UEFA Youth League Preview: Krasnodar U19 – Real Madrid U19

Krasnodar’s UEFA Youth League game against Real Madrid this Wednesday is of huge importance for the club from southern Russia. Obviously, winning this game is necessary in order to move on to the quarterfinals of the tournament. However, this game holds a significance beyond the scope of this competition. Krasnodar is a club founded on the idea of building a world-class youth academy and getting youth team players to the first team. This project is still in its early phases. In fact, the club … [Read more...]

From Real Madrid to Yenisey – Juan Lescano

Do you ever have one of those days where you are browsing the football scores, or surfing through your favourite video game, and you come across a player and find yourself thinking: “wow, what a career this guy has had!” or “how have I never heard of this guy before?”. Well that’s what happened to me recently when I spotted the name Juan Eduardo Lescano on Football Manager 2016, plying his trade for FNL club Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. The first thought was, especially as a follower of Russian … [Read more...]

Denis Cheryshev’s Night of Ups and Downs

Left-winger Denis Cheryshev has been considered one of the most promising young Russian players for a long time now. The now 24-year-old Cheryshev got his big breakthrough last season as he scored seven goals and made nine assists on loan Villarreal whom he helped finish sixth in La Liga. Cheryshev’s good performances for Villarreal led Real Madrid to keep him in the squad before this season, but playing time has been rare for … [Read more...]

Denis Cheryshev to Liverpool Intensified Last Night

Last night it was confirmed by sources at Liverpool Football Club that young starlet Raheem Sterling would be unwilling to extend his contract with the 19 time English Champions. The sale of Sterling is looking more likely now but a replacement for the England international is required to replace the departing winger In recent weeks, Marca and AS, both high profiled newspapers in Spain have claimed Brendan Rodgers is keen to snap up unwanted Real Madrid star Denis Cheryshev. The Russian … [Read more...]

What does Zenit’s new basketball team mean for the football club?

  Back in July it was announced that Zenit St. Petersburg were acquiring a basketball team. The team was originally created in 2003 and based in Moscow under the name BC Dynamo Moscow Region. It was affiliated to the 'Russian Superleague A' which at the time was the top league for Russian basketball but has since been downgraded to become the second division with the international 'VTB United League' now occupying the top position. In 2007 the team disbanded and reformed as 'Triumph … [Read more...]

RFN Mailbag – Cheryshev, Brazilians and Russian Fans

Welcome to the first Russian Football News mailbag, which will feature RFN editor Andy Shenk answering readers' questions on the Russian game. If you like what you see here and there's something you'd like to ask, just email us at russianfootballnews1@gmail.com and we'll look to include you in a future mailbag. And if you're looking for a place to discuss Russian football with fellow fans, please check out our forum. Q: Do you think Denis Cheryshev is going to become one of the best … [Read more...]