Solomon Kverkvelia – From Liverpool Target to Lokomotiv

A year ago, the name of Rubin Kazan’s Solomon Kverkvelia was on everybody’s libs. The Georgian central defender was in the middle of yet another brilliant season for Rubin, his third as a crucial part of the team. He delivered two stellar performances against Liverpool in the Europa League, especially during the 1-1 draw at Anfield, and it was no surprise when Kverkvelia himself, in an interview with Georgian sports site Sportall.ge, revealed that Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Napoli and a number … [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...]

Aleksandr Samedov – From Spartak to Spartak

Although the confirmation of Aleksandr Samedov's signing for Spartak Moscow dragged out, the transfer has been an open secret for more than a month now. The transfer means the winger will once again play in the famous red and white colours after leaving the club in 2005. Samedov, who was one of Lokomotiv Moscow's most important players before joining Spartak, fell out with the Railroader's iconic Head Coach Yuri Semin after he took over the team following the club's presidential change in … [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...]

Mid-Season Review: Lokomotiv Moscow

The season began with some unexpected shocks. Head coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned before it was announced that club’s president Olga Smorodskaya and her team were leaving Lokomotiv. The most famous women in Russian football was replaced by Ilya Gerkus, former Zenit’s development director and ex–CEO of Liga–TV. Gerkus hired Igor Korneev, who also worked for Zenit, as sporting director, while Lokomotiv’s legendary coach Yuri Semin returned to the club for the fourth time to take over after … [Read more...]

Igor Korneev Leaves Lokomotiv

Four months have gone by since Lokomotiv Moscow went through a revolution as president Olga Smorodskaya and her entourage were sacked and replaced by president Ilya Gerkus, sports director Igor Korneev, head coach Yuri Semin and his assistants Dmitry Loskov and Zaur Khapov. As previously explained on RFN, the massive changes quickly changed the atmosphere at the club as the first positive steps were taken in order to get the fans that had been lost in the horrible years under Smorodskaya back … [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...]

Can Semin Bring the Glory Days Back to Lokomotiv?

This August many Lokomotiv supporters finally breathed a sigh of relief as Olga Smorodskaya left her position as club president. Her successor, Ilya Gerkus, came like a saviour. Soon after Head Coach Igor Cherevchenko resigned under mysterious circumstances (he recently claimed that Sports Director Igor Korneev asked him about substitutions made during the game against Tom Tomsk, despite not yet being appointed as Sports Director at that point). Gerkus brilliantly seized the opportunity to get … [Read more...]

Lokomotiv and the Attempt to Solve Moscow’s Spectator Crisis

Over the past month, I have had the pleasure of visiting home games of all of Moscow’s major football clubs. From Spartak, CSKA and Lokomotiv in the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) to Dinamo in the Football National League (FNL) and Torpedo in the Center Zone of the 2nd Division. One thing all the games had in common was that the attendances were painfully low. Whether it was the second game at the brand new Arena CSKA or a lower league Moscow derby between Torpedo and Saturn … [Read more...]