Dinamo Journalist Attack Pitch Invader During Dinamo – Spartak Derby

With five goals and an over-time winner the Moscow derby between Dinamo and Spartak had it all, but despite the many goals and intense tackles the most memorable moment happened during halftime when a plumpish Spartak fan invaded the pitch. Wearing a t-shirt with the text 'Old School' the Spartak fan started to provoke the blue-white fans of Dinamo. The action reminded many of the legendary penalty scorer who took the pitch during a match between Spartak and Saturn a few years ago, when … [Read more...]

View from the Stands – Fans versus Spectators in Russia

The fans attending football matches in Russia can be split in two large groups, at least with a rough generalization. One contains the so-called active supporters who go to the matches to support their team through all 90 minutes, and the other one is for the ordinary spectators who have a more relaxed view on the beautiful game. In this edition of ‘View from the Stands’ we look at the big differences of opinion on how one should behave inside a stadium. Both groups have been victims of … [Read more...]

Interview With Antifa Ultra Petr From Ekaterinburg

At a time where most media are only covering what is happening among the extreme right winged group of ultras in Russia, we set to learn more about the opposite side, those who calls themselves Antifa, short for anti-fascists. To do so we interviewed Petr from Ekaterinburg, a declared Antifa football supporter of the local team Ural and writer for the Russian blog LeftSideTerraces. How is it to be an anti-racist football fan in Russia? How many left winged fan groups are there in the country … [Read more...]

RPL Week 5: Around the Match Day

The big story in the fifth round of the Russian Premier League was obviously the Moscow derby at Otkritie Arena between Spartak and CSKA. Both teams have started the season well, and the two rivals gave the spectators an intense and entertaining match with three goals. Just like the players the fans of the two teams also gave everything they got throughout the entire match, with the exception of the first five minutes. Last week a Spartak fan named Anton was stabbed in the neck, and … [Read more...]

RPL Week 3: Around the Match Day

Week 3 of the Russian Premier League gave us this season’s first Moscow derby, when Lokomotiv took on the struggling Dinamo. The match ended 1-1, the highlights can be found here, which means Dinamo is yet to win their first match this season. The Blue-Whites have been hit by one scandal after another this summer, and despite the termination of sports director Guram Adzhoyev and head coach Stanislav Cherchesov's contracts they still look like a team who is very far from competing for the … [Read more...]

Around Match Day 27

  ’Around the Match Day’ is a new feature on RussianFootballNews.com. We will take a look at all the major and minor stories surrounding the match day and give you an overview you do not get elsewhere.   The 27th match day of the Russian Premier League was played on the same weekend as the 70th anniversary for the victory against Nazi-Germany in the Second World War, or the Great Patriotic War as it was known in the Soviet Union. Victory Day was celebrated Saturday the 9th of … [Read more...]

CSKA Fans Fight Back – Interview With #CSKAFansAgainstRacism Campaign

CSKA Moscow’s ultras have long had a reputation for violent and racist behavior. Last season, the ultras drew unwanted attention to the Russian champions in the Champions League twice. First, they were caught yelling racial slurs at Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Touré, leading UEFA to punish them by closing the ultra’s stand in CSKA’s stadium Arena Khimki. Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), tried to convince UEFA to give CSKA a full … [Read more...]

How (Not) To Buy Lokomotiv Tickets

What follows is a story of my attempts to buy tickets for the top-of-the-table showdown against Zenit on May 4. I booked my tickets through the online reservation system on April 15. It's actually quite the dumb system as you're forced to collect the tickets in person. When I arrived at the ticket office, I was told that the reservation had been canceled. I was a little bit confused, because the letter with the details of the order contained a bolded sentence: “Note that the order will be … [Read more...]