10 Russian Summer Signings to Watch in 2017/18

Leandro Paredes – AS Roma to Zenit St. Petersburg, Fee – €23 million One area where Zenit struggled last season was the centre of midfield, as the departure of playmaking midfielder Axel Witsel before the second half of the season left a hole which Brazilian winter transfer window signing Hernani and fellow Brazilian Mauricio failed to fill. This is the whole 23-year-old Leandro Paredes is expected to fill. After breaking into Roma’s first team in the last season, Paredes played 27 Serie A … [Read more...]

Preview: Wednesday’s Matches

I take a look at Wednesday's games in the RPL, featuring Spartak, CSKA and Zenit. Zenit and Spartak will be looking to carry on their momentum, and CSKA will be hoping to bounce back from a bad week. Krylia v Zenit Zenit travel to Samara having beaten Rostov comfortably at the weekend, meaning that they went level with CSKA and Spartak on 20 points at the top of the table. Krylia, who are unbeaten in 5, will be disappointed that they only managed to pick up a point from the weekends … [Read more...]

Swedish Exports – not just Volvo, IKEA & ABBA

What links CSKA's midfield linchpin Pontus Wernbloom & last season’s joint top RPL goalscorer Wanderson? The answer is the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Both of these impressive player's careers really took off whilst playing in Sweden's second city and they are not the only current RPL players with a Swedish footballing background. Here I will run down some ex-Allsvenskan (Sweden's premier league) players plying their trade in the RPL and put forward some current Swedish based talents who … [Read more...]

FC Krasnodar Season Preview

INTRO: Krasnodar enter their third season in the Premier League in good shape. Despite dropping one place to 10th in their second campaign, the Bulls slightly improved their point/match ratio and remained in contention for a Europa League place until early May. Led by owner Sergey Galitsky, the richest man in Russian football, and Serbian manager Slavoljub Muslin, Krasnodar have enjoyed remarkable stability for such a young, ambitious club. Muslin, in fact, is entering his 4th season in … [Read more...]

Round Table: Transfer Review

Our season round up Round Table discussion centers around a review of the RPL transfer action. Andy – @AndyShenk - a Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Pavel - @russianpotter - a Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Manuel - @homosovieticus - PhD Student with focus on Soviet history and football, as well as blogger at Futbolgrad.com (@futbolgradlive) Connor - @Con_027 - Russian Football follower, CSKA … [Read more...]

Tactical Analysis: Krasnodar 4-0 Anzhi

Losing 4-0 to FC Krasnodar is bad enough in isolation, but Anzhi's slide after the winter break is more than one game.  Only scoring one goal in their last 5, Anzhi's strong season is in danger of coming apart after the winter break.  Despite a fairly easy fixture list to start the final stretch of the season, including 4 out of the bottom 5 teams in the table, Anzhi have lost ground on the much coveted second spot that means Champions League qualification.  Needless to say title aspirations … [Read more...]