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FC Lokomotiv Moscow (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russian: Футбольный клуб "Локомотив" Москва, [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj kɫup ɫəkəmɐˈtʲif mɐˈskva]) is a Russian football club based in Moscow.

Lokomotiv Moscow
FC Lokomotiv Moscow logo.svg
Full nameФутбольный клуб "Локомотив" Москва
(Football Club Lokomotiv Moscow)
Nickname(s)Loko, Parovozy (Steam Locomotives)
Founded23 July 1922; 97 years ago (1922-07-23)
GroundRZD Arena, Moscow
Capacity27,320[1]
OwnerRussian Railways
PresidentVasili Kiknadze
Head coachYuri Semin
LeagueRussian Premier League
2018–192nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Lokomotiv won the Russian Premier League on three occasions, the Soviet Cup twice, the Russian Cup a record eight times, and the Russian Super Cup three times.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Lokomotiv was founded as Kazanka (Moskovskaya-Kazanskaya Zh.D) in 1922. In 1924, the club brought together the strongest football players of several lines of the Moscow railway system as KOR ("Club of the October Revolution"). In 1931, the club was again renamed to Kazanka (Moskovskaya-Kazanskaya Zh.D) and in 1936, it was eventually renamed to as it is known today, Lokomotiv (the name means "Locomotive"). During the Communist rule, Lokomotiv Moscow club was a part of the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society and was owned by the Soviet Ministry of Transportation through the Russian Railways.

Soviet eraEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lokomotiv Moscow in final 1936

When the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society was created in 1936, its football team featured the best players of Kazanka, and a number of strong Soviet footballers of that time such as Valentin Granatkin, Nikolay llyin, Alexey Sokolov, Pyotr Terenkov, Mikhail Zhukov, llya Gvozdkov and Ivan Andreev. Lokomotiv debuted in the first-ever Soviet football club championship with a game against Dynamo Leningrad on 22 May 1936. In the first two seasonal championships (spring and autumn), Lokomotiv finished fifth and fourth respectively. The first Lokomotiv success arrived shortly as in 1936, the railwaymen rose up to the occasion to beat Dynamo Tbilisi 2–0 in the Soviet Cup Final, thus winning the first Soviet Cup.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lokomotiv Moscow in final 1957

The following years were rather successful as Lokomotiv were consistent in the national championships. However, performances after World War II suffered and in a five-year span, Lokomotiv were relegated to the Soviet First League twice. In 1951, Lokomotiv came second and eventually won the promotion to the Soviet Top League. This kicked off the second Lokomotiv's resurgence and until the beginning of the 1960s, Lokomotiv competed for the USSR's top trophies. In 1957, Lokomotiv won the cup for the second time, and two years later, Lokomotiv won the silver medals of the Soviet League. Second place was the highest position ever obtained by Lokomotiv during the Soviet era.

Another important trademark for Lokomotiv was the authorization of playing friendly matches against foreign opposition. Typically, up to the late 1950s, international sports contacts with Soviet teams were extremely rare. However, since in 1955, Lokomotiv became a quasi-"football ambassador" for the Soviet Union abroad, participating in friendly matches in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and even North America. This policy of openness ushered in a great era for Lokomotiv, with the squad including some of the finest Soviet footballers of the era, such as Vladimir Maslachenko, Gennady Zabelin, Eugeny Rogov, Valentin Bubukin, Victor Sokolov, Victor Voroshilov, Igor Zajtsev, Zaur Kaloyev, Yuri Kovalyov and Vitaly Artemyev. When Lokomotiv's strongest players abandoned the club, however, Lokomotiv fell again from grace and a swing between the first and second divisions followed, instability lasting until the end of the 1980s.

Post-Soviet eraEdit

In the beginning of the 1990s, Lokomotiv was considered the "weakest link" amongst the top Moscow clubs. It lacked both results on the pitch and fans' support in the stands. However, head coach Yuri Semin and president Valeri Filatov were able to lead the club's progress, thus installing Lokomotiv as the "fifth wheel of the Moscow cart." Historically, Lokomotiv was not considered to be a big club in the same vein as Spartak, CSKA, Dynamo and Torpedo. With the former Soviet republics and their clubs gone, however, Lokomotiv took the opportunity to shine.

Solid performances in domestic league and several memorable campaigns in European Cups made Lokomotiv a superclub by Russian scales and brought back fans and supporters back to the stands. In 2002, a new stadium—Lokomotiv Stadium—resembling a traditional, compact English one was built. The arena, at that time considered to be one of the most comfortable, if not the best, in Eastern Europe gave a huge boost to the club's fan growth rate. Eventually, by 2009, the average attendance at the stadium was the second highest in Moscow.

In 2002, a "golden match" was needed to decide who will be the champion, as Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA Moscow both finished with the same number of points after Gameweek 30. The game was played at Dynamo Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd. Lokomotiv took an early lead thanks a low drive from captain Dmitry Loskov, and eventually the goal turned out to be enough for Lokomotiv to claim the first title in the club's history.

Two years later, Lokomotiv again won the Russian Premier League, edging city rivals CSKA by a single point; Lokomotiv defeated Shinnik Yaroslavl 0–2 in Yaroslavl, a week after CSKA fell to city rivals Dynamo at home.

In 2005, long-time head coach Yuri Semin left the team to coach the Russian national team, where he was replaced at Lokomotiv by Vladimir Eshtrekov. During the same year, although leading the league for most of the year, Lokomotiv stumbled in the last games of the campaign, allowing CSKA overtake them and claim the title, with Lokomotiv ultimately falling to third. Estrekhov was later sacked and replaced by Slavoljub Muslin, the first foreign manager in the club's history. After a poor start to the new season, Lokomotiv recovered and finished third, but despite the respectable performance, Muslin was sacked; Anatoly Byshovets took the helm as his replacement, with Yury Semin returning to serve as team president. This brought little success to Lokomotiv, who finished the season in seventh, with the only bright spot being the victory of the Russian Cup. These poor performances prompted the board of directors to sack both coach Anatoly Byshovets and President Semin. Rinat Bilyaletdinov was subsequently named caretaker coach. This lasted until 6 December 2006, when Lokomotiv brought in Rashid Rakhimov from Amkar Perm on a three-year contract. Again, however, this resulted to be yet another poor decision from the board, as Lokomotiv only finished seventh in 2008, also beginning the 2009 season poorly. Unsurprisingly, on 28 April 2009, Lokomotiv fired Rakhimov; long-serving player Vladimir Maminov was installed as a caretaker manager. A month later, Semin was brought back to the club to take charge. This appointment delivered immediate success to Lokomotiv as after a really poor start, Lokomotiv recovered and finished the season on a high, claiming fourth place in the process.

Before the 2011–12 league season, Semin left the club and was replaced by former Spartak Nalchuk manager Yuri Krasnozhan. On 4 June 2011, rumours spread that Lokomotiv chairman Olga Smorodskaya suspected Krasnozhan of throwing away the 27 May, 1–2 home league defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala, deciding to sack him on the grounds of the suspicion.[2][3][4] Lokomotiv was fifth in the table at the time, just one point away from first-placed CSKA. On 6 July, after a Lokomotiv Committee of Directors meeting, Krasnozhan's contract was officially terminated on the basis of "negligence in his job."[3][4][5][6] The Russian Football Union subsequently refused to investigate the case.[7] Assistant manager Maminov again took over as caretaker for three weeks until a replacement was found in the form of José Couceiro, who had himself just finished a caretaking stint as manager of Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Couceiro, however, lasted just one year in the role, as the club opted not to renew his contract at the end of the 2011–12 season. After Croatian national team head coach Slaven Bilić announced he would step down after his nation's participation at Euro 2012, Loko acted quickly to sign him to a three-year contract. However, Bilić's first season at the helm brought another disappointment, as Loko finished ninth, its lowest-ever finish in the post-Soviet era of Russian domestic football. Just prior to the 2013–14 season, Bilić was sacked and replaced with new head coach Leonid Kuchuk. Results under Kuchuk improved considerably, to the extent that Lokomotiv lead the table for periods as well. Eventually, however, Lokomotiv ran out of steam and after only managing to win a single points from the last three matches of the season, Lokomotiv had to settle for the third place.

Recent historyEdit

In the following season, Kuchuk failed to build-up on the improved performances of the previous season and with Lokomotiv languishing at the ninth place, Kuchuk was given the sack prematurely. Miodrag Božović was called to steady the ship but despite the early promise, a disastrous run of one win in a stretch of nine matches resulted in Božović being sacked with three league matches to go and with Igor Cherevchenko re-appointed as caretaker manager for the second time during the season. Despite the poor league performance, wherein Lokomotiv placed in the 7th place again, Lokomotiv did end the season on a positive tone as Cherevchenko managed to rally his troops and win the Russian Cup with a 3-1 win over Kuban Krasnodar. This success, which brought the first piece of silverware to Lokomotiv in 8 years, was enough to convince Olga Smorodskaya to appoint Cherevchenko on a permanent basis. Lokomotiv's performances under Cherechenko did improve in the beginning but it was a false promise once again as in the end Lokomotiv faltered and did not even manage to qualify for European football. Notwithstanding this, Cherevchenko was confirmed for the 2016–17 season.

After months of speculation, and with only two games in the new season, the upper echelons pulled the plug on Smorodskaya's disastrous tenure and relieved Smorodskaya herself and Cherechenko from their duties. Ilya Herkus was brought in in place of Smorodskaya and with the goal of resolving the previous board's fractious relationship with the fans and bring them back to the stadium, Lokomotiv appointed Yury Semin as their manager for the fourth time. In also came crowd favourite Dmitri Loskov, who was assigned to assist Semin with his duties. Despite the good aura brought by the change in management, Lokomotiv's performances seldom improved and a tumultuous season ended up in Lokomotiv placing in a disappointing eighth position. In what was probably the only highlight of the season, Lokomotiv, however, managed to snatch the Russian Cup for a joint record seventh time by crushing Ural Yekaterinburg's dreams of their first ever piece of silverware with a two-nil victory.

Despite the average league performance, Semin was confirmed for the next season. Herkus' decision to retain Semin resulted to be a shrewd decision as Semin managed to do the unthinkable and rallied Lokomotiv to win the Russian Premier League for only the third time in their history. In Europe, Lokomotiv also performed admirably, as they managed to advance to Round of 16 for the first time in their history and got eliminated by the Spanish giants of Atlético Madrid, who eventually went on to win the Cup.

Performances in EuropeEdit

Lokomotiv reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final twice, in 1997–98 and 1998–99. The club also played in the UEFA Champions League for the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, progressing past the group stage in the latter only to fall to eventual finalists AS Monaco in the round of 16. They qualified to the group stages again for the 2019-20 season.[8]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 27 August 2019[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Guilherme
2   DF Dmitri Zhivoglyadov
3   DF Brian Idowu
5   DF Benedikt Höwedes
6   MF Dmitri Barinov
7   MF Grzegorz Krychowiak
8   MF Jefferson Farfán
9   FW Fyodor Smolov
11   MF Anton Miranchuk
14   DF Vedran Ćorluka (captain)
17   FW Rifat Zhemaletdinov
18   MF Aleksandr Kolomeytsev
19   FW Eder
20   DF Vladislav Ignatyev
No. Position Player
22   FW Luka Đorđević
23   MF João Mário (on loan from Inter Milan)
27   DF Murilo Cerqueira
28   DF Boris Rotenberg
30   GK Nikita Medvedev
31   MF Maciej Rybus
33   DF Solomon Kvirkvelia
59   MF Aleksei Miranchuk
67   FW Roman Tugarev
77   GK Anton Kochenkov
84   DF Mikhail Lysov
93   FW Timur Suleymanov
94   MF Dmitri Rybchinsky

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  FW Artyom Galadzhan (at Orenburg)

YouthEdit

[10]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
37   DF Stanislav Magkeyev
41   MF Kirill Klimov
43   DF Artyom Gyurdzhan
48   DF Dmitri Sukharev
49   GK Daniil Kuznetsov
51   GK Vitali Botnar
56   MF Nikita Shishchenko
60   GK Andrei Savin
63   MF Nikita Sharkov
69   MF Daniil Kulikov
73   MF Maksim Petrov
No. Position Player
74   DF Artur Chyorny
78   DF Daniil Chernyakov
82   DF Ilya Petukhov
83   MF Aleksei Mironov
87   DF Artyom Sukhanov
89   MF Nikita Dorofeyev
91   MF Dzambolat Tsallagov
92   FW Mikhail Ageyev
95   DF German Osnov
98   MF Ivan Galanin
99   FW Nikita Frasinyuk

League positionsEdit

Russian Premier League 

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

International competitionsEdit

StadiumEdit

Lokomotiv play their home games at RZD Arena. Its total seating capacity is 27,320 seats, all covered. The stadium was opened after reconstruction in 2002.

League and Cup historyEdit

  Soviet UnionEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Top scorer
(league)
Head coach
1936 (s) 1st 5 6 2 0 4 7 11 10   Lavrov – 3   Stolyarov
1936 (a) 4 7 4 0 3 18 14 15 W   Lavrov – 6   Stolyarov
1937 6 16 5 5 6 18 20 31 SF   Andriasyan – 6   Limbeck
1938 8 25 12 6 7 44 37 30 R64   Lavrov – 11   Sushkov
1939 5 26 12 6 8 42 39 30 R16   Lakhonin – 8   Sushkov
1940 6 24 10 5 9 36 52 25   Kireev – 8
  Kartsev – 8
  Sushkov
1944 no competition R16
1945 12 22 1 3 18 14 54 5 R32   Lakhonin – 4   Sushkov
1946 2nd, "South" 7 24 10 6 8 46 33 26
1947 2nd, "Centre" 1 28 21 3 4 56 22 45 Qual.
2nd, Final 1 5 4 1 0 11 4 9
1948 1st 7 26 10 4 12 38 64 24 R16   Obotov – 17   Apukhtin
  Maksimov
1949 11 34 11 8 15 59 56 30 R64   Lagutin – 13   Maksimov
  Kachalin
1950 15 36 11 8 17 41 73 30 QF   Panfilov – 14   Kachalin
1951 2nd 3 34 19 10 5 72 38 48 R64   Kachalin
1952 1st 9 13 5 2 6 19 21 12 R16   Panfilov – 4
  I.Petrov – 4
  Kachalin
  Arkadyev
1953 6 20 6 6 8 21 28 18 SF   Korotkov – 5   Arkadyev
1954 10 24 7 7 10 21 23 21 R16   Goryansky – 6   Arkadyev
1955 5 22 9 7 6 32 27 25 SF   Razumovsky – 9   Arkadyev
1956 10 22 5 8 9 38 28 18   Sokolov – 9   Arkadyev
1957 4 22 12 4 6 39 27 28 W   Sokolov – 12   Arkadyev
1958 5 22 9 6 7 48 34 24 SF   Voroshilov – 10   Eliseev
1959 2 22 12 5 5 42 25 29   Sokolov – 14   Eliseev
1960 5 30 14 6 10 45 46 34 R32   Sokolov – 16   Morozov
1961 5 30 13 12 5 58 42 38 QF   Voroshilov – 20   Morozov
1962 13 30 8 9 13 38 45 27 R32   Latyshev – 8   Morozov
  A. Kostylev
1963 17 38 5 19 14 37 54 29 R32   Syagin – 8
  Spiridonov – 8
  Arkadyev
1964 2nd 1 40 19 15 6 45 30 53 R32   Bubukin – 14   Arkadyev
1965 1st 15 32 8 8 16 37 48 24 R16   Gorshkov – 13   Arkadyev
  Rogov
1966 17 36 11 5 20 34 49 27 R32   V. Kozlov – 14   Beskov
  Bubukin
1967 17 36 7 14 15 33 37 28 QF   Kokh – 9   Bubukin
1968 10 38 10 17 11 35 39 37 R32   Kokh – 10   Bubukin
1969 18 34 8 9 17 33 47 25 R32   Atamalyan – 8   Maryenko
1970 2nd 4 42 20 10 12 53 39 50 R32   Atamalyan – 14   Maryenko
  Rogov
1971 2 42 25 12 5 81 33 62 R32   A. Kozlov – 22   Rogov
1972 1st 15 30 6 9 15 29 48 21 QF   Y. Chesnokov – 8
  Piskunov – 8
  Rogov
  Volchok
1973 2nd 3 38 20 8 10 47 32 46 R32   Y. Chesnokov – 14   Yakushin
  Volchok
1974 1 38 23 7 8 73 33 53 R32   Y. Chesnokov – 20   Volchok
1975 1st 11 30 7 12 11 28 33 26 QF 5x players – 4   Volchok
1976 (s) 15 15 3 3 9 17 23 9 3x players – 3   Volchok
1976 (a) 8 15 6 3 6 13 13 15 R16   Averyanov – 3
  Nodiya – 3
  Volchok
1977 6 30 9 14 7 27 25 32 R32   Nodiya – 5   Volchok
1978 15 30 7 9 14 26 40 22 SF   V. Gazzaev – 6   Volchok, from 27 August   Maryenko
1979 12 34 8 12 14 44 57 24 GS   Petrakov – 17   Maryenko
1980 18 34 8 9 17 34 44 25 GS   Petrakov – 12   Maryenko
1981 2nd 3 46 21 15 10 65 41 54 R16   Mukhanov – 22   A. Sevidov
1982 4 42 21 13 8 63 32 54 GS   Mukhanov – 17   A. Sevidov
1983 15 42 13 13 16 51 47 38 R32   Mukhanov – 11
  M. Chesnokov – 11
  V. Rodionov
  Volchok
1984 6 42 17 13 12 44 37 46 R64   A. Kalashnikov – 8   Volchok
1985 6 42 16 11 15 52 51 43 R64   A. Kalashnikov – 14   Volchok
1986 6 46 21 11 14 63 48 53 R32   Gladilin – 16   Semin
1987 2 42 23 13 6 59 26 58 R128   A. Kalashnikov – 13   Semin
1988 1st 7 30 10 12 8 35 29 30 R32   Rusyayev – 15   Semin
1989 15 30 7 9 14 20 32 23 R32   Rusyayev – 9   Semin
1990 2nd 4 38 19 9 10 52 34 47 RU   Sukhov – 11   Semin
1991 1st 16 30 5 8 17 18 47 18 SF     Kondratyev – 7     Filatov
1992 no competition SF   Semin

  RussiaEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer
(league)
Head coach
1992 1st 4 26 13 7 6 34 25 33   Mukhamadiev – 7   Semin
1993 5 34 14 11 9 45 29 39 R16   Al. Smirnov – 9   Semin
1994 3 30 12 12 6 49 28 36 QF UC R64   Garin – 20   Semin
1995 2 30 20 5 5 52 23 55 QF   Garin – 13   Semin
1996 6 34 15 10 9 46 31 55 W UC R64   Kosolapov – 10   Semin
1997 5 34 15 9 10 47 37 54 W CWC R16   Kosolapov – 9   Semin
1998 3 30 16 7 7 45 28 55 RU CWC SF   Borodyuk – 8
  Janashiya – 9
  Semin
1999 2 30 20 5 5 62 30 65 R32 CWC SF   Loskov – 14   Semin
2000 2 30 18 8 4 50 20 62 W UC R64   Loskov – 15   Semin
2001 2 30 16 8 6 53 24 56 W UC R32   Obiorah – 14   Semin
2002 1 31 20 9 2 47 14 69 R32 UCL
UC
1GS
R32
  Loskov – 7
  Evseev – 7
  Pimenov – 7
  Semin
2003 4 30 15 7 8 54 33 52 R16 ECL 2GS   Loskov – 14   Semin
2004 1 30 18 7 5 44 19 61 QF ECL R16   Sychev – 15   Semin
2005 3 30 14 14 2 41 18 56 R32   Bilyaletdinov – 8   Semin
  Eshtrekov
2006 3 30 15 8 7 47 34 53 QF UCL
UC
3Q
R32
  Loskov – 13   Muslin
  Dolmatov
2007 7 30 11 8 11 39 42 41 W UC 1R   Sychev – 11   Byshovets
2008 7 30 13 8 9 37 32 47 R32 UC GS   Odemwingie – 10   Rakhimov
2009 4 30 15 9 6 43 30 54 R32   Sychev – 12   Rakhimov
    Maminov
  Semin
2010 5 30 13 9 8 34 29 48 R32 EL Play-off Round   Aliyev – 14   Semin
2011–12 7 44 18 12 14 59 48 66 QF EL R32   Glushakov – 11   Krasnozhan
    Maminov
  Couceiro
2012–13 9 30 12 7 11 39 36 43 R16   N'Doye – 10   Bilić
2013–14 3 30 17 8 5 51 23 59 R32   N'Doye – 13   Kuchuk
2014–15 7 30 11 10 9 31 25 43 W EL Play-off Round   Fernandes – 7   Kuchuk
  Cherevchenko
  Božović
  Cherevchenko
2015–16 6 30 14 8 8 43 33 50 R16 EL Round of 32   Samedov – 9   Cherevchenko
2016–17 8 30 10 12 8 39 27 42 W   Fernandes – 9   Cherevchenko
  Pashinin
  Semin
2017–18 1 30 18 6 6 41 21 60 R32 EL Round of 16   Farfán – 10   Semin
2018–19 2 30 16 8 6 45 28 56 W CL Group Stage   Miranchuk – 11   Semin

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Lokomotiv.

Club recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.fclm.ru/en/club/stadium
  2. ^ "Красножан может быть уволен из "Локо" (Krasnozhan may be fired from Loko)" (in Russian). Sport Express. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Lokomotiv Moscow fires coach who reportedly is suspected of match-fixing". The Canadian Press. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Lokomotiv Moscow dismiss head coach Yuri Krasnozhan over alleged match fixing". sports.ru. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Официальная формулировка увольнения Красножана – "упущения, допущенные при работе" (Official wording of Krasnozhan's dismissal reason is "neglect of duties")" (in Russian). sports.ru. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Title contenders Lokomotiv Moscow sack coach". Eurosport. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Фурсенко: РФС не собирается вмешиваться в дела "Локомотива" (Fursenko: RFU won't interfere in Lokomotiv affairs)" (in Russian). championat.ru. 7 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "UEFA Champions League: Full group-stage fixture schedule 2019-20". ESPN. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Players". FC Lokomotiv Moscow. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ http://rfpl.org/clubs/lokomotiv

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