Category: Leagues: Russian Premier League

Lokomotiv face Moscow rivals Spartak as Russia looks to build on World Cup legacy

Moscow (AFP) – Reigning Russian champions Lokomotiv face Spartak in the first Moscow derby of the league season on Saturday, as the country hopes to build on the success of the World Cup earlier in the summer. The national team’s run to the last eight of the World Cup as hosts has boosted public interest in the Russian Premier League. League chiefs reported that the new season’s opening matchday set a record total attendance of 170,000, while the 21,000 average match attendance surpassed last term’s overall mark by 7,000. Last week’s highest attendance of 39,137 was recorded at Samara where ... Read more

Racism in Russian soccer continues to shame

The specter of a racism investigation by FIFA is becoming all too familiar After this last international break we witnessed another incident. French players were allegedly greeted with monkey chants during their friendly 3-1 win against 2018 World Cup host Russia. The friendly was being played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. This should not be happening, but, then again, this is not news There is a part of the Russian culture that has bred racism, especially in soccer. In the news report about one incident you will find a tidbit about another. Such as the recent disciplinary proceedings by ... Read more

Leaders Lokomotiv regroup after Amkar flop

Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League table-toppers Lokomotiv Moscow hope to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 defeat to lowly Amkar Perm when they take on strugglers Rostov on Sunday. Despite last weekend’s shock defeat the railway-backed side still have a two-point lead and a game in hand on second-placed Spartak, the reigning champions, while another Moscow side CSKA sit third, three points further back. Lokomotiv head coach Yury Syomin said he believed that the match with 12-placed Rostov will unlikely be an easy outing for two-time former champions, who won their last title in 2004. “In the match with ... Read more

Spartak go eight points clear in Russia

Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow went eight points clear in the Russian Premier League on Sunday as Alexander Samedov netted the winning goal in their hard-fought 1-0 win against Anzhi Makhachkala. Reigning champions CSKA Moscow, who trounced bottom-placed Tomsk 4-0 on Saturday, are second equal on points with Zenit St Petersburg, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at Amkar Perm. “The match was hard, just like I expected,” Spartak manager Massimo Carrera said. “Our lead is comfortable enough but we should never be self-satisfied. There are plenty of matches ahead and we need to keep on working hard.” Spartak dominated but ... Read more

CSKA keep in touch at top in Russia

Moscow (AFP) – Brazilian striker Vitinho netted after just 32 seconds as reigning champions CSKA Moscow eased to a 4-0 win over bottom-placed Tomsk on Saturday to narrow the gap on Russian Premier League leaders Spartak Moscow.¬† The Red Army side are now level on points with Zenit St Petersburg, who visit Amkar Perm on Sunday, and five points behind Spartak, who take on Anzhi Makhachkala also on Sunday. “It’s a very important win for us,” said CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko, who recorded his first victory at the helm since being appointed coach in December. Vitinho fired past Tomsk’s 18-year-old ... Read more

Glasgow Rangers confirm Caixinha as new boss

Glasgow (AFP) – Scottish giants Rangers confirmed the appointment of Pedro Caixinha as their new manager on Saturday. Caixinha arrived at Glasgow Airport on a flight from Dubai at midday on Saturday and his move to Ibrox was officially announced just hours later. The 46-year-old Portuguese coach has agreed a three-year contract and will be tasked with ending Celtic’s long reign as Scotland’s preeminent force. Rangers agreed a deal with Al Gharafa on Thursday for the release of Caixinha, who moved to Qatar in 2015 after a successful spell with Santos Laguna, a Mexican club with close links to Celtic. ... Read more

Where to find Rostov vs. Manchester United on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Rostov vs. Manchester United, you’ve come to the right place. In the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 match, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is concerned about the state of the pitch in Russia. Playing conditions aside, United also has one eye on their FA Cup quarterfinal game against Chelsea on Monday, so it’s possible that Mourinho may rotate the side a little today in order to come away with at least a draw, which will put United in the pole position to advance. Match: Rostov vs. ... Read more

Hooliganism should be a sport, says top Russian lawmaker

Moscow (AFP) – Football hooliganism should be recognised as a sport with a set of written rules, said a top Russian politician Sunday who even described violent fans as “cordial supporters”. Igor Lebedev, the deputy speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, and a member of the executive board of the Russian Football Union (RFU), says his country could even be a pioneer in the new “sport”. Hooliganism would be a team competition, he said, describing it as “draka” — the Russian word for the fight. “If visiting fans, for example, begin picking fights they ... Read more