Season Preview: FC Tosno

FC Tosno has been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their short history. Founded in 2013 by Leonid Khomenko - current technical director at the club - and FortGroup, a commercial real-estate group based out of St. Petersburg, just an hour’s drive north-west of Tosno. This close locality to Russia's second city will be key for Tosno next season, as the club will be based at Zenit-2’s Petrovsky Stadium for their maiden RFPL campaign. Head coach Dmytro Parfyonov has overseen … [Read more...]

The Day The Giants Fell

It began while much of Europe was still asleep, and indeed many Russians would have only been stirring in their beds when the first goal went in. Vasily Karmazinenko's 28th minute goals for SKA-Energia Khabarovsk against Volga arrived just before 4.30am in the UK, and by the time the final whistle blew, British clocks were yet to strike six. Nevertheless, Volga were out of the Russian Cup. Karmazinenko grabbed a double was enough to see off the Nizhny Novgorod side 2-0, and before long they … [Read more...]

Tosno: Paying The Price To Join Zenit’s Family?

Far away from the bright lights of the Russian Premier League, newly-formed Second Division side Tosno parted company with their coach last week in a move which failed to register in the minds of those discussing the latest managerial departures in the top flight - Dorinel Munteanu at Kuban and Yuri Krasnozhan, almost inevitably, from Terek. Munteanu's dismissal from the Krasnodar club highlighted a remarkable short-sightedness in the boardroom, removing the Romanian just a few months into a … [Read more...]