Andreas Granqvist – FC Krasnodar’s Swedish warrior looking to return home

FC Krasnodar defender Andreas Granqvist is arguably in his best form ever. In November, he was Sweden’s most important player in their 1-0 aggregate win over Italy in the World Cup qualifiers that sent a shock through the footballing world, as Italy are now set to miss their first World Cup tournament since 1958. Especially in the return 0-0 leg at the San Siro, Granqvist was outstanding, singlehandedly controlling the Swedish defence. Just over a week later, he broke Zlatan Ibrahimović’s … [Read more...]

Kokorin has missed his last chance to test himself against the best.

When news of Aleksandr Kokorin's move to Zenit St. Petersburg broke two days ago there was celebration from the fans of the Russian Premier League holders. Zenit managed to secure arguably Russia's greatest footballing prospect for the small fee of €2.5m from Dinamo Moscow which also included the fee for his fellow Dinamo player Yuri Zhirkov, quite frankly this is an absolute bargain. With his contract due to expire in a few months, Kokorin had the freedom to pick and choose a club which was … [Read more...]

Who Will Pick Up Anton Mitryushkin?

One of the standout players at the U19 Euro tournament held in Greece last summer was the Russian goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin. Together with teammates Denis Yakuba, Dmitri Barinov and Ramil Sheydaev, he made the Team of the Tournament as Russia finished second after losing 2-0 to Spain in the final. For Mitryushkin this was his second impressive showing at an international tournament, as he in 2013 helped Russia win the U17 Euro in Slovakia, where he also won the Golden Player Award after … [Read more...]

Mbark Boussoufa’s and the Lust for Money

Mbark Boussoufa’s career has not reached the expected highs after joining Anzhi Makhachkala back in 2011. After five successful years and two league titles with Belgian side Anderlecht, the Dutch-Moroccan midfielder was one of the most wanted players in Europe when he in 2011 decided to move to Russia. After two seasons in Dagestan, the former Chelsea and Ajax youngster moved to Lokomotiv in the summer of 2013 due to the collapse of the Anzhi house. His three year deal with the Railroaders … [Read more...]

Presenting the New Legionnaires

It is summer, and this means the transfer window is open. Several Russian clubs have brought in new players, and we have teamed up with football experts from around the globe to present you the latest legionnaires to join the Russian Premier League: Amkar Perm: Izunna Uzochukwu (Nigeria) from FC Midtjylland, Denmark: Freelance journalist and Danish football expert Henning Andersen (@HenningA_DK): When you look at Izunna Uzochukwu, he wouldn't stand out to you as a great defensive … [Read more...]

Marko Livaja set for Premier League Move?

Russian Football News understands that Rubin Kazan forward Marko Livaja is on trial with a Premier League club, thought to be West Ham United. The 21 year old Croat is confirmed to be on trial with a Premier League club by sources close to the club. Livaja joined Rubin last summer from Atalanta for around €5 million, but due to attitude issues, he never found favour with current head coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov, and only featured 13 times in all competitions last season, scoring once in the … [Read more...]

Cesar Navas set for move to MLS?

Rubin Kazan's Spanish centre back Cesar Navas looks set for pastures new this summer, as negotiations to extend his expiring contract seem to have stalled. The 35 year old joined Rubin from Real Mallorca in 2009 for €2 million and has gone on to be a crucial part of their team, making 164 league appearances for the Kazan club, as well as representing them at Champions League and Europa League level, being part of the team that famously beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Camp Nou in 2009. The … [Read more...]

5 Possible Destinations for Roman Pavlyuchenko

On the 18th of June Lokomotiv Moscow confirmed what many people had suspected for a while, that the Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko would leave the club when his contract expired at the end of the month. Pavlyuchenko received worldwide attention after his stunning performances and three goals at the 2008 Euro which made Tottenham send £13.7 million to Spartak Moscow to secure his services. Pavlyuchenko’s stay in London was however no success, and in 2012 he returned to Russia where the … [Read more...]

Transfer Preview: Dynamo Moscow

Dynamo Moscow have an opportunity to repair their back line and sign productive forwards during this summer's transfer window. The Blue-and-Whites are in luck - there are a number of young talents, both domestic and foreign, who are looking to prove themselves, as well as seasoned professionals who are eager to continue their careers at the top level. Dynamo are however forced to sell players before they can buy new ones, says the club's sport director Guram Adzhoyev. This restrain is because of … [Read more...]

Villas-Boas: Arshavin and Tymoshchuk Will Leave Zenit

When a journalist at the pre-match press conference between Zenit St. Petersburg and Spartak Moscow asked Zenit head coach André Villas-Boas about the future for the local heroes Andriy Arshavin and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, the Portuguese confirmed what many people have suspected for a long time – that the players would leave Zenit after the season: “We have, from my understanding, not had any talks [with Arshavin and Tymoshchuk]” Villas-Boas said. Arshavin and Tymoshchuk both joined Zenit on … [Read more...]