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“Dirty things were happening.” How Rakhimov failed at Lokomotiv

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 03:23:35

Loko fans remember the year 2007 with complex emotions. On the one hand, the victory in the Russian Cup, on the other, the failure in the championship. Yuri Semin is the president and, in theory, he influences something, but Anatoly Byshovets is the head coach, reading poetry to the players and conducting philosophical debates. This is in no way to belittle the merits of the 1988 Olympic champion, but that “Loko” was really strange. Both from the point of view of results and from the point of view of management. So when Semin and Byshovets were removed from their positions in November, almost no one was surprised. Rinat Bilyaletdinov led the boys to the lost match with Panathinaikos, and at that time the club was choosing a new coach.

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At that time, the big boss’s powers were finally secured by Sergei Lipatov, who within a couple of years would become the main enemy for most Loko fans. The man, who enjoyed the trust of Vladimir Yakunin, governed the board of directors, although many understood the fictitious nature of this management body.

All decisions remained in Lipatov’s hands. At the end of 2007, Kommersant reported that the management, which at that time managed approximately the second budget in the league, intended to invite Guus Hiddink or Dick Advocaat to the position of head coach. Then they softened the requests a bit. After all, in winter it is very difficult to get such a specialist, and the lack of European Cups did not add reasons for a potential top-level coach to come to Cherkizovo.

Sergei Lipatov

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

And then someone proposed the candidacy of Rashid Rakhimov. Present him as a specialist with a foreign coaching license (Rashid received it in Austria), a relatively young age (then the man was only 42 years old) and positive reviews in the RPL. The coach achieved excellent results with the modest Amkar: a historic eighth place and reaching the final of the Russian Cup. Why not immediately join a big club?

First, the team hired a coach. Sergei Gurenko spoke about updated preparations for the season. The classes have become interesting and the approach has become more modern. Although someone might be surprised, but not the veterans. By the way, Rakhimov treats them very tenderly. He didn’t do much cleaning after he arrived. He treated everyone equally. If you are stronger, you play. Regardless of age.

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Transfers, conflicts and favorite result

One of the newcomers in the first transfer window under Rakhimov was Ivan Levenets, the same legend in goalkeeper gloves. He worked with Rashid in Perm and then received an invitation to Loko. Yes, the team at that time had a very hard time with the first issue, but adding Ivan Pelizzoli, Eldin Yakupovich and Alexey Polyakov to Levents was the strangest possible idea.

Some at the time definitely thought that the matter would not be limited to Levents. And other players will come from Perm. Mistake. A little later, Loko only took Tomislav Dujmovic, but it was justified.

Rashid Rakhimov and Peter Odemwingie

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

Rakhimov assembled a team worth a total of 80 million euros: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Peter Odemwingie, Dmitry Sychev, Dmitry Torbinsky, Marco Basha, who arrived early, and also the Brazilian Wagner. With players like that it was possible to qualify among the top three. For the initial five rounds: 12 points and a place among the leaders. The entire forward line looked very good. And then, nobody’s illness. No goals against CSKA and Nalchik. And an incredible series of three games, in which Loko led 2-0, but in the end lost the advantage.

By mid-season, the railwaymen had not achieved the same results as at the beginning and Rakhimov was increasingly furious in front of journalists. These are his words after another failed game.

Rashid Rakhimov

former Lokomotiv coach

“I don’t understand why we constantly step on the same rake. I do not know what to do with this. Write what you want tomorrow and call it whatever you want. I already mentioned it in the locker room, but I won’t say it in front of you. We are leading the game in the first half, destroying the rival, and I only have one thought: don’t stop, keep playing. I said it in the locker room, but the opposite continues to happen. I do not understand this”.

At the same time, the inevitable began: conflicts between the coach and the players. Lack of consistency in results and high expectations often lead to this. One way or another, due to disagreements with Rakhimov, Alexander Samedov, who blamed everything on the boss, and Malkhaz Asatiani left the team after a year. There were also questions about the selection. Despite the arrival of several great players like Basha, within the club there were different opinions about the formation of the team. Here are the words of Sergei Shcherbakov, the club’s coach at that time.

Sergei Shcherbakov

Locomotive selector

“We just lost two years with Rashid Mamatkulovich. No matter how many players we offered him, he rejected them all. Although serious artists were offered, which at that time cost much less than now. Paraguayan national team striker Lucas Barrios, even before his move to Borussia, Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa, but ended up at Shakhtar. The candidacy of striker Nilmar, Villarreal striker, was also not approved. Personally, I suggested that Joao Moutinho, who debuted in the Portuguese national team at the age of 18, be Sporting’s captain. As far as I know, Rakhimov preferred to work directly with agents. We were not ashamed of our work: we offered good footballers. It’s just that, in my subjective opinion, the player’s skill was not brought to the fore, but some other problems were resolved. “Some dirty things were going on.”

What was happening could only brighten the result. But his team did not succeed either and repeated Byshovets’ achievement: seventh place. The cup also disappeared. However, there were forces at the club that kept Rakhimov in charge. He himself said that he knew how to correct the situation. And the seventh place is a misunderstanding. And the new season will be better.

The coach was really given a chance. But at the beginning of the season he failed: one victory in six games. Then a trip to a meeting with the Kuban, where Loko lost. At that time, Lipatov began to gradually move away from the club’s management, so president Nikolai Naumov had more powers. He first decided to dismiss Rakhimov, appointed Vladimir Maminov as temporary, and then invited Yuri Semin. Like old times.

Rakhimov continued to go to the office for some time. And then he accused Naumov of incompetence.

The suspension meant Rashid’s contract continued. He was therefore required to attend work until his dismissal. The coach himself remembered it with irony. After all, nothing more was required of him than his presence. And when the agreement was terminated, he gained the right to say what he thought.

Rashid Rakhimov

former Lokomotiv coach

“How does Naumov know what kind of coach Rakhimov is? He is incompetent in football matters. I worked in other teams, people know what kind of coach Rakhimov is. I’m not afraid of losing my job. The question is whether Naumov will be president somewhere else. Lokomotiv is a very difficult club. Too many people want to be on the team and receive information. Now I know how to deal with falsehood. I understand people better. “I definitely haven’t lost confidence in my abilities.”

Rakhimov admitted that he was called to return to Austria, but he rejected everyone. He was waiting for an option in Russia. Everything to return to Amkar (2009-2011). Then Terek (2013-2017), Akhmat (2018-2019), Ufa (2020-2021) and finally Rubin (from 2023), which he lifted from the First League. Today his team will play against Loko. True, without Rashid on the bench: he was disqualified for a match due to an altercation with Krylia coach Igor Osinkin.

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