RFN Podcast: Confederations Cup Review

The Confederations Cup is over for the Russian national team, and so it is time to review the performance of Sbornaya. On top of that, the guys discuss Stanislav Cherchesov's future, and whether or not it is time to try another goalkeeper instead of Igor Akinfeev. Furthermore, this podcast is the first done in collaboration with the guys at World Football Index, which means that in the future you can find all of our podcasts on their … [Read more...]

Editorial: Structural Problems are the Reasons for Russia’s Early Exit

Three games, one victory and a quick exit. That was the result of Russia’s first major tournament on home soil, the Confederations Cup. The quick exit naturally let to discussions about who was to blame for the failure of once again not making it out the group stage, but head coach of Sbornaya, Stanislav Cherchesov, was quick to end these discussions. “This is my mistake,” he said in the press conference after the final game against Mexico, which was lost 2-1, and continued: “I will take it upon … [Read more...]

What Can the World Expect from Sbornaya at the Confederations Cup?

When Russia  take on New Zealand in St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon, it will be the culmination of a long year with Stanislav Cherchesov as head coach. Since his appointment after the failed Euros, Cherchesov has worked hard on assembling a team that could bring glory to Russia on home ground by the World Cup in 2018, and the Confederations Cup is the first real test of the level of the Russian national team, also known as Sbornaya. Cherchesov’s men have warmed up at a training camp … [Read more...]

Reactions to Russia’s Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Following the announcement of Russia’s provisional 30-man squad for the Confederations Cup, Russian Football News has taken a look at some of the best reactions. Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov was philosophical in explaining why up-and-coming goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev from FC Rostov did not make the squad. He said, “You know, there is a train. Players get onto the train via the last carriage and make their way to the VIP carriage by going through the whole train. You cannot just skip to … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [Read more...]

Is Stan the Man to Lead Russia?

Whenever I watch the Russian national side nowadays, I’m oddly reminded of the X-Files. This isn’t a parallel most would readily form. While Russian football can be, and often is, likened to some of the country’s greatest and most tragic novels, why would the current national scene be reminiscent of an American sci-fi series that had its peak in the mid-nineties? Because, friends, like Fox Mulder, the beleaguered protagonist of the X-Files, I too want to believe. I want to believe that by 2018 a … [Read more...]

Russia – Romania Preview: Can Cherchesov’s Men Bounce Back?

When Akhmat Arena in Chechnya’s capital Grozny hosts Russia’s exhibition match against Romania on Tuesday, it will become the 14th Russian stadium to host Sbornaya since the fall of the Soviet Union. And despite the recent poor run of results, the Chechens seems excited to welcome the national team to the republic for first time, as the hosts have already sold out all the tickets for the game. The national team coming to the game however could very well end up disappointing the high hopes of … [Read more...]

Russia v Costa Rica: Squad Evaluation

Russia’s upcoming friendly with Costa Rica in Krasnodar represents the second opportunity for new coach Stanislav Cherchesov to assemble his national team squad camp since he took over the hot seat from Leonid Slutsky after Russia’s Euros exit this summer. After hardly the most enthralling performances against Turkey and Ghana to kick start his reign at the beginning of the month, Cherchesov has made a couple of tweaks to his initial squad selection while continuing to disregard the widely … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in August

1: Sbornaya’s rejuvenation process is finally underway Neither Fabio Capello nor Leonid Slutsky managed to force through the needed generational changes on the national team, but Stanislav Cherchesov looks like a man who is ready to do what it takes to be successful in 2018. It is still very early in the process, but the former Spartak goalkeeper’s first squad looked very promising. He kept no fewer than 15 of the 23 European Championship participants out of the squad, and he included several … [Read more...]