Slutsky’s Choice Part II: Defenders

In our second part of 'Slutsky's Choice' (Read part one here), we look at Russia’s backline. Historically, one of the stronger assets on the field, it has kept cohesion within the team during periods that lacked success. During the 1990s as Soviet players steadily retired, the back line featuring Viktor Onopko and Yuri Nikiforov helped Russia reach the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996. The next generation of defenders, Sergei Ignashevich, and Denis Kolodin brought more success as they heroically … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]

A look at Russia’s Road to Euro 2016

Last month, Russia qualified for UEFA Euro 2016 in France. This marks the fourth straight time Russia has qualified since 2004 and the fifth since 1996. In addition to the campaigns at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, this also marks the first time, since 1992, Russia has qualified for three major tournaments in a row. Unlike the World Cup, Russia has a more respectable history at the European Championship. The Soviet Union were the inaugural champions of the tournament in 1960 and reached … [Read more...]