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CSKA Moscow
Club crest
Full name Профессиональный футбольный клуб ЦСКА Москва
(Professional Football Club, Central Sport Club of the Army, Moscow)
Koni (Horses)
Krasno-sinie (Red-blues)
Armeitsy (Militarians)
Founded 27 August 1911; 106 years ago (1911-08-27)
Ground VEB Arena
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Vadim Giner
Chairman Yevgeni Giner
Manager Viktor Goncharenko
League Russian Premier League
2017–18 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

PFC Central Sport Club of the Army Moscow (Russian: Профессиональный футбольный клуб – ЦСКА) is a Russian professional football club. It is based in Moscow, playing its home matches at the 30,000-capacity VEB Arena. The club is the best known part of the CSKA Moscow sports club.

Founded in 1911, CSKA is the oldest football club in Russia and it had its most successful period after World War II with five titles in six seasons. It won a total of 7 Soviet Top League championships and 5 Soviet Cups, including the double in the last-ever season in 1991. The club has also won 6 Russian Premier League titles as well as record 7 Russian Cups.

CSKA Moscow became the first club in Russia to win one of the European cup competitions, the UEFA Cup, after defeating Sporting CP in the final in Lisbon in 2005.

CSKA was the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union it has become privately owned, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder. Russian businessman Roman Abramovich's Sibneft corporation was a leading sponsor of the club from 2004 to 2006.


Officially, CSKA is a professional club and thus no longer a section of the Russian military's CSKA sports club. The Russian Ministry of Defense is a PFC CSKA shareholder, however, and the central club claims them as their own (see CSKA Moscow). The Moscow Army men won their 10th national title back in 2006 and they are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football, having an extensive legacy in Soviet football as well. CSKA won the Soviet championship seven times (1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970, 1991), silver – 1938, 1945, 1949, 1990, bronze – 1939, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1965; the Soviet Cup five times (1945, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1991); the Russian Cup in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013; won the Russian Premier League champions title in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16 finishing second in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2014–15, bronze 1999, 2007, 2012 and the Russian Super Cup in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009,2012–13. After winning the Soviet championship in 1951, the club started the 1952 championship with 3 wins, but were forced to withdraw from the league as punishment for a disappointing showing of the Soviet Union football team at the Helsinki Olympics.[1] In 2004, the club received a major financial infusion from a sponsorship deal with Sibneft, an oil company owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Abramovich did not take an ownership interest in the club, as he was the owner of English Premier League club Chelsea and UEFA rules allow only one club controlled by any one entity (person or corporation) to participate in European club competition in a given season. The partnership with Sibneft lasted until 2006, when VTB became the sponsor of the club. CSKA started 2009 without a shirt sponsor.


1945,1948,1951,1955 Soviet Cup final.

On 4 November 1992, CSKA qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League which contained only 8 teams after defeating Spanish champion FC Barcelona 4–3 on aggregate but CSKA eliminated in the Semi-finals after losing to eventual Champions Olympique de Marseille 0–6 scorelines in Stade Vélodrome.


On 16 March 2010, CSKA qualified for the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Sevilla FC 3–2 on aggregate. They were later eliminated from competition by Internazionale, losing by 1–0 scorelines in both Milan and Moscow. On 7 December 2011, CSKA qualified for the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League after winning crucial 3 points by defeating Internazionale with scoreline 1–2 in Milan.

On 6 October 2016, Finland announced that Roman Eremenko had been handed a 30-day ban from football by UEFA,[2] with UEFA announcing on 18 November 2016, that Eremenko had been handed a 2-year ban from football due to testing positive for cocaine. [3]

On 6 December 2016, CSKA announced that manager Leonid Slutsky would leave the club after seven years at the club, following their last game of 2016, away to Tottenham Hotspur.[4] 6 days later, 12 December, Viktor Goncharenko was announced as the club's new manager, signing a two-year contract.[5]


CSKA Moscow team in 2011 against PAOK at a UEFA Europa League match
As of match played 12 April 2018
Competition P W D L GS GA %W Notes
European Cup/UEFA Champions League 98 32 23 43 117 146 032.65
UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League 57 30 13 14 91 50 052.63 Champions (2004–05)
European Cup Winners' Cup / UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 4 2 0 2 5 5 050.00
UEFA Super Cup 1 0 0 1 1 3 000.00 Runners-Up (2005)
Total 160 64 36 60 214 204 040.00

CSKA Moscow won their first, and so far only, European competition on 18 May 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal. Sergei Ignashevich lifted the 2005 UEFA Cup after CSKA ran out 3-1 winners over Sporting CP in Sporting's own Estádio José Alvalade stadium. Goals from Aleksei Berezutski, Yuri Zhirkov and Vágner Love saw CSKA become the first Russian club to win a major European title, as well as the first Russian club to complete a treble.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

As of 07.04.2018, Source: [1]

Rank Team Points
33 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht 48.000
34 Spain Athletic Bilbao 46.000
35 Russia CSKA Moscow 44.000
36 Italy S.S. Lazio 41.000
37 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 40.000


CSKA was nicknamed Horses because the first stadium was built on the old racecourse/hippodromo in Moscow.[6] It was considered offensive, but later it was transformed into The Horses, and currently this nickname is used by players and fans as the name, along with other variants such as Army Men (Russian: армейцы) and Red-Blues (Russian: красно-синие).


Previous CSKA logo
  • 1911–22 : Amateur Society of Skiing Sports (OLLS) (Russian: Общество Любителей Лыжного Спорта)
  • 1923 : Experimental & Demonstrational Playground of Military Education Association (OPPV) (Russian: Опытно-Показательная Площадка Всеобуча)
  • 1924–27 : Experimental & Demonstrational Playground of Military Administration (OPPV) (Russian: Опытно-Показательная Площадка Военведа)
  • 1928–50 : Sports Club of Central House of the Red Army (CDKA) (Russian: Спортивный Клуб Центрального Дома Красной Армии)
  • 1951–56 : Sports Club of Central House of the Soviet Army (CDSA) (Russian: Спортивный Клуб Центрального Дома Советской Армии)
  • 1957–59 : Central Sports Club of the Ministry of Defense (CSK MO) (Russian: Центральный Спортивный Клуб Министерства Обороны)
  • 1960– : Central Sports Club of Army (CSKA) (Russian: Центральный Спортивный Клуб Армии)


CSKA Moscow fans

CSKA had its own stadium called "Light-Athletic Football Complex CSKA" and abbreviated as LFK CSKA. Its capacity is very small for a club of its stature; no more than 4,600 spectators. This is one of the primary reasons the club uses other venues in the city. Between 1961 and 2000, CSKA played their home games at the Grigory Fedotov Stadium. In 2007, the Grigory Fedotov Stadium was demolished in 2007, and ground was broken on the club's new stadium Arena CSKA later the same year. During construction of their new stadium, CSKA played the majority of their games at the Arena Khimki and Luzhniki Stadium. After several delays in its construction, Arena CSKA was official opened on 10 September 2016.[7]

On 28 February 2017, CSKA Moscow, announced that they had sold the naming rights to the stadium to VEB, with the stadium becoming the VEB Arena.[8]


CSKA Moscow Fans maintain good relations with the Greek football club PAOK FC supporters Gate 4 as well and with the fans of Serbian FK Partizan.[citation needed]

Famous fans


Current squad

CSKA captain Igor Akinfeev
As of 18 June 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Ilya Pomazun
2 Russia DF Mário Fernandes
3 Russia DF Nikita Chernov
5 Russia DF Viktor Vasin
10 Russia MF Alan Dzagoev
11 Brazil FW Vitinho
14 Russia DF Kirill Nababkin
17 Russia MF Aleksandr Golovin
25 Croatia MF Kristijan Bistrović
35 Russia GK Igor Akinfeev (Captain)
No. Position Player
42 Russia DF Georgi Shchennikov
63 Russia FW Fyodor Chalov
72 Russia MF Astemir Gordyushenko
75 Russia FW Timur Zhamaletdinov
80 Russia MF Khetag Khosonov
89 Russia MF Konstantin Kuchayev
Russia MF Aleksandr Makarov
Russia MF Sergei Tkachyov
Russia MF Dmitri Yefremov
Nigeria FW Aaron Olanare

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Russia FW Konstantin Bazelyuk (at SKA-Khabarovsk until 30 June 2019)

Retired numbers

Club officials

Managerial history



1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970, 1991, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
1986, 1989
    • Runners-up (1): 1985
1945, 1948, 1951, 1955, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014
    • Runners-up : none


    • Quarter-final : 2017-18
    • Runners-up : none


    • Runners-up : none
    • Runners-up : none
    • Runners-up : none
    • Runners-up : none

Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for CSKA.

Club records

As of 29 January 2018

Players highlighted in bold are still playing professionally.


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  • Marc Bennetts, 'Football Dynamo – Modern Russia and the People's Game,' Virgin Books, (March 2009), 0753513196

External links

  • Official website
  • Fans site CSKA
  • Peski
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