Preview Rostov vs Manchester United: What The Red Devils Can Expect

Manchester United may be favourites to lift the Europa League come the end of the season but Jose Mourinho is taking nothing for granted against Rostov – and rightly so. Reacting in the immediate aftermath of the draw, the Special One described the tie as bad “in every aspect”. "They have a very good Champions League campaign, they beat Ajax and Anderlecht in playoffs. And in the group phase, a difficult group with Bayern and Atletico, they managed good results against them." The … [Read more...]

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...]

FC Rostov – More Than Just the Russian Leicester

When FC Rostov challenged for the title last season, they were often described as the Russian version of Leicester City. And that is probably the easiest way to explain to a foreigner what feelings this team causes. Two years ago, Rostov was in last place in the Russian Football Premier League, but then they hired Kurban Berdyev as the new head coach, and he managed to turn things around in an almost magical way. Following survival in the top flight, which required two relegation play-off … [Read more...]

Preview: CSKA Moscow – Manchester United

CSKA Moscow take on Manchester United in the Champions League in a crucial match in the Champion League's Group B. The group has been very even so far, but the Red Devils have a poor record against Russian clubs, something that is to CSKA's advantage. We have teamed up with Manchester United blogger Paul Johnson to give you an in-depth preview of the clash. Also don’t forget our group preview where we teamed up with specialists on the four teams in the group.  CSKA Moscow They … [Read more...]

The Red Devils In Russia

The game between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow on Wednesday 21 October in Champions League Group B comes exactly six years since the two met at the same stage of the tournament in the 2009-10 season. The game will be the eighth time United have taken on a team from Russia in European competition with only a single victory against five draws and a loss from their previous seven meetings. Here, we look at the Russian heroes who have stopped the three-time champions of Europe in their … [Read more...]

Champions League Group B Preview: CSKA, PSV, Wolfsburg and Manchester United

We are now only days away from the start of the Champions League and Europa League group stages, and we are happy to present to you previews of the different groups. We have teamed up with experts from around Europe to get the best coverage of the opponents of the Russian clubs.  We have already covered both Rubin Kazan, FC Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Europa League groups, and now the time has come for CSKA Moscow's Champions League group, where they find themselves matched up against … [Read more...]

Meulensteen to Makhachkala is a Real Coup

  An insight into Meulensteen’s career so far and his potential impact at Anzhi. It seems that coaches get no credit for a club’s success. This is especially the case in England, where praise is heaped on players and manager. A good set-up behind the scenes is imperative for triumphs. Backroom staff are only mentioned, especially by fans, when failure happens. Take Newcastle United. Let’s ignore Graham Carr, a man who was credited for every single French gem and excluded from any … [Read more...]