Billionaire owner pulls the plug and 'mega' football club Anzhi Makhachkala disintegrate


However, if you dig a bit deeper, the Russian media is reporting several interesting aspects to this break up.

Suleiman Kerimov in happier times

Russian media is reporting openly that Kerimov experienced ‘stress-related health problems’ after watching Anzhi’s ugly 1-0 home defeat to Rostov on Friday and after that pulled the trigger on changes he had undoubtedly considered previously. Other Russian news entities are reporting that Kerimov suffered huge financial losses from last week’s plunge in the share price of the Uralkali Russian potash producer in which he is a main shareholder.

Isn’t it just great when a football club’s future is tied to the share price of Uralkali Russian potash?

The club itself in a blatant attempt to save face are saying that these budget changes have been made necessary by Uefa's financial fair play regulations. If in doubt, blame a French man, eh (Platini in this case)?

Where does all this carnage leave Anzhi, their players and their fans?

Right back where they started, would appear to be the answer to that question. One thing is certain. This muddle has left the transfer market with one hell of a late-flurry type shopping list of suddenly available players.

Feast your eyes, you can bet managers in the Premier League, La Liga, The Bundesliga and all over the World are doing just that.

  • Willian - 30 million euros
  • Samuel Eto 'O - 22 million euros
  • Igor Denisov - 16 million euros
  • Lacina Traore - 16 million euros
  • Alexander Kokorin - 15 million euros
  • Lassana Diarra - 14 million euros
  • Mubarak Bussufa - 14 million euros
  • Christopher Samba - 11 million euros
  • Zhusiley - 11 million euros
  • Yuri Zhirkov - 11 million euros
  • Vladimir Gabulov - 6.5 million euros

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