RFPL Round 20: Results & Team of the Week

Week 20 in the RFPL marks the end of the Apertura, and the Winter Break is finally upon us. Unlike in Western Europe, this is actually a longer pause of play than in the summer, so expect some major overhauls and transfer dealings. Zenit St. Petersburg are getting their business done already just today confirming the signing of Anton Zabolotny on a three and a half year deal from local 'rivals' Tosno. The striker did not play for Tosno at the weekend, who lost 3-1 at home to league leaders … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 19: Results & Team of the Week

The most recent edition of our Team of the Week seems a little two-sided, literally. Seven of the players involved come from CSKA or Anzhi after their respective impressive 6-0 and 4-0 results at home to Tosno and SKA. Such was the dominant performance of CSKA's supremely talented midfield, all three were going to make up the RFN TOTW midfield trio, but Aleksandr Golovin was omitted due to his penalty miss (despite that brilliant goal). Elsewhere, Zenit returned to winning ways with a 2-1 … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at FC Ural’s New Man Aleksandr Lomakin

FC Ural’s head coach Aleksandr Tarkhanov is fully convinced that the team’s recent signing, Aleksandr Lomakin, will be of major importance for the Yekaterinburg outfit in the near future. During a short interview to FC Ural’s website, the experienced head coach remembered how hard it was to convince Lomakin’s former club, FC Yenisey, to release him and that the 21-year old midfielder has what is needed to help the team immediately. Lomakin was born in Moscow in 1995 and started playing … [Read more...]

The Grand Opening of Arena CSKA

Last weekend CSKA opened its new arena with a beautiful ceremony, which was unfortunately missed by many fans as they found out that the stadium is actually extremely well hidden. It is surrounded by a park and looks like some random office buildings, which makes it a perfect arena for the next Quidditch World Cup, as muggles won’t even notice it.   https://twitter.com/RusFootballNews/status/774640378280546304 Don’t try to meet your fellow supporters outside the arena if you don’t … [Read more...]

RFPL Predictions League 2016-17

After the irrelevant distraction of some tournament in France, real football is nearly back with the start of the Russian Premier League this weekend. To celebrate, Russian Football News is pleased to announce the inaugural RFPL Predictions League where you can pit your wits against our experts throughout the season. It's a simple concept. Each week entrants must submit their predicted scorelines for each of the eight RFPL fixtures, and if you hit the exact scoreline, you get three points, … [Read more...]

Spartak’s Ongoing Perestroika

“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.” - Mikhail Gorbachev The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev paid too heavy a price for his Perestroika (перестройка), but it is an undeniable fact that the USSR had been on the verge of collapsing many years before his desperate attempts to restructure and reform that stagnated nation. Almost a quarter of a century after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there is a Russian football club - Spartak … [Read more...]

Rubin Kazan – What’s Changed?

The last 12 months have been something of a rollercoaster for Rubin Kazan. Going into the 2014/15 season they weren’t fancied to do much, but under Rinat Bilyaletdinov, a heavily Russian and very young squad outshone all expectations and managed a very respectable 5th placed finish, qualifying for the Europa League after a one year hiatus courtesy of Dinamo Moscow’s Financial Fair Play infringements. Spirits were high in Kazan, and after only losing Cesar Navas from their first team squad to … [Read more...]

The Belarusian Samba – An Interview with Renan Bressan

Currently playing for the Portuguese side of Rio Ave FC, the Brazilian-born Belarusian international Renan Bressan is arguably one of the best footballers ever to have set foot in that Eastern European country. Being almost 27 now, the talented creative midfielder has been enjoying a good moment in Portuguese football, but he did not forget the glory days he spent at Belarus, the never ending nightmare he lived at Vladikavkaz and the brief stint in Kazakhstani football. Last week, the … [Read more...]

RPL Week 1: Goal of the Week and Highlights

Goal of the Week: Moussa Doumbia, FC Rostov https://youtu.be/9Bb4lxbzp6Q?t=56s Spartak Moscow - FC Ufa 2 - 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwIcJtRwQCA CSKA Moscow - Rubin Kazan 1 - 0  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze82I6yF6SU FC Rostov - Terek Grozny 1 - 1 https://youtu.be/9Bb4lxbzp6Q Zenit St. Petersburg - Dinamo Moscow 2 - 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij-Cqw2Xh2M Mordovia Saransk - Lokomotiv Moscow 0 - … [Read more...]

Season Preview: FC Krasnodar

Intro: We cannot dissociate FC Krasnodar’s recent successes with Oleg Kononov. The arrival of the Belarusian manager to the team back in 2013, to replace Slavoljub Muslin, marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Byki. Last season was fairly demanding, especially for a young team (they were only founded in 2008) such as FC Krasnodar, but the overall result was fairly satisfactory. The team finished the season in the 3rd place, with the same amount of points as CSKA Moscow (who were the … [Read more...]