— Published 23 January 2023

Russia ever closer to a comeback

Drapeau Russe

The date is becoming clearer. According to the TASS agency, a meeting is scheduled between officials from the Russian Football Federation (RFU) and UEFA to discuss the possible reinstatement of Russian teams in European competitions. It is expected to take place before the end of the week. “A meeting of representatives of the RFU and UEFA is scheduled to take place at UEFA headquarters on 24 January, during which the possibilities of the return of Russian clubs and teams to international matches will be discussed,” said a source from within the Russian Football Association on condition of anonymity. According to the same source, the RFU will be represented by its secretary general, Maxim Mitrofanov. He will be accompanied by the president of the Russian professional league, Aleksandr Alaev. Another sign that Russian football will soon be back on the international scene, at least in Europe, is the announced presence of RFU president Aleksandr Dyukov at the next UEFA executive committee meeting, scheduled for Wednesday 25 January at the body’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The Russian leader is expected to attend in person, according to the RFU press service.