RFN Podcast New Year Edition – Another Anzhi Firesale & 2016 Review

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent takeover and potential firesale set to take place at Anzhi Makhachkala (recorded before manager Pavel Vrba's departure) before reviewing 2016 in Russian football. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-another-anzhi-firesale-2016-review Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in October

1: Slutsky’s seat is heating up Last month I wrote that Leonid Slutsky had lost his aura of invincibility, now things have got even worse for the CSKA Moscow head coach. September saw the Army Men lose both Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko, both key players, and Slutsky has obviously struggled to find a plan B without his two midfielders. The former Sbornaya boss has tried to rotate between Bibras Natcho, Astemir Gordyushenko and Aleksandr Golovin, but with no success. In October, CSKA fell … [Read more...]

Pavel Vrba Reflects on RFPL Level and Rules

Speaking before to his side's 2-0 loss against Spartak Moscow, the Anzhi Makhachkala manager says the RFPL is developing and getting closer to the strongest leagues in the world. "Prior to joining Anzhi, I worked in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and if we compare the championships of these countries with Russia, the Russian championship is much stronger. An example is Rostov's 4-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League. These results show that Russian football is constantly moving … [Read more...]