RFN Podcast: Zinchenko – the latest star of the RFPL, Krasnodar’s progress, and Terek to Europe?

Host Thomas Giles is once against joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint for this edition of the Russian Football News podcast. The three of them discuss Ufa's Oleksandr Zinchenko - the latest star to be linked with a move away from Russia, Krasnodar's fight for a Champions League spot despite only being founded in 2008 and the prospects of Terek Grozny, from the volatile region of Chechnya, getting into … [Read more...]

Oleksandr Zinchenko – Guardiola’s First Man City Signing?

As Konstantin Evgrafov wrote on Russian Football News in February, you rarely see players from small Russian clubs exchange the RFPL for fashionable destinations in Europe, but that could change soon, as Ufa’s 19-year-old midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is linked with several major European clubs after an impressive season in Ufa’s red and white kit. The Ukrainian midfielder is a product of Shakhtar Donetsk’s youth academy, but joined Ufa on a free transfer in February last year. However, as … [Read more...]

Oleksandr Zinchenko: An Analysis from Ural v Ufa

At the precocious age of 19  Oleksandr Zinchenko is one of the most talented assets of the Russian Premier League, and it seems increasingly likely that his career at Ufa will not last beyond this summer. His departure would be a virtual certainty if the league's youngest club end up relegated, and with only eight games left to lift themselves out of the drop zone time is not on their side. If he were to depart, there is a strong likelihood he would consider moving away from Russia after he was … [Read more...]

Ukraine Criticized for Not Selecting Russian Based Players

It is a widely held opinion that sport and politics should not mix, however, it seems that exactly that has happened within the Ukrainian national team this week. Two Ukrainian players based in Russia, who it was expected would be part of the senior and U21 squad respectively, have been left out. Yevhen Seleznyov, who has 48 caps for his country, moved from last year’s Europa League runners up Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine to Kuban Krasnodar in Russia during the winter break. Having … [Read more...]

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s Difficult Choice

It is a well-known fact that with the obvious exceptions of Zenit and CSKA, and to a lesser extent Spartak, Lokomotiv, Rubin, Dynamo and Krasnodar, Russian clubs aren’t very famous around the world. You rarely see players from squads like Amkar or Mordovia move to the big European clubs. However, this situation might change in the near future, as Oleksandr Zinchenko could leave Ufa to join AS Roma or Borussia Dortmund. The surname Zinchenko holds a special meaning for Russian football. In … [Read more...]