RFN Podcast: Niasse, Doumbia, Transfers, FNL and Naturalisation of Foreigners

Host of the RFN Podcast Thomas Giles is joined Toke Theilade, Andrew Flint and Ilya Sokolov to discuss the latest transfer stories from Russia, including the expectations for Seydou Doumbia, Baye Oumar Niasse who have recently moved to England. Furthermore, our experts discuss the Russian second tier, the FNL as well the possibility of naturalisation of … [Read more...]

Can Seydou Doumbia Take Over Tyneside?

It came as little surprise when CSKA Moscow’s Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia chose to leave the Army Men last winter to test himself in Serie A for AS Roma. During his four and a half seasons in Russia, Doumbia had been one of the absolute best players in the country, and he had become an icon among the red-blue fans after helping them secure two championships, two cups and two super cups as well as becoming the top scorer in the Russian Premier League twice. Unfortunately for Doumbia, the … [Read more...]

CSKA’s Scorecard – The Attacking Line

Losing Seydou Doumbia to AS Roma in January last year proved to be a hard blow for the Army Men. During the second half of the 2014/2015 season, the strikers of the club only scored six of the 30 goals scored in both the league and the cup, with Ahmed Musa and Carlos Strandberg scoring three each. In fact, it was in midfield where the most dangerous players were found as Roman Eremenko and Bibras Natcho scored a total of 27 goals. Learning from that experience, it was no surprise that the … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 10-4

10. Seydou Doumbia, forward, CSKA On a personal level, 2015 has shot up and down for Seydou Doumbia as the Ivorian hitman finally secured his big move to Serie A with AS Roma, only to return with his tail between his legs in the summer on loan to CSKA. Despite an initial burst of goals that inspired the Army Men through to the Champions League group stages, his impact has diminished significantly; although his upper body strength is impressive, according to InStat only Edgar Manucharyan … [Read more...]

The Curious Case of CSKA’s Crash

Sitting clear at the top of the table with a transfer window ahead should give CSKA a comfortable winter break to look forward to, but a dreadful run of form has seen Leonid Slutskiy's men start to look nervously over their shoulders. The start of the season saw them race clear with seven consecutive wins, with giant fan favourite Seydou Doumbia returning on loan after a underwhelming start to his Serie A career at AS Roma, and with a dramatic qualification process for the Champions League … [Read more...]

Doumbia’s surprise selection when quizzed on perfect addition for CSKA

If any of us, as supporters, were left in charge of our chosen football club, while offered free rein when it comes to transfers, there are any number of leading lights that we would be prepared to break the bank for in order to welcome onto our books. These additions may be the stuff of dreams, deals only possible in the realms of fantasy football and managerial computer games, but we dealing in the world of ‘what if’ here and that makes anything possible. Even if we were to curb our … [Read more...]

Russian Premier League – Statistical Analysis of Speed

With the end of the first part of the Russian Premier League window, many will look to evaluate the performance of their favourite teams and players, analysing how they can improve their game and what has been working so far. However, thanks to NTV, we are able to look a slightly different side of the season, and study the individual and team performance on a physical scale. At the end of most of their match broadcasts, NTV will put on screen some physical data accrued by the players in the … [Read more...]

Preview: CSKA – Wolfsburg

This Wednesday CSKA Moscow take on the German side Wolfsburg for the Champions League return fixture in Moscow. This is a must win game for the Moscow side, if they want to keep their hopes of reaching the round of 16 alive. CSKA will come into the game as slight favourites, having the home advantage and rightly so as they have put on some fine performances at home in the Champions League this season. However, after CSKA lost 2-0 at home to Krylya Sovetov and Wolfsburg trashed Werder Bremen with … [Read more...]

Now or Never for Konstantin Bazelyuk

In December, 2013 the 20 year old CSKA Moscow striker Konstantin Bazelyuk won the Best Young Football Player in Russia award, as he went in the footsteps of teammates Igor Akinfeev, Alan Dzagoev and Georgy Schennikov who had all won the prize before him. The award came after the young striker got his break through for the Muscovites in the autumn, and in March, 2014 Bazelyuk was even called up as a part of Fabio Capello's provisional squad for Russia's friendly against Armenia in Krasnodar. Even … [Read more...]

Champions League Qualification: Sporting – CSKA Preview

Sporting Sporting Clube de Portugal, mistakenly known as Sporting Lisbon by many people, is one of the top clubs in Portugal. Sporting was founded on the first of July, 1906 by Jose Alvalade. His ambition was to create a club that could win not only domestic trophies, but also to become globally known and successful in international competitions. If we include all the sports the club covers, it is, in fact, the second most winning club in Europe after Barcelona, as it has won trophies in … [Read more...]