Reminiscing 2005: CSKA Moscow’s Golden Year

Ever since its inception in 1911, CSKA Moscow has seen everything. From being forced to withdraw from the league in 1952, to winning the last ever Soviet championship in 1991. However there has undoubtedly never been a year as special in the club’s history as 2005, when the Red-Blues became the first and only Russian club to win the treble. Fans remember Yuri Zhirkov’s goal to put the horses, as the club is known, ahead in the UEFA Cup Final in Lisbon like it was yesterday, for it is probably … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Manchester United – CSKA Moscow

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow - Tuesday, 5 December, 19:45 GMT, Old Trafford. CSKA Moscow goes into arguably the most important match in their recent history at the Theatre of Dreams, and you can't really get a bigger stage nor more difficult opposition for Viktor Goncharenko's men to guarantee they'll continue to play Champions League football in Spring 2018. First, here's the permutations from RFN statistician Alexey Spektrowski: CSKA advance to the Champions League knockout stage, … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs’ European Permutations

It's been a great European season for the Russian clubs so far. Four out of the five participants, with the exception being FC Krasnodar, reached the group stage, where they have performed quite well, and three of them have already secured Europa League knockout spots. Moreover, both Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow still have chances to advance to the Champions League knockout stage, though to guarantee that, they both need big wins in England. Here's a brief rundown on all the European … [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...]

Football Manager 2018 – Which Russian Club Should You Play With?

The latest edition of everyone's favourite football management game, Football Manager 2018, is now out. At RFN, we have a number of big fans of the series and will continue our tradition of producing our own custom update for the Russian leagues, hopefully out later this month. But when this update is out, who should you manage? Here at RFN we could justify managing every club in Russia in one way or another, but to keep this short, we will name just five potential challenges. Update: Our … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part Two

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: FC Basel – CSKA Moscow

The previous meeting between these two results in a huge upset for the Muscovites as they succumbed 0-2 on their home soil. Tonight, the Rotblau host CSKA at St. Jakob-Park. The home team has been on fire for several weeks while CSKA has been in a constant loss of form after numerous disappointing performances, as they lost 0-1 to Arsenal Tula – not the London one – last Saturday. Basel could prove to be a turning point for CSKA who will face Lokomotiv, Rubin, and Spartak for the remainder of … [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...]

What Have We Learned From the First Third of the RFPL Season?

The first third of the Russian Football Premier League season has been predictably unpredictable. Spartak Moscow, the reigning champions of the league, sit in a disappointing 8th place. Massimo Carrera’s men have struggled to hold leads and pick up points against lesser sides, and this wastefulness has showed in their league standing. Meanwhile in Kazan, Kuban Berdyev has not yet been able to work his magic like he did in Rostov, with Rubin’s defense looking surprisingly porous at times. … [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...]