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...]

Everything you need to know about: Aleksandr Golovin

At the age of just 21, Aleksandr Golovin is considered by many to be just about the best playmaker in Russia at the moment. It is hard to believe the composition and intelligence belongs to a man not long out of his teens, and one who has become the creative lynchpin for both club and country. Golovin has grown through the youth system of CSKA Moscow, the club with which he signed as a 16-year-old with skills acquired originally from playing futsal, and has established himself in the starting … [Read more...]

Everything you need to know about: PFC CSKA Moscow

PFC CSKA Moscow is rooted in the Russian military. Formed as the Soviet Army’s official football club in 1911, the transliteration of their name from Russian - Central Sporting Klub of the Army - lends itself to the clubs initials and begets the club its nickname - ‘The Army Men’. It's other moniker - ‘Koni’ (horses) - is more widely used in Russia, and is a nod to their first stadium, built on an old Moscow racecourse. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the club became privately … [Read more...]

UCL Group A Opposition: Between Hope and Reality for CSKA

Less than 24 hours after CSKA clinched their way to Champions League Group Stage, UEFA held the group stage draw in Monaco. Since CSKA finished as the runner-up in the league – coupled with their low coefficients – they were placed in Pot 4 along with other minnows. SL Benfica, Manchester United, and FC Basel were drawn into group A to face the Army Men. Here we summmarise the other competitors in Group A, in order to visualize the competition as well as CSKA’s chance in the tournament. SL … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – BSC Young Boys

Playoff Round, Second Leg: Group Stages in Sight Viktor Goncharenko's CSKA side will return to the VEB-Arena tonight for the Second Leg of their Group Stage Playoff's with BSC Young Boys. Can the Army Men make it five years of Group Stage Champions League football in a row? If they pull it off, it'll continue their impressive 100% in qualifying via the playoff route and go into the second leg on route to qualification after a 1-0 victory in Bern. A comical and disastrous - for the Swiss side - … [Read more...]

New Stadia’s Impact on Attendances in the RFPL

Low attendances in the RFPL have been the subject of much debate and despair. People have put forth many different reasons for the poor league attendance, which has hovered around 11,000 per match for the last few years. In comparison, the Bundesliga averages 41,000 per match, and the English Premier League averages 35,000 per match. Some say that the quality of the league is too low, while others, including then-Sbornaya coach Leonid Slutsky, claim that Russia is simply not a footballing … [Read more...]

RFPL Round 6 Review

  The Anzhi Arena in DagestanA superb late turnaround gave CSKA, who defeated Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, a 2-1 win and bragging rights over Spartak in the Moscow derby. The league champions’ defeat means that they sit eight points behind Zenit St Petersburg, who fired four unanswered goals past Akhmat Grozny. Amkar remain winless but have gone two games undefeated after a credible draw with Krasnodar. Anzhi manager Aleksandr Grigoryan stepped down following his … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: BSC Young Boys – CSKA Moscow

First Playoff Round, First Leg: Young Boys vs Old Boys? Young Boys By @FootballSwiss It was a mixed pre-season for Young Boys as they achieved some memorable wins and less than memorable defeats as they geared up for the new season. Lower league side Breitenrain, Salzburg and Russian side Grozny all defeated YB with Akhmat winning 4-1 at the beginning of the July. YB only managed two wins during their preparations with those coming against Wacker Innsbruck of Austria and more … [Read more...]