Russian football has been experiencing a successful European campaign so far, and it’s not only Zenit who have been impressing. While Saint Petersburg are the only team to win all four games in the UEFA Champions League group stage FC Lokomotiv Moscow have been showing their quality in the Europa League, and the capital club 

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The Russian Premier League is one of the earliest championships to commence in Europe, and already into week three there have been plenty of scandals. Dynamo Moscow have been expelled from Europe as a result of UEFA’s financial fair-play protocols, former Spartak striker Artyom Dzyuba has shone for Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Russian sports minister 

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Just what has happened to the good old days of Russian football? You know, when CSKA Moscow and Zenit Saint Petersburg took the UEFA Cup, when Andrey Arshavin wowed Europe, when the national team stormed to the UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finals. Those days seem far back in time now as the Russian Premier League struggles 

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  Iran haven’t always been rated as one of football’s superpowers, but the nation has been on a bit of a rise recently. A very promising 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil was followed up by an impressive Asian Cup performance this year, as they made the quarterfinal stage after topping their group with 

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It’s finally happened. Luciano Spalletti has been fired from Zenit Saint Petersburg after months of chaos within the Russian giants, and the club really do look to be going through a transitional period. Just one win in their past 12 competitive fixtures just isn’t good enough for any team let alone a side that has 

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After causing so much trouble last autumn, the departure of Igor Denisov from 3 time Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg has been something which has looked ever more likely, but just as the situation looked to have blown over, the Russian national team captain has shocked the whole of Russia by making the move to 

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