The team is funded by the secretive billionaire pays its star players to 350 thousand pounds a week, and for home matches flying 1,200 miles – so characterizes The Independent FC “Anji”. Journalist Tim Rich decided to tell the English fans what kind of club now plays with “Liverpool”.
The author found the “Anji” and other oddities: the team theoretically should promote the image of Makhachkala, but the players are in this city, “only on match days and restrain for the security measures” and “fight for the championship in the country from which many of the inhabitants of Dagestan want to leave. “
“in a republic torn by civil strife, where there are 13 ethnic groups and 30 languages,” – says the article.
The fact is that once obscure “Anji” now heads the standings in the Russian league. And in third place – “Terek” (Grozny) – “another club with a bloodied Caucasus.” “However, Karimov – a special kind of oligarch, he got his way with the help of cold reason, not Kalashnikovs,” – says a sports writer on the owner “Anji”.
Desire to revive and strengthen Dagestan, “in a republic torn by civil strife, where there are 13 ethnic groups and 30 languages,”, on the mind of its “financier” and we think it is noble course – says the article.