#FCLMblog ~ From Italy to Russia, the first and the only site about Lokomotiv for the English speaking fans worldwide

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Miodrag Bozovic: "We must pay tribute to Gazovik".

Bozovic: Dobbiamo rendere omaggio al "settore del gas"

Miodrag Bozovic in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Gazovik (1:1, 3:4 after penalties), resuming it.

- In the first half we played better. The team controlled the match and created two good chances. Gazovik didn't organize neither an opportunity. However, in the second half, our opponent took the lead and could also have scored more. On the other hand, Lokomotiv should score to draw the result, but wasn't able to make the last pass.

We must pay tribute to Gazovik - they made us in trouble. I'd like to thank with them for their devotion and to the coach that has built a big team and to the spectators that created an amazing atmosphere. 

- Which players can you distinguish of yours?
- I've never spoken about individuality. A team fought on the pitch and seemed good. Regarding Gazovik, they have a lot of players that played in higher leagues. This is a strong team.

- Why didn't Boussoufa take part to the match?
- He got injured to the abductor muscle. There are many injured players in the team - Durica, Corluka, Sheshukov. However, I don't want to complain about it. Lokomotiv is Lokomotiv, also considering all the losses.

- How do judge the match of Logashov as central defender?
- He has already played in this position and today he was great. It was difficult to play against Gazovik for him because he hasn't played in the center for a long time, however Arsenij was able to do it.

- What about referee?
- Normal. I could say something concrete, when I'll say again the game.

Gazovik - Lokomotiv 1:1 (3:4).

Stiamo andando a Astrakhan!

Lokomotiv defeated Gazovik after the penalties in the 1/2 of Kubok Rossii. 

The match was really waited in Orenburg. When Lokomotiv landed at Yurij Gagarin airport, a crowd of local fans surrounded our players: someone wanted a photo, others a simple autograph. After the training, which was taken just after the landing, the same situation happened again. Some members of the policy couldn't have resisted and asked for a photo. 

Regarding the security of the city, Orenburg responded with the maximum of cure: first of all, the Governor forbade shops selling alcohols. Furthermore, during the match there were also about 700 policemen and according to one of them, there were reunited the best cops of Orenburg Oblast. 

All the tickets (about 4.000) were sold in just two days, with the most expensive that cost 500 rubles. Another interesting fact was that a new stand was built up with a commentator cabinet, media press and VIP stand. Now, the authorities are planning to rebuild also the other three stands. The project is very laudable.   

Unfortunately, Vedran Corluka had to miss the most important game of the season  due the injury got during the game against Krasnodar. Despite being not too serious, Vedran could't have played also for the synthetic pitch. 

The game started more or less optimistic for Loko. Maicon, who played as striker, after 11 mins hit the post. 'Railroaders' carried out the ball possession, while Gazovik defended with all the players. However, the Orenburg club believed in his chances and played to win the match. At the same time, Lokomotiv wasn't able to create dangerous chances. At the end of the first half, Mykhalyk made a shot that brushed the bar. 

After 48 mins, also Samedov made a dangerous shot, but no one was able to score. Taking advantage from this, Gazovik seemed more accurate and in fact they took the lead with Vasiev - 1:0. 

Everything changed with the red card given to Appaev. Lokomotiv started attacking more and Bozovic guessed the changes. Skuletic, who entered in the pitch a few earlier, exploited an incomprehension between Klimov and Abakumov, scoring the 1:1 after 87 mins. 

During the extra times, Lokomotiv had a lot of opportunities that only helped Abakumov to improve his performance. 

Therefore, the game was decided by penalties. Guilherme played again on a high level, while Pejcinovic scored the decisive one. 

Lokomotiv will play on May 21st 2015 the final of Kubok Rossii in Astrakhan against Kuban' Krasnodar, that defeated at home CSKA (1:0).

Russian Cup. Semifinal
"Gazovik" - "Lokomotiv" - 1:1 (0:0) 3:4 (penalties) 
Goals: Vasiev, 50 (1:0). Skuletic, 87 (1:1)
Penalties scored: Kobyalko, Druzin, Malykh - Fernandes, Samedov, Maicon, Pejčinović. 
Penalties missed: Shogenov (goalkeeper), Akhmedov (post) - Skuletic (goalkeeper).
"Lokomotiv": Guilherme, Yanbaev, Pejčinović, Logashov, Denisov, Mykhalyk (Skuletic, 82), Tarasov Kasaev (Niasse, 59), Samedov, Al. Miranchuk (Fernandes, 63), Maicon 
"Gazovik": Abakumov, Parnyakov, Malykh, Appaev, Breev (Kobyalko, 64), Koronov (Akhmedov, 104), Vasiev, Afonin, Druzin, Vorobyev (Shogenov, 26), Klimov 
Yellow card: Appaev, 8. Shogenov, 30. Tarasov, 35. Parnyakov, 45. Yanbaev, 76. Pejčinović, 90 
Red card: Appaev, 80 (double yellow card) 
Referee: Aleksander Egorov (Saransk) 
April 29. Orenburg. Gazovik Stadium.

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Preview Gazovik - Lokomotiv.

Газовик Локомотив
ГАЗОВИК // Локомотив
Wednesday, April 29th 2015
(Gazovik Stadium, Orenburg)
15.30 Gazovik Orenburg - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Aleksander Egorov (Saransk).
Assistants: Sergey Sukhoverkhov (Voronezh) and Aleksey Shiryaev (Stavropol).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Inspector: Gennadij Kulichenkov (Tula).

No precedents in Kubok Rossii.

AbsentsDurica (injured), Sheshukov (injured).
In doubt: Corluka (injured), Mykhalyk (injured), Pavlyuchenko (injured), Niasse (injured).

Gazovik: 5 (in FNL).
Lokomotiv: 7 (in RPL).

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

-Sportbox.ru. Commentators: Aleksander Netsenko.


The game of the year: there aren't any other ways to describe the tomorrow's match. Despite being in a though crisis, Lokomotiv has the last chance to gain an European spot for the season 2015/16. Gazovik Stadium, which also has been modernized for this great match, has registered a sold-out for days and for Gazovik it will be the most important appointment of his history.

In particular, their coach Robert Evdokimov said: "This is the most important game of my career. No one knows if I and players will play another great game. We'll try to fight until the end. We studied our opponent. We watched the match against Krasnodar and in the second half, Lokomotiv played well, creating some chances. This is a club from RPL, they've big ambitions and strong players. However, we must understand that Lokomotiv can't always play on big levels. This isn't a 1/16 when clubs from RPL could underrate the opponent team and play with reserves. It'll be a though match."

During their way to the 1/2 of Kubok Rossii, Gazovik was able to defeat clubs such as Terek and Arsenal, plus Neftekhimik and Syzran. They've been one of the surprises in FNL this season and at the same time, Evdokimov can rely to a very good team. Abakumov, for example, has already played in RPL with Mordoviya, while Oyewole and Klimov were symbols of Ural and Rubin. In the midfield, there are Afonin (who is one of the best in FNL) and Koronov, who is the top scorer of the team (12) and also had a trial for Rubin this summer. As strikers, there are Kobyalko and Kabutov. The former is a very experienced forward, that is a security for FNL. The latter, instead, is a good talent that was signed from Rotor Volgograd (as Appaev). Moreover, there are also good reserves, that could be very useful: Vasiev, Parnyakov, Breev, Malykh and Druzin. Former Lokomotiv reserves striker Maksim Barsov, instead, should miss the game. 

Regarding a possible forecast, former Loko midfielder and current Sokol Saratov coach Igor' Chugaynov said: "Chances are 50/50. Lokomotiv is a top class team, but during Kubok matches everything might happen. Gazovik, in this season, has been a team that could be defeated at home by Luch, but I know that they're preparing seriously the game against 'Railroaders'. Gazovik prefers playing in defense, so it'll be very difficult for Lokomotiv to score. Furthermore, Loko has already had his problems. They're better, let's see what happen. I can say that I won't be surprised by any result from this match."

Bozovic, instead, should confirm his usual starting line-up after the turnover in Krasnodar. Sheshukov, who was subbed off at Kuban' Stadium, has already finished his season as Durica. Corluka, Mykhalyk and Niasse flew with the team but they're in doubt. Pavlyuchenko, instead, stayed in Moscow for precaution. 

In the end, HERE you can find more stats about Lokomotiv in Kubok Rossii. 

Gazovik (4-4-2)
Poluyakhtov - Oyewole - Klimov - Vorobyev 
Koronov - Afonin - Shogenov - Appaev
Kobyalko - Kabutov
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin - Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
Samedov - Fernandes - Boussoufa - Kasaev

Saturday 25 April 2015

Miodrag Bozovic: "The match against Krasnodar was played equally".

Bozovic: Giocare in Krasnodar è stato pari

Miodrag Bozovic in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Krasnodar (1:0), resuming it.

- The match was played equally. Big chances weren't created by both teams. In the second half we played better, but we weren't lucky.

- Why didn't Pavlyuchenko play?
- He got injured in the game against Ufa. If Roman plays vs Gazovik, it's still unknown.

Krasnodar - Lokomotiv 1:0.

"Locomotiva" perso in Krasnodar

By this match, Lokomotiv fans waited a lot of changes - firstly in the character of the team and in the play. Everyone understood that Krasnodar is aspiring for the Champions League and so they're could be a very though opponent. As a consequence, technical staff made some substitutions in the starting line up. 

The match started actively: both teams tried combining. However, Lokomotiv had immediately a problem. Sheshukov got injured and was forced to leave the pitch. A few later, Samedov conceded a penalty, so Krasnodar took the lead with Pereyra - 1:0. Guilherme didn't guess the right corner. 

Furthermore, in the second half 'Railroaders' were again in trouble: also Mykhalyk left the pitch due an injury. At the same time, Lokomotiv created also more chances (with Denisov for example) compared to the game against Ufa, but Dykan was always careful. 

In the next ten minutes, Bozovic put also Skuletic instead of Niasse. However, Petar didn't have time to be decisive. 

Before the final whistle, Lokomotiv lost also Corluka, who was hit by Laborde and left the pitch thanks to the medical staff. 

The result didn't change, so Lokomotiv was defeated 1:0.

Russian Premier League. Week 25 
"Krasnodar" - "Lokomotiv" - 1:0 (1 0)
Goal: Pereyra, 37 (pen.)
"Krasnodar": Dykan, Kaleshin, Granqvist, Sigurdsson, Petrov, Akhmedov, Shirokov, Pereyra (Wanderson, 70), Izmaylov, Mamaev (Laborde, 75), Ari (Bystrov, 90). 
"Lokomotiv": Guilherme, Corluka, Pejčinović, Denisov, Logashov, Mykhalyk (Fernandes, 63), Sheshukov (Shishkin, 24), Kasaev, Samedov, Al. Miranchuk, Niasse (Skuletic, 80).
Yellow card: Mykhalyk, 16. Samedov, 38. Shishkin, 79. Laborde, 90. Pejčinović, 90.
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (Saint Petersburg).
April 25. Krasnodar. Kuban' Stadium. 

Friday 24 April 2015

Preview Krasnodar - Lokomotiv.

Краснодар Локомотив
Краснодар // Локомотив
Saturday, April 25th 2015
(Kuban' Stadium, Krasnodar)
18.00 FK Krasnodar - Lokomotiv Moscow 
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (Saint Petersburg).
Assistants: Pavel Kulalaev (Volzhsky) and Aleksander Kudryatsev (Saint Petersburg).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Delegate: Radik Akhmadullin (Kazan').
Inspector: Sergey Roschin (Kislovodsk).

Krasnodar - Lokomotiv 1-4: 83' Shipitsin; 7' Shishkin, 44' Ibricic (rig.); 50' Ignatjev, 75' Sychyov.
Lokomotiv - Krasnodar 1-0: 34' Glushakov. 
Krasnodar - Lokomotiv 3-1: 19' Caicedo; 46' Pavlyuchenko (own goal), 58' Joazinho (rig.), 80' Movsisyan.
Lokomotiv - Krasnodar 3-2: 3' N'Doye, 20' N'Doye, 50' Obinna; 9' Shipitsin, 48' Wanderson.
Lokomotiv - Krasnodar 3-1: 41' V. Denisov, 59' Joazinho (rig.), 83' N'Doye, 88' Durica.
Krasnodar - Lokomotiv 1-3: 6' Al. Miranchuk, 45' Joazinho, 90'+2 Samedov, 90'+5 Samedov.
Lokomotiv - Krasnodar 0-0

AbsentsDurica (injured), Tarasov (disqualified).
In doubt: //.

FK Krasnodar: 2.
Lokomotiv: 7.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Georgy Cherdantsev.


The atmosphere at Cherkizovo is really stretched. Lokomotiv has fallen in a deep crisis and it seems that nothing can be done to save this situation. At the same time, tomorrow 'Railroaders' will face the most in form team of RPL: Krasnodar. They haven't lost neither a game in 2015 (5 victories and 3 draws), underlining the success of Galitskiy's project. 

In this moment, Krasnodar is probably the worst team to play against for Loko. The arrival of Shirokov has brought a lot of quality, while Mamaev has been playing an amazing second part of the season as Pereyra and Kaleshin. In particular, the last one scored also two rounds ago the goal of 2:3 in the derby against Kuban'. However, Kononov can't rely on Joazinho, who got injured against Ural and will return only for the RPL 2015/16. This is a big loss that strengthened the Belorussian coach to use Petrov as a left back due also the absence of Polish defender Jędrzejczyk. For tomorrow's match, 'Biky' have only a doubt: Izmaylov or Wanderson? In our opinion, former Lokomotiv midfielder should start to guarantee better skills in the center of the pitch. 

On the other side, Bozovic has recovered two key players such as Abaev and Pejcinovic: both trained with the main group during last days, however they shouldn't start from the first minutes. Furthermore, Mykhalyk will return from the disqualification and probably will be in the starting line-up. The Montenegrin should confirm the usual XI, with Sheshukov that should advance to the midfield to replace Tarasov, who got a red card in the last minutes of the game against Ufa. 

Searching a bit of support to get over this though situation, captain Guilherme made also an appeal for fans: "Guys, I'd like to speak about this. The team is unhappy like you. We understand it. After the game against Ufa we had a seat and spoke one to another. During this conversation, there were emotions that I think will help us in the next matches. We know as players what to do on the pitch. However, in the last game... we weren't lucky and something didn't work. I want that fans know this: we'll do everything is possible on the pitch to return winning."

Will it be enough?
FK Krasnodar (4-1-4-1)
Kaleshin - Granqvist Sigurdsson - Petrov
Izmaylov - Pereyra - Shirokov - Mamaev
Lokomotiv (4-1-4-1)

Shishkin -  Corluka - Sheshukov - Denisov
Samedov - Fernandes - Boussoufa - Kasaev

Saturday 18 April 2015

Miodrag Bozovic: "We played very bad".

Божович: Мы сыграли очень плохо

Miodrag Bozovic in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Ufa (1:0).

- "It's difficult to say something. We played very bad. As a coach, I must take the responsibility. In defeats the fault couldn't be of others. The game was slow. Our team approached well the match, but something went wrong. Surely, it was I," - said Bozovic in the post-game press-conference.

Ufa - Lokomotiv 1:0.

Поражение в Перми

In the last away match of Lokomotiv, characters were the silence and empty stands. As a consequence, a game played in a neutral stadium doesn't give neither a joy. However, the Lokomotiv fans sector was crowd and was ready to watch the appointment. 

In the starting line-up, 'Railroaders' had only one surprise: as striker, there was Niasse who in the last days celebrated his birthday. The defense, instead, was formed by Corluka and Sheshukov

Visitors started immediately attacking. Kasaev, on the left, dribbled three Ufa defenders and kicked. However, his shot wasn't accurate. Five minutes later, Boussoufa's launch to Niasse overcame a wrong exit of Yurchenko, but the Senegalese striker wasn't able to score. 

After 20 mins, Ufa created a dangerous opportunity to Guilherme: Galiulin made a shot that however didn't surprise the Brazilian goalkeeper. 

Lokomotiv took the initiative at the end of the first half, but Ufa answered well defending and with tricky counterattacks. 

The second half started badly for 'Red-greens': Shishkin and Tarasov missed a ball, whose was recovered by Paurevic who made a wonderful shot that beat Guilherme. As a consequence, Ufa had scored for the first time after 428 minutes.

Lokomotiv wanted immediately to drew the score. First Samedov hit the post and then the bar, with Yurchenko that would have beaten in both the opportunities. 

At the end of the game, both teams tried acting on long throwing. Ufa well defended the 1:0, while Lokomotiv finished the match also in 10 due the red card that was given to Tarasov. Furthermore, Ufa had also some chances to score the 2:0, but the bar and Kasaev saved 'Railroaders'. 

Ufa has won the first home game of the season despite being in another city. Lokomotiv suffered the second defeat in a row.

Russian Premier League. Week 24.
"Ufa" - "Lokomotiv" - 1:0 (0:0) 
Goals: Paurevic, 50 (1:0).
"Ufa": Yurchenko, Safronidi, Tumasyan, Alikin, Stotskiy, Zaseev, Semakin, Paurevic, Frimpong (Shevchenko, 78), Marcinho (Handzic, 46), Galiulin (Verkhovtsov, 81).
"Lokomotiv:" Guilherme, Corluka, Sheshukov, Denisov, Shishkin, Tarasov, Fernandes (Al Miranchuk, 70), Kasaev, Samedov (Skuletic, 82), Boussoufa (Pavlyuchenko, 62), Niasse.
Yellow cards: Tarasov, 28. Stotskiy, 35. Alikin, 79. Safronidi, 93.
Red card: Tarasov, 92.
Referee: Igor Nizovtsev (Nizhny Novgorod).
April 18. Perm. Zvezda Stadium.