Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

Viktor Fayzulin’s Trip Through Injury Hell

80 minutes into the game against Amkar Perm on September 20, 2015, Viktor Fayzulin had to leave the pitch with an injury. The now 31-year-old midfielder was clearly in pain and was replaced by Artur Yusupov. The injury was a hard blow for Fayzulin, who had only just recovered from a long-term injury, but assistant coach Sergey Semak was optimistic after the game, stating that Fayzulin “was fine”. Shortly after, Leonid Slutsky even called him up for a game with the national team, proving that … [Read more...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [Read more...]

View From Russia: Bayern 3-0 CSKA

Sport-Express:  Dmitri Simonov: "I can't stop thinking that the away match with Bayern, was, for CSKA, like undergoing a vehicle inspection or a fitness exam. They hassle you, poke you, delve into everything - but then they let you go and you make your way home in peace. It's very difficult to feel excited or bold in an argument with a highway patrolman or while on the doctor's exam table. There was no hint of an epic battle in Munich." "Now it's very important how the players and coaches … [Read more...]

Derbies Take Center Stage in Moscow: Preview + Predictions

All eyes will be focused on Moscow this weekend, with two derbies set to rock the Russian capital on Saturday and Sunday. The city big four, Spartak, Dynamo, Lokomotiv and CSKA (with full respect for Torpedo), have been quite the stable of powerful horses in the Premier League title race for the past decade. All have had their own moments in topping the league, with CSKA now holding the upper hand. Even though Spartak and Dynamo have long since faded from the plate on the Cup, they'll still … [Read more...]

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ROUND TABLE: August 20, 2013 June 13, 2013  OPINION: August 16, 2013 - Same Old Story: Nightmare in Belfast Threatens Russia's World Cup Hopes August 14, 2013 - Assessing the Squad Ahead of Northern Ireland June 7, 2013 - Developing the National Team: Russia Moving Forward May 20, 2013 - Scandal Sunday: Russia's Golden Boys Make Headlines … [Read more...]