Spartak Moscow are through to the quarter-finals

Wednesday evening, Spartak Moscow destroyed their namesakes from Nalchik; bringing their undefeated streak to twelve, which they extended to thirteen on Saturday - the longest since 2002 (Oleg Romantsev managed a 14-game streak back then). To celebrate that, here are twelve more statistical facts about the game. The game against Spartak Nalchik was a milestone for Denis Glushakov (130th game) and Ivelin Popov (70th). Ilya Kutepov scored his first ever goal for Spartak Moscow (in his 47th … [Read more...]

2017-18 Russian Cup – The Story so Far

As the 2017-18 Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) recently passed the first third of its duration, the week of rhe 20th September saw the matches in the last 32 of the 2017-18 Russian Cup take place, the first round where the sixteen RFPL clubs enter the competition. Like the league season so far, the midweek round of cup matches certainly provided a large share of intrigue and talking points. Here is a summary of the state of affairs in this season's cup competition so … [Read more...]

Russian Football is Back! Cup Previews

After a long winter break, Russian football finally returns this week with cup matches being played on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Russian Football Premier League returning on Friday with the game between FC Rostov and Tom Tomsk, a game that has been moved from Tomsk in Siberia to Rostov-on-Don due to the weather. First of all, however, we have to get through the quarterfinals of the Russian Cup, where the draw is as follows: Match 1: FC Krasnodar - Ural Yekaterinburg Krasnodar has … [Read more...]

Photo Report: Muscovite Derby in the Russian Cup

I am a big fan of the Grassroots Project, where the photographer Sergey Novikov travels across Russia to take pictures of the most beautiful stadiums and most infamous amateur football teams. One does however not necessarily have to travel long distances to find interesting football venues. Not with a capital like Moscow, a city that has an incredible diversity regarding the beautiful game. The city has lot of both professional and amateur clubs with their own stadiums spread out around the huge … [Read more...]

Russian Cup Final Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Kuban Krasnodar

On the 21st May 2015, the 23rd Russian Cup final will be played. The two clubs competing for the trophy this year are Kuban Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow, and both teams are trying to do the same thing; save a disappointing season. Kuban has suffered considerably less pain this season than their opponents, but there is still a feeling that they could have been celebrating a lot more success. They started the season in incredible form. After losing just once in their first 13 games, the … [Read more...]

The Race For Europe

Zenit St Petersburg may have all but strolled to the title, but with three games to go the race for European qualification from the Russian Premier League is simmering with intent. You can get in on the action right here at Betfair. Only three more places remain, with the runners up gaining a place in the Champions League third qualifying round, and third and fourth place entering the Europa League. Five teams are still in contention to join Andre Vilas Boas's men in continental competition, but … [Read more...]

The Best Stadium In Siberia

"The Best Stadium in Siberia" A bold statement, perhaps, but not without foundation. OK, it was the club who made the claim, and who is honestly going to be able to thoroughly assess all the stadia in an area the size of a continent? One look down the fans' walkway before an evening match, however, and you feel there's little point in starting the contest.   The Geolog Stadium, home of FC Tyumen, is a strikingly impressive sight lit up at night. The uneven lattice design resembles the Bird's … [Read more...]

2013/2014 Russian Cup

FIXTURES Russian Cup Round of 32 October 30: Shinnik - Spartak Tosno - Ural Dolgoprudny - Krasnodar Khimik - CSKA Mordovia - Amkar Angusht - Rostov Salyut - Dynamo Rotor - Lokomotiv Tyumen - Zenit Gazovik - Tom Luch-Energiya - Rubin SKA-Energiya - Volga October 31: Zvezda - Kuban Sokol - Krylia Sovetov Neftekhimik - Terek Alania - Anzhi RESULTS Russian Cup Fourth Round August 31: Spartak Nalchik 1-2 Alania Zvezda Ryazan 2-1 Torpedo Avangard 1-2 … [Read more...]

2013-2014 Russian Cup Calendar

Check back for latest fixtures and results. July 7: Russian Cup First Round MITOS 3-1 SKVO Olimpiya 2-4 Energiya Vityaz Krymsk 2-1 Biolog-Novokubansk Dagdizel 2-0 Druzhba July 10: Russian Cup First Round Volga Tver 1-2 Dnepr Dynamo Kostroma 1-1 (3-1) Spartak Kostroma Tekstilshchik 4-2 Torpedo Vladimir Trevis i VVK 0-1 Rus Tosno 2-0 Vologda Kolomna 1-2 Znamya Truda Zenit Moscow 0-6 Strogino July 11: Russian Cup First Round Zvezda Ryazan 3-0 Tambov Khimik Novomoskovsk … [Read more...]

2013-2014 Russian Premier League Calendar

Regularly updated to reflect results and new match info, so be sure to check back often. All times given in Moscow Time. Russian Super Cup July 13: CSKA - Zenit, Rostov, 9:30 pm Week 1 July 14: Dynamo - Volga, 1:30 pm Anzhi - Lokomotiv, 6:30 pm Kuban - Rubin, 9:00 pm July 15: Rostov - Terek, 8:00 pm July 16: Amkar - Tom, 5:00 pm Krylia Sovetov - Spartak, 7:30 pm July 17: Ural - CSKA, 5:30 pm Krasnodar - Zenit, 8:00 pm Week 2 July 19: Dynamo - Anzhi, 8:00 pm July … [Read more...]