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...]

RFN Podcast 05/11/2015: Ownership problems and the rise of Ural and Rostov

Thomas Giles hosts the Russian Football News podcast and is joined by writers Andrew Flint and Ilya Sokolov. The trio discuss the ownership problems at both Lokomotiv and Dynamo Moscow as well as the rise of recent strugglers Ural and Rostov. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/russian-football-news-podcast-2-ownership-problems-and-the-rise-of-ural-and-rostov     … [Read more...]

The Wild, Wild East: Goncharenko, Match-Fixing and Honesty

Russia's first match-fixing scandal of the season has erupted this week after it emerged that the match between Ural Sverdlovskaya Oblast and Terek Grozny on Friday August 28 had received extremely abnormal patterns in favour of the latter. Online bookmaker Marathonbet, which at one point accounted for 50% of Russia's football gambling market, offered odds of over 5.00 for the home team Ural to win, despite them being one place above their opponents in the league. Online commentary went into … [Read more...]