Semin set for third spell at Lokomotiv Moscow

MOSCOW - Yuri Semin returned to Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday, beginning his third spell as coach less than 24 hours after quitting Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev. "Today the board of directors unanimously voted to appoint Yuri Semin as head coach," the Russian premier league club said on their website. Semin, 62, replaces caretaker manager Vladimir Maminov after signing a contract until the end of 2011. Semin had already led the side from 1986 to 1990 and 1991 to 2005, winning two league titles and four Russian Cups. Dynamo Kiev announced on Monday that Semin was leaving the post, appointing fellow Russian and his long-time friend, Valery Gazzayev, as their next coach. With Semin at the helm, Dynamo clinched their 13th league title with three games to spare earlier this month, but lost to their arch-rivals Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup semi-finals. Shakhtar beat Werder Bremen in last week's final to lift their first European trophy. Lokomotiv have been through tough times since Semin last left in April 2005 to take charge of the Russian national team, going through seven different coaches in four years but winning only one Russian Cup, in 2007.