RFN Podcast – Russian Derbies, Trouble At Spartak v CSKA & RFPL Managerial Vacancies

Host Thomas Giles is once again joined by website editor Toke Theilade and writer Andrew Flint. The trio discuss Russian derbies and talk about the unsavoury incidents at last weekend's Moscow derby between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow. They then go over the recent managerial departures in the Russian Premier League before taking listeners' questions and talking about their 'Only in Russian football' moment for this … [Read more...]

Pavlyuchenko and the Second Last Chance

Eight years ago, only Andrey Arshavin outshone Roman Pavlyuchenko at Euro 2008 where Sbornaya impressed the whole football world by reaching the semifinal. Pavlyuchenko scored three goals for Russia that summer and made UEFA’s Team of the Tournament alongside teammates Andrey Arshavin, Konstantin Zyryanov and Yuri Zhirkov. Eight years later both Sbornaya and Pavlyuchenko find themselves at the opposite end of the scale, as the Russian national team recently crashed out of the Euros, … [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...]