Rubin Kazan Champions League Betting
Almost unheard of outside of Russia until the Champions League of 2008/9, Rubin Kazan FC have now won the Russian Premier League twice in succession and this will be their second appearance in the Champions League. They were eliminated last season in the Group stages, but not before shocking the football world with a win over Barcelona, at the Nou Camp, they also managed a draw at home against eventual champions, Inter Milan.
Elimination at the Group stage, meant entrance to the Europa League and last season, Rubin Kazan managed to get to the last 16, losing eventually to Zenit St Petersberg.
|Honours:||Group Stage - 2009/10|
|Last Season:||Group Stage|
|Qualified:||1st Russian League|
Latest Rubin Kazan Odds
Rubin Kazan has received starting odds of around the 100/1 mark, which are probably about right, but they are a team, clearly of some substance to have won the Russian Premier League twice in succession.
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Current Form and Key Players
Kurban Berdyev the long standing coach at Rubin Kazan has worked miracles for a team that has spent most of its life in virtual obscurity. Having taken up the reins in 2001, he has guided them to the second division title and promotion to the Premier League. He kept his team competitive at their new found level in the early years of Russian Premier League football, but he has now guided them to titles in a row and qualification for the Champions League.
They are captained by Roman Sharonov, who is a very efficient Central defender, who has seven caps for his country. Ecuadorian international, Christian Noboa, is one of the stars of the team. A midfielder with great vision, Noboa has become a big favourite with the Rubin Kazan fans and has the ability to cause most teams trouble. Obafemi Martins is a familiar name for British football followers, particularly fans of Newcastle United, for whom he played three seasons for, scoring 28 times in 88 games. He has signed this season for the club after a brief but productive spell with FC Wolfsburg.
Martins is one of a number of strikers who have signed for the club this season, one of the others is Turkish international, Fatih Tekke, who has arrived from Zenit St Petersberg, after scoring 24 times for them in just 73 matches.
- Roman Sharonov – Central Defender
- Christian Noboa - Midfield
- Obafemi Martins - Striker
- Fatih Tekke - Striker