Leonid Slutsky Appointed Head Coach of Hull City – Becomes Historic

Former CSKA Moscow and Russia national team head coach Leonid Slutsky has made history by becoming the first Russian to take charge of an English club after being confirmed in the hot seat at Hull City. His appointment follows speculation over the past week - with Sunderland also said to have been interested in capturing the 46-year-old - and months of acclimatisation to English football, language and culture. After his predecessor Marco Silva left the club having failed to save them from … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast – Should Cherchesov Go, Where Does Slutsky Go Next, Listeners’ Questions

Regular host Thomas Giles and guest Toke Theilade welcome John Torrie to the Russian Football News Podcast. The trio discuss John's latest piece on the RFN website where he calls for Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov to vacate his post after another set of poor results in the international break. Staying on the national team theme, the panel debate where former Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will end up next and ask whether his reputation is now tarnished. Finally, they answer questions from … [Read more...]

Seven Years with Leonid Slutsky

When Valery Gazzaev left CSKA Moscow at the end of 2008, the Army Men embarked upon the impossible task of replacing one of Russian football’s most successful coaches. Eventually they picked Brazilian legend Zico, who arrived in Moscow under high of expectations. Despite winning both the Cup and the Super Cup, the Brazilian only lasted nine months in Moscow, before he left the club after a series of poor results, including a cup exit to FNL side FC Ural. To replace Zico, CSKA opted for another … [Read more...]

RFN Podcast: Slutsky Leaves CSKA, Doping Scandal and Can Spartak Win The Title?

Host Thomas Giles is joined by regular guests Toke Theilade and Andrew Flint to talk about the latest news from the world of Russian football. After manager Leonid Slutsky left his role as CSKA Moscow boss, the trio discuss what is next for both Slutsky and CSKA. They then talk about the latest doping allegations to hit Russian sport and how it relates to football in Russia before asking whether current league leaders Spartak Moscow can finally win the title after a 16 year … [Read more...]

Mid-Season Review: CSKA Moscow

Introduction: “They are who we thought they were.” It's a phrase used jokingly by some American sports fans but there isn’t a phrase more apt to describing the first half of the Russian Premier league season for the Central Sport Club of the Army. As it became apparent that CSKA Moscow was going to be quite conservative with its finances this year, fans recognized that a “ticket seller” Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa would be gone for this season. Because of this fans wondered from where the … [Read more...]

Big Challenges Awaits Goncharenko at CSKA

After seven years in charge of CSKA Moscow, Leonid Slutsky left the Army Men following last week's 3-1 defeat at Wembley to Tottenham Hotspurs, and he’ll be replaced by his former assistant, the current FC Ufa head coach Viktor Goncharenko. With Slutsky on the sideline, CSKA experienced an almost unprecedented spell of stability in Russian standards, and it paid off on the pitch as the Red-Blues won three championships, the last coming last season, two cup titles and two Super Cups during … [Read more...]

Reactions From Match Day 6 of European Football

This week’s European action saw Russian clubs play competitively for the last time before the winter break. In the Champions League, Rostov, ahead of PSV thanks to their historic win over Bayern, needed to avoid defeat in the Netherlands to reach the Europa League and they did just that. Leonid Slutsky bowed out as manager of CSKA with a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, who progress to the Europa League at the expense of the Moscow side. In the Europa League, Krasnodar, already certain of their … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in October

1: Slutsky’s seat is heating up Last month I wrote that Leonid Slutsky had lost his aura of invincibility, now things have got even worse for the CSKA Moscow head coach. September saw the Army Men lose both Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko, both key players, and Slutsky has obviously struggled to find a plan B without his two midfielders. The former Sbornaya boss has tried to rotate between Bibras Natcho, Astemir Gordyushenko and Aleksandr Golovin, but with no success. In October, CSKA fell … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in September

1: Leonid Slutsky has lost his aura of invincibility Leonid Slutsky’s achievements in the past are indisputable. The 45-year-old CSKA Head Coach has won three Russian championships and two cups since taking over the Army Men in 2009, and he was furthermore the mastermind behind their sensational Champions League quarterfinal the same season. Despite working with a significantly smaller budget than his competitors in the top of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL), Slutsky has … [Read more...]

5 Things We Learned About Russian Football in July

1: The chaos continues at Zenit Arena Since construction began in 2007, one problem after another has hit Zenit Arena, and now the stadium, that is supposed to host the 2017 Confederations Cup final, has again caught negative attention. The stadium is supposed to be finished by December 2016 at the latest, but as Thomas Giles recently explained the finishing date is in danger of being postponed, and the stadium might not be ready in time for the 2018 World Cup. In the middle of July, $39 … [Read more...]