Season Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow

The Super Cup, which was lost 2-1 to Spartak Moscow after extra time, brought to light both the strengths and weaknesses of Lokomotiv Moscow. On the one hand, head coach Yuri Semin can count on a team which never gives up and on a reliable defensive line; on the other hand, it's clear that the Railwaymen lacks quality in several positions and also need a deeper bench. All of this was evident last season as well, when despite lifting the Russian Cup, Loko performed very badly in the league, and … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Amkar Perm

When talking about Amkar, the first word that comes into mind is stability. Since their promotion to the RFPL in 2003, they've never been relegated and also managed to play European football a couple of times. The most surprising fact is that the Perm-based club has one of the lowest budgets in the league and in every transfer window they're forced to sell key players in order to survive. Last season, wasn't an exception. For most part of the season, it seemed that they could fight for an … [Read more...]

Gerkus and Semin Have High Hopes for Tough Second Season

When Ilya Gerkus replaced the highly-criticized Olga Smorodskaya as president of Lokomotiv Moscow last summer, there were quite big expectations. After years of turmoil and poor results, the club finally seemed to be on the right track back towards the top of Russian football. A season later, it's time to draw conclusions. All in all, it hasn't been that bad. Lokomotiv won the cup and thus qualified for the Europa League group stage, which was the goal before the season, legendary midfielder … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad Steven Caulker Didn’t Join Lokomotiv Moscow

My mum always tells me that "everything happens for a reason", and she's right. We shouldn't be too worried about what goes on in our everyday lives. Joys and disappointments are both part of us. For Lokomotiv Moscow fans, the transfer of Steven Caulker represented both the joys and disappointments. Starting with the joy of signing a well-known defender, it ended up as a disappointment when the deal collapsed. However, behind this, there's something which is worth being analyzed. When it … [Read more...]

Aleksey Miranchuk and The Unknown Truth

Truth has always been elusive, but one thing is certain: the higher up you go, the harder it gets to find it. That is the case of the Trump election, Area 51's secrets or even more specifically of the Aleksey Miranchuk saga at Lokomotiv. The contract of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder runs out at the end of 2017 and nothing is clear at the moment. On the one hand, the Railwaymen are trying to persuade him to extend the deal on the best terms. On the other hand, all the best Russian … [Read more...]

Ones to Watch – Aleksey Miranchuk

Biography Name: Aleksey Miranchuk DOB/Age: 17/10/1995 – 21 years old Club: FC Lokomotiv Moscow Position: Attacking midfielder Nationality: Russia Career so far: Born in Slavyansk-na-Kubani in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia, Aleksey Miranchuk took his first steps in football in Olimp, the local school academy based in Krasnodar, around an hour and a half by car from his birth city, together with his twin brother Anton. After a few years, the Miranchuks caught the attention of the … [Read more...]

The Loskov Legacy and His Return to Lokomotiv

"He's an outstanding person. He's a club legend. He never put himself above others. Even with the younger players he talked on a par, giving them advice. He's probably the best player ever of not only Lokomotiv, but of all Russian football". This is how current former Lokomotiv Moscow defender Taras Burlak, currently with Rubin Kazan, described Dmitriy Loskov in 2015. More than four years have passed since Loskov wore Lokomotiv's kit for the last time, but now the Kurgan-born midfielder is … [Read more...]

RFPL Week 4: Betting Advice

Once again, RFN gives you betting advice for the RFPL. As usual, our experts are given €20 to place on three different bets this round.  Stefano Conforti (@ConfortiStefano): Bet One: €5 Rubin Kazan — Anzhi: Over 2.5 goals @2.40 at Bet365 Rubin and Anzhi have set up two of the most interesting projects in Eastern Europe this summer. Despite a not so great start to the season, Rubin remains one of the main candidates for an European spot, and the draw against Spartak last week can only … [Read more...]

Igor Korneev – The Man behind Lokomotiv’s Renaissance

Lokomotiv Moscow’s appointment of Ilya Gerkus as president has started a new era in the red-green part of Moscow. With the departure of now former president Olga Smorodskaya, the Railwaymen are now closer than ever to returning to the state of hopeful peace that was created by Valeriy Filatov and Yuri Semin years ago and later destroyed by the Smorodskaya administration. READ MORE: Ilya Gerkus - A Zenit Man to Revive Lokomotiv The first step of the new management was to remove the many … [Read more...]

Smorodskaya’s Reign of Chaos is Coming to an End

The failure of the Russian national team at the Euros in France seems to have carried a wave of changes into Russian football.  The disappointing performances offered by Slutsky's men have forced the public opinion to start a huge campaign against the RFU, and the decisions taken in recent years. Everyone is, of course, blaming the limit on foreign players and the inflated wages of Russian players, but at the same time, something is also happening within several clubs whose results have been … [Read more...]