The Night of Ilshat Faizulin in the Camp Nou

That one night in the Camp Nou probably was the pinnacle of his career. On 4th November 1992, Ilshat Faizulin was, to a certain extent, the hero of the night for a mighty CSKA Moscow that outclassed the all-powerful FC Barcelona in Catalunya. Faizulin contributed with two assists in that historic 3-2 win and his overall performance was absolutely brilliant. No one expected much from CSKA Moscow that night. A 1-1 draw in the Russian capital two weeks earlier had left the Armeitsy in a very … [Read more...]

Five Stars With a Past in Russian Football

Since the formation of the Russian Football Premier League in 1992, a long range of quality players have amazed fans around the country. However, with so many players coming through the ranks, some more memorable than others, others more profitable for bookmakers, it is easy to forget a couple, especially for people who don't follow the league closely. Therefore, we have dived into the history books to find five superstars you might not know played in Russia at some point in their … [Read more...]

RFPL Winter Transfer Window – Team by Team Summary Part 1

The Russian transfer window closed at the end of February, and as we have finally gathered the full overview over a long and hectic winter, it is time to evaluate how the 16 Russian Football Premier League clubs did in the transfer market. In the span of three articles, which will be published in the following days, we'll evaluate all the clubs and grade their dealings. Amkar Perm Amkar started the window in the worst possible fashion, losing Russian prospects Aleksandr Selikhov and Georgy … [Read more...]

Keisuke Honda – The Emperor Who Lost his Way

Ever since Japan participated in their first World Cup in 1998, the Land of the Rising Sun has produced a number of excellent footballers. One of them, Keisuke Honda, made a name for himself in Russia, developing from a promising, yet unknown talent, into a world class player, able to fight with the big boys. However, as brilliant he was on the pitch, equally challenging he was off the pitch, where a cynical approach to business and an impeccable belief in own abilities made him leave the club … [Read more...]

Vitinho and Olanare – The Lost Sons are Back to Save CSKA’s Season

CSKA Moscow has been known for having great strikers this millennium. From Vagner Love to Ivica Olic, from Jo to Seydou Doumbia, the Army Men have been blessed up front with some of the strongest legionnaires in the history of the Russian Football Premier League, but this season has been different. After selling Ahmed Musa to Leicester in the summer, the Red-Blues went into the season with Lacina Traoré, Carlos Strandberg and Fyodor Chalov as the striking options, and the results have … [Read more...]

A Look at the Current State of the RFPL

As the winter break neared, the main story in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) was the exit of Leonid Slutsky from CSKA Moscow. Slutsky’s departure comes while his side is third in the league table, eight points off the leaders Spartak Moscow and struggling for form. He however leaves as the longest serving manager of the club and one of their most significant. Will Viktor Goncharenko be able to turn the CSKA around? Slutsky has managed the club for seven years since 2009, with 167 … [Read more...]

Seven Years with Leonid Slutsky

When Valery Gazzaev left CSKA Moscow at the end of 2008, the Army Men embarked upon the impossible task of replacing one of Russian football’s most successful coaches. Eventually they picked Brazilian legend Zico, who arrived in Moscow under high of expectations. Despite winning both the Cup and the Super Cup, the Brazilian only lasted nine months in Moscow, before he left the club after a series of poor results, including a cup exit to FNL side FC Ural. To replace Zico, CSKA opted for another … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: CSKA Moscow

Introduction: “They are who we thought they were.” It's a phrase used jokingly by some American sports fans but there isn’t a phrase more apt to describing the first half of the Russian Premier league season for the Central Sport Club of the Army. As it became apparent that CSKA Moscow was going to be quite conservative with its finances this year, fans recognized that a “ticket seller” Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa would be gone for this season. Because of this fans wondered from where the … [Read more...]

Big Challenges Awaits Goncharenko at CSKA

After seven years in charge of CSKA Moscow, Leonid Slutsky left the Army Men following last week's 3-1 defeat at Wembley to Tottenham Hotspurs, and he’ll be replaced by his former assistant, the current FC Ufa head coach Viktor Goncharenko. With Slutsky on the sideline, CSKA experienced an almost unprecedented spell of stability in Russian standards, and it paid off on the pitch as the Red-Blues won three championships, the last coming last season, two cup titles and two Super Cups during … [Read more...]

Reactions From Match Day 6 of European Football

This week’s European action saw Russian clubs play competitively for the last time before the winter break. In the Champions League, Rostov, ahead of PSV thanks to their historic win over Bayern, needed to avoid defeat in the Netherlands to reach the Europa League and they did just that. Leonid Slutsky bowed out as manager of CSKA with a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, who progress to the Europa League at the expense of the Moscow side. In the Europa League, Krasnodar, already certain of their … [Read more...]