Spartak Moscow – Lokomotiv Moscow: Match Report and Press Conferences

Spartak Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow 3-4 (2-0) Spartak Moscow: Selikhov - Eschenko, Tasci, Bocchetti, Kombarov - Glushakov, Pašalić (Fernando, 72), Samedov, Ananidze (Melgarejo, 46), Promes - Luiz Adriano. Lokomotiv Moscow: Guilherme - Ignatyev, Kverkvelia, Pejcinovic, Rybus (V. Denisov, 46) - I. Denisov, Barinov (Kolomeitsev, 78), Tarasov (An. Miranchuk, 46) - Al. Miranchuk, Fernandes, Farfán. Goals: Glushakov, 30 - 1:0. Luiz Adriano, 43 - 2:0. Barinov, 48 - 2:1. Al. Miranchuk, 68 - 2:2. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Damien Le Tallec and the Madhouse in Saransk

Every season, hundreds of Russian football players go months without receiving their salaries. Part of the reason for this are the weak Players Unions, another the light punishments for not fulfilling contractual obligations. Last season alone, the players of Mordovia, Kuban and FC Rostov went months without being paid, something that clearly took its toll on the players as both Mordovia and Kuban were relegated. But how exactly does it affect a squad when they are not paid, and what … [Read more...]

Who’ll Replace Leonid Slutsky?

The optimism and belief in Sbornaya that Leonid Slutsky’s reinstatement created last year completely disappeared as Russia lost 3-0 to Wales in Toulouse Monday. The defeat meant that Russia, once again, fell short of expectations and were eliminated after the group stage. “I believe I failed to fulfil my duties,” head coach Slutsky said after the game, “I believe that someone else should be training us for the more important tournament.” Slutsky, who is also in charge of CSKA Moscow, is … [Read more...]

Yuri Semin: The Holy Man of Russian Football

If you ask Lokomotiv Moscow fans to name their all-time favourites from the club, they will without a doubt include the legendary Yuri Pavlovich Semin. The current Anzhi Makhachkala head coach has written several pages in the history book of Lokomotiv and Russian Football. Semin was born in Orenburg, near the Kazakh border, but his parents moved west to Oryol when Semin was young, and thus he started his senior career with Spartak Oryol in the Soviet Second League. Semin was a talented … [Read more...]