Before the start of a new season we always hope that our team will win and will compete well against other teams. Sometimes we catch ourselves evaluating teams that are not that good and other ones that can actually give a good fight for the trophy.
The Russian Premier League's dates are different from other European tournament's, the season starts on 12 March 2010 and ends on 29 Nov. 2010. This makes January transfers very important because teams add their new players to prepare them for a new season. Often in soccer, transfers play a huge role in the teams standings and skill. Transfers could turn the team around very easily in positive or negative ways. In this article I will talk about the main RPL's transfers before the 2010-11 season.
CSKA Moscow- The main players that CSKA got were Keisuke Honda, Seydou Doumbia, and Kirill Nababkin. These three players touch every position starting from defense and ending with offense. The main two players are Honda and Doumbia: Honda is a great Japanese player that makes fantastic free kicks and wide range shots and he will definitely add on to CSKA's attacking midfield. Doumbia is an Ivorian footballer that is mostly known for his goal scoring (last season Doumbia scored 37 goals in 48 games).
Dynamo Moscow- This team also brought in a couple of good players like Andriy Voronin, Igor Semshov, and Aleksandr Samedov. These transfers will make the team more sharp in their attack and midfield.
Lokomotiv Moscow- Not a lot of players were bought by Loko but the key ones are Dmitri Tarasov and Vladislav Ignatyev. Both of these players are midfielders which would be a great help to Lokomotiv next year. The team was also rumored to been having talks about Roman Pavlyuchenko but the transfer didn't happen yet.
Rubin Kazan- This team wasn't really popular with transfers this season and ended up getting only Turkish forward Fatih Tekke, who previously played for Zenit.
Zenit St.Petersburg- This team followed the similar steps as Kuban and brought in Russian forward Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who used to be at Dynamo Moscow. Zenit made a deal for Macedonian Grigoriy Pandev but failed as Inter made a bigger deal.
Terek Grozny- This team might be not that popular but they surely spent some cash on new transfers. Mauricio traveled all the way to Russia from Fluminense, Brazil on February 2. Antonio Ferreira is another Brazilian footballer that transferred from Spartak Nalchik.
Spartak Nalchik- Spartak made a deal with a Finnish goalkeeper Otto Fredrickson that previously played in Lillestrom. They also loaned out Veniamin Mandrykin from CSKA Moscow.
Krylia Sovetov Samara- This team only signed a defender, Aleksei Kozlov from KAMAZ.
Amkar Perm- Amkar bought three players before the start of the season: A Croatian midfielder, Josip Knezevic, another midfielder, Andrei Topchu, and a forward from CSKA Moscow, Nikita Burmistrov.
Anzhi Makhachkala- One of the new teams next season tied up deals with six players. The main players are Jan Holenda, Todor Timonov, and Mitar Pekovic.
FC Rostov- Rostov concentrated on buying new goalkeepe's this season and bought Dejan Radic and Maksim Kabanov. They also got two defenders—Andriy Proshin and Sorin Ghionea.
Sibir Novosibirsk- This team made some of the most transfers in RPL, they spent their cash on 11 players that will help them do their best in Premier League. A few of the 11 players are Tomas Cizek and Nicola Valentic, both coming from European clubs.
Tom Tomsk- Tom was mostly looking at South Korean players and ended up getting Shin Young-Rok, who plays for Korean Republic and Kim Nam-II, a Korean defense mid superstar that earned 89 caps for his country.
This was a brief transfer summary of the teams that are in Russian Premier League.