Kazan Arena Review – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Wow that screen is massive!” my friend exclaimed as soon as we stepped out of the taxi and got our first view of the Kazan Arena and the screen on the outside of the stadium, facing the arriving fans. Kazan Arena is not only one of the stadiums that has been built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but also is one of the chosen four stadiums that will host games for the Confederations Cup this coming June. This means that in less than 3 months Kazan will host teams such as Germany, Chile, … [Read more...]

Maxime Lestienne and Alex Song Face Disciplinary Action in Kazan

The leading players from Rubin Kazan are prepared to send their expensive newcomers to the reserve team. The patience of the leaders is over. After the first defeat of 2017 away to Ural, the situation in Rubin has heated up. The clubs veteran leaders, Sergey Ryzhikov, Gokdeniz Karadeniz and Oleg Kuzmin on Wednesday arranged a squad meeting arranged to discuss the behaviour of Maxime Lestienne and Alex Song. The situation heated up so much, that manager Javi Gracia had to cancel morning … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Dodgy Pitches, Crisis At Tom Tomsk And The Latest Aleksandr Kokorin Scandal

Host Thomas Giles is joined by usual guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss the recent suspension of matches at FC Rostov and Rubin Kazan as a result of their poor pitches following the uproar surrounding the issue in Rostov's Europa League clash against Manchester United. They then talk about the financial chaos at Tom Tomsk and question whether allowing them to continue in the Russian Premier League undermines the competition. Finally, Aleksandr Kokorin is back in the negative … [Read more...]

Solomon Kverkvelia – From Liverpool Target to Lokomotiv

A year ago, the name of Rubin Kazan’s Solomon Kverkvelia was on everybody’s libs. The Georgian central defender was in the middle of yet another brilliant season for Rubin, his third as a crucial part of the team. He delivered two stellar performances against Liverpool in the Europa League, especially during the 1-1 draw at Anfield, and it was no surprise when Kverkvelia himself, in an interview with Georgian sports site Sportall.ge, revealed that Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Napoli and a number … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Ilzat Akhmetov

Biography Name: Ilzat Akhmetov DOB/Age: 31/12/1997 – 19 years old Club: Rubin Kazan Position: Attacking Midfielder Nationality: Russia Career to Date Akhmetov is a homegrown academy player, who came through the ranks at Rubin Kazan from a young age. Although he was born in Kyrgyzstan, his family moved to Kazan while he was still a toddler, and so he is eligible to represent Russia at international level. An attacking midfielder by trade, Akhmetov impressed at reserve level for Rubin, … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Rubin Kazan

Introduction Rubin Kazan had high expectations going into the season with their new manager Javi Gracia, and high profile transfers such as Alex Song, Ruben Rochina and Jonathas, however it has taken them a while to gel. The start of the season was very disappointing, with poor results against Arsenal Tula, Amkar Perm and Anzhi Makhachkala big blows to the confidence, however the move back to the Kazan Arena following renovations to the pitch was a big boost, and Rubin’s form has picked up … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Georgiy Tigiev

Biography Name: Georgiy Tigiev DOB/Age: 26/05/1995 – 21 years old Club: Anzhi Makhachkala Position: Left Back Nationality: Russia Career to Date Having come through the ranks at Kuban Krasnodar, Tigiev made his senior breakthrough at Torpedo Moscow in 2015 as a 19 year old. At the tail end of the season, as Torpedo were fighting for their Premier League survival, Tigiev started the last five games, making his debut in a 2-2 draw vs Rubin Kazan, and his impressive performances earned him … [Read more...]

What can we expect from the Russian clubs before the transfer window closes?

  With just a day and a half left of the summer transfer window, it is time to examine which transfers we can expect to see before the window closes. So far this summer has mostly been about players leaving Russia, but the departures of Hulk, Ahmed Musa and Bastos have given the clubs money to spend. Therefore, we take a look at last season’s top six as well as this summer’s big spenders from Rubin Kazan. Zenit St. Petersburg The St. Petersburg outfit started the summer of by … [Read more...]

Pre-Season Training Camps – An inside view of Rubin Kazan in Austria

Russian Football News have teamed up with Kazan based sports website Sport BO (@Sport_BO) to translate a very interesting article from their journalist Vladislav Zimagulov (@vlad_zima), who had the chance to go to Austria and spend time with Rubin Kazan as they undertook their lengthy pre-season training camp in Mühldorf. At this hugely exciting time for the club, with a new manager – Javi Gracia from Malaga- , new coaches and lots of new players, this kind of insight is hugely interesting, and … [Read more...]

Rubin Kazan – What Does Javi Gracia Have To Work With?

Rubin Kazan are coming off the back of their lowest league position in nine years, finishing in 10th position, however the coming summer and season promise to be one of the most exciting for in recent times, following the appointment of esteemed Spanish manager Javi Gracia from Malaga, but he will have a tough job on his hands. Following a highly impressive 2014/15 season which saw Rubin’s young, predominantly Russian squad finish in 5th, a largely unchanged side struggled for form during … [Read more...]