Saturday, 29 August 2015

Preview Lokomotiv - Krasnodar.

Локомотив  Краснодар
Локомотив // Краснодар 
Sunday, August 30th 2015
(Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow)
12:30 Lokomotiv Moscow - FK Krasnodar
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Rostov-on-Don).
Assistants: Dmitrij Bereznev (Rostov-on-Don) and Roman Usachyov (Rostov-on-Don).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Delegate: Boris Larin (Moscow).
Inspector: Nikolay Levnikov (Saint Petersburg).

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
Krasnodar - Lokomotiv 1-0: 37' Pereyra (pen.).

AbsentsDurica (injured), Sheshukov (injured).
In doubt: Boussoufa.

Lokomotiv: 3.
FK Krasnodar: 6.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Vasilij Utkin.


Lokomotiv want to continue dreaming about the title. Why do I say this? Today Zenit was defeated in Saint Petersburg against a brilliant Krylja, while Spartak lost a home match v Anzhi. As a consequence, tomorrow 'Railroaders' have got a greedy opportunity vs Krasnodar to overcome the 'Bomzhi' and to slip the white-reds. 

However, it won't be an easy game. Krasnodar are one of the strongest teams in RPL and two weeks ago they defeated Zenit at Petrovskij Stadium. Furthermore, they reached the Europa League group stage, eliminating Finnish side HJK. In the last round, despite drawing 0:0 vs Mordoviya, they played a good football and merited to win. This was caused by the European competition, that took out power and freshness. 

In this transfers window, the 'Bulls' couldn't have spent too much money to sign players in order to respect the FFP terms. However, a good jolly like the Norwegian Strandberg arrived in Krasnodar together with Kaborè, who was close to join Lokomotiv. The 'Bulls' signed also our former midfielder Dmitrij Torbinskij and Fyodor Smolov from Dinamo. 

Kononov should opt for a ordinary 4-3-3 with Gazinskij, Akhmetov and Mamaev in the midfield. In particular, we think that the Uzbek player is the favorite instead of Strandberg. Smolov has been having a very good season so far, so the Belorussian coach should confirm him in the three attacking players. Then, we choose Wanderson, who is more in form than Ari, and Bystrov, who was one of the protagonists of the victory in Saint Petersburg. Laborde should start on the bench, while Pereyra has got a small injury.

Cherevchenko, instead, should confirm the same starting line-up that defeated Ufa. There is only one ballot between Miranchuk and Kolomeytsev, but we prefer the latter as he made two assists at Neftyanik Stadium. Lokomotiv want to win the first home match of the season before the break of the national teams, so it'll be important not to disappoint the fans.

Former Lokomotiv defender Yurij Drozdov (1993-2003) said: "Three days are enough to recover from the European games. Furthermore, Krasnodar have got good players on the bench. It'll be a tough match for Lokomotiv. Kononov's team plays perfectly both in defense and in attack. They also fixed the highest tasks."

Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin - Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
N'Dinga - Tarasov
Samedov  - Kolomeytsev - Kasaev
FK Krasnodar (4-3-3)
Kaleshin - Granqvist Sigurdsson - Petrov
Gazinskij - Akhmedov - Mamaev
Bystrov - Wanderson - Smolov

Friday, 28 August 2015

Sporting, Besiktas and Skënderbeu in Europa League.

Imparare Albanese!

Today, in Monaco took place the Europa League draw for the group stage. 

Lokomotiv have been drawn in the group H with Sporting (Portugal), Besiktas (Turkey) and Skenderbeu (Albania). 

The first match will be played on September 17. The second one on October 1. The third on October 22. The fourth on November 5. The fifth on November 26. The sixth on December 10. 

The full calendar will be published later.


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Seven Lokomotiv's players have been called by the national teams.

Seven Lokomotiv's players have been called by the national teams. 

Vedran Corluka has been called by the Croatia national team for the qualifiers to the European championship vs Azerbaijan (3 September) and Norway (6 September). 

Jan Durica has been included by the Slovakia National Team in the squad for the games against Spain (5 September) and Ukraine (8 September). 

Delvin N'Dinga will take part with Congo national team to the qualifying game to the African Cup against Guinea (5 September). 

Petar Skuletic has been called by the Serbia National team for the qualifying game vs Armenia (4 September) and the friendly match against France (7 September). 

Aleksey Miranchuk and Dmitrij Barinov have been called by the Youth Team Russia for the qualifying games to the European championship against Finland (4 September) and Austria (8 September). 

Vitalij Denisov has been called by the Uzbekistan national team for the qualifiers to the 2018 World Cup against Yemen (3 September) and Philippines (8 September). 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Igor Cherevchenko: "The guys gave me a gift".

Igor Cherevchenko: I ragazzi mi ha fatto un regalo

Igor Cherevchenko in the post-game press-conference spoke about the game against Ufa (0:3), resuming it. 

- We fully controlled the match. We knew that Ufa would have created many dangerous chances on the inactive balls, as a consequence we were prepared on it carefully. Generally speaking, they made me a good impression. 

- How do you value the match of Kasaev?
- I'm very happy. The guys gave me a gift. Thanks also to the fans that supported us. 

- No Lokomotiv's players were called for the Russia National Team.
- We've got good players, but each coach has his own vision. 

- What has Niasse got with the hand?
- He had a fracture that hasn't still healed. Niasse constantly fall on his hand.

Ufa - Lokomotiv 0:3.

Casa bene e via migliore

Lokomotiv defeated Ufa in the sixth round of the Russian Premier League, winning the fourth away game in a row. 

Compared to the game against Terek, the technical staff decided to make two changes in the starting line-up: Pejcinovic replaced Logashov, while Kolomeytsev took the place of Miranchuk due to tactical reasons. 

At the eve of the match, the team remembered the dreary atmosphere there was in Ufa before the Russian Cup's round. Today, everything was different with no fog. In particular, we should underline the presence of a banner in the Lokomotiv's fans sector that celebrated Igor' Cherevchenko for his 41st birthday. 

Lokomotiv had played for the first time in the season with the green kit, which is loved by the fans. 'Railroaders' took the lead after five minutes with Niasse, who took advantage from a inattention of the Ufa's defense and beat Yurchenko. However, this goal didn't influence the home side that tried to score the 1:1 with a powerful shot of Igboun, but Guilherme was careful. A few minutes before the break, Lokomotiv doubled the score: Kolomeytsev served a fantastic ball to Kasaev, who scored on the corner with a beautiful shot. 

In the second half, Ufa tried to change something ans as a consequence Kolyvanov put in the field Zinchenko and Pourie. However, this was vain: Igboun was sent away and so Lokomotiv was able to control the game. Five minutes before the final whistle, Pejcinovic scored the third one with a great header. 

Lokomotiv won the fourth away game of the season in a row and took the second place in the table. 

Russian Premier League. Week sixth 
"Ufa" - "Lokomotiv" - 0:3 (0:2) 
Goals: Niasse, 5 (0:1). Kasaev, 35 (0:2). Pejčinović, 80 (0:3)
"Ufa": Yurchenko, Katsalapov (Zinchenko, 46), Sukhov, Tumasyan, Osipov, Zaseev, Stotskiy, Paurevic (Fomin, 64), Marcinho, Handzic (Pourie, 46), Igboun
"Lokomotiv": Guilherme, Denisov (Logashov, 86), Corluka, Shishkin, Pejčinović, Tarasov (Al Miranchuk, 81), Kasaev, N'Dinga, Samedov, Kolomeytsev, Niasse (Maicon, 74)
Yellow cards: Katsalapov, 10. Igboun, 36. Zaseev, 53. Tumasyan, 62 
Red card: Igboun, 58 (second yellow card)
Referee: Vladimir Moskalev (Voronezh) 
August 23. "Ufa". Neftyanik Stadium

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Preview Ufa - Lokomotiv.

Ufa  Локомотив
УФА // Локомотив
Sunday, August 23rd 2015
(Neftyanik Stadium, Ufa)
12.30 FK Ufa - Lokomotiv Moscow
Referee: Vladimir Moskalyov (Voronezh).
Assistants: Aleksey Vorontsov (Yaroslavl) and Vladislav Nazarov (Nevinnomyssk).
Sub assistants: ? (?) and ? (?).
Delegate: Aleksander Safonov (Moscow).
Inspector: Stanislav Sukhina (Malakhovka).

Lokomotiv - Ufa 0-0
Ufa- Lokomotiv 1-0: 50' Paurevic. 

AbsentsDurica (injured), Sheshukov (injured).
In doubt: Boussoufa.

Ufa: 9.
Lokomotiv: 3.

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

-NTV Nash Futbol. Commentators: Aleksey Andronov.


Today, Lokomotiv has flown to Ufa and had a training session at Neftyanik Stadium. Tomorrow, 'Railroaders' will face Ufa at 13:30 Moscow Time.

Loko has earned 9 points in the first three away matches of the season. A fantastic three on three that let Cherevchenko to dream to the highest positions. Mordoviya, Anzhi and Ural were all good opponents, but in our opinion Ufa is stronger than them in this moment. Igor' Kolyvanov is a very skilled Head Coach, while the sports director Gazizov built a heavy team. In this transfers window, they've signed two of the best players of the Danish League (Igboun and Pourie), plus an experienced player like Katsalapov. Ufa has played a great football so far. They were not only able to draw against Spartak and Kuban' (both games away), but also to provide a fantastic performance vs Zenit. In the end, the Saint Petersburg club won, but the Kolyvanov's XI merited at least a point.

Regarding the team, Safronidi is recovering from an injury. As a consequence, he played with the reserves team today together with Kilin, Semakin and Diego Carlos. By the way, Lokomotiv won 1:3 thanks to a double of Galadzhan and a goal of Makhatadze. Kolyvanov should confirm the starting line-up that won in Saransk against Mordoviya with Paurevic that should return and take the place of Safronidi. At the same time, we must underline the whole attack's unit: Zinchenko is a fantastic talent, Igboun has already demonstrated his value in these first rounds, Stotskiy is a brilliant jolly and Marcinho is a strong offensive midfielder. 

Cherevchenko, instead, has to decide some ballots. Logashov played an awful match against Terek, but he has got the Russian passport and this could be very useful during the match. However, we prefer including Pejcinovic in the starting line-up. In the midfield, the couple formed by N'Dinga and Tarasov should be confirmed. Miranchuk could be replaced by Kolomeytsev in order to contain more efficiently the Ufa's attacks. In fact, Cherevchenko said: "I can't exclude that Kolomeytsev could play closer to attack with the departure of Boussoufa." Grigorjev, instead, has recently returned training to the main group, but should start the match on the bench. 

Vitaliy Denisov said: "Ufa won't be an easy opponent for Lokomotiv. The artificial turf adds new adjustments." Cherevchenko, instead, underlined the importance of the auto-criticism: "I've spoken to the players. We analyzed the game against Terek and we drew our conclusions.The next game will show if our conclusions are right or not. We go to Ufa for the victory." 

We expect a sold-out and an interesting match on the field. Check out all the news before and after the match on our Twitter: @confortistefano

Ufa (4-2-3-1)
Katsalapov - Tumasyan - Osipov - Sukhov 
Zaseev - Paurevic
Stotskiy - Igboun - Zinchenko 
Lokomotiv (4-2-3-1)
Shishkin - Corluka - Pejcinovic - Denisov
N'Dinga - Tarasov
Samedov - Kolomeytsev - Kasaev

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Vladimir Yakunin leaves the Russian Railways.

Якунин покидает РЖД

Vladimir Yakunin leaves the role of President of the Russian Railways. 

A source close to the situation told to that Yakunin decided to leave the RZD in order to be given the role of Senator in the Oblast' of Kaliningrad. 

The same Yakunin confirmed his decision today. The elections for the Kaliningrad Oblast' were set on September 13rd 2015. As a consequence, on 14 September has been planned a reunion in the Russian Railways to finalize his departure. 

In this moment, many names have been accosted to take the Yakunin's place. One of them is Aleksey Miller, the President of Gazprom and a well-know Zenit's fan.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Igor Cherevchenko: "We lost two points".

Игорь Черевченко: Мы потеряли два очка

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

- We created a few chances and we lost two points. In the second half, we played better. We were more offensive after Kolomeytsev replaced Tarasov. We became more fresh on the wings.

- How do you value the episode with Skuletic?
- I don't want to speak about the referee. Let it to the people that has to judge these things.

- In the second half, the team played more on the wings, but Skuletic was released in the last ten minutes. 
- Niasse played very good and he's not worse than Skuletic in the training. 

- Samedov wasn't accurate. Why did he kick the free kicks? 
- The last week, Samedov scored with a free kick. Today, it was the opposite. It happens. 

- Why was Pejcinovic on the bench?
- Nemanja was injured and had the first training a day before the match. Logashov played in the center of defense and was good.