Anzhi

Founded In
1991
Location
Kaspiysk, Russia

Anzhi

About Anzhi

Football Club Anzhi Makhachkala was founded in 1991 and the team entered into the league system in 1992. They reached the Russian Premier League for the first time in 2000 and have since emerged as one of the country's leading clubs.

In January 2011, Suleyman Kerimov bought the club. Kerimov, a billionaire from Dagestan, subsequently invested a considerable amount of money into the club, in a bid to improve its facilities, playing squad and status. Thus far, his investments have led to the appointment of Guus Hiddink as manager and the acquisition of several high-profile footballers. A future priority for is to build a new 40,000 seater stadium for the club.

To date, Anzhi have been unable to achieve major success at the top level. In both 1999 and 2009 the club won the Russian National Football League and gained promotion to the Premier League. In 2001, Anzhi finished as runners up in the Russian Cup, losing out to Lokomotiv Moscow on penalties in the final.

Since Kerimov acquired the club, Anzhi have made several high-profile signings. The biggest name to join the club so far is Cameroonian superstar Samuel Eto'o, who became the highest paid footballer on the planet when he joined the club in 2011. Other notable signings include Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos, French international Lassana Diarra and Congolese defender Christopher Samba. Ibragim Gasanbekov is Anzhi's record goal scorer. The striker, who died in a car accident at the age of 29, scored 156 goals for the club.

At present, Anzhi play home matches at the Dynamo Stadium in Makhachkala. The ground is able to hold 15,200 supporters. However, due to the dangers presented by armed conflict in the region, the club trains over 1,000 miles away from the stadium, in Moscow. The team has to fly in with high security for home games and the ground is not utilised for European matches. Instead, Anzhi use a variety of other venues for such occasions.