Moscow vs St Petersburg is a classic Russian battle, and the latter are finally getting their act together lower down the leagues.
With a 100% record from their opening two games, has Fabio Capello convinced a divided public on his suitability for the national team?
A tweak to the league rules allows Russian sides to play with an additional foreign player on the pitch. But have they sacrificed their national team’s future for the outside chance of European club glory?
Defeat to Greece signals the end of Dick Advocaat’s time in charge of Russia. What will the new man in charge need to do to improve, and where will the next generation of stars come from?
Igor Akinfeev’s injury threatened to ruin Russia’s Euro 2012 before the tournament even started. Thanks to Zenit’s goalkeeper, that hasn’t been the case.
After more than a half a decade in the international wilderness, Marat Izmailov has made a sensation return to the Russian national side. His journey to Poland and Ukraine has not been an easy one.
Ever since Lev Yashin’s career ended, Russia has struggled to find a truly world class goalkeeper to replace the great man.