Confederations Cup Preview: Russia – Portugal

Russia will look to build on their 2-0 opening-day win over New Zealand when they play European champions Portugal in Moscow. The match will be played at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, usually known as Otkritie Arena, and the hosts go into the game with confidence against a Portuguese side that drew 2-2 with Mexico on Sunday. Last time out In St. Petersburg, Russia’s Confederations Cup campaign got off to the perfect start thanks to a Denis Glushakov-forced own goal and a Fedor Smolov … [Read more...]

The importance of the Europa League and Russia’s standing in European Football

It goes against reason to argue that Russia deserves another Champions League spot given we’re coming off the back of one of their most dismal tournament performances to date, with both Premier League representatives exiting in the group stage prior to the winter break. However, despite their shortcomings in UEFA’s premier competition, the Russian Football Premier League is primed to overtake the Portuguese Primiera Liga in becoming Europe’s 6th best league and clinch another direct ticket to … [Read more...]

Russian Citizens Arrested for Money Laundering Through Football

On Wednesday afternoon, Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, announced that they had, with he help of the Portuguese police, dismantled an organized criminal group consisting of mainly Russian citizens, who used football for money laundering. On Tuesday the Portuguese police ended a year-long investigation under the name ‘Operation Matrioskas’, named after the famous Russian dolls, and searched Portuguese second division side UD Leiria. Aleksandr Tolstikov, the Russian … [Read more...]

Preview: Russia – Portugal

The old cliché that the result is the least important aspect applies perfectly to Saturday’s friendly international between Portugal and Russia in Krasnodar. Both teams will be looking to experiment and test out options ahead of next summer’s European Championship in France. Russian Football News, in collaboration with Tom Kundert (@PortuGOAL1) the PortuGOAL website, previews the game. RUSSIA - New lease of life under Slutsky After a dull period under Italian Fabio Capello, Leonid … [Read more...]

Same Old Story: Nightmare in Belfast Threatens Russia’s World Cup Hopes

In the midst of congested domestic and continental fixtures, the postponed World Cup qualifying match between Russia and Northern Ireland was held at 13,000-seater Windsor Park, just outside Belfast City Center. The match, which was supposed to be played last March, was postponed due to poor field conditions when a snowstorm unexpectedly hit. Even though the fixture was delayed, it did not stop a strong contingent of Russian supporters from making the journey to Belfast Wednesday. A few new … [Read more...]

2014 World Cup UEFA Qualifying Group F

FIXTURES September 6, 2013: Russia 4-1 Luxembourg Northern Ireland 4-2 Portugal September 7, 2013: Israel - Azerbaijan September 10, 2013: Russia - Israel Luxembourg - Northern Ireland October 11, 2013: Portugal - Israel Luxembourg - Russia Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland October 15, 2013: Israel - Northern Ireland Portugal - Luxembourg Azerbaijan - Russia RESULTS September 7, 2012: Russia 2-0 Northern Ireland Luxembourg 1-2 Portugal Azerbaijan 1-1 … [Read more...]

2014 World Cup Qualifying

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Round Table: National Team Update

Andy (@AndyShenk) - Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Pavel (@russianpotter) - Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin John (@JohnSager) - Russian Football follower, Zenit supporter, California resident --------------------------------------------------------- 1) What did we learn from the Portugal … [Read more...]