Round Table: The Greatest Players to Play in Russia

This spring, Russia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Russian Football Premier League. Russian media Sport-Express recently published their list over the greatest players to ever grace the league, and now it is time for the Russian Football News team to look back and remember the maestros.  This time, the panel consists off: Joel Amorim (@Vostok1981): Writer for Russian Football News, WhoScored, FutnSoccer, Bola na Rede and Futbol Pulse Robert Ustian (@Robustmsk):  Football … [Read more...]

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CSKA Moscow’s UEFA Cup Victory

When CSKA Moscow, on the 18th of May, 2005, defeated Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup final, they secured themselves an eternal spot in the history of Russian football. Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vagner Love all scored for the Army club, which gave them a comfortable 3-1 victory. Here, on the tenth anniversary of the victory, we look back at the first ever European title for a Russian club.   The Road to Lisbon: CSKA started their European campaign in the Champions League, … [Read more...]

Vagner Love: The Finest Striker to Grace Russian Football?

It has become a rarity for players to cement legendary status at clubs in the modern game, let alone create a legendary image for one of the greatest players to play in the league, but that is exactly what occurred throughout the nine year career of Vagner Love. During his time with CSKA Moscow, Love spearheaded the attack that saw the club through its most successful period in their history. Success domestically, in Europe and becoming the first Russian side to win a UEFA competition, was … [Read more...]

RFN Mailbag – Cheryshev, Brazilians and Russian Fans

Welcome to the first Russian Football News mailbag, which will feature RFN editor Andy Shenk answering readers' questions on the Russian game. If you like what you see here and there's something you'd like to ask, just email us at and we'll look to include you in a future mailbag. And if you're looking for a place to discuss Russian football with fellow fans, please check out our forum. Q: Do you think Denis Cheryshev is going to become one of the best … [Read more...]