FC Lokomotiv Moskva's Dmitri Loskov has been named Russian Player of the Year for the second time.
FC Lokomotiv Moskva's Russian international midfield player Dmitri Loskov has been named Russian Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Loskov became only the third player in history to retain the award, voted for by a selection of top Russian sports journalists, after scoring a landslide victory with 311 points. PFC CSKA Moskva's Rolan Gusev was second with 155, while Loskov's team-mate Vadim Evseev was third with 103.
Despite following in the footsteps of two-time winners Viktor Onopko and Egor Titov, Loskov refused to get carried away. "I'm keeping quiet about this award," he said. "Football is a team competition and I am the sort of player who works for the team."
"For me, the most important thing is when my club wins. However, I am not indifferent towards this recognition. When you're still playing, these awards don't mean much - but when I finish my career, I'll be happy looking back. It will be something to show to my grandsons, after all."
Loskov will be hoping for even more honours in 2004 - he has played a pivotal role in helping Lokomotiv to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and will represent his country at UEFA EURO 2004™ in June.