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.

Russia and the Cursed Group Stage

Come Saturday evening it was clear. After losing 2-1 at home in Kazan to Mexico, the group stage had once again been the last stop for Russia at an international tournament. The group stage is slowly turning into somewhat of a curse for Sbornaya, and not even the home field advantage could break this spell. In fact, since Russia participated for the first time in an international tournament under its own flag at the World Cup in 1994, it has only managed to advance from the group once, back … [Read more...]

Manolas and Driussi – Zenit Closing in on Significant Transfers

Roberto Mancini has now been Zenit St. Petersburg’s head coach for a few weeks, and he is starting to leave a mark on the squad. Over the previous weeks, the Blue-White-Sky Blues have already closed the signings of midfielder Christian Noboa and wingback Denis Terentiev from FC Rostov as well as midfielder Daler Kuzyaev from Akhmat Grozny. Although good players in the Russian Football Premier League, these transfers were, perhaps with the exception of Noboa who isone of the best midfielders … [Read more...]

RFN Quiz: How well do you know the Russian Confederations Cup squad?

We are two games into the Confederations Cup, and the Russian team has its back against the wall before the last game against Mexico, which is played tomorrow. Before we find out whether the players are villains or heroes, it's time to test your knowledge about the squad. … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: Get 7/10 and Earn the Title of Expert in Russian Football

It is no secret that the RFN Friday Quizzes are difficult. Everybody who has taken them knows that perfect scores aren't handed out left and right, and that they have to be earned.  If you do get a perfect score, we are incredibly impressed, but we are ready to grant you the title of expert in Russian football as long as you get at least 7/10! So take the quiz and find out if you deserve the most prestigious title known to man.   … [Read more...]

U21 Euro Warm Up: What Happened to Russia’s 2013 Squad?

On Saturday, the 21st edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship kicks off in Poland. Unfortunately, the Russian national team fell short of expectations and failed to qualify, once again, and it has only played at three of the 13 tournaments held since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The last time it participated was in 2013, when the championship was hosted by Israel. Back then, the team coached by Nikolay Pisarev found itself in the Group of Death alongside Germany, … [Read more...]

What Can the World Expect from Sbornaya at the Confederations Cup?

When Russia  take on New Zealand in St. Petersburg on Saturday afternoon, it will be the culmination of a long year with Stanislav Cherchesov as head coach. Since his appointment after the failed Euros, Cherchesov has worked hard on assembling a team that could bring glory to Russia on home ground by the World Cup in 2018, and the Confederations Cup is the first real test of the level of the Russian national team, also known as Sbornaya. Cherchesov’s men have warmed up at a training camp … [Read more...]

Berdyev’s Masterpiece is Falling Apart

After two and a half incredible seasons at FC Rostov, which saw the club challenge for the Russian championship and play in the Champions League, both for the first time, Kurban Berdyev has left the Yellow-Blues, and with him the club’s hopes of staying in the top of Russian football too. There is little doubt that Turkmen Berdyev was the mastermind behind Rostov’s sudden flight towards the stars. Under Berdyev, the club went from fighting to avoid relegation to battling CSKA Moscow and Zenit … [Read more...]

RFN Friday Quiz: Test your knowledge of Russian football

Due to some unforeseen technical issues, we cheated you from the RFN Friday Quiz last week. For that we are of course sorry, but now we are back! As usual, we have prepared ten questions for you, some about current events, and some to test your historical knowledge. The aim of this is to give you, our beloved reader, a chance to prove to yourself, your friends, arch rival, nemesis, significant other, family and so on, that you are a goddamn Russian football expert, and that you deserve the … [Read more...]

Terek Grozny’s Name Change – A Political Tool

In the recently finished season, Terek Grozny finished fifth. It was the best result ever by the Chechen side, who have played in the Russian Football Premier League since 2008. Under the guidance of head coach Rashid Rakhimov, who has led the club for three years, the team has developed gradually, finishing each season in a better position than in the last. Now however, it seems that the pressure on the team is about to skyrocket as the club has a new name. “Dear friends,” Ramzan Kadyrov, … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – New Owners for Rubin and Mancini joins Zenit

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Andrew Flint and Toke Theilade who discuss the new owners at Rubin Kazan as well as Roberto Mancini's appointment as Zenit St Petersburg manager. https://soundcloud.com/russian-football-news/5th-june-2017-new-owners-for-rubin-and-mancini-joins-zenit Do not forget to submit your questions to the panel on the comments section on here, via Twitter, E-mail russianfootballnews1@gmail.com or on the Facebook page. You can subscribe to the Russian … [Read more...]