Cost of air travel means clubs struggle to survive
28 September ~ While these days the majority of teams in the Russian Premier League are centred on the country’s European region, life is much tougher in the second tier. From Kaliningrad between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic coast to Vladivostok, just 80 miles north of the North Korean border, the division’s 18 clubs compete in ten different time zones. The resulting cost of air travel make it an extremely expensive league in which to compete, which has led to doubts as the whether it can continue with its 20-team format. Manuel Veth of Futbolgrad has examined the situation and how Russian football might be reformed.