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10-15-2001, 08:50 AM
According to sources in Russia and Italy, Lazio is about to sign Lokomotiv Moscow's goalkeeper Ruslan Nigmatulin. The goalie has 13 appearances for this national team.
Latest rumors say Lazio will announce the new goalkeeper in January when the transfer market opens again. He is however not likely to arrive to Rome, but instead go on loan to Fiorentina or Borussia Dortmund.
10-15-2001, 02:32 PM
Nigmatullin says he is a Lazio player Posted October 15, 2001 - 12:53 by Mattias
Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Ruslan Nigmatullin has agreed terms over a move to Lazio.
Lokomotiv are preparing to take on Lazio's city rivals Roma in the Champions' League on Tuesday – and Nigmatullin admitted that he is set for a move to the Italian capital in the near future.
The Russia No 1 said: "My agent Claudio Vigorelli met the Lazio technical director last week. They have reached an agreement which pleased both sides."
According to Nigmatullin, Lazio will tie up the deal with Lokomotiv this week. The Russian star also said that he could be loaned out to Fiorentina this season as Lazio already have Angelo Peruzzi and Luca Marchegiani in their squad.
Lazio made an enquiry about the goalkeeper as early as 1999 when the Italian club twice drew with Lokomotiv in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
The teams met at the semi-final stage and played out a goalless draw in Italy before Alen ***sic equalised Zaza Dzhanashiya's goal in Moscow to put the Italians through on the away goals rule.
However, the move to Italy collapsed and so have moves to Sporting Lisbon and Fulham since. Nigmatullin has firmly established himself in the Russia goal and is regarded as the second best Russian goalkeeper ever after Lev Yashin.
He is best known for keeping a clean sheet for an incredible 969 successive minutes in the Russian league – a record run that ended in May 2000.
He began his career in the lower reaches of the Russian league with Electron Kazan, before moving on to second division club Kamaz.
In 1995 his boyhood dream of playing for Spartak Moscow came true and he helped the Russian giants win two league titles in 1996 and 1997. But after being edged out of the side by Alexander Filimonov, Nigmatullin moved across the city to Lokomotiv where he has been in outstanding form.
Fulham approached Lokomotiv in the summer but the Russian club said that Nigmatullin would not be allowed to leave until the summer of 2002. The Premiership side then signed Edwin van der Sar from Juventus.
10-15-2001, 02:40 PM
Whoopy! sslazio is back!:rolleyes:
And where is Rivaldo?:confused:
10-16-2001, 01:56 AM
10-16-2001, 02:05 AM
Matjaz, how's it going brother ? :)
Long time no see.
10-17-2001, 01:53 AM
RIVALDO is in BARCA pal:silly:
10-17-2001, 09:51 AM
yea, i know that.
I ment one user on this board:eek:
10-18-2001, 03:14 PM
It is a good solution to loan him out because both Peruzzi and Luca are still in great shape.
Nigmatullin has to keep playing so he doesn't lose his timing. Look at Ivica Kralj.
Do you know Nigmatullin's age?
10-18-2001, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Komik 9
Do you know Nigmatullin's age?
He's 27 years old. ;)
10-18-2001, 05:19 PM
I was hoping he was younger, but 27 is a pretty young age for a goalie.
Peruzzi is 31 and Luca is 35, so he certainly is younger than them.
10-18-2001, 07:49 PM
Lol, where is Rivaldo :dielaugh:
His nickname was romario :p
Gorane, it sure is, and I hope we will see each other more from now on...
Nigmatullin is the best in Russian and even in former Soviet football now
good buy for lazio if it will be:D
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