The importance of the Europa League and Russia’s standing in European Football

It goes against reason to argue that Russia deserves another Champions League spot given we’re coming off the back of one of their most dismal tournament performances to date, with both Premier League representatives exiting in the group stage prior to the winter break. However, despite their shortcomings in UEFA’s premier competition, the Russian Football Premier League is primed to overtake the Portuguese Primiera Liga in becoming Europe’s 6th best league and clinch another direct ticket to … [Read more...]

Preview: A Must-Win Match for CSKA at Monaco

The away match at Stade Louis II in Monaco is a dead-or-alive match for CSKA Moscow. The Muscovites sit last in Champions League Group E with just two points from the first three fixtures. With three games remaining they are however just three points behind group leaders AS Monaco, meaning the group is still wide open unlike most other groups, which are dominated by one or two clubs. Nevertheless, the reason for why this match is so important is that it comes at a crucial time for both the … [Read more...]

The Night CSKA Moscow put Barcelona and Pep Guardiola in Camp Nou

CSKA Moscow is not a club you would associate with fairytales. Soviet Top League and Russian Premier League champions a combined 13 times, the early 2000s saw CSKA emerge as a dominant force in Russian football, capped off by success in the 2005 UEFA Cup – but it wasn’t always like this. Prior to the significant investment of Evgeniy Giner and Roman Abramovich-owned firms like Sibneft and Aeroflot, CSKA Moscow was an altogether different club. READ MORE: Russian Club Owners: Evgeniy … [Read more...]

From Fans For Fans: a City Guide to Moscow

Dear Young Boys fans, as a part of a project with Football Supporters Europe (FSE) we prepared for you a guide to Moscow to make your trip to Russian capital as enjoyable as possible. The FSE Football Fans’ Guide is a smartphone app that enables fans who travel to stadiums across Europe to have all useful information relevant for football supporters with them through their mobile phone. All info is independent, entirely subjective and provided by football fans, for football fans. And the best … [Read more...]

Preview: Bayer Leverkusen – CSKA Moscow

Champions League fever is in the neighborhood as Leverkusen host the Russian champions, CSKA Moscow, this Wednesday. In order to serve the best yet preview of the match, the Indonesian CSKA fanbase has teamed up with the Indonesian Leverkusen fanbase, @LeverkusenID. Bayer Leverkusen The 2002 finalist can boast some good statistics in both UCL and against Russian teams, and have not been defeated at home in UEFA competition since November 2014. Since then, they have taken points from … [Read more...]

What is to come from Russia in Europe this season?

Russian teams always seem to do well in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen nicely, and in August this year, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest in Europe. Even though Russia only have four teams in the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, compared to five last season, all four of them look ready to compete on an international level. I will go through the chance of success for the various … [Read more...]

Preview: Ajax v Rostov (UCL Playoff)

Last season's sensational silver-winners from FC Rostov are just two games away from the Champions League group stage. However, first of all they have to beat Dutch powerhouse Ajax. We have teamed up with Will Burns from Total Dutch Football to give you the best possible insight before the first of two crucial matches. Ajax: After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Roda JC on Saturday evening, Peter Bosz's Ajax hosts Russian Premier League side FC Rostov in what could be the most … [Read more...]

Russia’s Dream of Three Champions League Spots

I tend to provoke my inner green eyed monster when it comes to watching Champions League football, especially in these latter stages. It’s been six years now since a Russian Football Premier League club has made it to the continent’s show piece quarter final stage, the last time before that was 20 years ago, and unsurprisingly we haven’t seen a semi-final yet. As many Russian football fans can attest to, there has been little to cheer in this regard of late. Each of the last few years I’m filled … [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...]

RFN Podcast: European games preview – Zenit St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moscow and Krasnodar

Russian Football News invited several guests to discuss the upcoming European fixtures for Zenit St. Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moscow and Krasnodar. Thomas Giles discussed Zenit St. Petersburg v Benfica with Tom Kundert from PortuGOAL.net. Ilya Sokolov discussed Lokomotiv Moscow v Fenerbahçe with Emre Sarigul from Turkish-Football.com. Toke Theilade discussed Krasnodar v Sparta Prague with Chris Boothroyd from … [Read more...]