Richard van Poortvliet: Easy money keeps Russians at home

Home is where the heart is. This is certainly the case for Russian footballers. While players from leagues around Europe flock to play abroad, the same cannot be said for those with a Russian passport. In the few occasions that Russian's have ventured to ply their trade away from the country of their birth, the end results have been less than spectacular, with a few exceptions.

Russia has plenty of talented footballers, so why is their a reluctance to seek new horizon's further a field?

Andrey Arshavin, Roman Pavluchenko, Yury Zhirkov and Diniyar Bilyaletdinovall moved to the English Premier League, with much expectation that they could build on the success of helping their country to the Euro 2008 semi-finals, where they were eventually beaten by the winners, Spain.