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.

Pavel Pogrebnyak – A Constant Reminder of Dinamo’s Chaos

The hype was substantial when Pavel Pogrebnyak returned to the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) prior to the 2015/2016 season after six years abroad in Germany and England. The former UEFA Cup winner and Zenit St. Petersburg top scorer signed a three-year contract with big spending Dinamo Moscow, which made him one of the best-paid players in the country. However, Pogrebnyak's stint at Dinamo  has far from lived up to the expectations, and his contract has caused Dinamo  a headache ever … [Read more...]

RIP Konstantin Sarsania, the Sports Director Behind Zenit’s Success

Saturday morning the Russian football world was met with both shocking and tragic news as Zenit St. Petersburg announced that sports director Konstantin Sarsania had passed away aged just 49. The news surprised everybody as Sarsania hadn’t previously been sick, and the news truly came out of nowhere. The reason, it turned out, was thrombosis, explaining why his health deteriorated so quickly. Sunday morning, Sarsania’s old friend Roman Oretsuk, a well-known Russian football agent, told the … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – Manchester United

Following their impressive 2-1 victory away against SL Benfica in the opening match, CSKA Moscow returns to Russia. In the second match of the Champions League, they take on Manchester United, whom they last met in 2015. It does, however, look like a difficult match for the Army Men, who have been less than impressive in their last couple of outings. Last weekend, they drew 0-0 away against Dinamo Moscow, and before that, they suffered an embarrassing cup defeat to first division side Avangard … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 11: Betting Advice and Previews

Match of the Round, Saturday 14:30 BST: Dinamo Moscow - CSKA Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Once again, it is time for a Moscow derby. This time it is between Dinamo and CSKA, clubs from opposite ends of the table. Dinamo have started the season in a poor way, having just won two of their first 10 games. They are thus ranked 12th, just above the relegation zone. CSKA on the other hand are near the top of the league, currently ranked 4th, and they have won their last two games. A … [Read more...]

16 Years Without Number 16 – Remembering Serhiy Perkhun

Before PFC CSKA Moscow’s recent outing against FC Rostov in the Premier League, the Red-Blue fans displayed a massive banner with the text: “16 years without number 16”. Alongside the banner, was a giant picture of goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun, who played for the club in 2001. The actions were in honour of the Ukrainian born goalkeeper, who died 16 years ago of a brain hemorrhage after a head-to-head collision with an Anzhi Makhachkala player during a game in the Premier League. Although it’s a … [Read more...]

Round Table: Looking Back at the Summer Transfer Window

Two weeks ago, the transfer window closed, and we have now had a chance to evaluate the new players. Therefore, we gathered a team to discuss the transfer window.  The panel consisted of the following RFN writers: Toke Theilade (@Toke Theilade) James Nickels (@JamesNickels) Andrew Flint (@AndrewMijFlint) David Sansun (@RFN_David) Question one: Who'll stand as the best signing this summer, once the season is over? Toke: Emmanuel Mammana. After years with horrible central … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 9: Betting Advice and Previews

While Week 7 was the best in the history of RFN Betting with a profit of €149.75, Week 8 was the worst. Not a single tip landed, and the team lost a ton of money. Of course, the total profit remains sky high, just below €450, over the past three seasons, but we'll not repeat last week's fiasco. This weekend, we have two of the highest earners in Thomas Giles and David Sansun on the task, and the goal is to win back some of the money we lost last week.  Match of the Round, Saturday 17:00 BST: … [Read more...]

Viktor Fayzulin’s Trip Through Injury Hell

80 minutes into the game against Amkar Perm on September 20, 2015, Viktor Fayzulin had to leave the pitch with an injury. The now 31-year-old midfielder was clearly in pain and was replaced by Artur Yusupov. The injury was a hard blow for Fayzulin, who had only just recovered from a long-term injury, but assistant coach Sergey Semak was optimistic after the game, stating that Fayzulin “was fine”. Shortly after, Leonid Slutsky even called him up for a game with the national team, proving that … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 2: Betting Advice & Previews

Match of the Round: Friday 17:30 BST CSKA Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow By Toke Theilade (@TokeTheilade) Both CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow started the season off perfectly with victories. The Army Men defeated Anzhi Makhachkala 3-1 away, while the Railroaders won 1-0 at home against Arsenal Tula. Both opponents are expected to finish in the lower half of the league, so it is now time for the first major challenge of the 2017/2018 Premier League season. Crucial period for the Army … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: RFPL Season Preview

Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to preview the upcoming 2017/18 Russian Football Premier League season. You can find the podcast on SoundCloud, or subscribe via iTunes by clicking here. You can also subscribe via iTunes by selecting – File, Subscribe to Podcast – and entering the following … [Read more...]