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

Worst case scenario for the season: An injury crisis in their defence means they start leaking goals, their away record doesn’t improve and they start to lose their home form which ends up with them finishing even lower than last year. With Torpedo gone Lokomotiv could end up as the worst of the four Moscow clubs.

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Greatest Strength: Defence – The Red-Greens backline only conceded 25 goals last season, the second best in the division behind title winners Zenit St. Petersburg who conceded 17. Their backline is full of experience and defenders who are in their prime years such as Vitali Denisov, Roman Shiskin and Vedran Corluka. Defensive midfielder Dmitri Tarasov also provides further protection to the back four; expect them to have a similar defensive record this season.

Thanks to their Russian Cup win they will once again compete in the Europa League and have managed to already book their place in the group stages. It will be interesting to see what impact they can have on the European stage this season.

Key early season fixture:  Round 1 – Mordovia away – Can Lokomotiv record an early away win to boost their confidence on the road for the rest of the season?

Lokomotiv against Arsenal in gameweek 9 Russian Football Premier League.

Vilaliy Denisov talks to the media following the 0:1 loss to Ufa.

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

Greatest Weakness:  Away form – Lokomotiv only recorded 3 away wins in the League last season, these were against Rostov, Torpedo Moscow and Arsenal Tula who finished 14th, 15th and 16th respectively. This clearly shows that results away from the Lokomotiv Stadium are hard to come by for the Muscovites. This needs to drastically improve if they have any ambitions of finishing in the top 5.

Lokomotiv play their home games at Lokomotiv Stadium. Its total seating capacity is 28,800 seats, all covered. The stadium was opened after reconstruction in 2002.

Intro: The 2014/2015 season can strangely be viewed as both a success and disappointment for Lokomotiv. They won the Russian Cup in extra time against Kuban Krasnodar after a somewhat easy run to the final. However, in the league they dropped from 3rd place in 2013/14 to 7th in 2014/15 and were beaten in the Europa League qualifiers by Apollon Limassol from Cyprus.

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In the 2013-14 season, Lokomotiv did not win the league title.

This pre-season saw Lokomotiv narrowly lose on penalties to star studded Zenit St. Petersburg at the Petrovsky Stadium and this will give them confidence going into the new season.

Season prediction: The fact Lokomotiv have kept their defence together is a big plus, if they can turn their away form around then they have an excellent chance of making the top 5.

FC Lokomotiv Moscow (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russian: Футбо́льный клуб "Локомоти́в" Москва́, [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj klup ləkəmɐˈtʲif mɐˈskva], English: Locomotive) is a Russian football club based in Moscow.

Transfer/Departures review: Major signings include the now former Mordovia Saransk keeper Anton Kochenkov on a free transfer and the loan signing of Congolese midfielder Delvin N’Dinga from Monaco. Kochenkov was part of a Mordovia team that had an excellent home defence last season and will provide good competition to Brazilian goalkeeper Guilherme.

Lokomotiv youth squad pasted Rostov during Gameweek 8 of the Youth Football League.

Lokomotiv lost in Rostov in gameweek 8 Russian football Premier League/

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Lokomotiv against Ufa in gameweek 7 Russian football premier league.

The best photo of the game between Khimki - Lokomotiv in 1/16 Russian football cup.

Lokomotiv reached the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final twice, in 1997–98 and 1998–99. The club also played in the UEFA Champions League for the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, progressing past the group stage in the latter only to fall to eventual finalists AS Monaco in the round of 16.

Russian legend Roman Pavlyuchenko has departed alongside former West Ham Untied winger Victor Obinna. Several other players have also been released to clear out the dead wood from the squad.

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.

Two years later, Lokomotiv again won the Russian Premier League, edging city rivals CSKA by a single point; Lokomotiv defeated Shinnik Yaroslavl 0–2 in Yaroslavl, a week after CSKA fell to city rivals Dynamo at home.

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Third win in a row of Lokomotiv youth team in Russian championship.

Best case scenario for the season: A top 5 finish, another good run in the cup and qualification from their Europa League group. A stable defence like last year’s could help them achieve this. Cherevchenko has revealed that the season goal is to finish on a European spot.

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N’Dinga will reinforce the midfield and will be confident coming in to the squad having just won the Greek title while on loan at Olympiakos.