Voices from Russia

Sunday, 22 November 2015

22 November 2015. Now, For Something ENTIRELY Different… The FK Lokomotiv Moskva “Mascot”

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FK Lokomotiv Moskva is one of the main football teams in Moscow. Lokomotiv won the Russian Premier League in 2002 and 2004, the USSR Cup in 1936 and 1957, and the Russian Cup in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2015. The club was the league runner-up in 1959, 1995, 1999, 2000, and 2001, and finished third in 1994, 1998, 2005, 2006, and 2014. Lokomotiv was the Russian Super Cup holder in 2003 and 2005. They’re not known as the Mighty Parovozy (Choo-Choos) for nought. The present roster has 13 players from Russia, 3 from Serbia, 2 from Brazil, and one each from Croatia, Portugal, Senegal, Morocco, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Congo-Brazzaville. The Team Captain is centre-back defender Vedran Ćorluka from Croatia. In June 2015, after Ćorluka helped Lokomotiv to win the Russian Cup, fans named him the team’s Player of the Year. The most vocal and raucous backers sit in the South Stand… the side’s main rivals are FK Spartak Moskva (“Meat”), FK Torpedo Moskva (“Black n’ Whites”), and FK Saturn Moscow Oblast (“Aliens”). Therefore, the sports-reader would say, “The Choo-Choos blanked the Black n’ Whites” or “The Aliens trashed the Meat”, and everybody gets it. This little guy is their on-pitch “mascot”. Shades of Thomas the Tank Engine!

Red n’ Green forever! Need you guess which side I back in Russian footie?



Sunday, 18 October 2015

18 October 2015. Truth Comes In All Sorts of Packages


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

23 September 2015. Yo, Yog! Now, He’s with the Immortals

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One of the best…

In his own words, “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him”. Truer words were never spoken. Our world is the poorer…


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015. A Blast from the Metropolia Past… Mike Naymick of the “Tribe”

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“Tribe” has two complementary meanings here… firstly, Mike Naymick was from the “tribe”, he was “one of us”, he came out of American Slavonia, he was Russian Orthodox, he was an Old School Hunkie. Secondly, Mike played for the Cleveland Indians, “The Tribe”, in 1939-40, and 1943-44 (and for the St Louis Cardinals in 1944). He was 6 foot 8 inches tall (2.03 metres) and wore Size 17 (Size 53 European) shoes! Whew!


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