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...]

Igor Akinfeev – Owner of Europe’s Most Unwanted Run

Igor Akinfeev. The name - dependant on how closely you have followed the Russian’s progress over the last ten years - will bring different memories. If you haven’t been following Russian football closely, let me give you an update on the “Football Manager legend” career. The keeper is CSKA’s third most capped player but at 29, there is plenty of time for Russia’s no.1 to claim top spot. He has won five league titles, six Russian Cup’s and six Super Cup’s. He was also essential in CSKA’s UEFA … [Read more...]

What Happened to Russia’s succesful 2008 Squad?

When you talk about the 2008 EURO tournament, most people will talk about the amazing Russian team, which reached the semifinals, where they lost to the later champions from Spain. This was the beginning of the Spanish world domination, but even though the Russians did not win the gold medals, they won the hearts of the football world. Names like Zhirkov, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko suddenly became world famous, and several of the Russian players were on the short lists of Europe’s biggest clubs. … [Read more...]

Roma – CSKA Preview

AS Roma end their four-year outcast from the UEFA Champions League when they return to action this Wednesday against Russian champions, CSKA Moscow. The Russian side have become a regular side in the Champions League in recent times, however success in the competition is limited in comparison to their success nearly a decade ago in the UEFA Cup. Leonid Slutsky takes his team to the Italian capital for game week one in an attempt to get out of the group which also involves English champions … [Read more...]

Brazil 2014: Who’s In and Out for Russia

Checked In, Seat on the Plane! Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, CSKA Moscow The undisputed starter for the national team. It’s hard to see anyone instead of the Army's captain between the sticks. Kept on the bench in favor of the more experienced Malafeev in Russia's previous big tournament, Akinfeev will be keen to lead the nation again. Central Defender Sergei Ignashevich, CSKA Moscow A mainstay in the nation's lineup, he is one of a few who has experience at the World Cup level. … [Read more...]

16 Stars Who Took Russia to the World Cup

The list itself comes from an October 16 photo feature on, while I did the write-ups. 1) Igor Akinfeev, Goalkeeper Overlooked by Dick Advocaat at Euro 2012' in favor of Vyacheslav Malafeev, the CSKA captain started every single qualifying game under Fabio Capello. He only conceded five goals during the campaign and broke the record for the longest clean sheet kept by a Russian goalkeeper in competitive matches. 2) Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Forward Zenit's Kerzhakov is always … [Read more...]

Ticket to Brazil Nearly Punched

Rui Patricio held his head when the final whistle was blown at the Estadio do Dragao last Friday. His mistake, a poor low pass within reach of Eden Ben Basat, cost Portugal two points, which almost certainly sends the happy Russians to next year's carnival in Brazil. Russia's rampant win that same night, 4-0 away to Luxembourg, coupled with Portugal's draw, means they need just a single point in Baku on Tuesday. Capello's men lead the group by three points and are +7 in goal differential … [Read more...]

Leonid Slutsky – CSKA’s solution?

Connor O'Neil (@Con_027) and Xavier Leonovitch (@AxeMurderer60) discuss CSKA's chances in the Champions League this year and Leonid Slutsky’s role as CSKA manager: As we know, CSKA face reigning champions Bayern Munich, as well as Manchester City and Viktoria Plzen in their Champions League group. There are many questions about Leonid Slutsky’s ability as CSKA coach - can he lead his team to the round of 16? It’s a rather paradoxical question to ask when we examine Leonid Slutsky’s … [Read more...]

Monday Rewind: August 19-26

EDITOR'S PICK: Igor Akinfeev fast becoming the heir to the legendary Lev Yashin - MONDAY, AUGUST 19: Why I Love The Russian Premier League - Russian Football News TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Russia crumbling when under pressure yet again - When Saturday Comes Round Table: National Team Update - Russian Football News Anzhi's New Approach Is Refreshing - Russian Football News WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Zenit: An Unforgettable Day with the young Sky Blues - … [Read more...]

Assessing the Squad Ahead of Northern Ireland

It's been a wild summer in Russian football, ever since CSKA knocked off Anzhi in the Cup Final and the national team fell to Portugal in Lisbon, 1-0. For a while there, it looked like Zenit might lose half its squad, but so far only Bruno Alves and Igor Denisov have flown the coop, while club legends Tymoshchuk and Arshavin have returned for another charge at the Premier League title. Spartak shipped out underachieving Artem Dzyuba and brought in Russian international Denis Glushakov from … [Read more...]