Toke Møller Theilade

About Toke Møller Theilade

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

Missing salaries and results: the poor state of Rubin Kazan

Few Premier League clubs entered this season with bigger momentum and more excitement than Rubin Kazan. After years of underachieving, the pride of Tatarstan was once again supposed to challenge the country's big boys. Over the summer, Rubin went from being in the hands of the local government of the Republic of Tatarstan to the republic's biggest private company, Tatar-American Investment and Finance, also known as TAIF. This saw the club receive an influx of cash, which was spent on … [Read more...]

Round Table: Evaluating Roberto Mancini’s Start at Zenit

Roberto Mancini has almost finished his first half season in charge of Zenit St. Petersburg. The Blue-White-Sky Blues started the season brilliantly, but have struggled in recent weeks and fallen far behind league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow. Zenit have in fact performed slightly worse this season than last season, which saw Mircea Lucescu sacked. Therefore, it is time to evaluate Mancini's start and to do so we made a panel with three of RFN's Zenit experts. The panel consists of:  Neil … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Fastav Zlín – Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Fastav Zlín v Lokomotiv Moscow – Thursday, 7 December, 18:00 GMT – Ander Stadium, Olomouc. Lokomotiv Moscow are under pressure before the last game of the Europa League group stage. Despite their dominance in the domestic Premier League, the Railroaders have been sloppy in Europe, and they are now in danger of elimination. Lokomotiv will advance to the next round of the Europa League if: They defeat Fastav. They draw against Fastav and FC Copenhagen beats Sheriff Tiraspol exactly … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – SL Benfica

CSKA Moscow can take a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages if they secure three vital points when they host Benfica on Wednesday. The Muscovites have been dreadful at home so far in their Champions League campaign as they were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester United and lost 2-0 to Basel. However, their away form has been magnificent: they beat Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon and gained sweet revenge on Basel last time out with another 2-1 victory. Man Utd have run away with the group, but … [Read more...]

A changing wind: Can Lokomotiv become Moscow’s new football kings?

It’s been 13 years since Lokomotiv Moscow were last crowned as the kings of Moscow and Russia, but with half of the 2017/18 campaign now elapsed, Lokomotiv find themselves atop the division, and they preserved that position with a last-gasp equaliser against bitter city rivals, CSKA Moscow before the national team break. CSKA have been the dominant force for many years now, but it is Lokomotiv who are showing the most potential for breaking that supremacy. A 2-2 home draw between the two … [Read more...]

Luch Energiya Vladivostok’s Crisis Deepens

It is no secret that Luch Energiya Vladivostok, one of Russia's most Eastern football clubs is in problems up to its knees. The club has massive financial issues, and it has been on the brink of bankruptcy for a while now. On Saturday 4th November, another chapter was added to the sad tale about Luch Energiya. The Tigers were supposed to face FC Khimki in the  FNL, but the game was delayed by fifteen minutes. The reason for this was that the players were protesting against the sad state of … [Read more...]

SKA – Lokomotiv: The Politics of a Russian Winter Game

Russia as a country is known for its insanely harsh winters, and obviously this also affects football. The white winter pitches and ice cold temperatures are almost trademarks of Russian football, but it is not just fun and games. In fact, the frozen pitches and freezing temperatures can really be quite dangerous for the players. An example of this came last weekend, when SKA Khabarovsk hosted CSKA Moscow home at Lenin Stadium in -17 degrees celsius. During the game both Georgy Milanov and … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Sheriff Tiraspol

This weekend saw Lokomotiv Moscow defeat the mighty Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 away, and the railroaders are now occupying the first place in the Russian Football Premier League for the first time since 2004. Yuri Semin's Lokomotiv have simply been fantastic domestically this season, but they are yet to copy this form to Europe. Lokomotiv are leading Europa League Group F, but after the first three games they still only have five points. They have drawn away against FC Copenhagen and Sheriff … [Read more...]

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...]