RFN Top 50 2016: 10-4

10: Denis Glushakov, Midfielder, Spartak (+31) Back in August nobody could possibly have predicted that Spartak would sit pretty at the top of the table going into the winter break, and even fewer could have foreseen Denis Glushakov’s meteoric rise up the RFN Top 50, but the midfield general has been a relatively unsung hero in Massimo Carrera’s machine. Without question the individual highlight was his sensational rocket that crashed in off his new teammate Aleksandr Selikhov’s crossbar in … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Sardar Azmoun

Following the rumours of Sardar Azmoun being linked with Liverpool, we at Russian Football News were inundated with requests and questions for information about this talented front man, who very few knew about. Inspired by this, we have decided to start a new series - Ones To Watch - a collection of informative articles, detailing the top young talents in the Russia, looking at how they have progressed in their career, before highlighting the players' strengths and weaknesses, and finally a … [Read more...]

Preview: Ajax v Rostov (UCL Playoff)

Last season's sensational silver-winners from FC Rostov are just two games away from the Champions League group stage. However, first of all they have to beat Dutch powerhouse Ajax. We have teamed up with Will Burns from Total Dutch Football to give you the best possible insight before the first of two crucial matches. Ajax: After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Roda JC on Saturday evening, Peter Bosz's Ajax hosts Russian Premier League side FC Rostov in what could be the most … [Read more...]

The RFN Awards 2015/2016

With the regular season of the Russian Football Premier League being over, the Russian Football News team is proud to present to you, for the second season in a row - the RFN Awards. Our team have voted on six different categories while also finding the Team of the Season.  Player of the Season: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg) Russian Player of the Season: Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar) Young Player of the Season: Sardar Azmoun (FC Rostov) Best and Worst Signing of the Season: Fedor … [Read more...]

Leicester Isn’t Europe’s Only Sensation – Meet FC Rostov

It is no secret that Leicester City has been one of the biggest surprises on the European football scene this season, and perhaps even in the past decade. The English side is however not the only side currently fighting way above their weight class. FC Rostov from southern Russia are currently in the middle of a similar miracle. For people outside Russia, Rostov are best known for being the club where former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder David Bentley experienced the low of his career … [Read more...]

Why Sardar Azmoun is finally living up to his ‘Iranian Messi’ tag at Rostov

Comparative monikers are a popular phenomenon in football today and while the prevalence may have increased in recent times, the damaging effect they can have on a young player’s career has not diminished. Back in 2002, French midfielder Bruno Cheyrou was dubbed “the new Zidane” by Liverpool manager Gerrard Houllier upon his arrival – a comparative moniker that was always going to be tough to live up to – and promptly flopped. Today, almost every emerging player is the younger equivalent … [Read more...]

Rostov and Amkar Punished for Unpaid Bills

Despite their success on the pitch, FC Rostov are in deep financial problems, and a new chapter was written in their story the other day. Together with Perm based Amkar, Rostov have been banned from registering new players by the Russian Football Union’s Dispute Resolution Chamber. In Amkar’s case the punishment was given for not fulfilling the instructions given by the Player’s Status Committee, as Amkar failed to live up to their obligations to the now former head coach Slavoljub Muslin. … [Read more...]