FC Ufa – How To Run a Small Club in Russia

When FC Ufa was promoted to the Premier League (RFPL) in 2014, they were one of the smallest sides in history to make the top flight. Having only existed since 2010, it took them just three seasons to rise from Professional Football League (PFL), the third tier, to the top flight, though many predicted it would not last long. How could a side like Ufa last in a league dominated by elite teams? The answer lies not just on the pitch, but behind the scenes.   At Europe's End Ufa is one of … [Read more...]

Oleksandr Zinchenko – Guardiola’s First Man City Signing?

As Konstantin Evgrafov wrote on Russian Football News in February, you rarely see players from small Russian clubs exchange the RFPL for fashionable destinations in Europe, but that could change soon, as Ufa’s 19-year-old midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is linked with several major European clubs after an impressive season in Ufa’s red and white kit. The Ukrainian midfielder is a product of Shakhtar Donetsk’s youth academy, but joined Ufa on a free transfer in February last year. However, as … [Read more...]