Season Preview: Akhmat Grozny

FC Akhmat Grozny has witnessed a considerable amount of changes this summer.  Not just notably a managerial change, as Rashid Rakhimov has left the club and been replaced by former FC Krasnodar coach Oleg Kononov, but also their official club name. Terek Grozny, as the club was previously known, was named after the city Grozny and the subsequent River Terek which flowed through her. This summer, however, the club was renamed after the first president of Chechnya, Akhmat Kadyrov, whom the … [Read more...]

Terek Grozny’s Name Change – A Political Tool

In the recently finished season, Terek Grozny finished fifth. It was the best result ever by the Chechen side, who have played in the Russian Football Premier League since 2008. Under the guidance of head coach Rashid Rakhimov, who has led the club for three years, the team has developed gradually, finishing each season in a better position than in the last. Now however, it seems that the pressure on the team is about to skyrocket as the club has a new name. “Dear friends,” Ramzan Kadyrov, … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Football In Chechnya Special

Host Thomas Giles is joined on the podcast by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss football in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya. The trio look at how football, and particularly local club Terek Grozny, is being used by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to promote himself and his politics. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-football-in-chechnya-special Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Zinchenko – the latest star of the RFPL, Krasnodar’s progress, and Terek to Europe?

Host Thomas Giles is once against joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint for this edition of the Russian Football News podcast. The three of them discuss Ufa's Oleksandr Zinchenko - the latest star to be linked with a move away from Russia, Krasnodar's fight for a Champions League spot despite only being founded in 2008 and the prospects of Terek Grozny, from the volatile region of Chechnya, getting into … [Read more...]

Chechen President Ready to Sign Patriot Tarasov

With the exception of the Kremlin, almost everybody have shared their opinion on Dmitry Tarasov’s showing of a Vladimir Putin t-shirt following Lokomotiv Moscow’s defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week. Almost immediately after the game, UEFA issued a statement saying: “A player/team of a player that reveals an undergarment that shows political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images […] will be sanctioned by the competition organizer.” Dmitry Tarasov employer … [Read more...]

Kadyrov’s Chechen Football Party for Putin

While the Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrated his 63rd birthday by playing hockey in the Olympic city Sochi, he was also celebrated elsewhere. In Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Putin was celebrated by the local president Ramzan Kadyrov, who had arranged an exhibition match in his honor. Kadyrov had assembled a team called ‘Leader 63’ in honor of Putin, and they took on an Italian all-star team with former stars like World Cup finalist Dino Baggio, AC Milan legend, World Cup winner … [Read more...]