Toke Møller Theilade

About Toke Møller Theilade

Brøndby supporter, groundhopper and more importantly Editor-in-Chief at As a hopeless romantic, I still believe Fyodor Smolov and Viktoria Lopyreva has a future together.

What’s at Stake in the Last Round of the RFPL?

On Sunday afternoon, the last game of the 2016/2017 Russian Football Premier League season is played. After 232 games, some more exciting than others, it is time to close the curtain with the last eight games of the regular season. While Spartak Moscow have already secured the championship, and Tom Tomsk have been relegated, there is still plenty left to play for at both the top and bottom of the league. However, before we dig into the various battles in the league, we need to look at the rules … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: It is time to find out how much you know about Russian football

Usually these Friday Quizzes are published quite late in the day, but today is different. For once, there was no alcohol in our blood while making this quiz. We are unsure whether this helped or not, but it sure was interesting to try. By publishing it now, we hope that you are also sober (although we of course respect those of you starting off early, it is summer after all!), and that it will improve your results, because let's be honest, these quizzes are quite difficult. Anyway, no more … [Read more...]

Anti-Racism Inspector Aleksey Smertin Express Optimism About Upcoming Tournaments

In Bahrain for the 67th FIFA Congress, the Russian Football Union's inspector to combat racism and discrimination in football, Aleksey Smertin, took time out to meet leading members of the Irish community in the Gulf Kingdom. The former Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham player, and Russian national team captain, met with chairperson of Arabian Celts GFC Pat Kennedy and president of the Irish Society Janet Noone. Being a close friend of Irish football legend Damien Duff, whom he played together with … [Read more...]

Russian Football Premier League Week 29: Betting Advice and Previews

From this spring, we are happy to announce that we have changed the format of the RFN Betting Advice. Instead of only covering a few games, from now on we’ll give you previews to all eight RFPL games each round, with an extensive look at one game, the Game of the Round.  In these previews, we’ll give you everything you need to know about the top flight, from injuries to form as well as all the chaotic aspects that surround the beautiful game in Russia.  We have previously proven that we … [Read more...]

Massimo Carrera – Russia’s New Champion

It is often said that it is always darkest before the dawn.  That has certainly been the case this season for Spartak Moscow. When the club was eliminated in the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League after losing 1-0 at home to Cypriot minors AEK Larnaca on 4th August, it seemed that the Red-Whites were in for yet another chaotic and underwhelming season. This opinion was only strengthened when the owner Leonid Fedun promptly sacked head coach and club legend Dmitry Alenichev after the … [Read more...]

Russia Announce Confederations Cup Preliminary Squad

Earlier today, head coach of the Russian national team, Stanislav Cherchesov announced his preliminary squad for this summer's Confederations Cup, which is of course being played in Russia. Shortly after the Russian Football Premier League is over on May 21, Cherchesov will decide which players will join him on the training camp in Austria to prepare for the tournament. The final squad will be announced on June 7 according to the official website of the Russian Football Union. The squad is … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Spartak’s Title Win and Previewing the Final RFPL Matches

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint. They first discuss Spartak Moscow's title win before previewing the final three Russian Football Premier League matches which will decide matters at the top and bottom of the table. Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz – Are you a Russian football expert?

The season is almost over, but just because you already know that Spartak Moscow are champions and Tom Tomsk have been relegated, it doesn't mean there aren't things about Russian football that you don't know. Now, it is time to find out exactly how good or poor your knowledge about the beautiful game in the Motherland is. As usual, we have prepared ten questions, so you can prove to yourself, your friends, your family, your significant other, but most importantly to RFN how much you know. … [Read more...]

Kuban Crisis Could Promote FC Sochi

Being a football fan in Sochi isn’t the easiest thing. Although the city has the top modern Fisht Stadium, built for the Winter Olympics in 2014, and adjusted for the 2018 World Cup, the city’s best football club, FC Sochi, play in the Second Division South, the third tier, where they are currently 5th, 15 points from promotion. Nevertheless, Sochi could be about to earn a ticket to the Football National League, as the club could take Kuban Krasnodar’s spot in the division according to … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz – How much do you know about Russian football?

Everybody who knows just a little about football know that you are only as good as your last game. What you did in the past doesn't matter if you don't perform in the current no matter how glorious the past it. Therefore, you should all forget your accolades from the previous RFN Friday Quizzes, because now it is all about this one. Ten questions, ten correct answers and another golden opportunity to prove your knowledge about Russian football. Go ahead! … [Read more...]