The Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala is on their way of returning to the top tier league of Russia in the Premier League which is the league where they used to compete some time ago but after being relegated, making a return to that league has turned into of the main objectives of the club.
Anzhi is positioned in the 1rst spot of the Russian National Football League with 51 points but their nearest rivals is Tosno which are following them closely behind with 49 points as the race for the top spot is being tightly between these 2 teams.
Even though Anzhi Makhachkala is making a genuine run for the top position of the league and are going through an impressive campaign, there was an incident which occurred that has turned things around in a very negative way for the Russian club and it’s supporters
Earlier in January of the ongoing year, the 20 year old midfielder GasanMagomedov was shot dead near his home. According to statements that have been released to the public, the player was driving to his home on a Saturday night when suddenly an unknown man with a shotgun started spraying bullets with a machine gun.
Magomedov used to perform in the youth academy of Anzhi Makhachkala and after the incident occurred, the Russian club expressed their condolences to the family and friends of the player through a statement which read: “We console with Gasan’s family. I hope the law-enforcement bodies will quickly find the killers and they will receive just punishment.”
Dagestan was the region where everything took place and it has recently been experiencing a number of outbreaks involving Islamist activities.
The police still have not been able to find the actual perpetrators of the shooting, investigations are gong underway and a suspected was arrested and it has now been revealed that Magomedov was not the actual target of the shooting but no further news have been announced.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has had to fend off questions about leaving the Spanish club in order to join a top club like Manchester City.
After managing to make the perennial underdogs as the champions of Spain, Simeone has seen in recent weeks that it is looking unlikely that they will be able to retain the title. Atletico have done extremely well since the Argentine came to the club in 2011. However, there is a feeling in Spain that he may have reached his best with the club and that it is time to seek new challenges.
Simeone dispel those rumours by saying that he was not going anywhere. This has hampered preparations ahead of the match with Malaga during the weekend. Simeone has had two weeks to allow the defeat against Real Sociedad sink in. Atletico’s surprise defeat against the relegation threatened outfit means that they are now four points away from the top of the table. Atletico have struggled this campaign after losing a number of first-team regulars like Diego Costa and Filipe Luis over the summer. They still have quality names like Garcia andKoke, but it has not been enough to find a way past the tougher Spanish opposition.
Simeone is aware that anymore dropped points could spell the end of the title.”We have no room for error, we must treat the game like a final.They have been doing well for a while. We can see their results and we also know they stopped Barcelona playing well [in a 0-0 draw in September]. They have a very strong offensive unit, much technical ability and experience on the pitch,” said the Argentine ahead of the match with Malaga, who are just two points behind them in the table. Atletico could realistically go second this weekend if results go their way.
The Russian football Federation is in danger of losing Fabio Capello as their manager after it was revealed that they do not have the necessary finances to meet the contractual agreement of the Italian. Capello is one of the highest-paid international coaches in the world with an annual salary of around £ 7 million. It is almost similar to the wages that former coach Guus Hiddink was paid. However, the Dutchman was largely paid because of the funding from billionaires like Roman Abramovich. Such funding has evaporated in recent years and it has resulted in Capello not being paid for the last few months.
The Russian FA have admitted that they should have looked at their finances before hiring a coach like Capello. There have been suggestions that the former Real Madrid manager may be forced to sign a new contract that pays him on a performance related basis. Despite his impeccable reputation as a club manager, Capello has been incredibly disappointing in the international scene. He has only managed a handful of victories with both England and Russia at two major tournaments. Russia suffered a disappointing World Cup 2014 after being knocked out of the group stages, but that does not seem to be any threat to the safety of Capello’s job.
“It’s no good when the financial upkeep of the head coach of the Russian team is not being paid. But they should have thought about the sources to finance the contract when they drew it up. And now we need to search for those sources,” said a member of the Russian Football Union executive board. “I’m confident the issue with paying his salary should be solved on 15 November, the day of our match with the Austrian team. It should be solved by those responsible for signing the contract with Capello,” said Russia’s sports minister.
The January transfer window is over 2 months away from opening and allowing clubs from making a move for players but even though it is such a fairly long period of time away from actually happening, rumors do not stop from emerging and being spread linking certain clubs with certain players and Chelsea is one of the teams that is rumored to be on the move and interested in signing Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.
Chelsea is a club that is known to not be afraid on spending huge amounts of cash in order to sign their respective targets and the team of Jose Mourinho has an attacking lineup of players which includes: Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Andre Schurrle.
All of these players have played a huge role in Chelsea’s superb start of the season as those are some of the main goal-scoring machines for the Premier League club but having so many attackers can also cause a problem if the squad does not have any players that can provide backup in the defence and this is why Sami Khedira is constantly being linked with a move to Chelsea.
Sami Khedira is a veteran defensive midfielder who not only has experience playing at a club level but also in the international stage as he has represented Germany in some of the biggest and toughest tournaments in the world.
The German midfielder is a viable option for Chelsea as Khedira is currently performing for Real Madrid but he has lost his place in the starting lineup of the Spanish club and Jose Mourinho could use this chance to sign Khedira without having to spend huge amounts of cash.
The French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has joined Dynamo Moscow after having played for Marseille for over 7 years. The experienced midfielder went on saying during a press conference that Dynamo Moscow have a real project and true ambitions of winning titles, this was one of the main reasons on why he decided to join the Russian club.
“There is a lot of emotion. I promised myself not to cry but I spent eight years here, I experienced fantastic things, titles, and league cups. I’m proud of that, but the page turns today. I did so much here and everything OM has given me has been positive. All of my coaches have mattered to me but I don’t forget Jose Anigo and Pape Diouf who trusted in me when I was coming from a small club. My greatest pride is to have succeeded here’’
‘’But it was time to move on. Dynamo showed a lot of interest in me. The coach, Stanislav Cherchesov wanted me since 2008 when I played against Spartak Moscow. I liked what he had to say. And the club has a real project. They want to win everything. I want to help them progress.”
Valbuena joined Dynamo Moscow on August 1st and he will be eager to help his new club in their journey of not only competing in the Russian League but also in their upcoming games of the Europa League.
Dynamo Moscow is also being linked with Jean Armel Kana Biyik of Rennes. Biyik is a 25 year old Cameroonian defender who has lured the attention of not only Dynamo Moscow but also Palermo, West Ham United and the Scottish champions Celtic.
Palermo is believed to be on the verge of signing Biyik although no official news has been released by either the Italian club or the player.
The pre-season for Stockport County is going impressively well for the team of Alan Lord as they have already managed on signing a few players to reinforce certain aspects of the squad as well as gaining a number of victories prior to the start of the upcoming campaign.
Stockport County initiated their pre-season campaign by picking up a 1-0 victory against Northwich Victoria with their new signing Chris Sharp being the player that scored the only goal of the entire match.
4 days later and Stockport County played locked horns with Nantwich with neither teams being able to score a single goal but the head coach of Stockport County admitted that it was a great result for his players and his team.
Lord said: “They got a bit fitter and I think we looked very solid; we don’t look like people can penetrate us and they tried going for the throat, they tried down the outside and they didn’t get anywhere. All round it was an exercise in getting players fitter, preparing for the next game, looking at strategies and systems and whether we need to change them or not.
The pre-season continued on for Alan Lord and his players by playing against the team of Stockport County of 1996-97. The current day squad of Alan Lord claimed a 6-0 victory against some of the best players of the team of some years ago.
With all of these positive victories, the head coach of Stockport County Alan Lord is optimistic about the next season and the squad has been reinforced further by signing Danny Hurst and Scott Spencer.
Spencer is a 25 year old forward who has experience playing in a number of different clubs which includes: Everton, Lincoln City and Rochdale while Danny Hurst has experience of his own after performing with Southport and Fleetwood Town.
Chelsea is expecting that they conclude signing the Spanish star of Athletic Madrid, Diego Costa with a price tag of €31.8 million which is the amount that his release clause states in his contract.
Diego Costa’s superb season has been one of the main forces behind Athletic Madrid’s title charge. The Spanish attacker scored 36 goals throughout the entire campaign which helped the club on becoming the champions of the Spanish League.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a reliable attacker that can substantially increase Chelsea’s chances of not only winning the Premier League of the upcoming season but their Champions League campaign as well and it seems like he has his eyes targeted on Costa.
Chelsea struggled on scoring goals in this season as they only managed on scoring 71 goals which is a significantly low amount compared to Manchester City’s 102 and Liverpool’s 101.
Thibaut Courtois has helped Athletic Madrid on securing their League title and the Belgian shot-stopper is on the wish-list of many managers and clubs around the world. Barcelona already secured signing the successor of Victor Valdes with Marc Andre Ter-Stegen but they have made contact with staff members of Chelsea in relation to the availability of Courtois.
It will be however incredibly difficult for Barcelona to sign Courtois as the young shot-stopper is expected to make his return to Chelsea after the Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Athletic Madrid is hoping that they can sign a permanent deal for Courtois but Chelsea is reluctant on letting him leave Stamford Bridge as he can step it up and turn into the main goalkeeper of the Premier League club when Petr Cech decides to hang up his boots and retire.
Anzhi Makhachkala manager Gadzhi Gadzhiev has stated that the club are more likely to be relegated at the end of the season. This stunning admission comes in the wake of several financial problems at the club. After being funded by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov for the last few years, the club splashed out heavily on players like Samuel Eto’o. Even more than the transfer fees, the wages paid to some of the players made them the best paid in the world. However, after running into problems in his personal and professional life, Kerimov has been faced with severe financial difficulties.
This has translated into Anzhi Makhachkala being pulled out of Kerimov’s purse. This has left the club stranded and they have had to sell star names like Willian for massive fees to clubs abroad. In the case of Willian, the Brazilian midfielder joined Chelsea for a fee believed to be worth around £ 30 million. After the sale of such important players, the club has been managing through with youth team players.
This has consequently resulted in a massive drop in form, as they have managed just one win in the last 22 matches. They are now bottom of the Russian league table and Gadzhiev says that they have only a 20% chance of being in the Russian top division next season. The club were in the lower leagues of Russian football before Kerimov arrived. He funded the club with several new players along with top class infrastructure to go along with it.
“Our chances of staying in the PL are 20 to 30 percent,” said the manager about their survival chances. Anzhi Makhachkala were knocked out of Europe after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar earlier in the campaign. It looks highly unlikely that they will be in Europe in the near future.
Anzhi Makhachkala’s season suffered a huge blow and started going down since the moment when Samuel Eto’o and Willian were offloaded to Chelsea and the financial support from the billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov appeared to have diminished compared to previous seasons.
The Russian club is currently located at the very bottom of the Russian Premier League having only secured 12 points so far and victory at this advanced stage of the league.
Gadzhi Gadzhiyev is the head coach of Anzhi Makhachkala and he has already stated his concerns about being relegated as he is almost certain that there is little which can be done at this point in time in order to avoid getting relegated.
“Our chances of staying in the PL are 20 to 30 percent,” Gadzhiev said in comments posted on Anzhi’s Twitter feed.
They are already are making plans of boosting their squad for the upcoming seasons with the Spanish forward of Swansea City, Michu on their watch-list. Michu has been suffering from a series of injuries that have kept him out of action for the majority of the season.
Even with his consistent number of setbacks that Michu is prone to be facing in recent times, the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is interested in securing his services when the transfer window opens in the summer.
Suleyman Kerimov and the rest of the staff members have already noticed the mistake it was to sell some of their biggest stars such as Eto’o and Lacina Traore which is why they will be attempting to bring back quality players to the team starting off with the Spanish forward of Swansea City.
Chelsea’s current campaign has been given a significant boost as they have sealed crucial victories against Manchester City and Manchester United, not only that but the recently closed transfer window saw them securing the services of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah as well as seeing Juan Mata making his way out of the club and into Manchester United.
According to the Portuguese coach, he stated that Matic and Salah are the future of the club as they have the abilities and ambition to make an impact with the club.
“Matic has grown as a player during his time in Portugal and he has come back to this club as a fantastic all-round midfielder,” Mourinho told Chelsea magazine, the club’s official monthly title. As for Salah, he is a young, enthusiastic player with great pace and we have seen that he can score goals and create chances for his team-mates’’.
Chelsea’s victory against Manchester United was an important accomplishment not only for the club as they keep on piling the pressure against the other top teams of the Premier League but it’s a more significant and meaningful event for Mourinho as he became the fastest manager on securing 100 victories in the English League.
“My first thought after the Manchester United game was not for my 100 wins but that it was a good win for Chelsea, because that is what matters at the end,” Mourinho added.
“Of course I am pleased mainly because it means that Chelsea have picked up 300 points from those 100 games we have won together.”
Samuel Eto’o was awarded with the man of the match award during Chelsea’s match against Manchester United as the former Barcelona player scored all 3 goals that helped his team defeat the side of David Moyes.