Anti-Racism Inspector Aleksey Smertin Express Optimism About Upcoming Tournaments

In Bahrain for the 67th FIFA Congress, the Russian Football Union's inspector to combat racism and discrimination in football, Aleksey Smertin, took time out to meet leading members of the Irish community in the Gulf Kingdom. The former Chelsea, Portsmouth, Fulham player, and Russian national team captain, met with chairperson of Arabian Celts GFC Pat Kennedy and president of the Irish Society Janet Noone. Being a close friend of Irish football legend Damien Duff, whom he played together with … [Read more...]

Aleksey Smertin – From Siberia to Chelsea and Back Again

Born in 1975, Aleksey Smertin is regarded as one of the most recognisable Russian footballers having played for both Lokomotiv and Dinamo Moscow in Russia, as well as spells abroad with Bordeaux and Chelsea. He is now a Deputy Executive Director for Dinamo Moscow. Father figure Smertin was born in Barnaul, Southern Siberia. Like many, his dream was being a footballer. But unlike a lot of aspiring footballers, it was his Dad that was the focal force in making Aleksey, and his brother … [Read more...]

Lokomotiv’s Five Greatest Exports to England, And What They Meant for Their Clubs

On the last day of the January transfer window, Baye Oumar Niasse moved from Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton for a fee of almost €18 million. This season he developed into a leader for Lokomotiv, and one of the best players in Russia: RFN ranked him 4th in 2015. So, let's take a look at some of the other former stars of the Railwaymen who moved to England. Experts from England have shared their knowledge about how these players performed during their time in the Premiership. Alexey … [Read more...]