How have CSKA Moscow been doing of late? And “Give us a P”

By Bulldog Drummond

Undoubtedly the best place to start any preview of this game is with the wonderful Calvert Journal which opens its review of Russian football thus:

Despite breakneck “Europeanisation”, Russian football hasn’t lost its trademark authenticity: managers still struggle to string words together at press conferences; no one knows any foreign languages, even though half the players are highly-paid South Americans; fans still charge on to the pitches, which still look like vegetable patches. If online protest group “Stand Against Modern Football” knew a bit more about the Russian game, they’d be sure to move their headquarters here.

The weather in Moscow has been pretty reasonable of late – between 6 and 11 degrees most days, so the CSKA players will feel at home in London I’m sure and we won’t suffer in Moscow if it stays this way.

CSKA as I am sure you are only too aware stands for  Центральный спортивный клуб Армии which roughly transmutes into Centralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armyi (which quite clearly translates as Central Sports Club of the Army).

They were formed in 1901, so before the revolution and so its soldiers would have fought on the eastern front against Germany until 1917.  (You can read the history of this period alongside the history of Arsenal from the time on the “Norris at the Arsenal” series on the Arsenal History Society site).

According to the internet their particularly prominent supporters include the likes of Alexander Porokhovshchikov and Sergei Yastrzhembsky and I am sure everyone in the stadium on Thursday will welcome these prominent men by calling them out in chants.   “Give us a P…” might be a good start.

Because of the association with the army the club has sometimes been known as Red Army causing much drollness at Arsenal with such a chant appearing to support both teams.  In 1973 the CSKA sports society was awarded the Order of Lenin.

Here’s a quick run down of recent matches involving CSKA Moscow

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 23 15 4 4 35 17 +18 49
2 24 13 8 3 41 25 +16 47
3 23 13 5 5 34 18 +16 44

CSKA have won four and lost one of their last five league games, which is actually a better sequence than that obtained by Lokomotiv who are top of the league.  Spartak are however the team in form with four wins and one draw in the last five.

As for games between Arsenal and CSKA in the past there have just been two in the current European competitions – the home and away matches in the group stages of the 2006/07 Champions League competition.   CSKA won the home leg 1-0 and the match in London was a goalless draw.

Compared with our league position CSKA are doing a little better than us.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 31 27 3 1 88 21 67 84
2 Manchester United 31 21 5 5 60 23 37 68
3 Liverpool 32 19 9 4 75 35 40 66
4 Tottenham Hotspur 31 19 7 5 62 26 36 64
5 Chelsea 31 17 5 9 53 30 23 56
6 Arsenal 31 15 6 10 58 41 17 51


Overall CSKA show that they have been strong away in terms of eeking out victories and scoring more goals – although they have also played more games away from home than at home.  They have even scored four more goals away from home than in their own stadium.  Here are figures for this season…

Total Home Away
Matches played 23 10 13
Wins 13 5 8
Draws 5 2 3
Defeats 5 3 2
Goals for 34 15 19
Goals against 18 7 11
Points 44 17 27
Clean sheets 12 6 6
Biggest victory 6 – 0 6 – 0 3 – 0
Biggest defeat 0 – 3 1 – 3 0 – 3

Their ground has a 30,000 capacity and in 2005 they won the Europa League beating Sporting in the final.

Competition P W D L F A %W
European Cup/ Champions League 98 32 23 43 117 146 32.65
UEFA Cup/Europa League 55 30 12 13 88 44 54.55
Cup Winners’ Cup 4 2 0 2 5 5 50.00
Total 158 64 35 59 211 198 40.51

And to round this up, here is something I didn’t know.

One of their old stadia was called by the extremely catchy name “Light-Athletic Football Complex CSKA.”  However CSKA was nicknamed Horses because the stadium was built on an old racecourse in Moscow.  However this was considered by some to be offensive, so it was changed to The Horses, and that is considered to be ok.  Arena CSKA where they play now was official opened on 10 September 2016.

There will be more from Calvert in the next piece.


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One Reply to “How have CSKA Moscow been doing of late? And “Give us a P””

  1. more stereotyping -there are plenty of russians where i live and some have near perfect english others do not speak a word so i think we should completely ignore the calvert journal

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