As the Russian season draws to a close, one club has already achieved promotion to the promised land.
A profile of Alania Vladikavkaz.
With no domestic football since December, the Russian game is finally back. MTA previews the weekend’s fixtures.
Russia’s second tier is often seen as something of a graveyard for its clubs. Trying to escape it, or even stay in it, is proving costly for some.
Alania Vladikavkaz are one of the best-supported clubs in Russia, but they are not short of problems.
Fabio Capello is the new Russia manager, but his lucrative salary and high profile cannot hide a lack of vision from the Russian Football Union.
As the dust settles on the European football season, there is still the small matter of the Russian First Division left to deal with. With promotion to the Premier League still in the sights of three teams, who will end up celebrating at the end of a long, hard season?
Alex Miller’s appointment at Sibir seemed like an interesting an potentially inspired selection. With the Scotsman already sacked after just three months in the role, did he ever stand a chance?
Having grown up in trying times, Vladimir and Georgy Gabulov have defied the odds to forge impressive careers in football.
Torpedo Moscow may not the top side in their city, but they are making progress again after a few tough years in the wilderness.