International Preview: Russia – Spain

The match against Argentina was a promising performance, undone by some genuine quality and a glaringly obvious missed offside decision. Post-match, not quite the promising and more of the horrendous, with reports of overcrowding and over 1.5-hour queues and to get out of the Luzhniki and onto the Moscow Metro. Let's hope the game against Spain on Tuesday goes off without a hitch and proves the authorities are ready to organise the logistics of the World Cup next year. The team landed in St … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Crvena Zvezda – FC Krasnodar

First Playoff Round, Second Leg: Fyodor Smolov's Return? Last week’s Europa league clash between Krasnodar and Crvena Zvezda was a thriller. Featuring five goals, one improperly disallowed and scoring chances aplenty, there was no shortage of excitement at the Krasnodar Stadium. Krasnodar comes into this game with a deserved 3-2 lead after they controlled most of the game at their home arena. Though Krasnodar does have this lead heading to Serbia, Crvena’s two away goals mean that they are in a … [Read more...]

Russian Transfers – Homeward Bound

Each year we read the same nonsense with Russian transfers. XXXX is on the way to an English or German club. It's a done deal. It's in the final stages. A month ago CSKA Moscow's Golovin was about to join Arsenal. That was June 10th. Three days later the same news outlet reported Arsenal's Russian scout, Pavel Kucherov, said He is not talented enough for the European level and it’s unrealistic to discuss his transfer to a top Premier League club. Fanboys and journos went into overdrive with a … [Read more...]

Ones To Watch – Kouassi Eboué

Name: Jules Christ Kouassi Eboue (Kouassi Eboue) DOB/Age: 13/12/1997 – 18 years old Club: FC Krasnodar Position: Central Midfield Nationality: Ivory Coast Career to Date When news was announced that Krasnodar had signed Kouassi Eboue, most people didn’t even notice. Those who did, had to double take. This was an 18 year old Ivorian popping up in southern Russia, who no one had ever heard of. Even the internet provided little to no help in discovering who this teenager was and where he had … [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...]

The RPL Relegation Race

This season's race to escape relegation is closer than ever - a one point gap separates each team from the other. As it stands, all of the teams in the bottom four can escape the route to the FNL. Each team has three games remaining, a possible nine points and the chance to either leave the relegation zone or get a second shot at the Premier League via the relegation play-offs. Torpedo Moscow Torpedo have been on a one-way road to the FNL. Adding a new manager and a few experienced players … [Read more...]

Round Table: National Team Update

Andy (@AndyShenk) - Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Pavel (@russianpotter) - Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin John (@JohnSager) - Russian Football follower, Zenit supporter, California resident --------------------------------------------------------- 1) What did we learn from the Portugal … [Read more...]