Below is the sixth installment of a Euro 2016 column titled “The Russian Review” by Russian football expert and sports journalist, Shaun Nicolaides. Thank goodness that’s over. After being drawn into Group B along with England, Slovakia and Wales, Russia had real hopes of making an impression on Euro 2016, however we were in for a
After 10 months of thrilling Russian Premier League action, finally, the season has come to a close. While it will always be remembered for the title returning to Moscow for the first time in 6 years with CSKA Moscow, there were plenty of other moments which will prove hard to forget. Mordovia and Alania have
It may be the biggest country on Earth, but one of the most, if not the most, controversial. Russia has a long and dark association with corruption, and issue that is not showing any signs of going away. From Vladimir Putin’s blatant rigging of public elections, to being one of the few capitalist countries with
Before 2007, the Russian Premier League trophy had only ever made its way out of the Russian capital Moscow once, to Vladikavkaz when Alania won the title way back in 1995. But since 2007, it’s been unwilling to make a return to Moscow, having a brief stay in Saint Petersburg when Zenit claimed the title
Repeating last year’s overwhelming success in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League was always going to be hard to achieve – but 3 matchdays into this season, and everything has proven so much harder than anyone ever expected. After Zenit’s and CSKA’s exploits last season all the way to the last 16, the
Finding new world class talents in Russia has never been a serious problem, in fact looking back over the years, Russia has consistently produced players who are perfectly capable of playing at the highest level possible, and going on to star for the biggest clubs in Europe – just look at Andrey Arshavin for example.
Some things in life are worth waiting for, and if you are a Zenit Saint Petersburg fan, Monday night was certainly worth waiting for. Frustration amongst fans has been consistently growing over the past year after virtually no new purchases for such a long time, Monday night felt like Christmas Day. Over the past few