RFN Podcast Special: Exploitation of Migrant Workers and Human Rights Violations at the Zenit Arena

https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/rfn-special-with-josimar#t=0:00 In this special edition of the RFN podcast, podcast host Thomas Giles, Editor-in-Chief Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint spoke to Håvard Melnæs from Josimar after his hard-hitting piece about the exploitation of migrant workers at the Zenit Arena shocked the football world with its dark revelations. You can read the article here: You can also follow Josimar on Twitter: You can subscribe to the … [Read more...]

Calling Time on Cherchesov’s Reign

Stop all the clocks. Call time at the bar. The final whistle has sounded after another lacklustre performance by the Russian national side and this time no one should be covering their ears. The alarm has finally rung for Stanislav Cherchesov and it should signal his imminent departure. Patience has been exhausted. Hope has been abandoned. Not even the most ardent fans of Sbornaya can dismiss what took place on Friday evening. When disgrace gave way to disgust as the most listless, … [Read more...]

Nizny Novgorod – A World Cup City Without a Team

In December, I had the opportunity to visit Nizhny Novgorod for the first time. This is the city my wife’s family is from originally before they moved to St Petersburg and I have to say I was more than impressed. We caught the Strizh (Стриж) high-speed express train from Kurskaya Station in Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod.  A total of 4 hours’ travel, a route which I expect many European fans will take in 2018 and one which I would highly recommend. While enjoying a two course meal plus desert with … [Read more...]

We are Russia – United Against Discrimination

Today, March 21st, is the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21st 2017 is the day when Russian football took a leap forward and begun the drive to ensure that sports will be fight all forms of discrimination, in sports and society. It is a big though much needed task. The "We Are Russia Against Discrimination" #WeareRussia #AgainstDiscrimination project was launched, bringing together 3 driven entities. A project to fight Racism and … [Read more...]

All aboard the Good Ship Anti-Russia

I don't know if it can be termed anti-Russian or anti-Russia as those lining up to take shots are a mix of both. The sentiment remains the same, Russia/Russian bad and we're going to prove it no matter what - even if there is no proof. It's a great time to turn rogue and go full on with the prevailing wind, it will make you money. And if you're good, it'll be regular. Fashionably Anti-Russia A writer on Russia, whom I respect and with pleasure co-operate with, had a chance to make some decent … [Read more...]

Should Arshavin Play at the World Cup?

It is no secret that the biggest tournaments make the biggest players. Some of the most legendary and memorable moments in football history were from the World Cup, like Oleg Salenko’s historic five goals in a single game during the 1994 group stage against Cameroon. There are however a handful great players who never managed to play at world football’s most prestigious tournament. Andrey Arshavin is one of them. At the age of 21, Arshavin lost out to teammate Aleksandr Kerzhakov in the … [Read more...]

Russia’s Race From the World Cup

We live in very strange times. In Paris, just before Christmas, I had an overpriced, underwhelming coffee with a journalist friend of mine. A political animal and child of the Brussels bureaucracy, he was in high school with me for less than two months. We connected only a year back thanks to Facebook and it was our 2nd meeting. A polyglot (he speaks 11 languages) and bibliophile he has begun to learn Russian. His first question was - "Why does Russia not want to hold the World Cup?" As … [Read more...]

Is Stan the Man to Lead Russia?

Whenever I watch the Russian national side nowadays, I’m oddly reminded of the X-Files. This isn’t a parallel most would readily form. While Russian football can be, and often is, likened to some of the country’s greatest and most tragic novels, why would the current national scene be reminiscent of an American sci-fi series that had its peak in the mid-nineties? Because, friends, like Fox Mulder, the beleaguered protagonist of the X-Files, I too want to believe. I want to believe that by 2018 a … [Read more...]

“Is Ronaldo coming? Of course.” – Confederations Cup Draw in Kazan

This weekend, Kazan hosted football luminaries from across the globe as the draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup took place. Vlad Zimagulov from Sport BO was out and about that day, and has the summary of the days' events. All photos and text courtesy of Sport BO. The red carpet was put out before the ceremony surrounding the Confederations Cup draw. This, of course, does not compare to what the stars of the Oscars normally expect, or the world’s best players arriving at the Ballon D’or, but … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Eremenko Banned, Rostov Face Bayern Munich And More Problems At Zenit Arena

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular panelists Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint. The trio discuss the drugs ban imposed on CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko before previewing FC Rostov's match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as well as predicting FC Rostov's general European chances. They then talk about the latest delay and corruption allegations surround the World Cup venue in St. Petersburg and ask if the chaos will ever end on Krestovsky Island. Finally they take … [Read more...]