Champions League Preview: FC Basel – CSKA Moscow

The previous meeting between these two results in a huge upset for the Muscovites as they succumbed 0-2 on their home soil. Tonight, the Rotblau host CSKA at St. Jakob-Park. The home team has been on fire for several weeks while CSKA has been in a constant loss of form after numerous disappointing performances, as they lost 0-1 to Arsenal Tula – not the London one – last Saturday. Basel could prove to be a turning point for CSKA who will face Lokomotiv, Rubin, and Spartak for the remainder of … [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...]

What is to come from Russia in Europe this season?

Russian teams always seem to do well in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen nicely, and in August this year, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest in Europe. Even though Russia only have four teams in the group stages of the Champions League and the Europa League, compared to five last season, all four of them look ready to compete on an international level. I will go through the chance of success for the various … [Read more...]

Russia’s Dream of Three Champions League Spots

I tend to provoke my inner green eyed monster when it comes to watching Champions League football, especially in these latter stages. It’s been six years now since a Russian Football Premier League club has made it to the continent’s show piece quarter final stage, the last time before that was 20 years ago, and unsurprisingly we haven’t seen a semi-final yet. As many Russian football fans can attest to, there has been little to cheer in this regard of late. Each of the last few years I’m filled … [Read more...]

Chechen President Ready to Sign Patriot Tarasov

With the exception of the Kremlin, almost everybody have shared their opinion on Dmitry Tarasov’s showing of a Vladimir Putin t-shirt following Lokomotiv Moscow’s defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League last week. Almost immediately after the game, UEFA issued a statement saying: “A player/team of a player that reveals an undergarment that shows political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images […] will be sanctioned by the competition organizer.” Dmitry Tarasov employer … [Read more...]

Tarasov Becomes Part of UEFA’s Political Problem

It was hoped that this match would be able to unite two sets of people among the current diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey. However, unfortunately several inflammatory incidents took place around the game. Firstly stones were thrown at a bus of Lokomotiv Moscow fans and several Twitter accounts associated with Russian football were abused and threatened with violence.           The main incident to capture the headlines though has … [Read more...]

Blood of beaten black fans will forever stay on your hands: Open letter to UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Members

Open letter to UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Members: Dr Thomas Partl (Austria), Jacques Antenen (Switzerland), Sándor Berzi (Hungary), Chris Bonett (Malta), Tomás Gea (Andorra), Kepa Larumbe (Spain), Hans Lorenz (Germany), Rudolf Řepka (Czech Republic), Jim Stjerne Hansen (Denmark), Joël Wolff (Luxembourg) Dear gentlemen, What did you feel on Wednesday when you went to bed after your decision regarding the racist incident at the Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea game? What were your … [Read more...]

Where Does Lokomotiv Stop Next – Budget Cuts or European Exclusion?

Russia has for a long time been impacted by an economic crisis, so it was no surprise when government officials, who have been trying to cut spending for a long time, finally thought of the government owned and financed football clubs. Last week the Federal Antimonopoly Service required Russian Railways (RZD) to provide a plan of non-core assets sales, something that included Lokomotiv Moscow, who are currently ranked second in the Russian Premier League. Lokomotiv Moscow was founded in … [Read more...]

Dinamo Moscow Kicked Out of Europa League

  Since UEFA in February announced that Dinamo Moscow was under investigation for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules it has been clear that the club was in major trouble. Today it was finally confirmed that the club has been kicked out of next year's Europa League due to serious violations of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations. Between 2012 and 2014 Dinamo accumulated a transfer deficit on €59 million, and to make things worse their sponsor deal with the government owned VTB … [Read more...]

CSKA Fans Fight Back – Interview With #CSKAFansAgainstRacism Campaign

CSKA Moscow’s ultras have long had a reputation for violent and racist behavior. Last season, the ultras drew unwanted attention to the Russian champions in the Champions League twice. First, they were caught yelling racial slurs at Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Touré, leading UEFA to punish them by closing the ultra’s stand in CSKA’s stadium Arena Khimki. Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), tried to convince UEFA to give CSKA a full … [Read more...]