354 Days of Hope

Hundreds of journalists from all around the World are writing their articles from Russia these days. First impression from the Confederations Cup is truly amazing: we are happy and very proud of our country. Russia is doing a great job since the beginning of the tournament however we think that euphoria should not let us forget the most important thing: remaining time before the World Cup is a unique chance for all of us to bring a real change to Russian football, which still has problems with … [Read more...]

We are Russia – United Against Discrimination

Today, March 21st, is the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21st 2017 is the day when Russian football took a leap forward and begun the drive to ensure that sports will be fight all forms of discrimination, in sports and society. It is a big though much needed task. The "We Are Russia Against Discrimination" #WeareRussia #AgainstDiscrimination project was launched, bringing together 3 driven entities. A project to fight Racism and … [Read more...]

Brian Idowu – How Russia Lost a Promising Talent

At a time where more and more foreigners are naturalized to fill the spots on the Russian national team, and Russian youngsters struggle to earn playing time in the Russian Football Premier League, it is irony at its cruelest that the country could soon end up losing one of the few youngsters who has actually taken the difficult journey from talent to RFPL regular. The player is Amkar Perm’s defender Brian Idowu who has caught the eye of the Super Eagles. Idowu’s father is Nigerian while his … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Russian Derbies, Trouble At Spartak v CSKA & RFPL Managerial Vacancies

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by website editor Toke Theilade and writer Andrew Flint. The trio discuss Russian derbies and talk about the unsavoury incidents at last weekend's Moscow derby between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow. They then go over the recent managerial departures in the Russian Premier League before taking listeners' questions and talking about their 'Only in Russian football' moment for this … [Read more...]

Blood of beaten black fans will forever stay on your hands: Open letter to UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Members

Open letter to UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Members: Dr Thomas Partl (Austria), Jacques Antenen (Switzerland), Sándor Berzi (Hungary), Chris Bonett (Malta), Tomás Gea (Andorra), Kepa Larumbe (Spain), Hans Lorenz (Germany), Rudolf Řepka (Czech Republic), Jim Stjerne Hansen (Denmark), Joël Wolff (Luxembourg) Dear gentlemen, What did you feel on Wednesday when you went to bed after your decision regarding the racist incident at the Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea game? What were your … [Read more...]

10 years of turmoil – The latest rise and fall of Torpedo Moscow

Once battling the powerhouses of European football on a regular basis, Torpedo Moscow now find themselves rooted to the basement of Russian league football. Twenty-three years previously the iconic Moscow club found themselves in the UEFA Cup competition where the club achieved a respectable quarter-final place. Torpedo successfully sank giants such as Manchester United en-route to their success in 1992/1993, now they are battling to finance an away game due to the club's shocking financial … [Read more...]

Interview With Antifa Ultra Petr From Ekaterinburg

At a time where most media are only covering what is happening among the extreme right winged group of ultras in Russia, we set to learn more about the opposite side, those who calls themselves Antifa, short for anti-fascists. To do so we interviewed Petr from Ekaterinburg, a declared Antifa football supporter of the local team Ural and writer for the Russian blog LeftSideTerraces. How is it to be an anti-racist football fan in Russia? How many left winged fan groups are there in the country … [Read more...]

View From the Stands – Racism in Russian Football

Russia has always been a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma for the rest of Europe, as the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously put it. Many Western prejudices about Russia, including ridiculous myths about bears walking freely in the streets, have been born because of the unknown. One of the victims of Western stereotypes about Russia is at the moment the World Cup, which will be held across the country in 2018, and here the problems aren’t frost or bears, but … [Read more...]

RPL Week 3: Around the Match Day

Week 3 of the Russian Premier League gave us this season’s first Moscow derby, when Lokomotiv took on the struggling Dinamo. The match ended 1-1, the highlights can be found here, which means Dinamo is yet to win their first match this season. The Blue-Whites have been hit by one scandal after another this summer, and despite the termination of sports director Guram Adzhoyev and head coach Stanislav Cherchesov's contracts they still look like a team who is very far from competing for the … [Read more...]

RPL Week 1: Around the Match Day

After many weeks of waiting the Russian Premier League finally kicked off last Friday when Spartak Moscow took on FC Ufa at Otkritie Arena in Moscow. Unfortunately, neither Ze Luis’ debut goal for the hosts nor Ufa’s impressive performace could steal the picture, after the guests' Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong was racially abused in the first half. Frimpong later explained that a fan had called him a monkey, while the TV-pictures from the match revealed several loud monkey chants against … [Read more...]