Sbornaya – Dinamo Moscow: Another RFU Farce

Unfortunately for fans of Russian Football and particularly the Russian National Team, that headline is not a typographical error. While incumbent World Champions Germany face off against the Czech Republic and Norway in two difficult and competitive World Cup Qualifying games, Sbornaya will face Dinamo Moscow at the Arena Khimki on 3 September. Although Russia are playing, the tie has been officially denoted as a "Club Friendly", not an international. Therefore, it is the only game that the … [Read more...]

Zinchenko’s Italian Renaissance?

Reports in both England and Italy have emerged over the weekend that ex-FC Ufa star Oleksandr Zinchenko is close to joining SSC Napoli. Rumours of the switch were first broken last week by ESPN and La Gazzetta dello Sport but the financial aspects of the deal have now been leaked. It is rumoured to be a full season loan for a reported fee of €500,000 which will become a permanent €6 million deal if he makes 25 appearances of 45 minutes or more. Zinchenko was Guardiola's fourth Manchester City … [Read more...]

Monday Rewind: August 5-12

All the Russian football news we can find from around the Web in the last week, published every Monday morning. EDITOR'S PICK: Anzhi Makhachkala: Why are big-spending Russians cutting back? - BBC Sport MONDAY, AUGUST 5: The gloves are off at Anzhi - Slavic Football Union Russian legacy is building at a cost - Inside World Football An Eto'o Update: How is One of the World's Highest Paid Players Doing in Russia - Squawka TUESDAY, AUGUST 6: FIFA Agrees to 81,000 Capacity for … [Read more...]