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.

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. https://soundcloud.com/world-football-index/russian-football-news-season-preview 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...]

Editorial: Structural Problems are the Reasons for Russia’s Early Exit

Three games, one victory and a quick exit. That was the result of Russia’s first major tournament on home soil, the Confederations Cup. The quick exit naturally let to discussions about who was to blame for the failure of once again not making it out the group stage, but head coach of Sbornaya, Stanislav Cherchesov, was quick to end these discussions. “This is my mistake,” he said in the press conference after the final game against Mexico, which was lost 2-1, and continued: “I will take it upon … [Read more...]

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...]