World Cup 2018 City Guide: Volgograd

Volgograd at a Glance Population: 1.025m Stadium: Volgograd Arena Number of matches: 4 Tunisia - England Nigeria - Iceland Saudi Arabia - Egypt Japan - Poland Due to its history, Volgograd is an iconic city inside of Russia. During the Soviet era it was known as Stalingrad, and it was here the Soviet Union won one of the most important victories during the World War II. On the football pitch, the city of Volgograd has also endured great victories, although local pride Rotor Volgograd is … [Read more...]

Déjà vu all over again – Rotor Volgograd Reborn

For long-term followers of Russian football’s second-tier, the Football National League (FNL), the fixture list for the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign will, for some at least, have brought a strange combination of faint hope mixed with premature resignation. Last season, the feeder division to the Premier League was at least graced with historical giant Dinamo Moscow, battling below the top flight for the first time in their history. Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg’s reserve squads … [Read more...]

The Red Devils In Russia

The game between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow on Wednesday 21 October in Champions League Group B comes exactly six years since the two met at the same stage of the tournament in the 2009-10 season. The game will be the eighth time United have taken on a team from Russia in European competition with only a single victory against five draws and a loss from their previous seven meetings. Here, we look at the Russian heroes who have stopped the three-time champions of Europe in their … [Read more...]