Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Anzhi Makhachkala Profile

Anzhi Makhachkala is Russian football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan, who plays in the Russian Premier League. The word "Anzhi" is part of Anzhi-Qala, the old name of Makhachkala. Anzhi Makhachkala  was founded in 1991 and has played in the Russian league since 1992.


On January 18, 2011, the club was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov,but later it was found out 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 requirements.

Winter transfers of year 2011 were historic for the club and its fans. On February 16, the club officially announced the signing of a legend of world football, 2002 World Cup winner, 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 Moroccan Mbark Boussoufa from Anderlecht.

In 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. 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.

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