Europa League Preview: FC Sheriff Tiraspol – Lokomotiv Moscow

Coming from the disappointing defeat against Ufa, Lokomotiv faces Sheriff this Thursday with a mixture of feelings. Despite leading Group F, the next two games against the Moldovan side are expected to be crucial to ensure qualification for the next round. The "Railwaymen" are in a decent form, having recorded three convincing wins in the last four games. Aside from Ufa, the atmosphere around Loko is great and very few people would have expected such a strong beginning of the season. However, to … [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...]

Everything You Need to Know About: Lokomotiv Moscow

Last year, Lokomotiv Moscow finally got rid of president Olga Smorodskaya, the first female to hold that position in Russian football. The new guy in charge, Ilya Gerkus, has been doing well in terms of marketing, but what is more important — he invited the legendary coach Yuri Semin, who won most of the Lokomotiv’s trophies, to come back. While this was a popular move among the fans, everything hasn't gone exactly to plan. Lokomotiv only finished eight last season, and had they not won the … [Read more...]

What To Expect From the Russian Clubs in the European Group Stages

With the Champions League and Europa League group stages about to begin, it is time to take a closer look at the Russian teams competing in Europe. Over the years, the Russian coefficient has risen steadily, and in August 2016, Russia overtook Portugal in the UEFA rankings for club competitions, making it the sixth strongest league in Europe, which means Russia will have three teams in the Champions League next season, instead of only two. This season Russia have four teams competing in the … [Read more...]

The Return of Lokomotiv’s Prodigal Son, Arshak Koryan

When a Russian player joins a European club, it always makes headlines. At the moment, there's only a handful of Russians playing in West European leagues, and none of them is successful in the biggest ones, although injury-plagued Denis Cheryshev has had his moments, which causes a lot of pain in the football proud nation that wants to see its players succeed like in the past. That is also why it is considered a failure from both media and fans when a Russian player moves abroad only to … [Read more...]

RFPL 2017/2018 – Who Has the Best Kit?

SKA-Khabarovsk Premier Liga newcomers, like some other teams, decided not to bother and use last year's kits. They probably figured that nobody saw it last season anyway, as the coverage of the FNL is almost criminally low. The kit itself is nothing special, but there is nothing to criticize either. I personally like their massive badge, which looks appropriate on this empty T-shirt. FC Tosno The club from the Leningrad Oblast, founded in 2013, still hasn't built its own identity. … [Read more...]

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...]

Spartak Moscow – Lokomotiv Moscow Super Cup Preview

As usual, the Russian football season kicks off with the annual Super Cup game between the league champions and the cup winners. This season the game is between local rivals Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow, and it is set to be a hotly contested affair, while the intensity of the match on the pitch should be matched by the intensity in the stands. The newly renovated Lokomotiv Stadium is the venue for the match, and all officials involved are expecting a sellout crowd of around 27,000, which … [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...]