From Abramyan to Akinfeev – Top Eleven Goalkeepers With the Most Clean Sheets in the Soviet and Russian Top Flight

With CSKA Moscow's 4-0 victory at home against Tom Tomsk last Sunday, Igor Akinfeev recorded his 161st clean sheet in the Russian Football Premier League, a new record in the league and one more than the legendary Lev Yashin. With Akinfeev's incredible achievement, it is time to look back, and we give you the ten goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in the Russian and Soviet top flight. 10: Alyosha Abramyan (1965 – 1978: Ararat Yerevan) & Sergey Kramarenko (1964 – 1984: Neftchi Baku … [Read more...]

Igor Akinfeev Adds Another Chapter to His Legacy

Few countries have made better goalkeepers over the years than Russia. From the tremendous Black Spider Lev Yashin of Dinamo Moscow, the only goalkeeper to ever win the Balon d'Or, to 1988 Best Goalkeeper in the World award winner Rinat Dasaev of Spartak Moscow and most recently CSKA Moscow's Igor Akinfeev. Since making his debut for CSKA in 2003, and the Russian national team the following year, Akinfeev has always been in the shadows of the two Soviet giants, but the six-times Russian … [Read more...]

EURO Player Profile: Igor Akinfeev

Introduction: Igor Akinfeev is the most recognisable name on the Russian teamsheet. An imposing figure, the 30 year old goalkeeper has been a permanent fixture for his country and club - Russian Premier League champions CSKA Moscow - for the best part of a decade. Despite his illustrious career, in which he has won five league titles and the UEFA cup, there is a belief that Akinfeev never fully developed his potential. Once courted by Europe’s top clubs, a combination of untimely injuries … [Read more...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part I: Goalkeepers

With Euro 2016 just two months away, discussions on squad selection are starting to be heard across Europe. On the road to France, Fabio Capello and Leonid Slutsky utilized a large pool of players. Some being long-serving veterans occupying vital positions yet to be filled by fresh talent while others are much younger competing for spots with multiple candidates. In the aftermath of the Euro 2012 debacle, Fabio Capello built a new core of players to replace those preferred by Dick … [Read more...]

Can Guilherme Play a Role on Sbornaya?

Much have been said and written about Brazilian born goalkeeper Guilherme who became the first non-CIS naturalized player to play for the Russian national team. Guilherme played 45 minutes in the friendly against Lithuania last week, but what are the perspectives for Guilherme on Sbornaya? While Guilherme’s debut stole most of the headlines, he wasn’t the only debutant in the goal as FC Krasnodar’s Stanislav Kritsyuk played the first half in Sbornaya’s goal. With the inclusion of Kritsyuk and … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 20-11

  The players ranked 50-36. The players ranked 35-21. 20. Bibras Natcho, midfielder, CSKA The Israeli midfielder Bibras Natcho played a pivotal role on CSKA’s team last season as he contributed with 12 goals and eight assists in the domestic league. His form earned him a spot on the RFN Team of the Year last summer together with his partner on CSKA’s central midfield Roman Eremenko. This season has however been different for Natcho, who has struggled with getting back on his old … [Read more...]

European Championships 2016 – Group B Preview

Russian Football News has joined forces with various other football websites to give you the experts' view on European Championship 2016 Group B which contains England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales. Each team will feel they have a chance of progressing to the knockout rounds this summer in France. Our experts in this preview are: Russia: Thomas Giles - Writer and podcast host for as well as contributing to Sport Den za Dnem. @thomas_giles_uk England: Tom Coast - … [Read more...]

Igor Akinfeev – Owner of Europe’s Most Unwanted Run

Igor Akinfeev. The name - dependant on how closely you have followed the Russian’s progress over the last ten years - will bring different memories. If you haven’t been following Russian football closely, let me give you an update on the “Football Manager legend” career. The keeper is CSKA’s third most capped player but at 29, there is plenty of time for Russia’s no.1 to claim top spot. He has won five league titles, six Russian Cup’s and six Super Cup’s. He was also essential in CSKA’s UEFA … [Read more...]

Igor Akinfeev Ties Rinat Dasaev’s First Place in the Lev Yashin Club

CSKA Moscow’s 2-0 victory at home against Ufa wasn’t only important for the club in their chase of the Russian title, it also meant something special for Igor Akinfeev, the experienced goalkeeper of the Army Men. With the 2-0 victory Akinfeev, CSKA’s number one between the posts since his debut in 2003, recorded his clean sheet number 232, which tied him with the legendary Rinat Dasaev as the leader of the prestigious Lev Yashin Club. The Lev Yashin Club is for all Russian and Soviet … [Read more...]

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CSKA Moscow’s UEFA Cup Victory

When CSKA Moscow, on the 18th of May, 2005, defeated Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup final, they secured themselves an eternal spot in the history of Russian football. Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vagner Love all scored for the Army club, which gave them a comfortable 3-1 victory. Here, on the tenth anniversary of the victory, we look back at the first ever European title for a Russian club.   The Road to Lisbon: CSKA started their European campaign in the Champions League, … [Read more...]