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Lokomotiv Moskva

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Lokomotiv Moscow (FC Lokomotiv Moskva,

Lokomotiv won the Russian Premier League in 2002 (ending FC Spartak Moscow domination) and in 2004, the USSR Cup in 1936 and 1957, and the Russian Cup (football) in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2007. The club was the runner-up in 1959, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2001, and finished third in 1994, 1998, 2005 and 2006. Lokomotiv was the Russian Super Cup holder in 2003 and 2005.


Lokomotiv was originally founded as Club of the October Revolution on 12 August 1923, and it united the strongest football players of several roads of the Moscow railway junction. In 1931, the club was renamed to Kazanka (Moskovskaya-Kazanskaya Zh.D) and in 1936, it was eventually renamed to as it is known today, Lokomotiv. During the Communist Party of the Soviet Union rule, Lokomotiv Moscow club was a part of the Lokomotiv (sports society) Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR and it was owned by the Soviet Ministry of Transportation through the Russian Railways.

Soviet era

When the Lokomotiv (sports society) Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR 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, Ivan Andreev. Lokomotiv debuted in the first ever Soviet Top League with a game against FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg 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 by 2 goals to nil in the Soviet Cup, and thus proclaim the first ever Soviet Cup.
suffered and actually in the space of five year 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 till the beginning of the sixties, the Lokomotiv competed for the highest trophies. Actually in 1957, Lokomotiv won the Soviet Cup for the second time, and two years later, Lokomotiv won the silver medals of the Soviet League. Eventually the second place was the highest position ever obtained by Lokomotiv in Soviet era.
, Asia, Africa and even North America. This resulted to be a great era for Lokomotiv and the squad included some of the finest Russian footballers of all time 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, Lokomotiv fell again from grace. A swing between the Soviet Top League and Soviet First League division followed. This lasted till the end of the 80s.

Post-Soviet era

In the beginning of 1990s Lokomotiv was considered the "weakest link" among 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 put the club's progress on a right track and thus installing Lokomotiv as the fifth wheel of the Moscow cart. All this because historically Lokomotiv wasn't considered to be a big club as FC Spartak Moscow, FC CSKA Moscow, FC Dynamo Moscow and FC Torpedo Moscow.

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 Lokomotiv Stadium (Moscow) resembling a traditional, compact English one was built. The arena, still considered as being one of the most, if not the best and comfortable in Eastern Europe gave a huge boost to a club's fan growth rate. Actually nowadays, the average attendance of Lokomotiv home games is one of the highest in Moscow. Eventually in 2009, the average attendance at the Lokomotiv Stadium (Moscow) was the second highest in Moscow.

Golden Match

In 2002 a "golden match" was needed to decide who will be the champion, as Lokomotiv Moscow and PFC CSKA Moscow both finished with the same amount of points after Gameweek 30. The game was played at Dynamo Stadium (Moscow) 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.

Second Title

Two years later, Lokomotiv Moscow won again the Russian Premier League by a single point over city rivals PFC CSKA Moscow. Lokomotiv won the championship by defeating FC Shinnik Yaroslavl 2–0 in Yaroslavl, a week after CSKA slipped up against city rivals FC Dynamo Moscow at home.


In 2005 their head coach for many years, Yuri Semin, left them to coach the Russian national team and was replaced by Vladimir Eshtrekov. During that same year, although leading the league for most of the year, Lokomotiv, under Estrekhov stumbled in the last games and eventually let CSKA to overtake them and claim the title. Ultimately Lokomotiv finishing 3rd. Estrekhov was sacked and Slavoljub Muslin was called in to replace. Eventually this was Loko's first foreign manager in the club's history. After a poor start, Lokomotiv recovered and finished third. Despite a respectable performance, Muslin was sacked. Anatoly Byshovets replaced at the helm and Yury Semin returned to Lokomotiv as a president. This brought little success to Lokomotiv as the season was rather a disappointing one as Lokomotiv finished in the 7th place. The only bright point was the winning of the Russian Cup (football). These poor performances prompted the Board of Directors to sack both coach Anatoly Byshovets and president Yury Semin. Subsequently Rinat Bilyaletdinov acted as a caretaker coach. This lasted till 6 December 2006 as Lokomotiv brought Rashid Rakhimov from Amkar Perm on a three year contract. However, this resulted to be yet another false move from the board as Lokomotiv were only capable of finishing 7th in Russian Premier League 2008 and starting poorly the Russian Premier League 2009. Unsurprisinly on 28 April 2009 Lokomotiv fired Rashid Rakhimov. Long-time serving player Vladimir Maminov was installed as a Caretaker manager. A month later, Lokomotiv appointed fan-favourite Yuri Semin. This brought immediate success to Lokomotiv as after a really poor start, Lokomotiv recovered and finished the season on a high, claiming the 4th place in the process.

Before the 2011/12 league season, Yuri Syomin left the club and was replaced by former PFC Spartak Nalchik manager, Yuri Krasnozhan. On 4 July 2011, rumours spread that Lokomotiv chairman Olga Smorodskaya suspected Krasnozhan of Match fixing the home league game against FC Anzhi Makhachkala, played on 27 May and finished 1–2, and decided to fire him on the grounds of the suspicion. Russian Football Union subsequently refused to investigate the case.

Performances in Europe

Lokomotiv reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final twice (in 1997/98 and 1998/99). The club also played in the 2nd group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2002/03 season and lost by the away goal in the Champions League last 16 tie against AS Monaco FC in 2004. These were the best achievements of the club in the European cups so far.

Players on loan

Youth squad

League positions

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Soviet Union

- Soviet Top League
- - Runners-Up: (1) 1959 Soviet Top League
- Soviet Cup
- - Winners: (2) 1936 Soviet Cup Final, 1957
- - Runners-Up: (1) 1990 Soviet Cup Final
- - Semi-Finalists: (6) 1937, 1953, 1955, 1958, 1978, 1991
- Soviet First League
- - Winners: (3) 1947, 1964, 1974
- - Promoted: (4) 1953, 1971, Soviet First League 1987, Soviet First League 1990


- Russian Premier League
- - Winners: (2) Russian Top League 2002, Russian Premier League 2004
- - Runners-Up: (4) Russian Top League 1995, Russian Top League 1999, Russian Top League 2000, Russian Top League 2001
- Russian Cup (football)
- - Winners: (5 record) Russian Cup 1995-96, Russian Cup 1996-97, 2000, 2001, 2007
- Russian Super Cup
- - Winners: (2) 2003 Russian Super Cup, 2005 Russian Super Cup

Commonwealth of Independent States

- CIS Cup
- - Winners: (1) 2005


- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- - Semi-Finalists: (2) UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1997–98, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1998–99


Lokomotiv play their home games at Lokomotiv Stadium. Its total seating capacity is 28,800 seats, all covered. The stadium was opened in 2002.
- Highest Attendance Recorded: 32,333 people
- Address: 107553, Moscow, Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya, 125
- Telephone: +7 (495) 161-4283
- Fax: +7 (495) 161-9977

League and Cup history

Soviet Union


- Season in progress

Notable players

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


- German Apukhtin
- Valentin Bubukin
- Yuri Chesnokov
- Yuri Gavrilov
- Valery Gazzaev
- Georgi Kondratyev
- Vladimir Maslachenko
- Valeri Novikov
- Valeriy Petrakov
- Anatoli Porkhunov
- Viktor Shishkin
- Georgi Yartsev
- Stanislav Cherchesov
- Oleg Sergeyev
- Valdas Ivanauskas
- Aleksandr Borodyuk
- Sergei Gorlukovich
- Igor Chugainov
- Dmitri Alenichev
- Aleksei Arifullin
- Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
- Aleksei Bugayev
- Dmitri Bulykin
- Taras Burlak
- Maksim Buznikin
- Yuri Drozdov
- Vadim Evseev
- Denis Glushakov
- Sergei Ignashevich
- Marat Izmailov
- Zaur Khapov
- Yevgeni Kharlachyov
- Dmitri Khokhlov
- Aleksei Kosolapov
- Dmitri Loskov
- Sergei Ovchinnikov
- Gennadiy Nizhegorodov
- Ruslan Nigmatullin
- Roman Pavlyuchenko
- Ruslan Pimenov
- Sergei Podpaly
- Aleksandr Podshivalov
- Sergey Viktorovich Ryzhikov

- Aleksandr Samedov
- Dmitri Sennikov
- Roman Shishkin
- Alexey Smertin
- Andrei Solomatin
- Dmitri Sychev
- Bakhva Tedeyev
- Oleg Teryokhin
- Dmitri Torbinski
- Ilia Tsymbalar
- Renat Yanbayev
- Vladimir Maminov
- Oleg Pashinin
- Aleksei Poliakov

Former USSR countries
- Hovhannes Goharyan
- Sargis Hovhannisyan
- Artur Sarkisov
- Albert Sarkisyan
- Narvik Sirkhayev
- Anton Amelchenko
- Sergei Gurenko
- Igor Gurinovich
- Andrei Lavrik
- Sergei Omelyanchuk
- Mikalay Ryndzyuk
- Yan Tigorev
- Dmitri Kruglov
- Malkhaz Asatiani
- Mikheil Ashvetia
- Giorgi Chelidze
- Giorgi Demetradze
- Zaza Janashia
- Davit Mujiri
- Evgeniy Lovchev
- Valeriy Yablochkin
- Mirlan Murzaev
- Deividas Česnauskis
- Robertas Fridrikas
- Arvydas Janonis
- Romas Mažeikis
- Vyacheslav Sukristov
- Stanislav Ivanov
- Yuri Baturenko

- Igor Cherevchenko
- Khakim Fuzailov
- Vitaliy Parakhnevych
- Vasili Postnov
- Mukhsin Mukhamadiev
- Rashid Rakhimov
- Oleksandr Aliyev
- Senijad Ibričić
- Emir Spahić
- Tomislav Dujmović
- Marek Čech (Czech footballer)
- Ivan Pelizzoli
- Marko Baša
- Răzvan Cociş
- Garry O'Connor
- Milan Jovanović (footballer born 1981)
- Branislav Ivanović
- Milan Obradović
- Ján Ďurica
- Marián Had
- Branko Ilič
- Eldin Jakupović

South and Central America
- Winston Parks
- Felipe Caicedo

- André Bikey
- Amr Zaki
- Baba Adamu
- Haminu Dramani
- Laryea Kingston
- Essau Kanyenda
- Dramane Traoré
- Victor Obinna
- James Obiorah
- Peter Odemwingie
- Sani Kaita
- Baye Djiby Fall
- Jacob Lekgetho
- Bennett Mnguni
- Shaker Zouagi

Club records


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