4-2 defeat at the Stade De France this past week, Russia certainly demonstrated more than enough quality to worry European Championship opponents, including opening fixture rivals England. Having gone two goals down early in the first half on what was an emotional night in Paris, as the Stade De France staged its first fixture since the attacks on the city back in November, Russia could have easily rolled over and admitted defeat. However, a strong second half display … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Euro 2016 preview, Kuban Krasnodar’s fall from grace, RFN Top 50 and transfer rumours

Host of the RFN Podcast Thomas Giles is joined by Andrew Flint and Toke Theilade to discuss the upcoming Euro 2016, Kuban Krasnodar's crisis, the RFN Top 50 and the latest transfer rumours. You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud below. You can also download the podcast on Itunes. Don't forget to subscribe and please leave us a review. … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast 24/10-15: National Team, Zenit, CSKA

Thomas Giles hosts the first RFN Podcast and is joined by the website's Editor-in-Chief Toke Theilade and fellow writer Danny Armstrong. They discuss the impact of Leonid Slutsky on the Russian national team and how the country can move forward with a home World Cup on the horizon. They then discuss Andre Villas Boas's reign at Zenit St. Petersburg which is due to end at the end of the season and the recent Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United. … [Read more...]

Russia Ready for National Team Clashes

The Russian national team coach Fabio Capello has called up 25 for the friendly against Belarus on Sunday, next week. Two more players will join the squad for the important EURO qualifier against Austria a week later.  Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Artem Rebrov (Spartak Moscow); Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan) Defenders: Vasily Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Nikita Chernov (CSKA Moscow), Dmitri Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Evgeny Makeev (Spartak … [Read more...]

Capello Calls Up 38 Players for the Russian National Team

Fabio Capello has called up 38 players for the provisional squad for the two national team games in June. Russia will play a friendly against Belarus on the 7th of June, while they face Austria a week later, on the 14th. Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Dinamo Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Artem Rebrov (Spartak Moscow); Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan) Defenders: Vasily Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Georgi Shennikov … [Read more...]

What Happened to Russia’s succesful 2008 Squad?

When you talk about the 2008 EURO tournament, most people will talk about the amazing Russian team, which reached the semifinals, where they lost to the later champions from Spain. This was the beginning of the Spanish world domination, but even though the Russians did not win the gold medals, they won the hearts of the football world. Names like Zhirkov, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko suddenly became world famous, and several of the Russian players were on the short lists of Europe’s biggest clubs. … [Read more...]

Pavel Sadyrin: A Man Ahead Of His Time

“If the past has nothing to say to the present, history may go on sleeping undisturbed in the closet where the system keeps its old disguises.”  - Eduardo Galeano Football, not just the game itself, but also the people who write about it and recount its immense history, tends to be fairly unjust with some of those, managers and players alike, that left their mark in the game and that are very often thrown into the wastebin as an old pair of shoes we don’t use anymore. I grew up hearing … [Read more...]

Lev Yashin: The Black Panther Who Changed the Goalkeeper Position

Very few players in the history of football have made a bigger mark in the history books than Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, who played 326 first team games for Dynamo Moscow between 1950 and 1970, and won the Olympics, Euros, five Soviet championships and three Soviet cup tournaments. Yashin was also awarded the Order of Lenin in 1967, which was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union. Last but not least did Yashin win the Balon d’Or, the honor given to Europe’s best football player. … [Read more...]


  Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin Connor (@Con_027) - Russian Football follower, CSKA supporter, England resident Pavel (@russianpotter) - Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, currently in Vancouver John (@JohnSager) - Russian Football follower, Zenit supporter, California resident ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1)      What has been … [Read more...]