Voices from Russia

Sunday, 22 November 2015

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

00 FK Lokomotiv mascot on the pitch 221115


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?


Friday, 27 March 2015

FK Spartak Moskva Backers Help Scammed 102-Year-Old Fan

00 FK Spartak Moskva. Moscow. Russia. Otto Fisher 02. 27.03.15


00 FK Spartak Moskva. Moscow. Russia. Otto Fisher 01. 27.03.15


Media reports said that Otto Fisher, a 102-year-old FK Spartak Moskva fan, received 500,000 Roubles (53,750 Renminbi. 541,000 INR. 8,650 USD. 10,890 CAD. 11,150 AUD. 7,940 Euros. 5,810 UK Pounds) from the club after a scam artist robbed him. Spartak’s official Twitter account stated that Spartak striker V A Krotov handed the money to Fisher during the recording a programme dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The tweet noted, “FK Spartak footballers handed 500,000 Roubles to Otto Fisher, a 102-year fan who was recently robbed”. Earlier this month, Spartak’s fan club announced that they’re creating a bank account to benefit Fisher. Team spokesmen said that Spartak would additionally give money collected from the sale of tickets to the game between Spartak and FK Kuban Krasnodar, scheduled for 4 April. Last week, an unknown man who introduced himself as a social worker managed to steal 730,000 Roubles (78,470 Renminbi. 790,000 INR. 12,620 USD. 15,900 CAD. 16,280 AUD. 11,590 Euros. 8,490 UK Pounds) from Fisher’s house in Kopeisk (Chelyabinsk Oblast). Fisher’s story gained wide recognition after he attended a national championship match between Spartak and its Moscow rival FK Dinamo Moskva, a trip organised by Spartak’s fan club. Fisher, who attended the match as a guest of honour, opened the event by ceremonially kicking the ball.

27 March 2015

Sputnik International


Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 September 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Belgrade Red Star Fans Show Support for DNR at New Spartak Stadium in Moscow

00 Belgrade Red Star fans at Spartak Stadium. Moscow. 06.09.14


00 Belgrade Red Star fans at Spartak Stadium 01. Moscow. 06.09.14

For us, the Motherland is our precious home!


The first match at the new pitch for FK Spartak Moskva was a “friendly” between them and FK Red Star Belgrade. The Red Star backers are always welcome in Moscow… they’re real bros to the Russian people and they aren’t yobbos the way some of the Western fans are (although the English fans were on their best behaviour a few years back when Man United played in Moscow). The Red Star supporters showed a real sense of brotherhood with our suffering compatriots in Novorossiya. Look at the above images… a picture IS worth a thousand words.


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