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...]

Igor Korneev – The Man behind Lokomotiv’s Renaissance

Lokomotiv Moscow’s appointment of Ilya Gerkus as president has started a new era in the red-green part of Moscow. With the departure of now former president Olga Smorodskaya, the Railwaymen are now closer than ever to returning to the state of hopeful peace that was created by Valeriy Filatov and Yuri Semin years ago and later destroyed by the Smorodskaya administration. READ MORE: Ilya Gerkus - A Zenit Man to Revive Lokomotiv The first step of the new management was to remove the many … [Read more...]

Vedran Corluka and the Return to the Biggest Stage

Looking at Lokomotiv Moscow’s squad, a casual football fan wouldn’t recognize many names. There is however one player that stands out – Vedran Corluka. The former Manchester City and Tottenham defender has been a cornerstone in the Railroader’s defence since moving to Moscow in the summer of 2012 after a brief stint with German side Leverkusen. As a sign of his importance, Vedran Corluka was appointed captain before this season, and the Croat has been one of just a handful consistent players … [Read more...]

RFN Top 50 – 35-21

Find the players from 50 to 36 here. 35. Vasiliy Berezutskiy, defender, CSKA At the age of 33, Vasiliy Berezutskiy exudes old-pro calmness and confidence on the pitch. The former national side captain has been an extremely important figure in the CSKA defence for over a decade, being named one of the 33 best players in the league an extremely creditable nine times. The Moscow-born man sits atop the RPL table with the Army Men despite recent poor results. With the side now out of European … [Read more...]

Season Preview: Lokomotiv Moscow

Intro: The 2014/2015 season can strangely be viewed as both a success and disappointment for Lokomotiv. They won the Russian Cup in extra time against Kuban Krasnodar after a somewhat easy run to the final. However, in the league they dropped from 3rd place in 2013/14 to 7th in 2014/15 and were beaten in the Europa League qualifiers by Apollon Limassol from Cyprus. This season they will have another new manager after Miodrag Božović's resignation in May.  The new head coach is Igor … [Read more...]

English Premier League Exports to Russia

Dynamo Moscow • Chris Samba (Blackburn 2007 - 2012 & QPR 2013) • Alex Buttner (Manchester United 2012 - 2014) • Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea 2009 - 2011) Chris Samba arrived in the English Premiership as an unheralded £500,000 signing from unfashionable Hertha Berlin, and left England for the second time having to defend wages of £100,000 a week in a relegated QPR side. In fact, in the last two and a half years, he has commanded total transfer fees of around £50 million. It is safe to say his … [Read more...]