Champions League Preview: Liverpool FC – Spartak Moscow

Liverpool FC v Spartak Moscow – Wednesday, 6 December, 19:45 GMT – Anfield, Liverpool. Spartak Moscow fans, players and officials will be hoping for an old-school mid-90s result on Wednesday night as they faceoff against Liverpool in a direct shootout for a Champions League knockout spot. All three of Liverpool, Sevilla and Spartak are still able to win Group E, in what promises to be an exciting final day showdown. How do they achieve this? For Spartak it's simple, but once again I'll hand … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Manchester United – CSKA Moscow

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow - Tuesday, 5 December, 19:45 GMT, Old Trafford. CSKA Moscow goes into arguably the most important match in their recent history at the Theatre of Dreams, and you can't really get a bigger stage nor more difficult opposition for Viktor Goncharenko's men to guarantee they'll continue to play Champions League football in Spring 2018. First, here's the permutations from RFN statistician Alexey Spektrowski: CSKA advance to the Champions League knockout stage, … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: Spartak Moscow – NK Maribor

Spartak are looking to progress to beyond the group stage for the first time since the legendary Oleg Romantsev was in charge, and in order to do so must defeat Maribor today. Maribor have conceded 13 goals without scoring since their opening goal in the previous game, but Spartak have now gone 16 games in Europe without a clean sheet, and have only played out two 0-0 draws from 26 games in all competitions this season. In fact, both teams have scored in 19 of these games. Maribor have never … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: CSKA Moscow – SL Benfica

CSKA Moscow can take a huge stride towards the Champions League knockout stages if they secure three vital points when they host Benfica on Wednesday. The Muscovites have been dreadful at home so far in their Champions League campaign as they were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester United and lost 2-0 to Basel. However, their away form has been magnificent: they beat Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon and gained sweet revenge on Basel last time out with another 2-1 victory. Man Utd have run away with the group, but … [Read more...]

Barcelona 1-2 Rubin Kazan – The Greatest Giant Killing in European History?

In 2008 and 2009, FC Barcelona were at the top of the footballing world. They won every trophy available to them: La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The squad that the Catalan's had put together under the management of Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time with Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández at the peak of their careers, alongside stars such as Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Yaya Touré … [Read more...]

European Group Stage Day 2: Round Up

This week saw four Russian sides compete on the European stage. English giants Liverpool and Manchester United were in Moscow for Champions League ties against Spartak and CSKA respectively. In the Europa League, Lokomotiv welcomed Czech side Zlín to the capital, while Zenit played host to Spanish outfit Real Sociedad. With only one of the quartet falling to defeat, Russian Football News has taken a look at the reactions of the managers and players.   Champions League Spartak Moscow - … [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...]

Europa League Preview: Zenit Saint Petersburg – FC Utrecht

First Playoff Round, Second Leg: Can Mancini's Stars Overturn the Deficit? Zenit will go into the Second Leg of their Europa League tie with Utrecht trailing, after a disappointing performance last week in Holland. Zakaria Labyad's second half header was well deserved for the home side, who troubled Zenit throughout. If Zenit does lose the tie, it will be a disaster for the Saint Petersburg side, after spending €81.3 on transfers thus far this window, including the signing of Emiliano Rigoni, … [Read more...]

Champions League Preview: BSC Young Boys – CSKA Moscow

First Playoff Round, First Leg: Young Boys vs Old Boys? Young Boys By @FootballSwiss It was a mixed pre-season for Young Boys as they achieved some memorable wins and less than memorable defeats as they geared up for the new season. Lower league side Breitenrain, Salzburg and Russian side Grozny all defeated YB with Akhmat winning 4-1 at the beginning of the July. YB only managed two wins during their preparations with those coming against Wacker Innsbruck of Austria and more … [Read more...]