Champions League Preview: FC Basel – CSKA Moscow

The previous meeting between these two results in a huge upset for the Muscovites as they succumbed 0-2 on their home soil. Tonight, the Rotblau host CSKA at St. Jakob-Park. The home team has been on fire for several weeks while CSKA has been in a constant loss of form after numerous disappointing performances, as they lost 0-1 to Arsenal Tula – not the London one – last Saturday. Basel could prove to be a turning point for CSKA who will face Lokomotiv, Rubin, and Spartak for the remainder of … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – FC Basel

The Champions League hype train is coming to Moscow after Sevilla visited Spartak on Otkritiye Arena, Tomorrow night, CSKA faces FC Basel at the VEB-Arena. The match itself would be the first meeting between the two sides, although CSKA might have a good record against Swiss clubs. The most recent meeting with a Swiss club was just two months ago against BSC Young Boys in the UCL Play-off Round, with Alan Dzagoev, Georgi Shchennikov and an own goal granting the Army men a convincing 3-0 victory … [Read more...]

UCL Group A Opposition: Between Hope and Reality for CSKA

Less than 24 hours after CSKA clinched their way to Champions League Group Stage, UEFA held the group stage draw in Monaco. Since CSKA finished as the runner-up in the league – coupled with their low coefficients – they were placed in Pot 4 along with other minnows. SL Benfica, Manchester United, and FC Basel were drawn into group A to face the Army Men. Here we summmarise the other competitors in Group A, in order to visualize the competition as well as CSKA’s chance in the tournament. SL … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: BSC Young Boys – CSKA Moscow

First Playoff Round, First Leg: Young Boys vs Old Boys? Young Boys By @FootballSwiss It was a mixed pre-season for Young Boys as they achieved some memorable wins and less than memorable defeats as they geared up for the new season. Lower league side Breitenrain, Salzburg and Russian side Grozny all defeated YB with Akhmat winning 4-1 at the beginning of the July. YB only managed two wins during their preparations with those coming against Wacker Innsbruck of Austria and more … [Read more...]

Preview: A Must-Win Match for CSKA at Monaco

The away match at Stade Louis II in Monaco is a dead-or-alive match for CSKA Moscow. The Muscovites sit last in Champions League Group E with just two points from the first three fixtures. With three games remaining they are however just three points behind group leaders AS Monaco, meaning the group is still wide open unlike most other groups, which are dominated by one or two clubs. Nevertheless, the reason for why this match is so important is that it comes at a crucial time for both the … [Read more...]

Preview: CSKA Moscow – Tottenham Hotspur

There were times when the White Army raided Russia. Ignited by the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the monarch loyalists and the extreme Mensheviks opposed the Lenin-Trotsky duet. Under the command of Trotsky and Tukachevsky, the Red Army expelled the resistance forces led by Aleksandr Kulchak. Almost a century later, another white force has come to Moscow to snatch a victory over the Army Men. Tonight CSKA Moscow hosts the Lilywhites of North London, Tottenham Hotspur. To give you the best possible … [Read more...]

Preview: Bayer Leverkusen – CSKA Moscow

Champions League fever is in the neighborhood as Leverkusen host the Russian champions, CSKA Moscow, this Wednesday. In order to serve the best yet preview of the match, the Indonesian CSKA fanbase has teamed up with the Indonesian Leverkusen fanbase, @LeverkusenID. Bayer Leverkusen The 2002 finalist can boast some good statistics in both UCL and against Russian teams, and have not been defeated at home in UEFA competition since November 2014. Since then, they have taken points from … [Read more...]

Rasmus Elm – From Boy to Man

In July 2012 a certain Swedish midfielder joined CSKA Moscow despite interest from several bigger sides from Europe’s top leagues. The story about Rasmus Elm is the story about a gifted, but shy, guy, who chose happiness over money. Born in the small city of Broakulla in the Eastern part of Sweden, Rasmus is the youngest of the three famous Elm brothers, Viktor and David being the older brothers, all plying their trade as professional football players. There was however little that suggested … [Read more...]

CSKA’s Scorecard – The Attacking Line

Losing Seydou Doumbia to AS Roma in January last year proved to be a hard blow for the Army Men. During the second half of the 2014/2015 season, the strikers of the club only scored six of the 30 goals scored in both the league and the cup, with Ahmed Musa and Carlos Strandberg scoring three each. In fact, it was in midfield where the most dangerous players were found as Roman Eremenko and Bibras Natcho scored a total of 27 goals. Learning from that experience, it was no surprise that the … [Read more...]