A Mountain in Moscow – Ararat and the Armenian Dream

Football in Armenia is in a precarious position. With financial problems accounting for the demise of several clubs in the top flight, the domestic Premier League has found itself reduced to just six clubs, and those qualifying for UEFA competition regularly find themselves dumped out of Europe at the first qualifying hurdle. Internationally, the nation which so narrowly missed out on Euro 2012 has since failed spectacularly, with political in-fighting leading to the blacklisting of star players … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Russian Players In England, Transfer Rumours, RFN Top 50 Analysis

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by RFN writers Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint in the first RFN podcast of 2017. The trio ask why transfers from Russia to England rarely work out before discussing potential transfers involving Russian clubs in the current transfer window. Finally they review the recently published RFN Top 50 and pick out some of the most interesting findings from the poll done by the RFN writing … [Read more...]

Pavlyuchenko and the Second Last Chance

Eight years ago, only Andrey Arshavin outshone Roman Pavlyuchenko at Euro 2008 where Sbornaya impressed the whole football world by reaching the semifinal. Pavlyuchenko scored three goals for Russia that summer and made UEFA’s Team of the Tournament alongside teammates Andrey Arshavin, Konstantin Zyryanov and Yuri Zhirkov. Eight years later both Sbornaya and Pavlyuchenko find themselves at the opposite end of the scale, as the Russian national team recently crashed out of the Euros, … [Read more...]

The Last Time They Met: Russia – Wales (2009)

Russia go into their final group game knowing that they need to win to have a chance of not exiting the tournament. Following the defeat to Slovakia in Lille, the Russians sit bottom of group B with one point. Wales, for whom Gareth Bale has already scored two free-kicks, have three points; Daniel Sturridge gave England a last-gasp 2-1 win against them last time out. If Russia are to live up to their billing as bookmakers’ favourites and win against Wales, they would do well to replicate … [Read more...]

Evgeniy Seleznev and the Never-ending Kuban Circus

Just when it seemed Kuban Krasnodar's season couldn't get any more ridiculous, Evgeniy Seleznev has left the club he joined less than three months ago and has signed a two-year contract with his former club and Europa League semi-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk. He moved to Russia in the winter after having got to the final of Europe’s second-tier club competition last season with unfancied Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, but claimed to have not been paid in three months and to have lost patience with his … [Read more...]

RPL XI of players with less than 5 games played

Inspired by my recent articles on Christopher Samba and Mbark Boussoufa, two high-profile players who have fallen out of grace at their clubs, I have decided to put together a XI of the best players based in Russia who have played less than 450 minutes, or five full games, this season. The amount of minutes each player have played were found on WhoScored.com. Goalkeeper: Anton Shunin – Dinamo – 0 appearances, 0 minutes Most famous for being hit by a firecracker during a match … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Euro 2016 preview, Kuban Krasnodar’s fall from grace, RFN Top 50 and transfer rumours

Host of the RFN Podcast Thomas Giles is joined by Andrew Flint and Toke Theilade to discuss the upcoming Euro 2016, Kuban Krasnodar's crisis, the RFN Top 50 and the latest transfer rumours. You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud below. You can also download the podcast on Itunes. Don't forget to subscribe and please leave us a review. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/euro-2016-preview-kuban-krasnodars-fall-from-grace-rfn-top-50-and-transfer-rumours … [Read more...]

Round Table: Leonid Slutsky, Kuban Krasnodar and the Title Race

Our panel consists of: Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Founder of TheOldNumber10, Writer for RussianFootballNews, BettingAdda, Futnsoccer and The Secret Footballer Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint): Writer for TheseFootballTimes, Futbolgrad, RussianFootballNews and BackPageFootball.com Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade): Editor in chief at RussianFootballNews, featured at Futbolgrad, ThinkFootball and TheseFootballTimes Johan Nilsson (@Jni84): Russian football blogger at Svenskafans.com David … [Read more...]

Kuban, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko: Three Parties in Need of a Reignited Spark

The end of the 2014/15 season saw two Russian legends leave their clubs to become free agents. Since returning to Russia from the English Premier League both Andrey Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko have failed to live up to the fans' expectations, and this summer they both found themselves without clubs as their contracts expired. Now a couple of months later they have the chance to shine for Kuban Krasnodar, with the pair linking up for the first time since August, 2012, when they both played in … [Read more...]

6 Players Who Could Turn Out as the Best Value Signings of 2015

This summer's transfer activity in Russia could be labelled slow and liturgical, however the majority of clubs have added quality and depth throughout their squads to compete on various forefronts ahead of the new season. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints placed on most clubs, spending in the league has been reduced in comparison to previous seasons so we have decided to have a look at the some of the best value signings this summer by Premier League clubs. Artem Dzyuba - Zenit St. … [Read more...]