RFN Top 50 2016: 3-1

3: Giuliano, Midfielder, Zenit (NEW ENTRY) No one really knew what to expect from the Brazilian when he joined Zenit before this season. After a couple of seasons in Ukraine with Dnipro Giuliano returned to Brazil in 2014, and left the public eye. When Zenit sold Hulk, many fans hoped for the club to replace him with a major signing, but Giuliano, who was brought in for €7 million, has done a better job than any marquee signing could ever do. Of course, it has been impossible for Giuliano … [Read more...]

Reactions to Spartak’s European Exit

Spartak Moscow are out of the Europa League after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Cypriot side AEK Larnaca. (To see photos from the game, check out Danny Armstrong's photo report here) Ivan Trickovski’s goal two minutes from time settled the tie, the first leg of which had ended 1-1 in Cyprus. Spartak came close on several occasions but both wastefulness and good defending meant that the scene was set for Trickovski to pounce. The Spartak defence froze as the frontman controlled a … [Read more...]

Spartak Stun Arsenal Tula To Begin RPL 2016/17 Campaign – RFN Photo Reportage

Spartak Moscow 4-0 Arsenal Tula   Spartak began their 2016/17 RPL campaign with a stunning win over Arsenal Tula on Sunday. Two goals each from youngster Zhano Ananidze and then Quincy Promes gave "Myaso" a convincing win. Georgian maestro Ananidze was impressive throughout and took his two goals particularly well, notching his first with a cleverly curled shot in off the post to give Spartak the lead on six minutes. The 23-year-old's second of the game was even more spectacular, … [Read more...]

Russian Premier League: Will anyone move to England this summer?

  The Russian Premier League isn’t exactly regarded as one of the top divisions in the world in terms of quality but there are still plenty of talented footballers throughout the 16-team league. In fact, plenty of Russia’s top prospects could earn a move to England’s top flight this summer if they perform well for the national team at Euro 2016. Here are just a few of the Russian league’s most gifted footballers and why they could earn a deserved move to the Premier League at some point this … [Read more...]

Renaissance, Hope and Europa League for Spartak Moscow

On April 16, Spartak Moscow lost 5-2 in St. Petersburg against Zenit after an absolutely pathetic performance. Following the defeat, the Red-Whites were in dire trouble and found themselves in seventh place, far away from the European football the club had publicly announced as the goal for the season. At this time, goalkeeper Artem Rebrov was captain of the team and an undisputed first team player. The central defense was composed of Vladimir Granat and Salvatore Bocchetti, while Aleksandr … [Read more...]

Rostov – Spartak: The Red-Whites at Their Usual Place

We are now more than two-thirds into the 2015/2016 season, and from a Spartak Moscow perspective, it is starting to look like many others. The Red-Whites are currently ranked seventh in the league, eight points behind league leaders Rostov, and four points behind Zenit in fourth place, which grants qualification for Europa League. Following last week’s 2-0 defeat to FC Rostov, captain Artyom Rebrov said: “The current situation is difficult, the club evolving here and there in the rankings.” Year … [Read more...]

Why Spartak’s No.10 Could Return the Glory Days to The People’s Club

It has been thirteen years since Spartak Moscow last won a trophy - the 2003 Russian Cup. The celebratory ticker tape has long since been cleared from the Lokomotiv Stadium pitch on that balmy summer night in the Russian capital; the lap of honour long since run. That year, the club’s coach Oleg Romantsev - perhaps the greatest manager in Russian football history - retired; alcohol problems and backroom politics allegedly precipitated his exit. The retirement marked the end of eleven years at … [Read more...]

Spartak’s Winter Tasks

With the transfer window being almost three weeks old, and Spartak Moscow being in United Arab Emirates on their first training camp this winter, the fans are starting to wonder what’s happening regarding transfers. The disappointing results in the autumn led General Director Sergei Rodionov to talk about a smaller spring cleaning in the squad during the winter, with up to six players leaving the club. So far, there have only been a few official announcements while the rumours are … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 3-1

3. Artyom Dzyuba, striker, Zenit Scoring 16 times in his first 24 games for Zenit, six of these coming in the Champions League, Artyom Dzyuba has done everything he could to win over Zenit’s fans after he joined the club from archrivals Spartak Moscow before this season. Since his debut for Spartak in 2006, Dzyuba has been considered a great talent, but the fans had to wait ten years before the striker finally established himself as one of the best strikers in the country. 2015 has … [Read more...]

Russian Premier League – Statistical Analysis of Speed

With the end of the first part of the Russian Premier League window, many will look to evaluate the performance of their favourite teams and players, analysing how they can improve their game and what has been working so far. However, thanks to NTV, we are able to look a slightly different side of the season, and study the individual and team performance on a physical scale. At the end of most of their match broadcasts, NTV will put on screen some physical data accrued by the players in the … [Read more...]