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Russia 2018: Could the World Cup be Boycotted?

Russia 2018: Could the World Cup be Boycotted?

By Luca Hodges-Ramon - The Russian World Cup is still three years away but if the current hostilities between the West and the Kremlin continue, coul ...
Viktor Skripnik – A hint of Lobanovskyi at the Weserstadion

Viktor Skripnik – A hint of Lobanovskyi at the Weserstadion

By Manuel Veth - Viktor Skripnik is the man behind Werder Bremen’s revival during the second half of this year’s Bundesliga campaign. Little is left ...
2014 – A most forgettable year in Russian football

2014 – A most forgettable year in Russian football

By Toke Møller Theilade -  The Russian football world was optimistic when 2013 turned into 2014. The national team had qualified for the first World ...
A New House is Not a Home: The Continued Demise of Spartak Moscow

A New House is Not a Home: The Continued Demise of Spartak Moscow

By Manuel Veth -  In late summer 2014 for the first time in their history Spartak Moscow played a true home game at the newly-erected Otkrytie Arena ...
Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

By David McArdle - After a hurried team talk, rendered by the young coach in a style of Russian more akin to prison slang, Olawale Sunday joins me f ...
Yevhen Konoplyanka and the Banker from Dnipro

Yevhen Konoplyanka and the Banker from Dnipro

By Manuel Veth -Yevhen Konoplyanka is perhaps the most sought after commodity in Ukrainian football. The ambidextrous winger, according to the You ...
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