Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – FC Basel

The Champions League hype train is coming to Moscow after Sevilla visited Spartak on Otkritiye Arena, Tomorrow night, CSKA faces FC Basel at the VEB-Arena. The match itself would be the first meeting between the two sides, although CSKA might have a good record against Swiss clubs. The most recent meeting with a Swiss club was just two months ago against BSC Young Boys in the UCL Play-off Round, with Alan Dzagoev, Georgi Shchennikov and an own goal granting the Army men a convincing 3-0 victory … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – Manchester United

Following their impressive 2-1 victory away against SL Benfica in the opening match, CSKA Moscow returns to Russia. In the second match of the Champions League, they take on Manchester United, whom they last met in 2015. It does, however, look like a difficult match for the Army Men, who have been less than impressive in their last couple of outings. Last weekend, they drew 0-0 away against Dinamo Moscow, and before that, they suffered an embarrassing cup defeat to first division side Avangard … [Read more...]

What Have We Learned From the First Third of the RFPL Season?

The first third of the Russian Football Premier League season has been predictably unpredictable. Spartak Moscow, the reigning champions of the league, sit in a disappointing 8th place. Massimo Carrera’s men have struggled to hold leads and pick up points against lesser sides, and this wastefulness has showed in their league standing. Meanwhile in Kazan, Kuban Berdyev has not yet been able to work his magic like he did in Rostov, with Rubin’s defense looking surprisingly porous at times. … [Read more...]

16 Years Without Number 16 – Remembering Serhiy Perkhun

Before PFC CSKA Moscow’s recent outing against FC Rostov in the Premier League, the Red-Blue fans displayed a massive banner with the text: “16 years without number 16”. Alongside the banner, was a giant picture of goalkeeper Serhiy Perkhun, who played for the club in 2001. The actions were in honour of the Ukrainian born goalkeeper, who died 16 years ago of a brain hemorrhage after a head-to-head collision with an Anzhi Makhachkala player during a game in the Premier League. Although it’s a … [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: 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...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – BSC Young Boys

Playoff Round, Second Leg: Group Stages in Sight Viktor Goncharenko's CSKA side will return to the VEB-Arena tonight for the Second Leg of their Group Stage Playoff's with BSC Young Boys. Can the Army Men make it five years of Group Stage Champions League football in a row? If they pull it off, it'll continue their impressive 100% in qualifying via the playoff route and go into the second leg on route to qualification after a 1-0 victory in Bern. A comical and disastrous - for the Swiss side - … [Read more...]

RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

How will CSKA evolve in Europe post-Slutsky?

When CSKA Moscow lineup to play AEK Athens in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie, it will be a familiar sight, yet the manner of performance to come will hopefully be very different. European audiences have grown accustomed to the Army Men taking part at the highest level of club competition, featuring in 6 of the last 8 editions, however the key difference this time will be in the dugout; a first European season to assess the merits of Viktor Goncharenko, after 7 … [Read more...]