Most Decorated Players of Soviet and Russian League Football

After a previous article exploring the "Soviet Champions, too" (players who played just one game in a season in which their team won the league), it's only logical to show the polar opposite: The most decorated players of Soviet and Russian football. READ MORE: "I was a Soviet Champion, too!" For this, I devised a numerical formula. Each trophy is worth a specific amount of points (league title - 50, European cup - 40, Soviet/Russian cup - 25, European Supercup - 10, Russian Supercup - 5). … [Read more...]

The Evolution of the 5 Man Defence in Russian Football

One of the most common opinions about the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) – rightly or wrongly – is that the style of football and tactical approach applied to the games is somewhat straggling behind the rest of Europe. Common observations from pundits and football fans alike include that the RFPL is one dimensional, the football in Russia is slow, the football is old fashioned and the players are thugs. Many of these opinions will be drawn from the showing of Russian clubs in European … [Read more...]

Dinamo  – The footballing embodiment of Leningrad and St. Petersburg

Nobody would deny that current Russian Premier League champions Zenit St. Petersburg hold the football monopoly in Russia's second city but this has not the always been the case. However, before Zenit's first title win in 1984 under Pavel Sadyrin, Dinamo Leningrad, as they were then, were the most supported club in the city. Their story is a fascinating one that embodies the history of the great city they represent. St. Petersburg, the capital of the former Russian Empire, is the … [Read more...]

Transfer Preview: Dynamo Moscow

Dynamo Moscow have an opportunity to repair their back line and sign productive forwards during this summer's transfer window. The Blue-and-Whites are in luck - there are a number of young talents, both domestic and foreign, who are looking to prove themselves, as well as seasoned professionals who are eager to continue their careers at the top level. Dynamo are however forced to sell players before they can buy new ones, says the club's sport director Guram Adzhoyev. This restrain is because of … [Read more...]

Report: FC Ural 2-1 Dynamo Moscow

Fyodor Smolov netted in a late goal at Geolog Stadium in Tyumen to give FC Ural their first win against Dynamo Moscow since 1993, and three more points in their race for survival in the Russian Premier League. "Fyodor is in good psychological and physical shape, and he has craftsmanship," noted Ural manager Alexander Tarkhanov. Smolov, on loan from Dynamo, has been playing the best season of his professional career. The forward created plenty of reason for unrest in the final third throughout … [Read more...]

Yevgeni Bushmanov – The Man Who Is Bringing “Hope” To Russian Football’s Future

“We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation” - Ivan Illich In a time where the alleged lack of talented young Russian footballers and the low expectations regarding the country’s football future serve as topic for many and many inconclusive discussions, it is certainly interesting to take a closer look at the splendid work Yevgeni Bushmanov has been conducting at Spartak Moscow’s reserves team (FC Spartak-2 Moscow). Bushmanov, as you might remember, was a fairly … [Read more...]

The Simplicity Of Dmitry Alenichev’s Arsenal Tula

Dmitri, Dmitri, Dmitri Alenichev… this was how FC Porto’s supporters saluted the Russian midfielder every time he stepped foot on the pitch. I remember how happy I was when the Portuguese team signed Alenichev back in 2000, after he experienced some tough times both at AS Roma and Perugia, a team that allegedly owed him a considerable amount of money, which he chose not to receive in order to join FC Porto almost 15 years ago. Alenichev’s stint at the two-time European champions was … [Read more...]

Girl (Steam) Power

Do you love football? Not like, not enjoy...but love? I do. I'm 27. I'm Russian. I'm a woman and I love football. Not because the players are cute or because my boyfriend likes it (funny enough, I've never had a boyfriend who does). I love football because it's a completely different universe. Every game is a microcosm of life. It's a perfectly distilled cocktail of emotions and feelings. And it saved me. Once you have to give up on one of your biggest dreams, you have to find a new one. … [Read more...]


         SQUAD Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards MATCH REPORTS       MONTHLY REVIEWS       STADIUM PHOTOS For home matches, all photographs are provided courtesy of the amazing Timofei Ger of "Tyumenskaya Pravda" newspaper. Without his help, the match reports would be much poorer for lack of professional images. He captures all areas of the match day experience, from excellent action shots of the game to the crowd and players' reactions. We are extremely … [Read more...]

Goals Galore in RPL Kick-Off

The opening weekend to the Russian Premier League has set up the entire season and led Russian football fans to believe that this could be the most exciting and thrilling season to date. There's no denying the title race was wide open before the start of the season with four different sides being pumped up to win the league from the very beginning, and after this weekend's football, it's obvious the season will not disappoint the fans. Rubin - Spartak The eagerly anticipated return of … [Read more...]