The Zenit Issue: Ageing Players, No Creativity and No Vision

Kirov overlooking the glorious Gazprom Arena | James Nickels/RFN Zenit have been knocked out of the Europa League. Following Sardar Azmoun's heroics in the round of 32 against Fenerbahce, Zenit fans were understandably pleased to learn that their team had been drawn against Villarreal in the next round, a side fighting relegation in the La Liga. This draw was quite a favourable one, with only two or three teams that were worse on paper than the Yellow Submarine. One would have expected the … [Read more...]

Ten RPL Winter Window Transfers to Watch

Anton Zinkovskiy being unveiled by Krylia after joining from Chertanovo | fc-samara.ru As the RPL returned from its winter hibernation over the weekend, it does so having lost one of its star players in Zenit's Leandro Paredes. Whilst the Argentine's departure to PSG is a blow for the league, there has been a fresh intake of talent into the league as its 16 representatives have been busy in the January transfer market. The January window has also seen players already in the RPL swap one club … [Read more...]

Kokorin and Mamaev – Four months, no sentence, no end in sight?

Kokorin and Mamaev in the dock at one of many hearings they have faced | RIA Novosti Russian football stars Aleksandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev have spent over four months in jail after their double assault in October. The two of them will remain in custody until at least April 8th while they still wait for a court decision on a verdict and the punishment they may face. While held, Mamaev even played football for the Butyrka jail five-a-side team, scoring seven times in a match that ended … [Read more...]

2018/19 RPL Mid-Term Report – Part Three

Russian Football News With the long winter break now having arrived and Russian football set for a three-month hibernation, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RPL member club. This mid-term report will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season’s performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this … [Read more...]

The Evolution Of Artem Dzyuba

Artem Dzyuba is a  footballer who for much of his career divided opinion and often found himself stuck in controversy. After struggling for a long time to prove himself, he heroically rose to the task on the world's biggest stage. In a fantastical turnaround he is now the nation’s sweetheart and Russia’s captain. Little Dzyuba: Spartak's Problem Child Insects, In Sects Dzyuba Dictionary: Sectarians - Dzyuba has on numerous occasions alleged to the presence of subdivisions (sects) … [Read more...]

Oleg Shatov: Forgotten Talent?

Oleg Shatov grew up quickly, going from a humble background to playing with superstars. For some time his progress was guaranteed by hard work and natural talent, but as time went by he faded from promise to enigma. The Making Of A Big Footballer Shatov was born into an ordinary family and grew up in Nizhny Tagil, neighboured by Yekaterinburg. During his childhood, he was introduced to both football and futsal. It may seem a rarity for a European footballer to have been schooled in … [Read more...]

From Perm to the Petrovskiy Ostrov: Club Ownership in Russia

The new RPL branding set to debote a "new era"? | Russian Football News After an extraordinarily successful World Cup, Russia is settling down to what could be a new norm in terms of the status of the long-popular sport within the country. Behind the smiles, however, disregarded problems may be resurfacing and uncomfortable debates forcing their way through to bite the proverbial party balloons. I believe its worth highlighting the two recent examples of club bankruptcy in Russia. First, … [Read more...]

Alexandr Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev arrested in assault scandal

Kokorin and Mamaev in training for Sbornaya within the last few years | Photo: Eurosport.ru Update [11th Oct, 18:00]:??Day three of proceedings has seen a number of videos and photos of the duo come out, as well as it progressing to the court room. UEFA confirmed they are aware of the incident and are monitoring the story.The Ministry of Internal Affairs officially confirmed the participation of Kokorin and Mamaev in the two assaults.Kokorin's lawyer claimed that Mr Pak provoked … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Golovin – The Pros and Cons of Moving to Monaco

Golovin at his Monaco unveiling | Photo AS Monaco After Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin stunned the world with his performances at the World Cup he emerged as a transfer target for Juventus, Chelsea and Monaco - eventually choosing the French side for his big move. Due to an injury, Golovin has yet to debut for Monaco, so before his first game, we look at the pros and cons that could cause him to flourish in the principality or potentially ruin his career. READ MORE:?World Cup 2018 - … [Read more...]

Editorial: Akhmadala & Kadyrov the (Oxy)moron

The Akhmat Arena in Grozny. Akhmat is a name likely alien to regular football spectators across the globe, but in Grozny, the Capital of Chechnya, it is ubiquitous. The religious home of the nation is the Akhmad Haji Kadyrov Mosque, the currently-under-construction Akhmat tower is set to be the tallest building in the Caucasus, the city centre is known as Akhmad Square and local football team is FC Akhmat Grozny. The side themselves play at the Akhmat Arena, are chiefly sponsored by the … [Read more...]

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