Moscow "Locomotive" again – the champion of Russia in football! Photo: Alexander Demyanchuk / TASS
This day all the fans "Locomotive" waited 14 years. In the autumn of 2004, their favorite club won the Russian Football Championship for the last time and since then has never been able to climb to the top of the Premier League again. And on May 5, 2018 this "black series" was interrupted. For the next year "Locomotive" – the best team in the country.
– I believed. Even when they played in a draw and lost, I always believed in our players. We were 22 people. We successfully passed this difficult competition. The most important thing is that we returned to "Locomotive" fans. His game, his soul. They believe us, and we believe them, – not hiding emotions, gave post-match comment head coach "Locomotive" Yuri Semin.
It was Yuri Semin who led the team to return her the title of champion. A year ago in spring the holiday came to Tushino and after 16 years the victory celebrated "Spartacus", now the turn of Cherkizovo and "Locomotive". A day before the match guide "Loco" made an unusual gesture. With the head coach of the team Yuri Semin was officially extended the contract. In the situation where the team has repeatedly stumbled on the way to the championship. And this bet has played!
Exodus "gold" duel against the St. Petersburg "Zenith" decided only one goal. In the first round "Locomotive" dropped from the first place in the Premier League Petrograders, having won a 3: 0 away victory over them in the new stadium. And now the victory brought "Locomotive" the title of Russian champions in football this season. And surprisingly, the only goal in the match was scored by the Portuguese forward Eder. His last fall was rented for this season. He is known worldwide as the author "gold" goal in the final of the European Football Championship. After this, the Portuguese’s career did not turn out well. And now – a new bright flash. Goal Eder in the 87th minute of the game brought victory "Locomotive" and gold medals.
After this victory "Loco" became unreachable for the persecutors from Moscow "Spartacus". The gap between the clubs for the tour before the end – 7 points, despite the fact that Spartak still have a match at home against "Of Rostov".
This autumn it was "Locomotive" will start from the group stage of the Champions League, returning to the main European tournament. And taking this step along with the coach who "fashioned" champion team "Locomotive" – Yuri Semin.