International Preview: Russia – Spain

The match against Argentina was a promising performance, undone by some genuine quality and a glaringly obvious missed offside decision. Post-match, not quite the promising and more of the horrendous, with reports of overcrowding and over 1.5-hour queues and to get out of the Luzhniki and onto the Moscow Metro. Let's hope the game against Spain on Tuesday goes off without a hitch and proves the authorities are ready to organise the logistics of the World Cup next year. The team landed in St … [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...]

PREVIEW: Bayern v CSKA

CSKA travel to Bavaria to face the might of Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages tonight.  CSKA were drawn into a group alongside big spenders Manchester City, Czech champions Viktoria Plzen and Tuesday's counterparts Bayern Munich. To have any chance of progressing, CSKA will feel as though they have to collect maximum points in both ties against Plzen and try to use home advantage to take points off the 'big boys'. However, this isn't to say that CSKA have no chance against … [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: July 31 – August 5

All the Russian football news we can find from around the Web in the last week, published every Monday morning. FRIDAY, AUGUST 2: Zenit Coach Luciano Spalletti Battles Lacklustre Russian Premier League Start - Inside Futbol Round Table: Week Three - Russian Football News SATURDAY, AUGUST 3: Alan Dzagoev: Russia's Euro 2012 star slowly fading into the abyss - O-Posts SUNDAY, AUGUST 4: Making the impossible possible - football in Russia - Back Page Football Rene Meulensteen … [Read more...]

1st Annual RFN “RPL First 11”

Our experts voted (with help from our twitter followers) for our Team of the Year.   We had no position requirements- experts could choose any formation they wanted.  All but one went with a 4-4-2, so that is what our team is.  CSKA Moscow, league Champions dominated our First 11. However the extent is incredibly- 7 out of the 11 are from the Champions, even though no voter chose over five CSKA representatives. This is perhaps a testament to CSKA's balance The back-line vote was by a … [Read more...]