Terek Grozny’s Name Change – A Political Tool

In the recently finished season, Terek Grozny finished fifth. It was the best result ever by the Chechen side, who have played in the Russian Football Premier League since 2008. Under the guidance of head coach Rashid Rakhimov, who has led the club for three years, the team has developed gradually, finishing each season in a better position than in the last. Now however, it seems that the pressure on the team is about to skyrocket as the club has a new name. “Dear friends,” Ramzan Kadyrov, … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Football In Chechnya Special

Host Thomas Giles is joined on the podcast by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to discuss football in the volatile Russian region of Chechnya. The trio look at how football, and particularly local club Terek Grozny, is being used by the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov to promote himself and his politics. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-podcast-football-in-chechnya-special Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: Terek Grozny

Introduction Terek Grozny have been a pleasant surprise this season. The Chechen outfit, who finished 7th last year, are currently sitting in 4th, and they have once again made Akhmat Arena, where they have defeated Zenit, Rubin, Krasnodar and Rostov, a fortress. Although being a solid side with a good foundation, Terek weren’t expected to challenge for European football this season. During the summer, they lost Polish winger-turned-fullback Maciej Rybus, their top scorer and star player … [Read more...]

The Grand Opening of Arena CSKA

Last weekend CSKA opened its new arena with a beautiful ceremony, which was unfortunately missed by many fans as they found out that the stadium is actually extremely well hidden. It is surrounded by a park and looks like some random office buildings, which makes it a perfect arena for the next Quidditch World Cup, as muggles won’t even notice it.   https://twitter.com/RusFootballNews/status/774640378280546304 Don’t try to meet your fellow supporters outside the arena if you don’t … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Oleg Ivanov

Introduction: It's difficult for Ivanov to go unnoticed on the field. At 192 cm, he's the second tallest midfielder in the RFPL. Born in Moscow, Ivanov took his first steps in football at Lokomotiv Moscow.  However, shortly after he opted to join Spartak, where he spent almost 10 years. His history is similar to the one that marked Roman Shirokov, as both are physically strong players that have been rejected by Russian top clubs at the beginning of their careers. After Spartak, Ivanov played … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Zinchenko – the latest star of the RFPL, Krasnodar’s progress, and Terek to Europe?

Host Thomas Giles is once against joined by Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint for this edition of the Russian Football News podcast. The three of them discuss Ufa's Oleksandr Zinchenko - the latest star to be linked with a move away from Russia, Krasnodar's fight for a Champions League spot despite only being founded in 2008 and the prospects of Terek Grozny, from the volatile region of Chechnya, getting into … [Read more...]

Four Rounds Left – Who’ll Win the RFPL?

Four rounds is all that is left of this season's RFPL, and the league remains closer than ever. There is a seven point gap between CSKA in the first place and Lokomotiv in fifth, which means not only the championship fight but also the fight for European tickets are wide open. Qualification rules: The champion will get a direct spot to next year’s Champions League. The runners-up will start in the third qualifying round. The teams finishing 3rd to 5th will start the third qualifying … [Read more...]

Maciej Rybus is Ready to Fly

Terek Grozny have been one of the surprises in the RFPL this season. The Chechen side have lost just four games all season, two of these coming in April, and they are currently sitting 6th in the league. One of the primary forces behind their impressive season so far has been the versatile Pole Maciej Rybus, who can play on both the wing and at the back. He has contributed with eight goals, which makes him Terek’s top scorer. Rybus, who has been with Terek since February 2012, does however … [Read more...]

Chechen President Ready to Sign Patriot Tarasov

With the exception of the Kremlin, almost everybody have shared their opinion on Dmitry Tarasov’s showing of a Vladimir Putin t-shirt following Lokomotiv Moscow’s defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week. Almost immediately after the game, UEFA issued a statement saying: “A player/team of a player that reveals an undergarment that shows political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images […] will be sanctioned by the competition organizer.” Dmitry Tarasov employer … [Read more...]

Luke Wilkshire: The man from Down Under is on the up with Terek Grozny

  It’s been over a decade since Terek Grozny last experienced European football – a first round UEFA Cup defeat to Basel – but, some 11 seasons on, the Chechens are starting to dream again. Two points off that all-important fourth place and still riding high after an imperious 4-1 victory over Zenit St Petersburg, Terek are on course for their best ever finish in the Russian Premier League. So when the news broke that the club had completed the free signing of a 34-year-old … [Read more...]