Reforming the Trans-Siberian Football League: The Eastern Solution

Vladivostok is a place considered the edge of the world, a city which causes one to conjure up evocative and redolent images of the far end of our world. Above all, as Vladimir Lenin once surmised; Vladivostok is far away, but it is ours. Lenin himself never did gaze across the Pacific Coast to the Sea of Japan himself, but his statue outside the cities' ostentatious station has guarded it for a century. It would take roughly a week to reach the Trans-Siberian Railway's western terminus in … [Read more...]

The Sharapova Case – Is Russian Football Next?

Monday, one of the most famous tennis players in the world, Maria Sharapova, announced that she failed a doping test during the Australian Open tournament earlier this year. She is now facing a four-year ban for taking the drug meldonium, which was included on the list of prohibited drugs on January 1, 2016. Sharapova is the latest athlete from the former Soviet Union to be caught for using the drug. Meldonium is known to be popular in the post-Soviet space, which the list of names caught … [Read more...]

The 5 best Russians to ever grace the Champions League

With the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League completed in earnest this week, Zenit St. Petersburg have been given a fantastic chance to progress to the quarter-finals after being pitted against Benfica. Zenit have won three of their previous four meetings with the Portuguese giants and, in Artyom Dzyuba, have striker whose goals have him on course to rank among Russia’s great Champions League stars. Though Russian teams have a patchy record in the competition – especially when … [Read more...]