RFN Top 50 2016: 10-4

10: Denis Glushakov, Midfielder, Spartak (+31) Back in August nobody could possibly have predicted that Spartak would sit pretty at the top of the table going into the winter break, and even fewer could have foreseen Denis Glushakov’s meteoric rise up the RFN Top 50, but the midfield general has been a relatively unsung hero in Massimo Carrera’s machine. Without question the individual highlight was his sensational rocket that crashed in off his new teammate Aleksandr Selikhov’s crossbar in … [Read more...]

Pontus Wernbloom – The Best in the Business

Christmas is usually a time for families to enjoy time together. It is a time for giving, and it is a time to forget about the things that bother you. But not for all people. CSKA Moscow’s midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is known as a fighter on the pitch, and his incredible winning mentality has made him one of the most loved players for the Army Men. The best example of this mentality came one Christmas when Wernbloom was a teenager. One Swedish Christmas tradition is to hide an almond in the … [Read more...]

CSKA Moscow Season Review

Last weekend, CSKA Moscow secured their sixth Russian championship after beating Rubin Kazan 1-0 in the final fixture of the season. On their road to the title, the Army Men scored 51 goals and won 20 games. They did however also have to overcome several challenges, and their season definitely had its difficulties. In this article, we’ll explore the highs and lows, and then look on towards the future where CSKA face a couple of important decisions. Best Game of the season: RFPL … [Read more...]

Rasmus Elm – From Boy to Man

In July 2012 a certain Swedish midfielder joined CSKA Moscow despite interest from several bigger sides from Europe’s top leagues. The story about Rasmus Elm is the story about a gifted, but shy, guy, who chose happiness over money. Born in the small city of Broakulla in the Eastern part of Sweden, Rasmus is the youngest of the three famous Elm brothers, Viktor and David being the older brothers, all plying their trade as professional football players. There was however little that suggested … [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...]

RPL Week 7: Around the Match Day

The seventh round of the Russian Premier League was played in the shadow of match fixing rumours. The rumours surrounded Friday evening’s match between Ural and Terek Grozny, and it was believed that the hosts would give away three points for Terek as a thank you for letting them win a crucial game last season, which allowed them to stay up. The story hit the media after online bookmaker Marathonbet offered odds of over 5.00 for Ural to win, even though they were placed higher in the league than … [Read more...]

Round Table: Season Awards

Andy (@AndyShenk) - Moscow based writer and Russian language translator, Andy supports Anzhi Pavel (@russianpotter) - Nizhny Novgorod-based young journalist and Spartak supporter, Volga attendee Connor (@Con_027) - Russian Football follower, CSKA supporter, England resident Rob (@RobDillonMTA) - Journalist who specializes in Russian football, Editor of More Than Arshavin John (@JohnSager) - Russian Football follower, Zenit supporter, California … [Read more...]