Ones To Watch – Aleksandr Golovin

Biography Name: Aleksandr Golovin DOB/Age: 30/05/1996 – 21 years old Club: CSKA Moscow Position: Central midfielder Nationality: Russia Career To Date When Aleksandr Golovin made his debut for the Russian national team in July 2015, he had never started a league game for his club side CSKA Moscow. His call up raised eyebrows in Russia. Why did he deserve a call up the national team aged 19 and with just 121 senior minutes to his name? Just 15 minutes after coming on as a sub in the … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Aleksandr Golovin

Introduction: Aleksandr Golovin was born in the same year Russia competed in their first European Championship – 1996, when Sbornaya finished dead last in their group after Germany, Czech Republic and Italy. The 20-year-old is the youngest of the eight CSKA Moscow players selected by club and national manager Leonid Slutsky, but he nevertheless has handy experience to transfer from his days in the national youth setup. Strengths and weaknesses: The boy from Southwestern Siberia was a … [Read more...]

CSKA Back On Top After Mordovia Trashing

When Mordovia and CSKA last met in September, the score was 6-4 in favour of the 10-men Muscovites, who came back from 3-0 down. In Saturday’s match programme, defender Aleksandrs Cauna compared it to Liverpool’s Champions League final victory over AC Milan. This time there were no doubts about the outcome. An own goal and a Roman Eremenko strike put the hosts 2-0 up after 10 minutes.  Three goals in as many minutes from Aleksandr Golovin, Ahmed Musa and Sergei Ignashevich had CSKA five ahead … [Read more...]

Russia Fire Warning to England Despite Loss in Paris

Despite suffering a narrow 4-2 defeat at the Stade De France this past week, Russia certainly demonstrated more than enough quality to worry European Championship opponents, including opening fixture rivals England. Having gone two goals down early in the first half on what was an emotional night in Paris, as the Stade De France staged its first fixture since the attacks on the city back in November, Russia could have easily rolled over and admitted defeat. However, a strong second half display … [Read more...]

CSKA Bias or Lobanovskiy 2.0?

Two weeks ago, FC Rostov defeated CSKA Moscow with 2-0, and saw themselves move to first place in the Russian Premier League. After finishing 13th last season, Rostov had to go through relegation play-off in order to even secure their spot in this season’s Russian Premier League. On top of this, the club has been struggling financially for two years now, making their success is  the definition of a Cinderella story. However, despite their success on the pitch, not a single Rostov was included … [Read more...]

The Next Generation – Russia’s 6 Best Young Talents

Russian football is awash with some of the brightest young talents in the game today. Here we take a look at some of the stand out stars of the next generation. Aleksandr Golovin Age: 19 Club: CSKA Moscow Position: Midfielder Playmaker Aleksandr Golovin has garnered a reputation as one of the brightest stars in the Russian football with some coruscating displays on the youth international scene. The midfielder played an integral part in Russia’s 2013 UEFA European U-17 Championship … [Read more...]

Euro Qualifier Preview: Russia – Austria

Russia faces a stern test this Sunday as they come up against a high-flying Austrian squad looking to extend their lead at the top of Group G. The unbeaten Austrians have accumulated 13 points after 5 games; a 1-1 draw with Sweden in September their only dropped points in the campaign. We have allied ourselves with the Austrian football expert Tim Armitage to provide you with the best possible preview for this exciting event. Background: The sides last met in November as Marcel Koller’s … [Read more...]