CSKA Moskva

Founded In
Moskva, Russia

About CSKA Moskva

CSKA Moskva, often known as CSKA Moscow in English-speaking circles, was first established in 1911. The Russian Ministry of Defence is a shareholder in the club and during communist rule of the Soviet Union, CSKA Moskva were seen as the Soviet Army's club. Historically, they have been one of Russia's most successful teams. Their biggest rivals are Dinamo Moskva and Spartak Moskva.

In 2004, CSKA Moskva received a significant financial package from Sibneft, a company owned by Chelsea owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovic. The money came from a sponsorship deal, which lasted for two years. Abramovic was never an owner at the club, as that would have broken UEFA rules and prevented CSKA from competing in European competition.

The most successful period in CSKA's history came in the post-war years, starting with a Soviet Top League win in 1946. This success was followed by victories in the league in 1947, 1948, 1950 and 1951. The club also won the Soviet Cup four times between 1945 and 1955. CSKA won the Soviet league again in 1970 and then, in 1991, the final season before the Soviet Union was dissolved, they won the league a cup double. Since the formation of the Russian Premier League, CSKA have been victorious in 2003, 2005 and 2006 and they have won the Russian Cup on six occasions. In 2005, they became the first Russian club to win a major European title, beating Sporting Lisbon in the final of the UEFA Cup.

Some of the notable players to represent CSKA Moskva over the years include names like Grigory Fedotov, Vladimir Fedotov, Sergei Semak, Igor Akinfeev and Vágner Love.

Since 2010, the club have played their home matches at the Arena Khimki. The ground has a capacity of 18,636 and is being shared with Dinamo Moskva. However, this arrangement is temporary and in 2013, CSKA are planning to move into their new stadium, the CSKA Moscow Stadium, which will have a capacity of 30,000.   

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