- October 17, 2013
There will be no change in venue for CSKA Moscow’s upcoming Champions League match against the English club Manchester City. The match will take place at Khimki Arena.
There were doubts about the pitch at CSKA’s home venue. But, yesterday evening, the officials of UEFA had a look on the surface and they decided that the fixture could be organized at the venue.
It had been raining heavily in Moscow off late which affected the Khimki Arena pitch adversely. The surface was unplayable for CSKA’s previous Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen and that match was eventually organized at St Petersburg.
According to the reports, the Khimki pitch is not 100% ready even now, but, the UEFA inspectors who had gone out there to check the surface were given assurances that the surface would be ready for the game in time. So, they gave the permission.
There are not too many alternative choices available in Moscow at the moment. The Luzhniki stadium could have been an ideal choice as it has got an artificial pitch, but, it’s not available at the moment as it is being reconstructed.
If the Khimki Arena had not been granted the permission yesterday, the game between City and CSKA would perhaps have been shifted to Krasnodar which is 750 miles away from the Russian capital.
The match between City and CSKA is going to be a vital Group D fixture. Both the teams have won one out of their first two games so far and have got the same no. of points i.e. 3. Both are eyeing the no. 2 spot in the group.
The team which is currently at the top of the Group D points table is Bayern Munich. They have got 6 points in 2 games.
- August 29, 2013
Italian giants AC Milan are believed to be very close to agreeing a deal to bring CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda to the San Siro, it has been revealed.
The Milanese giants had long been chasing the Japanese international but had so far failed to agree a fee with his club but according to reports in Italy and Russia, they are very close to sealing a deal with the Russian side that will see Honda finally secure his dream move to the San Siro. Talks between the two clubs over the player have been going on for months with Milan aware the player’s contract is set to expire in December.
The perennial challengers for the Serie A title could have waited till January to complete the signing of the player for nothing thanks to the Bosman ruling but the club officials have decided that the move for the player who is a hot property in mainland Europe could not wait so long.
CSKA Moscow has, however, made it clear that they will not let one of their prized assets leave the club on the cheap. Indeed, according to a Russian news outlet, the Moscow giants want € 5 million for the immediate transfer of the player while Milan is willing to offer not more than € 3 million.
But it has now emerged that both the clubs are willing to come to a compromise in their negotiations and the player receiving a wage cut from an annual € 2.5 million to just € 1.8 million.
According to the player himself, he is adamant about pursuing his career elsewhere, adding that he always wants to grow as a professional and AC Milan is a club that is too hard to turn down and it is only up to CSKA Moscow to reach an agreement.
- July 1, 2013
The CSKA Moscow striker, Vagner Love, has said that his club has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years.
Love joined CSKA Moscow in January this year after leaving the Brazilian club Flamengo. This is his second tenure at CSKA Moscow. His first tenure was 7 years long during which he had played 182 games and had scored 117 goals.
Love hasn’t started his second tenure at CSKA badly either. He didn’t get too many playing opportunities last season as he was signed mid way through the season, but, in a few games that he played, he looked in decent touch.
The last season was a successful one for CSKA Moscow. Not only did they finish at the top of the league points table, they ended up winning the Russian Cup too.
When asked about the performance of CSKA Moscow last season, Love said, “It was one of the best seasons for us. We played well as a unit and ended up winning both the league and the cup. Now, it’s important for us to retain both those titles next season.”
“I think the team is much stronger now than what it was a few years ago and the credit goes to the manager. There have been some very good signings during the last couple of transfer windows.”
In the last two years, CSKA Moscow has signed players like Rasmus Elm, Pontus Wernbloom, Ahmed Musa and Mario Fernandes. All of them have proved to be great buys for the club.
In the next season, Love will have the opportunity to break Grigory Fedotov’s record of scoring the most number of goals for CSKA Moscow. The Brazilian striker will have to score 12 more goals for that.
When asked about that, Love said, “I am not thinking about that record. I just want to be consistent next season. If I play well, I will eventually manage to get there.”
- March 20, 2013
The Spartak Moscow manager Valery Karpin has said that the new signing Majeed Waris has been able to adapt to life in Russia extremely quickly.
The Russian club managed to secure the services of the 21-year-old Ghanaian striker recently. It is thought that Majeed Waris had turned down to the approaches from Chelsea and Everton in order to move to Russia. He was signed from the Swedish Hacken a few months ago. Due to his age and the fact that he was playing in a new league, many expected him to take a long time to settle at the Russian club.
However, the manager Karpin has said that he is extremely surprised by the way he has adapted quickly to the life in Russia. Spartak Moscow recently lost their top striker Emmanuel Emenike to injury. This injury is likely to present the new signings Waris with the opportunity to make his debut for the team. The domestic league campaign will resume in Russia, with Spartak Moscow taking on Terek Grozny in a home match. Of course, Karpin does have the services of the former FC Krasnodar striker Yura Movsisyan in the team as well. Waris emerged as one of the most wanted talents in Europe after scoring 23 goals in just 29 matches for the Swedish club.
“Waris surprises me insofar as how quickly he has integrated into the team. We have very high competition for places. If everyone is fit, it’s going to be very tough to get into the 18-man squad,” said the Spartak Moscow manager ahead of the new campaign. The club have done extremely well in the European competitions so far. They will be looking to qualify for the Champions league at the end of the season, while also lifting the Russian league title as well.
- January 17, 2013
The Russian club CSKA Moscow have confirmed that they are unlikely to bring the Brazilian striker Vagner Love during the January transfer window. The player is currently playing for the Brazilian club Flamengo after having been sold by the Russian club only a few months back.
However, due to the inability to get a number of their top priority targets in the striking department, it has been rumoured that CSKA Moscow will be willing to negotiate a deal with Flamengo for the return of Vagner Love. The club president, though, has ruled out any such possibility, but has confirmed that the club are looking at three transfer targets for January.
CSKA have been extremely intent on bringing in the Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez, but it is thought that this transfer will fall through after the player failed to pass a medical. Despite having agreed personal terms with the player and the transfer fee with the club, CSKA look set to lose out on the signing of Suarez. The club are currently top of the Russian Premier league with a two-point advantage over the second-placed team Anzhi. They are a further five points ahead of third placed Zenit St Petersburg. CSKA are extremely thin up front due to the injuries for players like Seydou Doumbia.
“We are currently in talks with around three players of which all are legionnaires and not Russian. Two of them are for the attacking line and one is a midfielder. The attackers are versatile and will be able to play both on the left and right wing. peaking on Keisuke Honda, Giner revealed that the Moscow-based club are expecting fresh bids for the Japanese International,” said the CSKA president Yevgeni Giner in a recent interview. He also cleared the reports about the future of Keisuke Honda.
- November 21, 2012
The CSKA Moscow player Vasili Berezutski has said that he is extremely confident that his team can win the title this season ahead of incredible pressure from Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg.
This is turning out to be a great season in the Russian Premier league due to the competition between the different teams for the title, but CSKA Moscow appear to be in the pole position to win the title. This is also the view of the CSKA Moscow’s Vasili Berezutski. The team are currently top of the Russian Premier league with 39 points from the opening 16 matches.
They recently extended their unbeaten run in the Premier league to 7 matches, which have also been straight victories for the team. The last time they suffered a defeat was back in September, which shows the quality of the team according to the defender Vasili Berezutski. The 30-year-old is one of the crucial members of the first team. Zenit St Petersburg have 33 points, but have played a game less than both the title challenging clubs CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala.
“We are moving in the right direction but it is better to extend our lead from the rivals such as Anzhi and Zenit respectively. We were in a good position to win the league title last season but we failed to achieve the target after disappointing performances in the last round,” said the defender in response to the challenge from Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg. There are only about four matches remaining in the season, but CSKA Moscow will be facing both their title opponents in the next two matches. These two games will go along with into deciding the destination of the title according to Berezutski. Both the games will be away from home for CSKA Moscow.
- October 9, 2012
CSKA Moscow has defeated Alania Vladikavkaz in a match of the Russian Premier League by 2-0. The match was played at Arena Khimki which is the home ground of CSKA Moscow and the home supporters would have had a lot of fun while watching the match. It was a one sided encounter which was dominated by the Moscow team right from the outset. With this victory, the Moscow team has moved up to no. 2 in the points table.
CSKA Moscow has played 8 matches so far and has gained a total of 18 points. Terek Gozny, which is at the top of the table, has one point more than Moscow. The Moscow players were aggressive in the first half, but, they weren’t able to score any goal in the first 45 minutes. The Red Army took the lead in the 4th minute of the second half when Keisuke Honda found the net with a superb shot. The Nigerian international, Ahmed Musa, set up the goal and Honda made full use of the opportunity. It was Honda again who doubled the lead of his team in the 54th minute of the match. The second goal was also set up by Musa. He gave a precise pass to Honda who scored his second goal in the match.
The manager of CSKA Moscow, Leonid Slutsky, was delighted with the performance of Musa and Honda in the match. As per Slutsky, these two guys were superb today. There was brilliant coordination between both of them. It was one of those matches in which nothing went wrong for the team. It’s wonderful that the team is just one point behind Terek Gozny. Hopefully, the players would keep performing well in the further matches and take the team to no. 1 spot in the points table.
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- August 31, 2012
The CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa has said that that he wants to emulate the success of the Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia, who is one of the recognised strikers in Russia.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia has been linked with some of the best clubs in the world like Barcelona and Chelsea. The Russian club recently secured the services of the 19-year-old striker Ahmed Musa, who plays for the Nigerian country. However, having held from the same continent, Ahmed Musa is keen to emulate the success of the Ivory Coast international.
He said the desire to overtake the Ivory Coast international after scoring his first goal for the club. CSKA Moscow recently secured a 3-0 win over Samara to keep in touch with the leaders. Ahmed Musa scored the third goal for the Russian club in the match. This may be the first goal scored by the player, but he has already been influential for the team. He recently set up the winning goal for CSKA Moscow in the match against Swedish side AIK in the Europa league play-offs. This helped the Russian club win the match 1-0 and has put them in a strong position to qualify for the group stages of the Europa league.
“I was very happy to score my season’s first goal. I hope I will be able to score many more goals this season and win the title with CSKA. I’m not yet a top-class scorer like my teammate Seydou Doumbia, who was top scorer in the Russian league last season, but I’m doing my best to become like him. We have won 3-0 our two last matches in the Russian league and grabbed an away win in the Europa League. We are now on the rise after a rocky start to the new season. I believe we can win the Russian title if we continue playing this way,” said 19-year-old Musa.
- May 21, 2012
Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic has said that Spartak Moscow is his most favourite enemy. CSKA Moscow continued their impressive run in the table after winning against Spartak Moscow recently. The 2-1 win over their rivals has helped CSKA Moscow to move into the third position in the table.
Zoran Tosic has said that the players should be looking at the prospect of continuing their run in order to win the league title this season. He also said that Spartak Moscow are his favourite team to play against. The Serbian winger scored the two goals in a match for CSKA Moscow, as they helped themselves to yet more three points.
Zoran Tosic also said that David Beckham is a huge influence on his career after he learned a lot in football from the former Manchester United midfielder while he was at Old Trafford. Zoran Tosic spent a few years at Old Trafford, but had to ultimately leave the club recently in order to get first team football. He has been getting exactly that at CSKA Moscow. Even though he has played in many derbies during his career, the winger has said that there is an extra motivation within him when it comes to the matches against Spartak Moscow.
“Derby against Spartak has always been special for me. I know how important they are for all people in the club, for the fans and the entire team. So, that gives you an extra motivation. I think Spartak are my favourite enemy. Now the mood has changed and we are confident in our abilities. We are still in the race for second place. It is our goal, we want the Champions League. Now, it seems easier than it was a few games ago. But the next two games are crucial for us,” said Tosic.
- December 13, 2011
CSKA Moscow last out badly in their plans to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. They suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of French team Lille, although it would have been extremely hard for CSKA Moscow to get anything from the match in the first place.
This is because they were missing a number of key players like Zoran Tosic and their top scorer Seydou Doumbia. While Zoran Tosic was injured, Seydou Doumbia missed the match after being suspended for a red card. Russian teams have not been doing well on the Champions League this season, and the 2-0 defeat is no surprise at this stage of the competition.
Due to the significant number of first-team players missing from the action, CSKA Moscow struggled to make any impact on the match, despite being at home. Hence, it was not surprising to know that Lille dominated the Russian team for most of the match. Their first major chance came in the 20th minute, but Moscow did enough to prevent the French team from taking the lead. However, they could not do anything about the penalty they conceded in the 39th minute, which was then converted by Franck Beria.
Eden Hazard and Joe Cole has been in excellent form for Lille this season in very much the same way Zoran Tosic has been for CSKA Moscow. They two combined to produce a magical performance, which led to the second goal 15 min later. “It’s a fair defeat. Injury problems didn’t allow us to show our best football. As soon as our players are getting a bit better and they have to go out on the pitch right away. Of course, it was a huge setback in a game against such skillful opponents as Lille,” Leonid Slutsky, CSKA coach, said.