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...]

Does Russian Football Make Average Foreigners Look Good?

When Zenit St. Petersburg signed Yoann Mollo from Krylia Sovetov earlier this year, both Zenit fans and observers from Mollo's home nation France raised their eyebrows. The fans of Zenit thought that Mollo was not at the level of their club, only shining at Krylia as he was the focal point in their counter attacking style of play, and therefore took the lead in most of their attacking play. French observers, fans of his former club Saint Etienne, for example, struggled to believe that a player … [Read more...]

Tactical Analysis. Benfica – Zenit

The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about affection. Their language contained four words for the different types of affection that we as humans feel. One of these, storge, is used to describe the familial affection experienced by family members for each other, the affection one feels for a pet, or the affection Zenit have had recently for playing in Portugal. With the Russian champions having won their last three encounters on Portuguese soil, most of Zenit’s players no doubt have enjoyed … [Read more...]

Round Table: The Frustrating Manuel Fernandes

Manuel Fernandes is one of the most controversial players in the Russian Premier League. His talent is obvious, and ever since an amazing bicycle kick goal against Arsenal Tula, the Lokomotiv Moscow fans have asked themselves "why is he so rarely showing his genious?". Fernandes have started all four of Lokomotiv's Europa League games this season, but only 1 of 14 national championship games. So, who is he: a key player or an exorbitant reserve? Does Lokomotiv deserve a player with such talent … [Read more...]

Aleksandr Mostovoi – A Legend In His Own Time

“...Mostovoi...busca posicion para el disparo...sigue el Ruso...Mostovoi...Gol,Gol,Gol,Gol,Gol del Celta...Gol de Mostovoi...” - This was the sound it used to come out of my old television set back in the final years of the 1990s every time I tuned in TVG (Televisión de Galicia) to watch a Celta de Vigo match. That faint satellite connection gave me the opportunity to watch some glorious moments of football that I will never forget, most of them performed by a true artist that I learned to … [Read more...]

Inside the Game: Preview to Benfica vs Zenit

Lisbon on Tuesday plays host to an enticing first round match between Euro giants SL Benfica and FC Zenit St. Petersburg in Group C Champions League action. Russian Football News has combined forces with our Portuguese counterparts at PortugalFutbol.net to provide you with a comprehensive preview of this clash of titans. Zenit Blue, White & Sky-Blue Preview Andre Villas Boas said he wanted to be like Peter the Great (the Tsar who looked to Europe), when he first arrived at the Blue, White … [Read more...]