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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Lokomotiv is looking for an offensive player. Mbengue is on the list.

Before the end of the transfers window, Lokomotiv is expected to sign an offensive player. In fact, the leadership's priority is to reinforce the attack before the 31st August.

In particular, according to lokomotiv.info, 'Railroaders' are interested in Terek's Senegalese striker Ablaye Mbengue. The 23 years old has scored so far 4 goals in 7 matches for the Groznij's club. 

Furthermore, if Boussoufa leaves Cherkizovo, the leadership will also consider to sign an attacking midfielder in order to fight for the highest tasks. 

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Igor Cherevchenko: "Lokomotiv doesn't like to lose".

Igor Cherevchenko "Locomotiva" non piace perdere

Igor Cherevchenko in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Anzhi (1:3), resuming it. 

"It was a difficult match divided in two parts. During the break, we changed something in order to win. I asked the guys to kick towards the goal. Our team doesn't like to lose. Our task is to win each game, especially at the start of the league because in spring we mustn't count when we lost points".

Anzhi - Lokomotiv 1:3.

La seconda vittoria di fila

The game between Anzhi and Lokomotiv seemed a meeting between two old friends. Before the start of the match, many 'Railroaders' spoke with Yurij Syomin, while Hugo Almeida warm welcomed Manuel Fernandes  (they played together in Besiktas). Furthermore, even Arsenij Logashov and Mbark Boussoufa left friends in Makhachkala as Eschenko in Loko. 

However, everything changed after the kick off. The game started immediately on high levels and each action was a dangerous opportunity. 

Anzhi took the lead thanks to Haruna, who took advantage from a Lokomotiv's mistake in the midfield. 'Railroaders' answered a few minutes later with Skuletic, whose header on Samedov's assist beat Pomazan. Then, Aleksey Miranchuk could have scored the 1:2, but the Anzhi's goalkeeper was careful. 

In the second half, both team tried to win the match. Ebecilio had a good chance, but he didn't beat Guilherme in a 1-on-1. The match changed when Maicon replaced Skuletic. First the Brazilian striker scored the 1:2 with a great header on a Shishkin's assist. Then, he made an assist for Kasaev, whose shot closed the game - 1-3.

Lokomotiv won the second match in a row as CSKA and Zenit. 

Russian Premier League. Second round
"Anzhi" - "Lokomotiv" - 1:3 (1:1) 
Goals: Haruna, 15 (1:0). Skuletic, 17 (1:1). Maicon, 77 (1:2). Kasaev, 82 (1:3)
"Anzhi": Pomazan, Gadzhibekov, Zhirov, Eshchenko, Moutari (Hugo Almeida, 84), Maksimov (Abdulavov, 63), Ebecilio, Boli, Lazic (Zotov, 25), Haruna, Maevski 
"Lokomotiv": Guilherme, Shishkin, Corluka , Pejčinović, Denisov, Mykhalyk (N'Dinga, 85), Kolomeytsev, Samedov (Yanbaev, 90), Al Miranchuk, Kasaev, Skuletic (Maicon, 66)
Yellow cards: Maksimov, 47. Al Miranchuk, 86. 
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Rostov-on-Don) 
27 July. Kaspiysk. Anzhi Arena

Sunday 26 July 2015

Preview Anzhi Makhachkala - Lokomotiv.

Анжи Локомотив 
Анжи // Локомотив

Monday, July 27th 2015
(Anzhi Arena, Makhachkala)
19.00 Anzhi Makhachkala - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Rostov-on-Don).
Assistants: Dmitrij Bereznev (Rostov-on-Don) and Roman Usachyov (Rostov-on-Don).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Delegate: Radik Akhmadullin (Kazan').
Inspector: Igor' Siner (Omsk).

Lokomotiv - Anzhi 1-0: 13' Terekhin. 
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 1-0: 70' Randjelovic (pen.).
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 1-0: 70' Randjelovic.
Lokomotiv - 
Anzhi 4-0: 57' Loskov, 69' Loskov, 84' James Obiorah, 88' James Obiora. 
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 0-0
Lokomotiv - 
Anzhi 0-0
Lokomotiv - Anzhi 2-1: 17' Dujmovic, 68' Aliev; 90' Tagirbekov. 
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 0-1: 89' Sychev.
Lokomotiv - Anzhi 1-2: 90'+1 Sychev (pen.); 48' Tagirbekov, 78' Boussoufa.
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 0-1: 5' Caicedo.
Lokomotiv - Anzhi 1-0: 73' Glushakov. 
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 3-1: 25' Burlak (own goal), 64' Eto'o, 90'+1 Eto'o; 31' Glushakov.
Lokomotiv - Anzhi 1-1: 84' N'Doye; 73' Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez. 
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 2-1: 40' Corluka (own goal), 74' Eto'o; 34' Samedov.
Anzhi - Lokomotiv 2-2: 62' N'Doye, 72' Eto'o, 80 Traore, 89' Pavlyuchenko.
Lokomotiv - Anzhi 0-0

AbsentsAbaev (injured), Durica (injured), Sheshukov (injured), Tarasov (disqualified), Niasse (disqualified).
In doubt: Samedov (injured), Boussoufa. 

Anzhi: //.
Lokomotiv: //.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Roman Naguchev. 


For the second away match in a row, Lokomotiv flew to Makhachkala to face Anzhi

The Daghestan's team is coached by the legendary Yurij Syomin, who spent the last season at Mordoviya Saransk. Together with Kerimov, Syomin will try to make Anzhi a superpower without the football stars and the gigantic wages. However, in the first RPL's week, Anzhi was defeated at Anzhi Arena by Krylja. The 'Eagles' weren't able to take advantage of the many chances they created. As a consequence, the Franck Vercauteren's team got the three points thanks to a goal of former Lokomotiv's midfielder Georgij Gabulov. 

In the recent transfers window, Anzhi has signed many interesting players. First of all, they reinforced the defense with three interesting talents: Lazic from Crvena Zvezda, Zhirov from Volgar Astrakhan and Tigiev from Torpedo Moscow. All of them have got a bright future ahead. At the same time, Syomin also wanted to improve the quality in the midfield. As a consequence, he loaned Haruna from Dynamo Kiev and signed the underrated Belorussian Maevski. Furthermore, he brought back Mkrtchyan to Makhachkala. However, the Armenian midfielder won't take part in the tomorrow's match. In the end, Ebecilio and Hugo Almeida should complete the attack with Boli. 

Lokomotiv, instead, got the three points in the first game of 2015/16 season in Saransk. Although 'Railroaders' didn't play so good, a casual goal from Skuletic let Cherevchenko to dream about the future. However, the match at Anzhi Arena will be very difficult. Anzhi is a strong side and the Stadium will support until the end the 'Eagles', creating a hot atmosphere.

The Tajik coach can't rely again to Tarasov, who is still disqualified and will return against Dinamo. Moreover, Boussoufa should miss the game as his transfer to Anderlecht could be confirmed in the next hours. Samedov is recovering from an injury and his presence should be in doubt. During the match, we can guess N'Dinga to make his debut for Loko. In fact, he recently said: "I'm making each effort to be in the starting line-up of the next match".

The Anzhi Arena should be sold out. Let's hope in a great game and in a good result for 'Railroaders'. 

Anzhi (4-2-3-1)
Gadzhibekov Lazic - Zhirov Eschenko 
Haruna - Maevski 
Moutari - Maksimov - Leonardo
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin -  Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov 
Mykhalyk - Kolomeytsev
Grigorjev - Al Miranchuk - Kasaev

Saturday 25 July 2015

Delvin N'Dinga: "The adaptation is going well. I want to learn Russian."

Ndinga: Adattamento in "Loco" sta andando bene

Current Lokomotiv's midfielder Delvin N'Dinga shared his feelings about Russian Premier League and the training with the new team. 

"The adaptation is going well. Step by step, I'm starting to know my teammates. I hope we'll be able to evolve a friendship. I've been training in the team for two weeks and I've already realized how Lokomotiv's training is intense. 

I want to learn Russian. I've already decided how to handle my spare time and to visit the city. Nothing can stop me working. 

Regarding the Russian Premier League, I judge it by the game against Mordoviya. Although the field's quality, I can say the team played a good football. Of course, RPL is a better league than the Greek one.

I'm a newcomer, so I must be more focused than my teammates. The Head Coach told me which role in the pitch I have and also recalled many shadows. I'm making each effort to be in the starting line-up of the next match" - said N'Dinga to Lokomotiv's official site.

Friday 24 July 2015

Lokomotiv is interested in the Brazilian midfielder Ronny.

According to German journal "Kicker", Lokomotiv is interested in the Brazilian midfielder Ronny

'Railroaders' should have already consulted the player's agent Dino Lamberti. Ronny has been playing in Hertha Berlin for five seasons. 

In the next days, the transfer could step forward. 

Lassana Diarra is on the verge to join Marseille.

French midfielder Lassana Diarra is set to join French side Marseille in the next hours. According to L'Equipe, the 30 years old should sign a four-year contract.

We remember that Diarra hasn't played an official match since May 15th 2014 against CSKA. Then, he had a contentious with 'Railroaders' that let him to break his contract with the Moscow club. 

At the first time, FIFA banned the player to sign for a French, German, Italian or English club. Now, instead, Diarra is free to choose his future home. 

Thursday 23 July 2015

Yan Tigorev signs for Dinamo Minsk.

Belorussian midfielder Yan Tigorev has official signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Minsk.

The 31 years old was a free agent, while the deal was confirmed yesterday on the Dinamo's official site. He will play with number 28 shirt. 

"I couldn't wait for a serious job. I was well-welcomed by the new teammates and I've got only good remembers of the club. I'm very happy to be returned at home. I've always missed Minsk during my time abroad" - said Tigorev

Tigorev played only six matches for Lokomotiv last season. He wore Dinamo's shirt from 2002 to 2006. 

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Boussoufa should sign for Anderlecht in the next days.

Lokomotiv's midfielder Mbark Boussoufa should sign for Belgian side Anderlecht in the next days according to sudinfo.be. 

The 30 years old should halve his wage to 1.8M per year. 'Railroaders' should receive not more than 4M from his departure. 

We remember that Boussoufa's contract expires the next summer.

Sunday 19 July 2015

Igor Cherevchenko: "It's a pleasure to start the new season with a victory".

Cherevchenko: Piacere di iniziare il campionato con una vittoria

Igor Cherevchenko in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Mordoviya (0:1), resuming it. 

- It's a pleasure to start the new season with a victory. The guys were well-prepared physically. This means we worked properly during the camp in Austria. If Skuletic hadn't score, the team still would have been able to score a goal. I'm satisfied by the result. The match will be forgotten, the result not. Regarding Mordoviya, they're a good team.

- Boussoufa and Fernandes stayed on the bench.
- There is a limit. Samedov and Tarasov couldn't have took part in the game. We had to make strict choices.

- It seemed that Lokomotiv started playing slowly. 
- We had some chances in the second half. I link this to the quality of the pitch. You need to settle down into this kind of field."

Mordoviya - Lokomotiv 0:1.

Стартовали с победы

Lokomotiv beat Mordoviya in the first week of Russian Premier League.

'Railroaders' opened the new season in Saransk, where according to the new limit, Cherevchenko could have included in the starting line-up only six foreign players. As a consequence, Lokomotiv's Head Coach had to face many problems. Furthermore, he also included in the squad Nicholas Kipiani, a talented midfielder from reserves team.

The game didn't start on high levels. Lokomotiv had to settle down into the synthetic pitch, while Mordoviya waited for the opponent's actions. Furthermore, Mordoviya's players weren't accurate and during the first half Lutsenko, Dudiev and Donald missed good chances. 

After the break, there was a completely different match. 'Railroaders' started playing more fastly and creating more opportunities. 15 minutes later, Lokomotiv took the lead thanks to a Skuletic's header that beat Revishvili

After 72 minutes, Maicon could have doubled the score, but the Brazilian forward missed a penalty gained by Pejcinovic

In the final minutes, Mordoviya tried to draw the score, but they were also unlucky. Nakhushev hit the post and so Lokomotiv was able to win the first game of the season. 

Russian Premier League. First week
"Mordoviya" (Saransk) - "Lokomotiv" (Moscow) - 0:1 (0:0) 
Goal: Skuletic, 60
"Mordoviya": Revishvili, Nakhushev, Gapon, South, Dudiev, Rykov, Vlasov (Samodin, 83), Sysuev (Mukhametshin, 77), Donald (Stevanovic, 64), Lutsenko, Le Tallec 
"Lokomotiv": Guilherme, Denisov, Shishkin, Corluka, Mykhalyk, Pejčinović, Kasaev, Kolomeytsev, Grigorjev, Al. Miranchuk, Skuletic (Maicon, 69) 
Missed penalty: Maicon, 72 (gk) 
Yellow cards: Corluka, 30. Donald, 58. Gapon, 72. Nakhushev, 92. Shishkin, 93 
Referee: Igor Nizovtsev (Nizhny Novgorod)
22 July, Saransk. Start Stadium. 

Saturday 18 July 2015

Preview Mordoviya - Lokomotiv.

Мордовия Локомотив
МОРДОВИЯ // Локомотив
Sunday, July 19th 2015
(Start Stadium, Saransk)
17.00 Mordoviya Saransk - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Igor' Nizovtsev (Nizhny Novgorod).
Assistants: Dmitrij Koloskov (Ufa) and Vladimir Minevich (Smolensk).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Delegate: Yurij Grebenyuk (Perm').
Inspector: Aleksey Rumyantsev (Saint Petersburg).

Mordoviya - Lokomotiv 2-3: 16' Panchenko, 62' Osipov; 29' Torbinskij, 33' Ozdoev, 38' Corluka. 
Lokomotiv - Mordoviya 2-1: 17' Samedov (pen.), 23' N'Doye; 89' Pazin. 
Lokomotiv - Mordoviya 1-1: 69' Niasse; 14' Vasin. 
Mordoviya - Lokomotiv 0-0

AbsentsAbaev (injured), Durica (injured), Sheshukov (injured), Tarasov (disqualified), Niasse (disqualified).
In doubt: Samedov (injured).

Mordoviya: //.
Lokomotiv: //.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Denis Kazanskij. 


The game of Russian Super Cup demonstrated how Lokomotiv well-prepared the new season. Tomorrow, 'Railroaders' will start the new RPL against Mordoviya in Saransk. 

However, as it was reported by many Russian media, the match couldn't have been played in Moscow as the pitch at Lokomotiv Stadium isn't ready. Therefore, Lokomotiv is going to play two away games in a row (Saransk and Makhachkala). 

First of all, we should say that the Saransk's club was totally revolutionized. Yurij Syomin left the team for Anzhi and many players followed the legendary coach's action. Ebecilio flew to Makhachkala with him, while Vasin returned to CSKA and Kochenkov signed for Lokomotiv. At the same time, many players joined the squad with the new coach: Andrey Gordeev - Revishvili from Tosno,Tishkin from Ufa, Rykov and Stevanovic from Torpedo, Shipitsin from Krasnodar.

Regarding the starting line-up, it's very difficult to guess Gordeev's choices. Generally speaking, we can say that former Sibir' coach loves playing an offensive football. As a consequence, we can expect many technical and skilled players on the pitch. 

Lokomotiv, instead, is in trouble due the new foreign players limit (at least 5 Russian players on the pitch). Tarasov and Niasse are both disqualified, therefore Cherevchenko can't play with the same XI used in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Super Cup. Shishkin should replace Tarasov, while Skuletic or Grigorjev could substitute the Senegalese striker. Samedov is i doubt and should miss the game due a small injury. 

We can surely say that it'll be a tough match because Mordoviya is a tricky team. Let's see if Cherevchenko will be able to confirm the good performance offered against Zenit. 

Mordoviya (4-4-2)
Dudiev - Rykov Nakhushev Gapon 
Sysuev - Shipitsin - Le Tallec - Vlasov
Lutsenko - Samodin 
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Logashov -  Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
Shishkin - Kolomeytsev
Maicon - Al Miranchuk - Kasaev