In an update to this earlier posting, Branislav Ivanovic seems to be officially on his way to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The 32 year old will reportedly sign on a two-and-a-half year deal worth £4.3 million a year on a free transfer. As reported by the Daily Star: “Branislav Ivanovic will join Zenit St 

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According to reports, Chelsea are in talks with Russian side Zenit over veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic. The 32 year old Serbia international has also been linked with a move to Everton. As reported by the Daily Star: “The Chelsea defender has fallen out of favour under Antonio Conte this season and the Blues are ready 

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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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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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Watching Andrey Arshavin’s slow demise at Arsenal career, I must admit, was sad to see, considering what a talented player he is. Arshavin joined Arsenal in January 2009 on the back of helping Zenit St. Peterburg to win UEFA Cup and being the star player in Russia’s march into the semi-finals of the European Championships. 

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Love it or hate it, money makes the world go round, and that is proving more and more relevant within football as time goes by. So far this summer, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has invested heavily into French club AS Monaco FC by purchasing several quality players including the much reported transfer of Radamel Falcao, James 

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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 

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After the much celebrated and long awaited arrivals of superstars Hulk and Axel Witsel, Zenit shot to the European headlines, for all the right reasons. Just over a month later, Zenit are once again hitting the headlines, but this time for all the wrong ones. After two matchdays in the Champions League the Russian champions 

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