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James Appell is a respected member of ITV.com's football writing team and has a penchant for all things Eastern European.

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Euro yobs preoccupy Russia

Euro yobs preoccupy Russia

James Appell on 8 June 2012

While coverage in this country has been focused around the behaviour of the hosts' fans, in Russia, they're more worried about their own.

Retro Ramble: Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain, Euro 2000

Retro Ramble: Yugoslavia 3-4 Spain, Euro 2000

James Appell on 29 May 2012

In the first of our Euro Retro Ramble series previewing the European Championship's finest games, James Appell remembers arguably the greatest match in the tournament's history.

Bilyaletdinov’s stock continues to fall

Bilyaletdinov’s stock continues to fall

James Appell on 11 May 2012

From the Premier League and regular international football to being left at home for the European Championships, what's gone wrong for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov?

Zenit are champions - but at what price?

Zenit are champions - but at what price?

James Appell on 5 May 2012

Zenit St Petersburg are Russian champions for the second successive season, but it could be at the cost of their reputation.

Russia’s old dogs won’t perform new tricks

Russia’s old dogs won’t perform new tricks

James Appell on 27 April 2012

There are many good reasons to make a managerial appointment. CSKA and Spartak should realise that nostalgia isn't one of them.

Coaches come and go but Rostov’s slide continues

Coaches come and go but Rostov’s slide continues

James Appell on 20 April 2012

With five games to go, most of the key positions in the Russian Premier League look to have already been decided. Still, there is one end-of-season gong still being competed for...

Misimovic fires at just the right time

Misimovic fires at just the right time

James Appell on 13 April 2012

After a frustrating time since winning the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2009, Zvjezdan Misimovic is finally finding success at Dinamo Moscow.

McGeady’s honeymoon period over

McGeady’s honeymoon period over

James Appell on 30 March 2012

When Aiden McGeady joined Spartak Moscow 18 months ago he was hailed as exactly the type of intelligent footballer Spartak were crying out for. Now, though, the tide has turned...

Samba race row rumbles on

Samba race row rumbles on

James Appell on 23 March 2012

Christopher Samba is the latest player to be the victim of racism in Russia and the fallout has been complicated...

Champagne moment for drink-driver Ionov

Champagne moment for drink-driver Ionov

James Appell on 16 March 2012

A player scoring against his old club is not quite the poignant occurrence it once was. Sometimes, though, you can't avoid rolling out the cliches about 'old stomping grounds'.

Anzhi’s Guus chase is over

Anzhi’s Guus chase is over

James Appell on 20 February 2012

The groans were almost audible as Guus Hiddink broke Chelsea fans' hearts, opting to take over at Anzhi Makhachkala, rather than riding into Stamford Bridge on his white horse...

Russia’s Black Book

Russia’s Black Book

James Appell on 11 February 2012

A recent report compiled by world players' union FIFPro paints a shocking picture of football in Eastern Europe...

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