Europa League Preview: Fastav Zlín – Lokomotiv Moscow

FC Fastav Zlín v Lokomotiv Moscow – Thursday, 7 December, 18:00 GMT – Ander Stadium, Olomouc. Lokomotiv Moscow are under pressure before the last game of the Europa League group stage. Despite their dominance in the domestic Premier League, the Railroaders have been sloppy in Europe, and they are now in danger of elimination. Lokomotiv will advance to the next round of the Europa League if: They defeat Fastav. They draw against Fastav and FC Copenhagen beats Sheriff Tiraspol exactly … [Read more...]

Russian Clubs’ European Permutations

It's been a great European season for the Russian clubs so far. Four out of the five participants, with the exception being FC Krasnodar, reached the group stage, where they have performed quite well, and three of them have already secured Europa League knockout spots. Moreover, both Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow still have chances to advance to the Champions League knockout stage, though to guarantee that, they both need big wins in England. Here's a brief rundown on all the European … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Copenhagen

This Thursday’s Europa League clash between Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Copenhagen is of high importance. Lokomotiv are sitting a surprising third in the group after their shocking loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in their last Europa League fixture. Meanwhile, Copenhagen sit atop the group on goal difference, one point ahead of Lokomotiv. So far this season, Lokomotiv’s fine league form has yet to translate to their Europa League campaign. In the Premier League, Lokomotiv are in first place, three points … [Read more...]

A changing wind: Can Lokomotiv become Moscow’s new football kings?

It’s been 13 years since Lokomotiv Moscow were last crowned as the kings of Moscow and Russia, but with half of the 2017/18 campaign now elapsed, Lokomotiv find themselves atop the division, and they preserved that position with a last-gasp equaliser against bitter city rivals, CSKA Moscow before the national team break. CSKA have been the dominant force for many years now, but it is Lokomotiv who are showing the most potential for breaking that supremacy. A 2-2 home draw between the two … [Read more...]

SKA – Lokomotiv: The Politics of a Russian Winter Game

Russia as a country is known for its insanely harsh winters, and obviously this also affects football. The white winter pitches and ice cold temperatures are almost trademarks of Russian football, but it is not just fun and games. In fact, the frozen pitches and freezing temperatures can really be quite dangerous for the players. An example of this came last weekend, when SKA Khabarovsk hosted CSKA Moscow home at Lenin Stadium in -17 degrees celsius. During the game both Georgy Milanov and … [Read more...]

Dmitry Barinov – Lokomotiv’s Overlooked Leader

Since the introduction of the limit on foreign players, the Premier League has clearly had problems in developing young players and taking them to next level, that is senior football. Many talents have seen their career ruined by money, lack of ambition and lack of trust from their coaches. However, with the ruble's fall things have changed. Clubs have been slowly forced to sell their best players and to start relying on homemade talents. For instance, Aleksandr Golovin and Aleksey Miranchuk … [Read more...]

RFPL Mid-Season Review – Part Two

As we are at the halfway stage of the 2017/18 season, it is now time to look at the season so far and how it has transpired for each RFPL member club. This mid-season review will look at the pre-season expectations for each club based on their squad and summer signings, cross-referencing with last season's performance and reputation. Then deducing whether or not each club is achieving its pre-season goals so far this season, the comparative high and low points so far for each club, expectations … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – Sheriff Tiraspol

This weekend saw Lokomotiv Moscow defeat the mighty Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0 away, and the railroaders are now occupying the first place in the Russian Football Premier League for the first time since 2004. Yuri Semin's Lokomotiv have simply been fantastic domestically this season, but they are yet to copy this form to Europe. Lokomotiv are leading Europa League Group F, but after the first three games they still only have five points. They have drawn away against FC Copenhagen and Sheriff … [Read more...]

Exploring Lokomotiv Moscow’s Auspicious Start To The Season

Lokomotiv Moscow has been through a tunnel of despair, now a small glimmer of light teases the hopeful. At the time of writing they occupy second place in the RFPL table - an auspicious start with some laudable victories, a drastic improvement over last season - but where can this journey realistically finish?   Lokomotiv’s (P)Resident Bogeymen   Yuri Semin the team’s current manager is renowned for his early achievements at Lokomotiv. After he no longer saw eye-to-eye with the club’s … [Read more...]

Europa League Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow – FC Fastav Zlín

Yuri Semin is a club legend and this is now his fourth go at managing Lokomotiv Moscow. Fans long for a return to the days when he and the club were challenging brands like Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League; in the meantime, they will have to overcome FC Fastav Zlín. READ MORE: Yuri Semin - The Holy Man of Russian Football Lokomotiv, who finished eighth in the Premier League last season, appears to have enjoyed an unexpectedly successful start to their domestic campaign. … [Read more...]