Mario Fernandes – Sbornaya’s Latest Brazilian

When Brazilian born Guilherme Alvim Marinato, better known as Guilherme, played 45 minutes for Russia against Lithuania in March, he became the first player born outside of the former Soviet Union to play for Sbornaya. On Wednesday another Brazilian, CSKA’s Mario Fernandes, received Russian citizenship as well, but this is also where the similarities between the two ends. Because while Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme went the long way through the official channels, learning Russian and … [Read more...]

Army Men Back on Top After Defeating Kuban

A brace from striker Ahmed Musa gave CSKA a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar and a return to the summit of the Russian Premier League. Musa netted from close range in the 20th minute and the Army Men finally put the game to rest when the Nigerian scored eight minutes from time, his 50th goal for CSKA. The hosts combined defensive solidity with sharp, attacking play to dominate a toothless Kuban side. Alan Dzagoev was the conductor of all things good and frustrating, while right-back Mario … [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...]