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...]

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...]

Vibrating pitch and corruption allegations? A normal day at the office on Krestovsky Island

The uncompleted Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg has once again hit a familiar roadblock in both construction and corruption. The old Kirov Stadium on Krestovsky Island was demolished the best part of a decade ago and the forecasts were that the new stadium, based on the old site, would be opened by 2009. However, thanks to numerous delays ranging from design flaws to monetary issues, we may now not see the stadium be ready in time for the fast-approaching 2017 Confederations Cup. Despite … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in July

1: The chaos continues at Zenit Arena Since construction began in 2007, one problem after another has hit Zenit Arena, and now the stadium, that is supposed to host the 2017 Confederations Cup final, has again caught negative attention. The stadium is supposed to be finished by December 2016 at the latest, but as Thomas Giles recently explained the finishing date is in danger of being postponed, and the stadium might not be ready in time for the 2018 World Cup. In the middle of July, $39 … [Read more...]

St Petersburg hits another stumbling block in 2018 preparations

Construction firm Inzhtransstroi-SPB, who were contracted to build the stadium on Krestovsky Island, have been given the boot by local authorities after $39m went missing. Russia's second city has had a history of problems regarding its planning for the World Cup in 2018. Hotels and infrastructure are well behind schedule whilst the construction of the stadium itself has been nothing short of a farce. This latest blunder in preparations is perhaps the most serious yet. With under two years … [Read more...]

Zenit Arena – Ready for Home Stretch or Postponed Once Again?

Few stadiums constructions in the world have been more problematic than the one of Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg. The construction of what would later turn out to be the second-largest stadium in Russia’s World Cup bid broke ground in 2007 and was originally planned to be ready for use in 2009. Now seven years later, the stadium is 82 % finished according to Igor Albin, Vice-Governor of the St. Petersburg Oblast. Speaking to Lifenews78.ru, project chief of the construction work in St. … [Read more...]

RPL Week 7: Around the Match Day

The seventh round of the Russian Premier League was played in the shadow of match fixing rumours. The rumours surrounded Friday evening’s match between Ural and Terek Grozny, and it was believed that the hosts would give away three points for Terek as a thank you for letting them win a crucial game last season, which allowed them to stay up. The story hit the media after online bookmaker Marathonbet offered odds of over 5.00 for Ural to win, even though they were placed higher in the league than … [Read more...]

What does Zenit’s new basketball team mean for the football club?

  Back in July it was announced that Zenit St. Petersburg were acquiring a basketball team. The team was originally created in 2003 and based in Moscow under the name BC Dynamo Moscow Region. It was affiliated to the 'Russian Superleague A' which at the time was the top league for Russian basketball but has since been downgraded to become the second division with the international 'VTB United League' now occupying the top position. In 2007 the team disbanded and reformed as 'Triumph … [Read more...]


(1) LUZHNIKI STADIUM - MOSCOW Estimated cost: €480m Seating capacity: 81,000 History: Luzhniki officially opened on July 31, 1956, intended for use as the Soviet Union's central stadium. In 57 years, the facility has undergone two major renovations - prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics  and in 1996-1997, when a roof was added to comply with UEFA standards. The stadium has hosted the Summer Olympics, UEFA Cup and Champions League finals, and numerous Russian national team matches. It has … [Read more...]