Ilya Gerkus – A Zenit Man to Revive Lokomotiv

After weeks of speculation, Lokomotiv Moscow officially confirmed the departure of president Olga Smorodskaya on Wednesday. After six years of war against the fans, Smorodskaya announced her resignation on the club’s official website, stating that: “There have been mistakes and achievements, disappointments and discoveries. But there is nothing to compare with absolute happiness that football can bring. When your favorite team is awarded medals. When a cup is brought into the locker room. … [Read more...]

Editorial: Hesitation Can Ruin Lokomotiv’s Season Before it Starts

Coming off the back of a terrible season Lokomotiv Moscow were expected to undergo some changes this summer, both on and off the field. The Railroaders finished in 6th place, thus missing out on European football, and won just two of their last eight games. More often than not, the Red-Greens looked clueless and without the creative spark needed to open up their opponents' defences. Off the field, the problems were just as big as the club faced Financial Fair Play problems while the … [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...]

A Historic Day for Lokomotiv

"There isn't future without history." These words were spoken by Lokomotiv head coach Igor Cherevchenko when Lokomotiv, after years of investigation, officially announced the changing of the club’s founding date from August 12, 1936 to July 23, 1922. There are few people who know more about the values of Lokomotiv than Cherevchenko, who played for Lokomotiv between 1996 and 2001 under the legendary maestro Yuri Semin, and has been coaching at the club since 2008. “The club hasn’t become … [Read more...]

Dmitriy Sychev – The Wonder Boy Who Tripped Over His Own Feet

"At the end of the week, Sychev will decide whether to end his career or not." These are the words of Vladimir Mukhanov, Dmitriy Sychev's current, and perhaps, last head coach as a professional football player. Once, the golden boy of Russian football, the now 32 year old is close to retiring after playing a season in Kazakhstan. When a guy like Sychev goes from being one of the best Russian strikers in the 21st century to considering finishing his career in Kazakhstan, it is clear that … [Read more...]

Where Does Lokomotiv Stop Next – Budget Cuts or European Exclusion?

Russia has for a long time been impacted by an economic crisis, so it was no surprise when government officials, who have been trying to cut spending for a long time, finally thought of the government owned and financed football clubs. Last week the Federal Antimonopoly Service required Russian Railways (RZD) to provide a plan of non-core assets sales, something that included Lokomotiv Moscow, who are currently ranked second in the Russian Premier League. Lokomotiv Moscow was founded in … [Read more...]