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...]

Russia – Ghana Preview

Russia's friendly against Ghana Tuesday evening is Stanislav Cherchesov's first home game in charge of Sbornaya. To give you the bests possible preview for the game, we have teamed up with Ghanaian football expert Theo Sakyi from Sandals For Goalposts Russia After getting a 0-0 draw in his debut as head coach of Sbornaya against Turkey last week, Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia are now playing their first game on the soil of the motherland since the failure at the Euros three months ago. The … [Read more...]

Cherchesov Starts Rejuvenation Process

When Russia kick off their World Cup preparations on August 31, the squad will include several new faces. That became clear when head coach Stanislav Cherchesov announced his first squad as head of the Russian national team on Tuesday afternoon. Although Cherchesov claimed he wouldn’t revolutionize the squad when he was hired, he has made drastic changes already, and the group that face Turkey on the last night of August, and Ghana in Moscow six days later is remarkably different from Leonid … [Read more...]

Big Challenges Awaits Cherchesov

After weeks of speculation and waiting, Vitaly Mutko finally presented Russia’s next national team coach earlier this week. The choice fell on 52-year-old Stanislav Cherchesov, who led Legia Warsaw to the Polish double last season, and he has signed a two-year contract with the Russian Football Union. The Ossetian-born coach won the job ahead of Kurban Berdyev, Sergey Semak and Aleksandr Borodyuk, who all had meetings with Mutko as well, and the goals set for Cherchesov and Sbornaya are enormous … [Read more...]

Stanislav Cherchesov – The Dresden days and the uncertain future

Although I have always been a hardcore supporter of FC Spartak Moscow, Stanislav Cherchesov was never my favourite goalkeeper. It is hard to admit that I have never felt the same kind of admiration for him that I had for Rinat Dasaev, who left the Moscow’s former powerhouse in the beginning of 1989, when Cherchesov returned to the Red-Whites after spending one year with FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Cherchesov’s trademark black pants tucked in his white socks, nevertheless, inspired my “career” as a … [Read more...]