Everything You Need to Know About: Lokomotiv Moscow

Last year, Lokomotiv Moscow finally got rid of president Olga Smorodskaya, the first female to hold that position in Russian football. The new guy in charge, Ilya Gerkus, has been doing well in terms of marketing, but what is more important — he invited the legendary coach Yuri Semin, who won most of the Lokomotiv’s trophies, to come back. While this was a popular move among the fans, everything hasn't gone exactly to plan. Lokomotiv only finished eight last season, and had they not won the … [Read more...]

Everything you need to know about: FC Spartak Moscow

After a decade and a half of obscurity, Spartak Moscow is finally back to the big time, back into the Champions League and winning trophies. However, the honeymoon was short-lived as "good old Spartak" thus far in 2017/18 have returned to their now all too welcoming mediocrity. Hopefully, as in the grand days of Oleg Romantsev and Konstantin Beskov's reigns, Spartak have the potential to thrive in Europe. History Spartak has its foundations in the Russian Gymnastics Society (RGO Sokol), which … [Read more...]

What To Expect From the Russian Clubs in the European Group Stages

With the Champions League and Europa League group stages about to begin, it is time to take a closer look at the Russian teams competing in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen steadily, and in August 2016, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest league in Europe, which means Russia will have three teams in the Champions League next season, instead of only two. This season Russia have four teams competing in the … [Read more...]

Everything you Need To Know About: Zenit St Petersburg

After a relatively fallow few years in the transfer market, Zenit are back in business just in time to christen their spectacular new home at the Krestovsky Arena. Five Argentinians and five Rostov players have joined over the summer under new boss Roberto Mancini as a total of 27 players passed through the revolving doors in St Petersburg, and after an unbeaten domestic record so far there are very few who will bet against them winning silverware next summer. They may have made heavy work of … [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...]