RFPL Week 13: Results & Team of the Week

Welcome to our inaugural RFN Team of the Week feature, in conjunction with our Betting Advice and Previews, we will review the weekend's action and each week our writers' will work together to decide the Premier League Team of the Week, decided upon the merit of their individual performances, with one player each week chosen as our Player of the Week. The number inside parentheses before the player name features how many times the selected player has featured in the RFN TOTW. Week 13 threw up … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 13: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 17:00 BST: FC Krasnodar - CSKA Moscow By Will Baumgardner (@WillBaumRFN) Krasnodar and CSKA come into this matchup tied for third place in the RFPL. Both squads have been in some middling form as of late, as Krasnodar have lost their last two games, while CSKA has drawn their last two. The winner of this game will gain a solid grasp on the third and final Champions League spot in the RFPL, so there is everything to lose. Krasnodar stadium had sold out its 34,000 … [Read more...]

Sergey Pryadkin on Reforming the Russian Football Premier League

The president of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) and vice-president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Sergey Pryadkin, in an interview with Russian news agency TASS has weighed his rather heavy opinion on how the new Premier League season is undertaking and insights into new regulations on the prospective foreigner limit, salary caps and much more.   On the Russian Cup While discussing the current Premier League season, Pryadkin expressed his "dismay at the RPL clubs' bad … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 12: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Sunday 14:30 BST: Lokomotiv Moscow - Dinamo Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Once again, it is time for a Moscow derby. This time the game is played in Cherkizovo, where Lokomotiv are hosting Dinamo. Both teams have struggled recently, so this game is the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. Lokomotiv are in good form Under the guidance of Yuri Semin, Lokomotiv have developed a lot this season. They are now picking up points they would have lost last … [Read more...]

A Mess Worth Making? – The Rise and Fall of Mordovia Saransk

In Russia as elsewhere in football, it is a reasonably rare thing to see a team emerge from obscurity, climb the league system and find itself dining at the top table of the national game. When it does happen, it is often thanks in no small part to a sudden influx of cash – Wigan, Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig – which history has shown does not always stick around. Even established clubs who catch the taste of success – Anzhi, Portsmouth, Deportivo – often find that their flirtations with glory come at … [Read more...]

Most Decorated Players of Soviet and Russian League Football

After a previous article exploring the "Soviet Champions, too" (players who played just one game in a season in which their team won the league), it's only logical to show the polar opposite: The most decorated players of Soviet and Russian football. READ MORE: "I was a Soviet Champion, too!" For this, I devised a numerical formula. Each trophy is worth a specific amount of points (league title - 50, European cup - 40, Soviet/Russian cup - 25, European Supercup - 10, Russian Supercup - 5). … [Read more...]

New Stadia’s Impact on Attendances in the RFPL

Low attendances in the RFPL have been the subject of much debate and despair. People have put forth many different reasons for the poor league attendance, which has hovered around 11,000 per match for the last few years. In comparison, the Bundesliga averages 41,000 per match, and the English Premier League averages 35,000 per match. Some say that the quality of the league is too low, while others, including then-Sbornaya coach Leonid Slutsky, claim that Russia is simply not a footballing … [Read more...]

Reforming the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Football National League is the biggest football league in the world according to geographic area, covering over 4,500 miles as-the-crow-flies and even crosses eight time zones. Due to the size of the league and other problems synonymous with Russian football such as fiscal instability, political corruption and systemic mismanagement, many clubs - as previously explored - do not face a race to thrive, but a battle to survive. READ PART ONE: Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football … [Read more...]

RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

The 2017/18 RFN Predictions League & Newsletter

It’s back, and better than ever before… OK, so The Russian Football News Predictions League is still mostly the same, but we have made some important changes that we think you are going to love. We will still have a Points Per Prediction (PPP) championship, a Clausura championship, Personal Records and the Leaderboard, but this time we will also have an Apertura championship, players of the month, a knockout cup tournament, prizes, and a newsletter! For those of you joining us for the … [Read more...]