venerdì 1 agosto 2014

Preview Lokomotiv Moscow - FK Krasnodar.

Локомотив // Краснодар
Sunday, August 3rd 2014
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
19.30 Lokomotiv Moscow - FK Krasnodar
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (Saint Petersburg).
Assistants: Aleksey Lebedev (Saint Petersburg) and Aleksander Kudryatsev (Saint Petersburg).
Sub assistants: Sergey Kulikov (Saransk) and Vitalij Rushakov (Arkhangelsk).
Inspector: Sergey Zuev (Moscow).

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 (autogol), 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.

AbsentsLogashov (injured), Sheshukov (injured).
In doubt: Tigorev (injured).

Lokomotiv Mosca: //.
FK Krasnodar: //.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Denis Kazanskij.


RPL is finally returned and Lokomotiv will be the second-last team to play. In Moscow "Railroaders" are going to host Krasnodar, which have one of the most interesting project worldwide. Yesterday "Byki" played their third match in Europa League of the history and won 1-5 with a modeste Hungarian club. On Sunday the opponent will be stronger and as said by Gazinsky, they will arrive to Lokomotiv Moscow only for the win.

In this transfers session the club of Galitsky preferred the experience and for this reason, in Krasnodar are arrived player as Bystrov, Adzhindzhal and Izmaylov, a great former red-green. With them, "Bulls" have signed also Akhmedov from Anzhi, on the best midfielder of the latest RPL. All will be available against Loko except Izmaylov, who arrived in Krasnodar in a bad form. We try to guess the first XI, which probably will be different respect the match of Thursday. Capitan Granqvist could replace Martynovich, while on the right Bystrov should substitute Laborde for the famous limit of Russian football. As forward, Wanderson is ready to fight against Corluka and Durica.

In Lokomotiv, instead, Kuchuk is ready to play with some debutantes. Fernandes has already substituted Boussoufa, while Kasaev seemed really motivated during the two Austrian camps. The really problem will be in the midfield, with Diarra in sale, Tarasov not at 100%, Tigorev in doubt, Sheshukov as Logashov out, the Belarusian coach could choose Shishkin with Mykhalyk. Only bench for Pejcinovic and Niasse, the former has ahead Durica, while the latter has just arrived.

The match will start at 21.30 (Moscow Time) because the heat of Moscow, which have forced RFS to move the begin of the game some hours later.

Lokomotiv Moscow (4-2-3-1)
Yanbaev -  Corluka - Durica - Denisov
Shishkin - Mykhalyk
Samedov - Fernandes - Kasaev

FK Krasnodar (4-2-3-1)
Jędrzejczyk - Granqvist Sigurdsson - Kaleshin
Gazinsky -  Akhmedov
Bystrov - Pereyra - Joazinho 

mercoledì 30 luglio 2014

Who is Baye Oumar Niasse?

The signing of Baye Oumar Niasse for Lokomotiv Moscow seems quite astonishing. Even more, if you were following him closely since his shy arrival in Akhisar (Turkey) last summer, when just some executives of the Turkish club welcame him. He was paid almost nothing, 250.000 euros, from his Senegalese former outfit US Ouakam.

Formerly known just for some matches played in Norway with the SK Brann jersey, Niasse arrived in Akhisar without any expectation. Furthermore, the supporters barely noticed the signing. Someone even asked the reason of those 250k euros paid to the Senegalese club, thinking that the investment was a waste of money. Maybe the lack of pressure and the low expectations around him played a crucial role, with the Akhisar coach Hamza Hamzaoglu who decided to play him regularly when the main striker of the club, the Greek Theofanis Gekas, left the club for Konyaspor and got no substitute. Akhisar were expected to be one of the worst outfits of the Turkish Super Lig, favorite to an immediate relegation. Then, the season started. And everything changed, thanks to that Senegalese unknown striker.

Oumar Niasse had an unprecedented impact on the Turkish Super Lig. His terrific speed and an unexpected brilliant feeling with the goal, enhanced by the defenders who barely knew him at the beginning, made him one of the revelations of the whole 2014/2015 season. The numbers, between Super Lig and Turkish National Cup, are there to explain us his explosion:

- Until the Akhisar transfer, Niasse had 4 official appereances and 0 goals. This was just his evanescent Norway short experience . The Akhisar scouting work has been decisive, observing him also at his home club in Senegal and discovering his potential.

- After the Akhisar transfer, Niasse scored in 1 season the beauty of 15 goals between Super Lig and Turkish Cup, made 7 assists for his teammates and many beautiful counterattack runs, favorited by the smart ideas of the coach Hamzaoglu, who has now left Akhisar joining Fatih Terim in the Turkish National Team staff.

Oumar Niasse caught even the headlines of the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, in its Tuesday special called Extra-Time. His story attracted the attention of the Italian journalists because of the Senegalese striker extremely low wage: as Niasse arrived in Akhisar, he signed a contract worth just 9.000 euros per month. By the way, after his first outstanding Turkish months his wages clearly increased. As he didn't stop to score and enchant Akhisar, he convinced many clubs to scout & follow him closely. Trabzonspor were rumoured to be following him, but Lokomotiv reportedly believed in him more, offering 5,5 million to his Turkish club, who couldn't refuse such a offer. They paid him 250k euros just one year ago, after all...

Now, Niasse's future. As his transfer to Loko looks done, many questions are rapidly increasing around the Senegalese goal-machine. Will he adapt well to Russia? Will he be the Akhisar striker who almost beat Galatasaray just by his goals? Will he be able to play also against very locked defensive systems, and not just by counter-attacks? Will the Loko investment of 5,5 million pay-off? Just time knows the answer. The Russian Premier League will tell us if this amazing signing was a bluff, or another immense bargain. Maybe Oumar Niasse will be able to transform in gold everything he touched, as he did in Akhisar. And the 5,5 million paid by Lokomotiv could even become a very little sum for him, by the next summer transfer window.

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martedì 29 luglio 2014

Baye Oumar Niasse: "N'Doye said: «Brother, you must come here»".

Lokomotiv's new signing Baye Oumar Niasse sat for an exclusive interview with the club's web site after the signing of the contract.

- I'm a young player and the transfer in a big clubs is a new step in my career. Lokomotiv gave me this opportunity and so I'm happy. I want to do a lot of good things for the team, the city and to justify the trust of the people.

- We have already a player from Senegal. Is it important for you?
- Very important, because this player can be really useful during the adaptation, enter in the team and explain the situations. Dame is like a brother for me. When I was in Senegal, I have already known about him. He's a great player and if I'm here, it's also thanks to him. We were speaking about Lokomotiv and he said: «Brother, you must come here».

- You seem an outgoing person which have fastly found a contact with fans.
- Yes, you know, I'm an happy boy and when I'm happy I become a little crazy in positive sense. By the fact, Dame spoke me about people and fans, I think that all will be good with them. 

lunedì 28 luglio 2014

Baye Oumar Niasse signs for Lokomotiv.

Lokomotiv have found an agreement with Turkish club Akhisarspor Belediyespor for the signing of the forward Baye Oumar Niasse24 years old, the Senegalese player has signed a long-term contract. He will play in Loko with numer "21". Lokomotiv sportive director Kirill Kotov has commented on the move: "Baye Oumar Niasse will reinforce and bring in diversity to our attacks. He's a real talented forward, who can play equally as a striker or on the sides. His versatility and physical characteristics will be veru useful to us to fight in three competitions this season.  We are sure that Niasse will improve himself and help the team to win."

Player's Bio: HERE.

venerdì 25 luglio 2014

Lokomotiv and Adidas unveil new kits for 2014-2015 season.

Yesterday, during a particular moment of the meeting with fans, Lokomotiv and Adidas unveiled new kits for 2014-2015 season. Corluka, Tarasov and Samedov together showed them.

Adidas used with the most advanced technologies and the usual colours of Loko. 

The home kit has been realized to underline the contrast of white polo. The green became the main colour completed on the sides by the red. On the back there are the three famous strips of Adidas. Shorts and socks are red. 

The away kit is as usual white with the contrast with red and green. The third kit is black. 

In the developing of the kits, Adidas used the ClimaCool technology. It has been thought to help athletes during the physical efforts. Thanks to the combination of tissues and material, kits provide an optimal temperature and the right comfort during the game. Kits made by Adidas are already in the official Loko stores! Buy them!

Lokomotiv receive the bronze medal and speak with fans.

Yesterday, Lokomotiv Stadium became the site of show during the meeting with fans.

From 18.00 Moscow Time, the Central Stand started filling up. At the end there were about 2000 spectators during the event. First of all, there was the open training, which can be seen by fans. Then, Loko players changed themselves and 30 minutes later they received the bronze medal of RPL.

All the components of Loko have been awarded by the legendary president Vladimir Korotkov and the president of Russian Premier League Sergey Pryadkin. "It was an event that we waited for 8 years, Lokomotiv are finally returned to win a medal in RPL, - said Pryadkin. - I think that this bronze medal glitters of gold."

Then he spoke to the fans: "Friends, I think that here there are the most loyal fans. The new season starts with a bronze medal. I liked yours RPL, you have to love your favourite team."

After this, Lokomotiv awarded 13 fans, who have taken part in all matches of the season. 

Then, Corluka, Tarasov and Samedov unveiled the new kits by Adidas. Sport director Kirill Kotov, instead, introduce the new players to the team: Manuel Fernandes, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Alan Kasaev and Arsenij Logashov. 

After these official ceremonies, Lokomotiv replied to the answers of the fans and offered to all a long autographs session. 

HERE you can find the full photo report of the meeting.

martedì 22 luglio 2014

Lokomotiv - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-3.

The last friendly match in Austria for Lokomotiv is opened immeditaely poorly for 'Railroaders'. After only 2 minutes, Bayer take the lead thanks to Turkish midfielder Calhanoglu, who beat Abaev with a good shot. 5 minutes later, the German club score again thanks to a penalty of Kiessling.

After this, Loko continue to suffer Bayer attacks, which are very dangerous. Only in the final minutes of first half Kuchuk's team wake up, but nor Maicon nor N'Doye take advantages from the opportunities.

In the second 45 minutes, Bayer don't stop their attacks and at '65 Yurchenko scores the goal of 0-3. Now Loko try to react and 14 minutes later Shishkin doesn't miss a good chance from a Pavlyuchenko assist, 1-3. In the last moments Pavlyuchenko is dangerous again with a shot that not surprise former goalkeeper Kresic, which is not enough to avoid the defeat.

After the game Loko will fly from Munich Airport to Moscow, where on July 24th the society have arranged a meeting with fans. 

Lokomotiv - Bayer 04 1-3

Goals: 2' Chalhanoglu, 7' Kiessling (penalty), 65' Yurchenko, 79' Shishkin.

Lokomotiv: Abaev, Corluka (Belyaev, 74), Durica (Pejcinovic, 46), Denisov (Seraskhov, 77), Yanbaev, Fernandes, Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Tkachyov (Aleksey Miranchuk, 82), Maicon, N'Doye (Pavlyuchenko, 77).

Bayer 04: Krešić, Spahic, Jedvaj (Hilbert, 46), Wendell, Donati (Wagener, 46), Reinartz, Calhanoglu (Ryu Seung Woo, 46), Castro (Rolfes, 46), Bellarabi, Son Heung-Min, Kiessling (Drmic, 46).

Yellow cards: 48' Pejcinovic,.

July 22nd. Alois Latini Stadium, Zell am See.

lunedì 21 luglio 2014

Lokomotiv - Greuther Fürth 0-2. Tarasov returns.

In the match against one of the oldest Germany club, Lokomotiv play some youngs in the pitch, like Serashkov, Makarov and Aleksey Miranchuk. The captain is Guilherme, while Pejcinovic forms an interesting couple with Belyaev in the centre of defense.

The first shot is for Mykhalyk, who from a good position waste a great opportunity. Both teams play an offensive game, but no one is dangerous. Although Kasaev seems one of the most inspired for Loko and thanks to him 'Railroaders' create something, the first 45 minutes end on 0-0.

The second half is opened by a great start of Greuther, which score immediately a goal to Guilherme. At 60' in Loko arrive the best moment of the match: Tarasov returns to play after six months. With former Spartak player on the pitch, Kuchuk's teams suffers another goal, scored thanks to a penalty. Now Loko start to attack again, but nor Pavlyuchenko nor Grigorjev are accurate. The game finish 0-2. The next match will be tomorrow against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, at 18.30 Moscow time, the last of Austrian camps.

Lokomotiv - Greuther 0-2

Goals: 47' Vaylandt, 67' Sukalo (penalty).

Lokomotiv: Guilherme, Pejcinovic (Tarasov, 63), Mykhalyk, Shishkin, Belyaev, Seraskhov, Kasaev (Koryan, 64), Grigorjev (Tkachyov, 86), Makarov (Barinov, 75), Al. Miranchuk, Pavlyuchenko.

Greuther: Mickel (Hesl, 88), Korcsmar (Kartalis, 46), Cacutalua (Holter, 59), Baba (Rocker, 46), Furstner (Weilandt, 46; Steininger, 79), Trinks (Przybylko, 59), Pledl (Kayaroglu, 46), Cinar (Sukalo, 46), Mudrinski (Stiepermann, 59), Zulj (Lam, 59). 

July 21st. Sportplatze Stadium, Oberwang.