2018 World Cup: Analysis of Russia’s Group

The biggest sporting event in the world takes place in Russia for the first time ever from 14 June 2018. On Friday, the 32 teams who have qualified discovered their fate and know exactly who they will be facing in the Group Stages, with the draw taking place at the Kremlin. For once, a site of disseminating information elsewhere. Here is a closer look at Group A of the World Cup Russia 2018. They will face Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in what seems like a promising group for the hosts, who … [Read more...]

Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

Russian Reactions to Sbornaya’s Latest Displays

The international break saw Russia lose 2-0 to Ivory Coast in Krasnodar and hold Belgium to a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Brazil also became the first team to officially qualify for the World Cup in 2018. Russia – Ivory Coast 0-2 With whistling from the crowd and one RFN writer arguing that it is time for a managerial change, Russia’s 2-0 loss to Ivory Coast did little to inspire optimism for the almost-a-year-away-World Cup. Jonathan Kodija and Wilfried Zaha scored in the first and second … [Read more...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [Read more...]

Bukharov Returns to Sbornaya

When Aleksandr Bukharov received his debut for the Russian national team in October 2009, no one expected it would take him eight years to get his first start for Sbornaya, but it did. After receiving his debut against Azerbaijan in 2009, Bukharov finally got to start for the national team on Friday, when he delivered a disappointing performance as Russia lost 2-0 at home to Ivory Coast. When he played 26 minutes against Azerbaijan he was, at the age of 24, about to finish the best season of … [Read more...]

Stanislav Cherchesov – The Dresden days and the uncertain future

Although I have always been a hardcore supporter of FC Spartak Moscow, Stanislav Cherchesov was never my favourite goalkeeper. It is hard to admit that I have never felt the same kind of admiration for him that I had for Rinat Dasaev, who left the Moscow’s former powerhouse in the beginning of 1989, when Cherchesov returned to the Red-Whites after spending one year with FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Cherchesov’s trademark black pants tucked in his white socks, nevertheless, inspired my “career” as a … [Read more...]

Kokorin has missed his last chance to test himself against the best.

When news of Aleksandr Kokorin's move to Zenit St. Petersburg broke two days ago there was celebration from the fans of the Russian Premier League holders. Zenit managed to secure arguably Russia's greatest footballing prospect for the small fee of €2.5m from Dinamo Moscow which also included the fee for his fellow Dinamo player Yuri Zhirkov, quite frankly this is an absolute bargain. With his contract due to expire in a few months, Kokorin had the freedom to pick and choose a club which was … [Read more...]

European Championships 2016 – Group B Preview

Russian Football News has joined forces with various other football websites to give you the experts' view on European Championship 2016 Group B which contains England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales. Each team will feel they have a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds this summer in France. Our experts in this preview are: Russia: Thomas Giles - Writer and podcast host for Russianfootballnews.com as well as contributing to Sport Den za Dnem. @thomas_giles_uk England: Tom Coast - … [Read more...]

Preview: Russia – Portugal

The old cliché that the result is the least important aspect applies perfectly to Saturday’s friendly international between Portugal and Russia in Krasnodar. Both teams will be looking to experiment and test out options ahead of next summer’s European Championship in France. Russian Football News, in collaboration with Tom Kundert (@PortuGOAL1) the PortuGOAL website, previews the game. RUSSIA - New lease of life under Slutsky After a dull period under Italian Fabio Capello, Leonid … [Read more...]