Anzhi Makhachkala
Anzhi Makhachkala

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Football Club Anzhi Makhachkala (Russian: Футбо́льный клуб Анжи́ Махачкала́, pronounced [fʊdˈbolʲnɨj ˈklup ɐnˈʐɨ məxəʂkɐˈla]) is a Russian football club based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan. Founded in 1991, the club competes in the Russian Football Premier League, playing their home games at the Anzhi-Arena.

On 18 January 2011, Anzhi Makhachkala was purchased by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and subsequently made numerous high-profile signings, including those of striker Samuel Eto'o and manager Guus Hiddink. Following severe budget cuts ahead of the 2013–14 Russian Premier League season, the club lost most of its key players and went on to finish bottom of the table, which resulted in relegation to the Russian National Football League at the end of the season, returning at the first attempt.