FC Anzhi Makhachkala
|Full name||Football Club Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Head coach||Gadzhi Gadzhiyev|
|League||Russian Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
FC Anzhi Makhachkala (Russian: ФК "Анжи" Махачкала) is a Russian football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan. Founded in 1991, the club competes in the Russian Premier League, playing their home games at the Anzhi-Arena.
On 18 January 2011, Anzhi Makhachkala was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and since then the club have had sufficient funds for signings such as Samuel Eto'o and the managerial appointment of Guus Hiddink in February 2012.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colours
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Supporters
- 5 European competitions
- 6 Honours
- 7 Recent seasons
- 8 European record
- 9 Current squad
- 10 Reserve team
- 11 Records
- 12 Notable players
- 13 Managers
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The club was founded in 1991 by former Dinamo Makhachkala player Magomed-Sultan Magomedov, then head of Dagnefteprodukt, and took part in its first season in the Dagestan League the same year. They ended up as league champions with an unbeaten record and 16 wins out of 20 matches.
Due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the club entered Zone 1 of the Russian Second Division (the third-highest tier) in 1992 and finished in 5th place. The club won their Group in 1993, but due to league reorganisation were not promoted, and remained in the new Western Zone of the third tier until a second-place finish in 1996 guaranteed promotion to the First Division, under the coaching of Eduard Malofeev. A key player in Anzhi's early history was Azerbaijani international forward Ibragim Gasanbekov, who was the team's top scorer in all of their first seven seasons. He was league top scorer in 1993 (30 goals) and 1996 (33 goals).
In 1999 Anzhi won the First Division, and were thus promoted to the Russian Premier League for the first time. The side missed out on a bronze-medal finish on the last day of the season, as they conceded a last-minute Torpedo penalty which took their opponents into third place. On 20 June 2001, the club played in the final of the Russian Cup for the first time, losing to Lokomotiv on penalties after a 1–1 draw.
Anzhi finished 15th and were relegated from the Premier League in 2002, but during their first season back in the First Division they reached the semi-finals of the Russian Cup where they lost 1–0 to Rostov. In their seventh season in the First Division, Anzhi won the league and returned to the Premier League. On 5 December 2010, defender Shamil Burziyev died in a car accident, aged 25.
Modern history (2011–)
On 18 January 2011, the club was purchased by Dagestani billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, but later it was revealed that the President of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov met Kerimov and gave him a 100% stake in the club, including 50% 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.
Kerimov's investment was immediate as the club made signings in the 2011 Winter transfer window . The first significant signing came on 16 February, when the club announced the free transfer of Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos, a World Cup winner in 2002. Further signings included €10 million on another Brazilian, the former Corinthians midfielder Jucilei da Silva and €8 million on Moroccan winger Mbark Boussoufa from Anderlecht. Boussoufa's transfer was finalised in the last minute of the window, on 10 March.
In summer 2011, the club signed the Hungarian Balázs Dzsudzsák, who signed a four-year deal to transfer for a reported €14 million. Anzhi also bought Russian midfielder Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea for a similar fee. On 23 August 2011, Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o signed from Inter Milan for around €28 million, on a world-record €20.5 million annual salary.
In February 2012 the club appointed the experienced Dutchman Guus Hiddink as a new manager, after Yuri Krasnozhan's two-month-long spell in charge. Hiddink's first signing was Congolese defender Christopher Samba, joining for £12 million from Blackburn Rovers.
On 10 October 2012, Anzhi opened a youth academy, the first in the Republic of Dagestan in order to develop youth talents to the first team. The academy is being run by Anzhi's Sporting Director Jelle Goes.
On 22 July 2013, Guus Hiddink resigned from his post as manager ending an 18 month stint. His newly appointed assistant, countryman René Meulensteen, was promoted to the manager position. However, after 16 days as the team manager, Meulensteen was sacked.
On 7 August 2013, Kerimov decided to drastically cut the team's budget. Anzhi President Konstantin Remchukov suggested on Twitter that the club planned a fire sale of players to trim costs. True to his word, on 15 August 2013 Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov and Aleksandr Kokorin were packaged to FC Dynamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee. The three players had been purchased with the previous two years at a cost exceeding 50 million euros. Remchukov said that the reason for the move was the "sharp deterioration in the health of Suleiman Kerimov, because of worries about the club’s lack of success." In addition, Dynamo also signed Christopher Samba, Vladimir Glabulov and Aleksei Ionov from Anzhi. Other cost-cutting transfer included Samuel Eto'o and Willian to English side Chelsea, Lassana Diarra and Mbark Boussoufa to Lokomotiv Moscow, João Carlos to Spartak Moscow, Arseniy Logashov to Rostov, and Oleg Shatov to Zenit St Petersburg.
The cut of budget meant that Anzhi dropped badly in Russian Premier League, sitting currently on 16th, last, position.
Crest and colours
The club's crest includes a yellow eagle in traditional Caucasian clothing with elements of the Dagestani flag.
In the 2013/2014 season they changed their shirt sponsor from Adidas to Nike, but the classic colours remain.
Due to armed conflict in Dagestan, the club's players live and train in a village near Moscow, at a training base previously used by Saturn Moscow. The club fly in for home matches, which have a heavy security presence.
The club's 28,000-seat Anzhi-Arena was built in 2003, and due to its facilities is not used in European competition, for which Anzhi use the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow. A high-priority goal of Kerimov when he purchased the club was the construction of a new 40,000 seater ground.
Anzhi get most of their support in the Northern Caucasian region, particularly from the city of Makhachkala. The club also enjoys support from fans scattered all over the Dagestan, and the local area in general.
Anzhi participated in the 2001–02 UEFA Cup. Their opponents were Rangers of Scotland. Instead of usual home-and-away fixtures, UEFA decided to hold a single match in a neutral venue (Warsaw) due to the unstable situation in neighbouring Chechnya. Rangers won the match 1–0. After finishing 5th in the 2011–12 Russian Premier League, Anzhi qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club's history, after eliminating Budapest Honvéd in the 2nd qualifying round, Vitesse in the 3rd qualifying round, and AZ Alkmaar in the play-off round. However they had to play home matches at the Luzhniki Stadium due to unrest in Makhachkala. They finished 2nd in group A behind Liverpool, both games between the two ended as 1-0 home wins, both teams and Young Boys took the top three positions in the group with ten points each and were ranked by their head-to-head record with Udinese bottom with four points, Anzhi were the only team in the group not to lose at home, having won all their home games in the group stage. Guus Hiddink's team were drawn with German side Hannover, who won group L. The Russians won the first leg 3-1 at the Luzhniki Stadium before a 1-1 draw in Germany sent them through 4-2 on aggregate. They faced Newcastle United in the next round, Alan Pardew's men became the first team to deny Anzhi a home win in European competition in the first leg before Papiss Cisse headed home the winner for the Magpies in the last second of the second leg at St James' Park with Mehdi Carcela-González sent off for Guus Hiddink's team.
|Season||Div.||Pos.||Pl.||W||D||L||GS||GA||P||Cup||Europe||Top Scorer (League)|
|1992||3rd, Zone 1||5||38||23||2||13||77||46||48||–||–||Gasanbekov – 14|
|1993||1||38||27||1||10||98||31||55||R128||–||Gasanbekov – 30|
|1994||3rd, "West"||10||40||19||5||16||57||41||43||R256||–||Gasanbekov – 14|
|1995||7||42||24||4||14||47||43||76||R32||–||Gasanbekov – 24|
|1996||2||38||28||3||7||99||36||87||QF||–||Gasanbekov – 33|
|1997||2nd||13||42||18||6||18||66||72||60||R32||–||Gasanbekov – 17|
|1998||12||42||17||6||19||47||56||57||R64||–||Gasanbekov – 15|
|1999||1||42||26||8||8||55||20||86||R64||–||Sirkhaev – 11|
|2000||RFPL||4||30||15||7||8||44||31||52||QF||–||Ranđelović – 12|
|2001||13||30||7||11||12||28||34||32||RU||–||Sirkhaev – 10|
|2002||15||30||5||10||15||22||42||25||R16||UC||1st round||Budunov – 4|
|2003||2nd||6||42||19||13||10||52||33||70||SF||–||Budunov – 10|
|2004||8||42||16||12||14||50||53||60||R32||–||Lakhiyalov – 9|
|2005||11||42||14||13||15||47||48||55||R64||–||Lakhiyalov – 9|
|2006||15||42||15||8||19||57||66||53||R64||–||Antipenko – 14|
|2007||10||42||16||9||17||41||44||57||R32||–||Agalarov – 6|
|2008||6||42||20||12||10||63||35||72||R64||–||Ashvetiya – 17|
|2009||1||38||21||12||5||61||31||75||R32||–||Martsvaladze – 13|
|2010||RFPL||11||30||9||6||15||29||39||33||R64||–||Tsorayev – 8|
|2011/12||5||44||19||13||12||54||42||70||R16||–||Eto'o – 13|
|2012/13||3||30||15||8||7||45||34||53||RU||EL||R16||Lacina Traore – 12|
1R: First round, 2Q: Second qualifying round, 3Q: Third qualifying round, PO: Play-off round
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Budapest Honvéd||1–0||4–0||5–0|
|Group A||Liverpool||1–0||0–1||2nd place|
|Round of 32||Hannover 96||3–1||1–1||4–2|
|Round of 16||Newcastle United||0–0||0–1||0–1|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||Group K||Tottenham Hotspur||0–2||1-4||2nd place|
|Round of 32||Genk||–||–|
1 Only one leg was played, in a neutral venue in Warsaw, Poland, due to security concerns in Russia.
As of 2 September 2013[update], according to the club's official website ^Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Reserves are eligible to play in the league.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current coaching staff
|Head Coach||Gadzhi Gadzhiyev|
|Assistant Coach||Andriy Husin|
|First Team Coach||Arsen Akayev|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Zaur Khapov|
|Senior Fitness Coach||Eduardo Parra Garcia|
|Fitness Coach||Bram Swinnen|
|Fitness Coach||Maksim Adamovich|
|Youth Team Head Coach||Ruslan Agalarov|
|Academy Director||Jelle Goes|
|Academy Assistant Coach||Fuat Usta|
|Sporting Director||Khasanbi Bidzhiyev|
Last updated: 17 August 2013
Top scorers by season
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Anzhi.
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