RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

Problems with the Trans-Siberian Football League

The Russian Football National League (FNL) has been in place since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, unchanged from 1994 and remains one of the toughest logistical and fiscal challenges in world football. The Soviet Top Division and First Division were combined into the Russian Top Division in 1992, with the new Second Tier regionalised into a Centre, East and West. However, this model was scrapped in 1994 in favour of a 20-team single-region division we see today. The Russian Top Division … [Read more...]

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...]