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 Top 50 2016: 3-1

3: Giuliano, Midfielder, Zenit (NEW ENTRY) No one really knew what to expect from the Brazilian when he joined Zenit before this season. After a couple of seasons in Ukraine with Dnipro Giuliano returned to Brazil in 2014, and left the public eye. When Zenit sold Hulk, many fans hoped for the club to replace him with a major signing, but Giuliano, who was brought in for €7 million, has done a better job than any marquee signing could ever do. Of course, it has been impossible for Giuliano … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Fedor Smolov

Introduction: Without question Smolov is the most in-form member of Russia's squad this summer after finishing a spectacular season on a personal level as the Russian Premier League's top goalscorer, but his true arrival on the international scene has been a long time coming. Once touted as a bright young star of Russian football, he made a rare foray into Europe with a loan spell at Feyenoord, but failed to make an impression. In fact until 15 months ago, at the age of 25, he had only … [Read more...]