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Anzhi Makhachkala

Anzhi Makhachkala is a football (soccer) club from Russia.

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About Anzhi Makhachkala

FC Anzhi Makhachkala is a Russian Association football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan. Founded in 1991 the club plays in the Russian Premier League. Anzhi's home ground is the Dynamo Stadium (Makhachkala) situated in Makhachkala. The word "Anzhi" (in Kumyk language means "pearl") - is an ancient Kumyk name of the area that is now the city of Makhachkala.

The club popularity is rising rapidly since signing of Samuel Eto'o (now highest paid football player in the world) in summer 2011, and appointing Guus Hiddink as a manager in February 2012.


The club was founded in 1991 by Magomed-Sultan Magomedov, head of Dagneftprodukt and ex-football player. In first season, the team played in Dagestan league. They finished season with 16 wins, without loss and became champions of Dagestan

Next season after Dissolution of the Soviet Union club started to play in the Russian league. In 1992 the team entered the Russian Second Division and finished in 5th place. Next season club won the league, but due to reorganization of Russian football championship, Makhackala had to stay there for three more seasons and played there until promotion to the Russian First Division in 1996, when Eduard Malofeev coached them. Anzhi finished fourth, recording the best result in the club's history. In 2001 they reached the final of the Russian Cup (football), but lost to FC Lokomotiv Moscow on penalties.

Modern history (2011-)

On January 18, 2011, the club was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, but later it was revealed that the President of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov met Kerimov and gave him 100 per cent stake in the club, including 50 percent of the shares of the former owner of the club Igor Yakovlev, in exchange for financial support. Kerimov is planning to invest over $200 million in infrastructure, of which a substantial amount will go in building a new stadium with a capacity of more than 40,000 spectators, which will meet all UEFA stadium categories.

List of Russian football transfers winter 2010–11 were historic for the club and its fans. On February 16, the club officially announced the signing of a legend of world football, 2002 FIFA World Cup, 37-year-old Brazilian, Roberto Carlos. On February 27, Anzhi signed a contract with Jucilei da Silva. In the last minute of the transfer window, on March 10, the club signed Morocco Mbark Boussoufa from Anderlecht.

List of Russian football transfers summer 2011, the club signed Balázs Dzsudzsák, who put pen to paper on a four-year deal after a reported 14 million euros switch. The club also acquired Russian midfielder Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea F.C.. On 23 August 2011, Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o was signed to play at FC Anzhi Makhachkala for a sum of around €28m, earning him 20.5 million euros a year.

In February 2012 Anzhi appointed Guus Hiddink as a new manager. He came to this position after Yuri Krasnozhan left club after two months. Anzhi first signing under Hiddink guidance was Blackburn Rovers F.C. former captain Christopher Samba for 12 million pounds.

Security and training

The club’s players live and train in Kratovo, a village near Moscow. The training base was previously used by Saturn Moscow Oblast for training sessions. The club fly in for home matches. This is for security reasons and entails, according to the BBC, "flying about 15 times a season" for the home games.

European competitions

Anzhi participated in the 2001–02 UEFA Cup. Their opponents were Rangers F.C. of Scotland. Instead of usual home-and-away fixtures, UEFA decided to hold a single match in a neutral venue (Polish Army Stadium) due to the unstable situation in neighbouring Chechnya. Rangers won the match 1–0.

FC Anzhi in Europe

Achievements and records

- The highest place in the Russian Premier League: 4th (2000 Russian Top Division )
- Russian Cup (football) finalist: 2000–01 Russian Cup
- Participated in UEFA Cup : 2001–02 UEFA Cup (1/64)
- Best scorer: Ibragim Gasanbekov (153 goals in 236 games)
- Biggest win: Anzhi - FC Gigant Grozny , 9:0 - 1993.
- The first goal in the First Division - Kafar Kafarov (April 9, 1997 in the away match third round with Omsk FC Irtysh Omsk)
- The first goal in the top flight - Predrag Ranđelović (April 8, 2000 at home match against FC Rostov)
- Highest transfer fee spent: Samuel Eto'o from F.C. Internazionale Milano for €27m.
- Highest transfer fee received: Balázs Dzsudzsák to FC Dynamo Moscow for €19m.

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On loan

Reserve squad

Reserves are eligible to play in the league.

Reserve team

Anzhi's reserve team played professionally in the Russian Third League from 1995 to 1997. For more details, see FC Anzhi-Bekenez Makhachkala.

Current coaching staff

League history

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Player records

- Kakhaber Tskhadadze
- Vladimir Gabulov
- Sergei Grishin
- Aleksei Igonin
- Sergei Nekrasov
- Ruslan Nigmatullin
- Sergey Viktorovich Ryzhikov
- Andrei Solomatin
- Ilia Tsymbalar
- Renat Yanbayev
- Yuri Zhirkov
Former USSR countries
- Ilgar Abdurakhmanov
- Emin Agaev
- Tarlan Ahmadov
- Arif Asadov
- Elshan Gambarov
- Ibragim Gasanbekov
- Vyaçeslav Lıçkin
- Mahir Shukurov
- Narvik Sirkhayev
- Aleksandr Zhidkov
- Syarhey Yaskovich
- Sergei Ivanov (footballer)

- Valeri Abramidze
- Kakhaber Aladashvili
- Mikheil Ashvetia
- Revazi Barabadze
- Aleksandr Gogoberishvili
- Sandro Iashvili
- Irakli Klimiashvili
- Dato Kvirkvelia
- Otar Martsvaladze
- Kakhaber Mzhavanadze
- Giorgi Navalovski
- Nukri Revishvili
- Edik Sadzhaya
- Dmitriy Byakov
- Roman Uzdenov
- Oskars Kļava
- Ēriks Pelcis
- Viktoras Olšanskis
- Tadas Papečkys
- Andrius Velička
- Denis Ilescu
- Nicolae Josan
- Alier Ashurmamadov
- Andrei Manannikov
- Pavel Kharchik
- Vladyslav Prudius

- Ruslan Agalarov
- Odil Ahmedov
- Jafar Irismetov

- Dženan Hošić
- Amel Mujčinovič
- Elvir Rahimić
- Balázs Dzsudzsák
- Marek Hollý
- Hadis Zubanović
- Benoît Angbwa
- Samuel Eto'o
- Michel Pensée
- Luc Zoa
- Christopher Samba
- Emmanuel Osei Kuffour
- Mbark Boussoufa
- Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
- Youssef Rabeh
- Arafat Djako
- Kébé Baye
South America
- Diego Tardelli
- Jucilei da Silva
- Roberto Carlos (footballer)

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