Friday, January 21, 2011

Nakhushev signs for Lokomotiv

Ruslan Nakhushev became the 7th signing of Lokomotiv as last Tuesday he had put pen to paper with Lokomotiv. The player, who was released from Saturn Ramenskoye following their withdrawal from Russian football system signed a 3 year and half contract. The player will wear the number 51. Something to know is that although the transfer was made official on the 18th, the player had been training with the Lokomotiv squad since January 12 and thus the officialization of the transfer came of no suprise to anyone.

Upon his signature for Lokomotiv, Nakhushev said that his first days at Lokomotiv were a pleasant experience for him and as a result it was not difficult for him to accept the terms offered by Lokomotiv and put all the formalities to bed. He stated that he is looking forward to put on the red-green shirt and hopes that tomorrow (last Wednesday) he plays in the friendly match Lokomotiv have scheduled against Polonia Warsaw (a match which the Russians won thanks to a solitary goal from Djiby Fall).

Ruslan Nakhushev, who was born in Nalchik started his professional career at his hometown club Spartak Nalchik. After impressing for Spartak, he moved to Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow but unfortunately he couldn't find way into their starting line-up and thus in 2004 he left for Anzhi Makhazkhala without making a single appearance for CSKA. The next season he moved to Khimki and after scoring 6 goals in 21 appearances in quite succesful stint at Khimki, Ruslan made a jump in quality and joined Saturn Ramenskoye. After playing 4 full seasons for Saturn and racking up 94 appearances and scoring two goals in the process, Nakhushev left Saturn and moved to Lokomotiv.


Note: I know that the purpose of this blog is to write about news related to Lokomotiv, BUT I just couldn't not mention the news that as from next season Saturn Moscow Region won't be there (Premier League). The club, which ammassed millions and millions of Russian Rubles in debts failed to find an agreement with Lithuanian tycoon Romanov (owner of Hearts) for the transfer of the ownership of the club and thus the outfit had no other way but to close its operations and cease to exist. Poor fans of Saturn indeed, fans who unlike those of FC Moscow always showed up in numbers to support their beloved club!
I am of the opinon that Fursenko & Co. should have focused on how to help such clubs (Amkar is expected to give up their place in the Premier League and go into the first division due to financial problems) to become self-sufficient rather than focusing on to move from the yearly system to August-May football system. Anyways what's done is done and there's no way back. All we can do is to show our solidarity with the Saturn fans and hope that someday their beloved club will open it's doors once again.

Goodbye, Saturn...

Anyways with FC Moscow and Saturn already out in successive seasons and Amkar expected to follow, the million dollar question is "Who will be the next...?"

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