Russian Clubs are Once Again Pursuing African Talents

Russian Football Premier League sides have, on occasion, been known to venture into Africa and sign players directly from the continent, something which many other top flight leagues will not risk due to their unproven ability to adapt to a new league and nation. Signing young and unproven players from Africa gives the club the opportunity to get new players at low prices and low wages, meaning the upside is huge if they suceed and the risk is small. When signing 18-year-old Ivorian striker … [Read more...]

The importance of the Europa League and Russia’s standing in European Football

It goes against reason to argue that Russia deserves another Champions League spot given we’re coming off the back of one of their most dismal tournament performances to date, with both Premier League representatives exiting in the group stage prior to the winter break. However, despite their shortcomings in UEFA’s premier competition, the Russian Football Premier League is primed to overtake the Portuguese Primiera Liga in becoming Europe’s 6th best league and clinch another direct ticket to … [Read more...]

RFPL Weekly Preview Round 18

With the Russian Football Premier League set to return today, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we'll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we'll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surrounds the beautiful game in … [Read more...]

LIVE RFPL Winter Transfer Window Deadline Day

Welcome to Russian Football News' LIVE coverage of the Winter Transfer Deadline Day! Regular readers will know how important this day actually is in the dealings of clubs as they emerge from enforced hibernation to resume hostilities, and we will bring you the latest developments as they happen, as well as a summary of how the window has gone for the clubs. Get involved on Facebook, Twitter and on this site if you have any questions or comments; otherwise strap yourselves in and … [Read more...]

#RFNPredictionsLeague Is Back!

My Dear Comrades, I bring you tidings of great joy and sorrow. After a barren winter break without domestic football to enjoy the wait is almost over; predicting the unpredictable Russian Football Premier League is a challenge we will all soon be able to enjoy once more. I know how painful it has been for each of you to survive since December without seeing Amkar draw 0-0 or Alexandru Gatcan get sent off, but we have just a mere three weeks till we are spoilt by such luxurious pleasures. Best … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Lokomotiv Moscow

The season began with some unexpected shocks. Head coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned before it was announced that club’s president Olga Smorodskaya and her team were leaving Lokomotiv. The most famous women in Russian football was replaced by Ilya Gerkus, former Zenit’s development director and ex–CEO of Liga–TV. Gerkus hired Igor Korneev, who also worked for Zenit, as sporting director, while Lokomotiv’s legendary coach Yuri Semin returned to the club for the fourth time to take over after … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Krasnodar

Introduction The opening of the magnificent Krasnodar Stadium has failed to mask what has been a slightly underwhelming season on the pitch for the Bulls, but the firing of Oleg Kononov nevertheless came as a surprise. Another Europa League group stage campaign has seen them squeeze through thanks to a superior head to head record against Salzburg, while they are out of contention for the title having fallen 12 points behind Spartak Moscow already. A large part of the failure to spark in … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Orenburg

Introduction A lot has changed in Orenburg in recent months, not least the change in official club name by dropping ‘Gazovik’ from their title after pressure from Vitaly Mutko, thus avoiding a conflict of interest with Zenit St. Petersburg, given fact that the main sponsor and owner of Orenburg is a Gazprom subsidiary.  A well-earned promotion from the FNL after just four seasons in Russia’s second tier was the least their utterly dominant performances deserved, and slowly but surely head … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in October

1: Slutsky’s seat is heating up Last month I wrote that Leonid Slutsky had lost his aura of invincibility, now things have got even worse for the CSKA Moscow head coach. September saw the Army Men lose both Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko, both key players, and Slutsky has obviously struggled to find a plan B without his two midfielders. The former Sbornaya boss has tried to rotate between Bibras Natcho, Astemir Gordyushenko and Aleksandr Golovin, but with no success. In October, CSKA fell … [Read more...]

A Numbers Game: What the First 12 Rounds Tells Us About the RFPL Future

The Russian domestic league came into existence after the fall of the Soviet Union, and has undergone many changes to become the competition we see today, the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL). Name and sponsorship changes of the league itself, the number of points awarded for a win, the place a team needs to finish in order to earn European football, the number of games played coupled with the number of teams in the league, the number of relegated teams, and the type of relegation format … [Read more...]