Is Samara ready to host the 2018 World Cup?

With the World Cup coming up in less than a year, cities all over Russia are giving their best efforts to prepare for the competition and the massive influx of tourists it will undoubtedly bring. At the beginning of September, Russian Football News had the opportunity to visit Samara; the sixth largest city in Russia and host of six World Cup matches next year. During the time there, a close eye was kept on the changes that were being made in time for the World’s most popular sporting … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Hleb and the Second Chance in Samara

Former Belarus international Aleksandr Hleb made the news recently as he was announced as a new signing at Krylia Sovetov Samara. Now 35-years-old, this is his second spell at the club, having joined them in 2012 following his release from a disastrous spell at Barcelona. With an illustrious European career behind him, with stints at Stuttgart, Barcelona, Wolfsburg and Birmingham, Hleb is most fondly remembered for a three year spell with Premier League giants Arsenal. Joining in 2005 from … [Read more...]

Interview with Bart Caubergh: Physical Training and Extreme External Factors in Russia

Ever since the 2011/2012 season, when the Russian Football Premier League abandoned the calendar year to instead follow the European season, it has been debated whether or not this was the right move. The switch meant that Russian clubs now play well into December, while also kicking off after the winter break at the beginning of March, when most of the country is still covered in snow. While this always equals a bunch of cancelled games and a poor quality of games, it also gives a long range … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Transfers

NEWS & FEATURES          ROSTER          INJURIES          TRANSFERS Club Home SUMMER 2013 … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Injuries

NEWS & FEATURES          ROSTER          INJURIES          TRANSFERS Club Home … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Roster

NEWS & FEATURES          ROSTER          INJURIES          TRANSFERS Club Home … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Samara

NEWS & FEATURES          ROSTER          INJURIES          TRANSFERS Established: April 12, 1942 Stadium: Metallurg Stadium (33,001) Head Coach: Aleksandr Valeryevich Tsygankov General Director: Denis Vladimirovich Maslov Sporting Director: Anton Igorevich Sinkov Honors: Russian League third place (2003/2004) USSR Cup finalists (1953, 1964); Russian Cup finalists (2004) 2005/2006 UEFA Cup and 2009/2010 Europa League appearances Official Club Website (Russian … [Read more...]

Krylia Sovetov Samara Season Preview

INTRO: At the end of last season, Krylia Sovetov had the pleasure of contesting a two-leg playoff tie against Spartak Nalchik of the Football National League (the FNL is Russia's second tier). The Samarans, who have never dropped out of the top flight since the fall of the Soviet Union, secured a berth in the 2013/2014 Premier League with 2-0 and 5-2 wins. With just a six-week offseason, Krylia haven't had much time to work on the transfer market. So far, a pair of Volga players have arrived, … [Read more...]