Mid-Season Review: Ural Ekaterinburg

Just like last season, Ural find themselves heading into the new year with a relatively new manager in charge, but this time round instead of sitting pretty in mid table safety they are in the relegation playoff zone. Once again a suspicious match against Terek has precipitated the acrimonious departure of a Belarusian head coach with Vadim Skripchenko hot-footing it to Samara to take over at Krylia Sovetov days after a humiliating 4-1 home defeat to the Chechens. Whereas Viktor Goncharenko left … [Read more...]

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...]

Vadim Skripchenko’s Controversial Ural Split Leaves a Siberian Snowstorm

Ural v Terek is fast becoming a cursed fixture for Ekaterinburg’s Premier League outfit. Last year it precipitated the acrimonious departure of Viktor Goncharenko amid highly suspicious betting patterns and an apparent clash of philosophies between the coach and the combustible club President Grigoriy Ivanov, with the Belarussian manager going AWOL in his homeland before the split was confirmed. A year on, and after Sunday's humiliating 4-1 capitulation questions have again been asked about the … [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...]