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...]

UCL Group A Opposition: Between Hope and Reality for CSKA

Less than 24 hours after CSKA clinched their way to Champions League Group Stage, UEFA held the group stage draw in Monaco. Since CSKA finished as the runner-up in the league – coupled with their low coefficients – they were placed in Pot 4 along with other minnows. SL Benfica, Manchester United, and FC Basel were drawn into group A to face the Army Men. Here we summmarise the other competitors in Group A, in order to visualize the competition as well as CSKA’s chance in the tournament. SL … [Read more...]

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...]