As the Russian season draws to a close, one club has already achieved promotion to the promised land.
A profile of Kuban Krasnodar.
With no domestic football since December, the Russian game is finally back. MTA previews the weekend’s fixtures.
Russia’s top clubs seem flush with cash at the moment, but what does that mean in terms of expectations?
The winter break has seen turbulence around the Russia league, but nowhere more than high-flying Kuban.
The season looked like a write-off for Dinamo Moscow, but with Spartak, Lokomotiv and Rubin struggling for momentum, could they return to European competition?
Zenit may have won the title, but there is plenty more at stake in the Russian Premier League. Champions League qualification, Europa League consolation and relegation fights all hang in the balance with just two games to go.
After a lengthy winter break, the Russian Premier League gets back underway with some crucial matches at both ends of the table.
Surprisingly it is Krasnodar, and not a more well-known city, that provides the only Russian top flight derby outside of Moscow.