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Tuesday 30 December 2014

Vedran Corluka - the best player in 2014 for Sovsport.ru.

Lokomotiv defender Vedran Corluka is arrived first in the poll organized by online daily journal "Sovetskij Sport" for the best player in RPL in 2014.

It's interesting to notice that Corluka has been the first Lokomotiv player to be awarded with this prize since the foundation in 2004.

Croatian defender arrived before French midfielder of Dinamo Mathieu Valbuena and CSKA striker Seydou Doumbia, who have taken respectively the second and the third place. About four thousand of persons voted for Corluka. 

Furthermore, Vedran has also given an interview to "Sovetskij Sport", which could be read: HERE.

The 50 best photos of the season.

Lokomotiv press-office, scouting in 2014, has selected the 50 best photos of the season. 

Victory and defeat, happiness and pain, the fight of real men and historical moments of our club -  all of these in a big PHOTO REPORT in the official site.

Saturday 27 December 2014

Happy new year from Lokomotiv!

Dear fans!

Lokomotiv has recently started making the wishes for a happy new year. 

This marathon was opened by our team. After a training session in Bakovka, players decided to wear Santa Claus clothes and started playing football, wishing all the fans a happy new year! 

The marathon, then, was continued by famous Russian artist Valerij Barinov, actors Sergey Svetlakov and Nikita Vysotskij, conductor Tash Sarkisyan, actor Nikita Efremov and Alan Kasaev

Happy new year to every Lokomotiv fan! 

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Filipp: a passion for Lokomotiv since 1998.

Today "Lokomotiv Moscow Blog" has the great opportunity to interview a red-green fan since 1998. His name is Filipp and he has spoken with us about the current and he past Loko. Let's enjoy it!

- Hi, Filipp. Welcome to the International fan club of Loko.
"Hi, Stefano. Thanks, I'm glad to participate in it."

- Tell us how you have became a Lokomotiv fan.
"I played football in the football academy of Spartak since I was 6 years old, then I joined Torpedo four years later. In that moment Torpedo was playing in Vtoroj League and I had to decide a team to support in RPL. CSKA and Dinamo certainly no, as the rivals of Spartak. So I started liking Lokomotiv. After the mach against AEK Athens in UEFA Cup I understood that Lokomotiv will be my favorite team for ever. So I have been supporting Lokomotiv since 1998."

- So you were a footballer?
"No, I didn't play professionally, I have only trained for six years in the academies. I gave up when I was 12 years old and I started studying. Despite my poor career, I was able to play with Artyom Dzyuba, who is now a Sbornaya player."

- Who were your three favorite players of Lokomotiv in 1998? Why?
"Ruslan Nigmatullin - I knew him also for my training in Spartak, when we had the opportunity to watch the main team. Ruslan had a brilliant reaction and so he could save a lot of goals. Zaza Janashia - it seemed a slow and fat forward, but he took advantages from all his characteristics. He has scored a lot of beautiful goals and his goal-brand will be remembered for ever. Evgenij Kharlachyov - a very talented player, who wasn't be able to demonstrate his value until the end. In three words, he was: sharp, technical and creative."

- And now?
"Vitalij Denisov - a real fighter. He's the ideal left back. After the death of Jakob Lekgetho (RIP), in Lokomotiv there weren't such quality players on the left. Vedran Corluka - simply a world class player. As Vasilij Utkin said rightly: if Vedran hadn't had so many injuries, he wouldn't have arrived in Russia. Ilya Abaev - a very talented goalkeeper, who at least is arrived in a top club. He's improving game after game. And after I had criticized him for the mistakes last year, today I could say he's a extremely reliable goalkeeper."

- Compare current Lokomotiv with the Syomin one. What are the greatest differences in your opinion?
"Hard question, the football was really different. In that years only Spartak and CSKA could fight for the title, so Lokomotiv could sign 4-5 players of Spartak (Evseev, Nigmatullin, Buznikin, Tsymbalar, etc.) and then finish the season as second. Today the competition is based on another level. In Russian football there are 7-8 clubs that can fight for European spots. The growing up of the competition has made the league more difficult. Furthermore, of course, another different are the scandals. In the Nineties, Lokomotiv had the best collective in Russia, now there are scandals in the club. Unfortunately, also Syomin has participated to the collapse of Loko when in 2007 he returned as president and was bullying against Byshovets. Since then, there haven't been a season without at least a scandal."

- How would you describe Aleksey Miranchuk? Is he the new Loskov?
"No, with him the great expectation is that he can play in Loskov position, because as playing style, they're completely different. Loskov could been in one place in the pitch for 90 minutes and made 3 assists to forwards and then also scored a goal.  He was a superb kicker. Lyosha is more similar to Bilyaletdinov in the best years. He has a great future, I hope he will approach Loskov statistic, but as playing style, they're two completely different players."

- Who has been the greatest talent grown up in Cherkizovo, in your opinion ?
"Marat Izmaylov. He was born and has lived with the ball. If he hadn't had too many injuries, he could have been a great player. His goal against French Monaco in the 1/8 of Champions League is simply fantastic."

- Would you be happy if Bilyaletdinov returns in Lokomotiv ?
"No. I loved him during his time in Loko, but now Diniyar is a weak player. In Lokomotiv he can't play in the main team because it's better for him to be in a team where he can spend all the 90 minutes on the pitch. I also want to give an advice to Sychyov: not to train for money, but to play football again, he's only 31."

- Describe us your favorite game of Lokomotiv you have ever seen.
"There are three matches. The first one was in 1998 against AEK. Referee Markus Merk did everything to exclude Lokomotiv from the semifinal: he whistled a doubt penalty and cancelled two goals. Despite this, we got an important victory. The second one is the game against Inter Milan in Cherkizovo. In that season, the Italian club had some problems, but this not decrease the merits of Lokomotiv. Fantastic football and honored match. The third one was the 2:2 against Real in Madrid. Lokomotiv had fight for each part of the pitch to get a heavy draw at Santiago Bernabeu. In RPL, instead, there were a lot of matches that must be remembered. The victory 4:3 against Spartak, for example, gave a lot of emotions. Another great win was in 2007, when we won 5:2 against Krylya after we lost the first half 0:2. The team was able to assemble again and to play for the coach (Byshovets)."

- In which position, in your opinion, will Lokomotiv finish in this RPL?
"From 3rd to 5th position. CSKA and Zenit will be ahead of us, bu we have to fight against all other teams."

- Who has been the most disappointing player in Loko ?
"There a lot of disappointing players. One of this is Bikey, who could take a red card or cause a penalty in each moment of the game. Then, Pimenov, who wasn't able to reveal his potential and finished soon his career. Furthermore goalkeeper Levents, who wasn't a bad player, but after the mistake against Zenit got worse and worse. I could continue, from the one who were on the bench to the others crazy."

- Your top 11 in all Lokomotiv history.
"Only of the players that I've seen, so from Nineties: Ovchinnikov - Solomatin, Ignashevich, Corluka, Lekgetho - Lima, Maminov - Kharlachyov, Loskov, Izmaylov - Sychyov."

- Compare current atmosphere at Lokomotiv Stadium and the 1998 one.
"(Laugh) In 1998 on the stands if there were a few thousand of people, it would be good. It was fantastic, I remember when in 2000 in the derby against Spartak, Lokomotiv won 2:0. In the stadium there were about 200 persons in Loko sector and all the stadium supported Spartak. All the fans since 1998 have been the soul of Lokomotiv, who has supported 'Railroaders' in each situation. Today fans go the stadium only to criticize the society or insult opponents."

- If you have the possibility to leave a message to all Lokomotiv fans all over the world that read this blog, what would you like to say?
"Dear fans, be positive. You don't have to be negative in the stadium. If you want to organize a protests, you have to go during the week in Loko offices, complaining with the right persons. You have to renounce to bad people on the stands. When these kind of fans behave wrongly, you don't have to follow them. There have been problems since 2006 (resignation of Muslin and Filatov), so you have to be a real Lokomotiv fan also in bad moments, otherwise you must stop to support this team."

- Thanks a lot for this interview. We are very pleased that you answered to our questions. Bye for now and... vperyod Loko!
"Vperyod Loko! Thanks for the interesting questions, I'm always happy to discuss the football in Cherkizovo."

Sunday 21 December 2014

Manuel Fernandes has scored the most beautiful goal of Loko in 2014!

The time to vote the most beautiful goal of Lokomotiv in 2014 is finished

Thanks to the votes in the official page Vkontakte, the winner was the goal of Manuel Fernandes against Arsenal Tula. Fernandes has won with a clearly vantage, getting the 36,8% of votes, or 1465 users. 

It's interesting to notice that, in the poll, also another goal of Portuguese midfielder was recognized as one of the best in 2014. It's the one scored against Spartak, which got (980 votes, 24,6%). The third place was taken by the goal of Alan Kasaev against Dinamo, which got 374 votes, or 9,4 %

You can also watch the best 10 goals of Lokomotiv in 2014 in Loko-TV: HERE.

Friday 19 December 2014

The best videos in 2014 of Loko-TV.

Dear fans, today Loko-TV has resumed the best videos of last 12 months. It includes seven clips. Good vision! 

7th. Dmitry Tarasov as speaker

6th. Our players in Moscow

5th. Niasse - the best player in September

4th. Happy birthday, Sasha!

3rd. The support to Hockey team

2nd. The revenge of Maicon

1st. You can't remain far away!

Monday 15 December 2014

Vedran Corluka - the best player in December.

The time to vote the best player of Lokomotiv in December is finished

Thanks to the votes in the official page Vkontakte, the winner was defender Vedran CorlukaIn the games against Ural and Terek, Vedran demonstrated again his high value. He stopped the majority of attacks as an insurmountable wall. He also scored a goal against Ural, which was wrongly cancelled. 

According to the poll Corluka got 41,1% of votes (2799 votes). Corluka has got this prize for the third time, becoming the first player in Lokomotiv to be awarded so many times. 

The second was midfielder Alan Kasaev, who got 32,6% (2220 votes)The third place was taken by goalkeeper Ilya Abaev, who got 14,7% (999 votes). 

As tradition, the club will give to the winner of this prize a special gift. 

Friday 12 December 2014

The plans of January and February have been defined.

First team: 
The first camp: January 12nd - 26th (Belek, Turkey) 
The second camp: January 30th - February 12nd (Malaga, Spain) 
The third camp: February 16th - 28th (Belek, Turkey) 

Every match and each event will be covered by the official site and on Social Networks. The opponents and the dates of the games will be announced later. In this moment, players are on holiday. The team is going to return in Moscow a pair of days before the begin of the first camp.

Reserves team: 
The first camp: January 14th - 28th (Belek, Turkey)
The second camp: February 3rd - 17th (Belek, Turkey) 

Thursday 11 December 2014

Lokomotiv has been awarded as the best team in Moscow.

During the award ceremony "Gentleman of the Year" established by daily newspapers "Komsomolskaya Pravda" and "Sovetskij Sport", a special prize has been given to Lokomotiv. 

Our club, in 2013/14 season, had the best results against teams of the capital and was awarded as the best team in Moscow. Last year, in fact, Loko got three victories, one draw and two defeats against Moscow's clubs. The same stats have been made by Spartak, but white-reds arrived 2nd due to worst result in direct games. 

Arshak Koryan leaves Lokomotiv.

19 years old forward of reserves Arshak Koryan, whose contract is explained, leaves the club. 

Leadership of Lokomotiv and the player have dealt for months to renovate the contract, but the agreement wasn't found. 

Lokomotiv thanks to Arshak for the contribute that he gave to reserves and wish the best in the continuing of his professional career.

Sunday 7 December 2014

Miodrag Bozovic: "There are still a lot of games, we have to fight until the end".

Miodrag Bozovic in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Terek (0-0), explaining that the result of the match could be considered acceptable.

- We weren't be able to play in our maximum lineup, so we can say that the result is acceptable - said Bozovic. Terek is a 'homesick' team, which suffered some defeats in a row and had a great support of the local fans. About the results of the first round of the championship, we could have played both better and worst. We lost some points at home. In general, the situation is positive, we are close to the Champions League zone. There is still time, so we have to fight until the end. 

Have we got the intention to reinforce the teamWe are a good team yet. Furthermore, we are waiting for the recoveries of Tarasov and Logashov. If we buy someone, it's because is good.

Terek - Lokomotiv 0-0.

In the last appointment in 2014, Lokomotiv flew to Groznyj without a defeat in the last 8 matches. Although the terrorist problems happened this week, the game was regularly played in capital of Chechen Republic after a minute of silence in memory of the victims.

The starting lineup of Lokomotiv was similar compared to the Ural one. In the midfield Aleksander Sheshukov substituted the injured Taras MykhalykThe place of Mbark Boussoufa, disqualified, was taken by Manuel Fernandes, while on the left side returned Alan KasaevMaicon, instead, was tried as striker. 

The match started immediately on high levels: the home side got the possession of the ball, while Lokomotiv quietly thought about attacks. The first real chance of the game arrived at 14' thanks to Lokomotiv. On the left, Kasaev dribbled Kuzyaev and sent a cross in the area. Unfortunately, no red-greens were be able to score. 

After a succession of passes, Mauricio made an assist for Ailton, whose kick finished out

At 34' Corluka made an assist for Aleksander Samedov: Sasha kicked, but Godzyur was careful and sent the ball in corner after a deviation. 

Before the finish of the first time, the protagonist was again Kasaev, who run on the left and made another cross for Aleksey Miranchuk, who missed the opportunity to score.

The second half started with some dangerous attacks made by Terek. After just a minute, Rybus made a great kick towards Ilya Abaev, but the ball finished only near the post.

A few minutes later, 'Railroaders' took the initiative and started creating some chances. After 64 minutes, Loko had a great chance with Miranchuk, but in the end the young midfielder was blocked by a defender. 

Some minutes later, Samedov made a cross for Maicon, but the Brazilian wasn't able to kick and the ball finished in corner after the touch of Godzyur. 

10 minutes before the final whistle, Terek attacked Loko dangerously and in one of those opportunities, Abaev made a beautiful save on Mauricio kick. 

Both teams weren't be able to win the game. Lokomotiv kept the unbeaten series, extending it to nine matches in RPL and 11 matches in all the competitions.

Terek - Lokomotiv 0:0 

Terek: Godzyur, Ferreira, Adilson, Mauricio, Ailton, Kudryashov (Bokila, 77), Aissati, Semenov, Ivanov, Kuzyaev, Rybus.

Lokomotiv: Abaev, Corluka, Durica, Denisov, Shishkin, Sheshukov (Pejčinović, 84), Fernandes, Kasaev (Tkachyov, 89), Samedov, Al. Miranchuk, Maicon (N'Doye, 75).

Yellow cards: Corluka, 45. Sheshukov, 47. Semenov, 55. Ivanov, 92. 

Referee: Aleksander Egorov (Saransk). 

December 7th. Groznyj. Akhmad Arena.

Friday 5 December 2014

Preview Terek - Lokomotiv.

ТЕРЕК // Локомотив

Sunday, December 7th 2014
(Akhmad Arena, Groznyj)
11.30 Terek Groznyj - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Aleksander Egorov (Saransk).
Assistants: Andrey Glot (Yaroslavl') and Nikolaj Bogach (Lyubertsy).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Inspector: Andrey Budogosskij (Moscow).
Delegate: ? ? (?).

Terek - Lokomotiv 0-3: 13' Bilyaletdinov, 69' Khokhlov, 76' Asatiani.
Lokomotiv - Terek 4-0: 38' Bilyaletdinov, 42' Evseev (rig.), 50' Asatiani, 69' Sychev.
Terek - Lokomotiv 2-1: 23' F. Petre, 62' aut. G. Pereyra; 36' Glushakov.
Lokomotiv - Terek 2-0: 33' Cocis, 37' Torbinskiy.
Terek - Lokomotiv 2-1: 24' Sadaev, 54' Pancu; 80' Rodolfo.
Lokomotiv - Terek 4-0: 13' e 52' Odemwingie, 65' Glushakov, 90' aut. Bouli.

Terek - Lokomotiv 0-0
Lokomotiv - Terek 2-1: 3' Aliev (rig.), 28' Maicon; 20' Mauricio. 

Lokomotiv - Terek 4-0: 28' e 43' Shishkin, 67' Glushakov, 80' Gatagov.

Terek - Lokomotiv 0-4: 22' Glushakov, 44' Glushakov (rig.), 47' Caicedo, 88' Maicon. 

Terek - Lokomotiv 0-3: 62' Grigorjev, 83' Obinna, 80' Maicon.
Terek - Lokomotiv 3-1: 26' Ailton (rig.), 104' Utsiev, 108' Ailton; 82' Caicedo. 
Lokomotiv - Terek  1-1: 4' Durica; 7' Mauricio. 
Terek - Lokomotiv 0-1: 90'+1 Samedov.
Lokomotiv - Terek  2-1: 30' Ailton, 72' Pavlyuchenko, 80'  Pavlyuchenko.
Lokomotiv - Terek  2-1: 9' Niasse, 73' Pavlyuchenko (pen.); 44'  Niasse (own goal).

AbsentsBelyaev (injured), Yanbaev (injured), Tarasov (injured), Boussoufa (disqualified).
In doubt: Denisov (injured)

Terek: 8.
Lokomotiv: 5. 

Streaming (available half an hour before the start of the match):

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Vladislav Baturin.


In the last appointment in 2014, Lokomotiv is going to fly to Groznyj, where at Akhmad Arena will play one of the hardest away match of the season against Terek.

Loko has already faced Terek in this season and at Cherkizovo the game finished 2:1. It was the debut of Bozovic and 'Railroaders' got the three points after a difficult fight.

Terek is arriving at the match after three defeats in a row (Dinamo, Krasnodar, Torpedo) and on Wednesday they lost against Torpedo 0:1 in Groznyj. Although these disappointing results, the team is going to prepare as usual carefully the game. Ukrainian goalkeeper Godzyur, in fact, said: "Every player want to close positively the year. So I assure each fan: the mood against Lokomotiv will be the same of our best games." Former red-green coach Rakhimov has heavy absents for Sunday appointment: defender Komorowski, captain Utisev and former Loko midfielder Lebedenko are disqualified. All players received the 4th yellow card against Torpedo. They should be substituted by Adilson, Semenov and Aissati. In the center of the pitch should start Kuzyaev, a very interesting talent grown up in Groznyj. 

Lokomotiv comes from the victory against Ural. After Yanbaev, Bozovic probably has lost also Denisov for the rest of the year. He should be changed probably by Pejcinovic. Boussoufa, instead, is going to miss the game due the disqualification. Aleksey Miranchuk should take the place of Moroccan midfielder, as happened on last Wednesday. Mykhalyk and N'Doye are confirmed, while Kasaev should return in the starting line up. Former Rubin and Dinamo midfielder has been nominated the best player on November by fans before Corluka and N'Doye.

Although there are some terrorist problems in Groznyj, the game will be played in Akhmad Arena in the maximum security, as wanted by Chechen leader Kadyrov. 

Terek (4-2-3-1)
Semenov Ferreira Adilson - Kudryashov
Mauricio - Kuzyaev
Rybus - O. Ivanov - Aissati
Lokomotiv (4-1-4-1)
Shishkin -  Corluka - Durica - Pejcinovic
Samedov - Al. Miranchuk - Fernandes - Kasaev