FC Anzhi Makhachkala

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    Team: FC Anzhi Makhachkala​

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    Stadium: Dynamo Stadium (15,200)​

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    FC Anzhi Makhachkala Roster

    Formation: 4-2-2-2​
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    Manager: [​IMG] Guus Hiddink

    Starting XI:
    [​IMG] GK - 1 - Vladimir Gabulov
    [​IMG] RB - 85 - Lassana Diarra
    [​IMG] RCB - 37 - Ewerton
    [​IMG] LCB - 33 - Emir Spahić
    [​IMG] LB - 18 - Yuriy Zhirkov
    [​IMG] RDM - 8 - Jucilei
    [​IMG] LDM - 25 - Odil Ahmedov
    [​IMG] RAM - 6 - Mbark Boussoufa
    [​IMG] LAM - 10 - Willian
    [​IMG] RS - 9 - Samuel Eto'o
    [​IMG] LS - 19 - Lacina Traoré

    Key Substitutes:
    [​IMG] GK - 22 - Evgeniy Pomazan
    [​IMG] LB - 2 - Andrey Eschenko
    [​IMG] LB - 13 - Rasim Tagirbekov
    [​IMG] CB - 5 - João Carlos
    [​IMG] CM - 14 - Oleg Shatov
    [​IMG] RM - 16 - Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez
    [​IMG] CAM - 20 - Fedor Smolov

    Player Roles:
    Captain: Samuel Eto'o
    Penalties: Samuel Eto'o
    Short Free Kick: Yuriy Zhirkov
    Long Free Kick: Samuel Eto'o
    Left Corner: Mbark Boussoufa
    Right Corner: Mbark Boussoufa
     
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    FC Anzhi Makhachkala Schedule & Stats

     
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    [​IMG] Hamburger SV [​IMG]

    Season 1 Serie A: 1st, Serie A Champions :1stars:
    Season 1 TFL Cup: Eliminated in Round 2

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    Season 2 Serie A: 6th
    Season 2 TFL Cup: Eliminated in Semifinals



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    Season 3 Serie A: 7th
    Season 3 Coppa Tradizione: Winner, Coppa Tradizione Champions :trophy:

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    Season 4 Serie A: 5th
    Season 4 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Round of 16

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    Season 5 Serie A: 1st, Serie A Champions :1stars:
    Season 5 Coppa Tradizione: Winner, Coppa Tradizione Champions :trophy:
    Season 5 Supercoppa: Winner, Supercoppa Champions :trophy:

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    Season 6 Serie A: 9th
    Season 6 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Semifinals



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    Season 7 Serie A: 7th
    Season 7 Coppa Confederazione: Winner, Coppa Confederazione Champions :trophy:
    Season 7 Supercoppa: Eliminated in Round 1



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    Season 8 Serie A: 6th
    Season 8 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Final

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    Season 9 Serie A: 4th
    Season 9 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Quarterfinals

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    Season 10 Serie A: 2nd
    Season 10 Coppa Tradizione: Eliminated in Semifinals
     
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    [​IMG] ANZHI TODAY [​IMG]
    SEASON 8 RECAP & COPPA FINAL PREVIEW

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    With the league season complete and only the cup final remaining, Anzhi's first season is nearly in the books

    Winter Transfer Review
    While many of Europe's top leagues have the winter transfer window open until January 31, the Russian league's transfer didn't close until today, February 27. With the transfer window now shut, here are Anzhi's newest arrivals and departures:
    IN: CB Emir Spahic [LOAN] (76 ovr), LB Andrey Eschenko (70), LW Willian (81)
    OUT: CB Christopher Samba (78), CAM Georgiy Gabulov (69), RW Shamil Lakhiyalov (64), ST Nikita Burmistrov [LOAN] (66)
    It's no secret that Anzhi has cash to spend, and dropping 35 million euros on Willian showed just how deep the club's pockets are at present. But starting with the 4 departures for the club, the only one that really affected the club's lineup was losing Samba to QPR. Samba made clear that he wanted a return to England, and QPR meet the release clause in his contract. Utilizing a 3 center-back formation, Samba's departure made way for Rasim Tagirbekov. While Tagirbekov did decent filling in, he clearly was not the long-term solution. So then moving on to arrivals, Anzhi today (on the Russian league's transfer deadline day) acquired Emir Spahic from Sevilla on a loan to last until the end of the Russian league season. Anzhi also have an option to make the move permanent following the season. But while Spahic fills a void at CB, Anzhi's target reportedly was Tottenham's Younes Kaboul. The speedy Kaboul would have quickly become the highest-rated defender on Anzhi and even an upgrade over Christopher Samba, but Tottenham rebuffed Anzhi's attempt to secure the center-back on a loan. Other than Spahic, Anzhi also acquired Andrey Eschenko. The Russian international has made a few appearances under Coach Bronc, but is most often used as a late-game substitute on defense. The biggest transfer of them all though was bringing in Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk. Anzhi had no problem dropping big bucks to land the Brazilian, and the winger was quickly inserted into Anzhi's starting XI.

    Serie A
    Throughout the Serie A season, Anzhi had quite a few ups and downs. Just when the club appeared poised to make a serious run, they would come crashing back down. With an offensively stout lineup, Anzhi twice scored 4+ goals. However, most of the club's offensive prowess came during the middle of the season. From Matchdays 9-16 (totalling 7 matches, as one of those matchdays resulted in a cancellation), Anzhi scored 20 goals, nearly a 3 goals per game average. That means the club scored only 15 goals in the other 14 games. The defense also proved to be inconsistent. Anzhi recorded 5 clean sheets on the season, tied for 3rd most in Serie A. But at the same time, they allowed 3 goals on 4 occasions and 4 goals another 3 times. With many teams switching to more defensive formations, Anzhi bucked the trend with a 3-5-2 look this season. "We really wanted to have 3 CB's who patrolled the backline, while using our mids to support the wings," said Coach Bronc in our interview session. Yuriy Zhirkov showcased the positives of that mindset early on in the season, racking up 2 MOTMs in the first few games while controlling the left side of the pitch. Yet when Christopher Samba left for QPR in the transfer window, that left a hole in the back. "Tagirbekov has played well as his replacement," noted Coach Bronc, "but anytime you lose your top defender, you can't just expect there to be no hiccups along the way." Overall, the club reached as high as 2nd place, as 1st was nearly unattainable considering the epic run shiftee had this season with CSKA Moscow. But with some lackluster performances over the final 2 matchweeks, Anzhi finished with an 8-5-8 record, scoring 35 times and allowing 34 goals. As of now, Anzhi currently sits in 4th, yet could very well finish as low as 7th when all matches throughout Serie A have been played.

    Coppa Tradizione
    The Coppa Tradizione was clearly a bright spot for Anzhi this season. In Group A, Anzhi won twice and drew in their other 2 group stage matches to take first place in the qualifying group. With two consecutive 1-0 wins to start out the knockout stage, Anzhi appeared to be trying their best Spanish-World Cup run imitation, narrowly winning each game. But in the semifinals, Samuel Eto'o exploded on the scene with 4 goals in a big 5-1 win over cinderella-story Celtic. Anzhi is now in the Coppa Tradizione Final, with foe VfL Wolfsburg being the final roadblock in the way of a cup title. But while the run has been great, some could surely say that the club has benefitted from dodging the top clubs in the competition. A date with Udinese looked to be in the works for the semifinals stage, yet Celtic's upset of the Italian club blindsided the experts. Then in the other semifinal, Wolfsburg knocked off Serie C hotshot Saint-Etienne, who had to beat Serie A side QPR themselves just to reach the semis. Now, a win in the Coppa Final would give Coach Bronc his 3rd career Coppa Tradizione title and 5th cup overall. While still alive in the TSO-Premier Cup, "Coppa King" Zikry may soon have competition for his nickname.

    Final Preview
    Anzhi is set to face off against LasVegasFC and VfL Wolfsburg in the Coppa Tradizione Final. With a poor finish to the Serie A season, it's easy to think Anzhi may not be playing at the peak of their potential. At the same time, the season-long inconsistency of the club is a reminder that grade-A Anzhi could squash the competition, or poor form could ruin the club's cup run in minutes. Samuel Eto'o has been on fire recently, both in cup and league play. With some deadly strikes, another one in the Final could quickly change the momentum of the match. Anzhi and Wolfsburg ar unfamiliar with each other, so each side will no doubt have to make adjustments as the match goes on. As Coach Bronc stated, "I don't care where Wolfsburg is league-wise," taking note of the German club's mid-table spot in Serie B. "In the cup, a small mistake here or there will mark the end of it for your club. You need to be in top-form for 90 minutes, regardless of who's on the other side of the pitch. I think it showed in our semifinal match with Celtic that we will not take any opposition lightly, and that's not about to change." The match with Wolfsburg will kick off within the next few days, with the winner also clinching a spot in this season's Supercoppa.

    Future Outlook
    Regardless of Anzhi's performance in the Final, Coach Bronc's first season with Anzhi can surely be deemed a success. "I really like what we have going here," commented Coach Bronc. "We had our ups and downs, but this club certainly has the makings of a title contender." In 6 combined seasons with Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen, Coach Bronc twice won the Serie A title. Yet in the other 4 seasons, his clubs never finished higher than 5th, showing that his previous clubs have also never quite been fully dominant for an entire reign with Bronc at the helm. "I'm not at all disappointed with an 8-5-8 record," Bronc continued, "you cannot simply go out there and win the league title every season. At our best, we can beat anyone else out there, and I think we proved that this season with some impressive wins. The groundwork has been laid out for a future title with Anzhi, and I can only hope that will come sooner rather than later. But while I believe we're creating something magical here, it sure doesn't hurt reaching a Coppa final as well. With the players we have now, I think we'll have a legitimate chance to win any competition we enter."
     
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    ANZHI NEWS


    Anzhi Set For Pair of Season-Defining Matches Against West Ham
    With matches against CxMacx10 in both Serie A and the Coppa Tradizione, Anzhi's season will likely be defined by how these two matches play out.

    Serie A
    With a recent win, Anzhi now sits in third place in the Serie A table, one spot behind West Ham and two spots behind league-leaders Udinese. Yet while Anzhi and Udinese are even on matches played, West Ham has two matches in hand. "Even with a win in our league match, we still won't be in pole position to take the Serie A crown," said Coach Bronc in our exclusive interview with the Anzhi manager. " Zikry would still have a game in hand over us at the top should we win and therefore be tied in points with the Italian club. But that's just if we win! We certainly are not the favorites against West Ham, and they could still easily go on to win the league even if they lose to us. We know Udinese's supporters will be cheering for us though, and we won't stop fighting for that title until the day the season is over." West Ham has just one loss in league play over 12 games, and a draw for the English club would be enough to earn them at least a share of the top spot in Serie A.

    Coppa Tradizione
    In the Quarterfinals stage of the Coppa Tradizione, Anzhi and West Ham will meet up in one of the more intriguing matchups of the Serie A-laden round. The two managers have a long history of Coppa success, which makes this match even more special. "West Ham may have the upper-leg on us in league play, but that's not how things work in the Coppa," said Coach Bronc. "Cup play is strictly win and move on, or lose and go home. It's definitely going to be tough facing off against such a formidable side in the Quarterfinals. Last season, we got all the way to the Coppa Final without ever having to see a Serie A team in the knockout stage! But even with a tough field this season, the format still just calls for each team to focus on one opponent at a time. Obviously a pair of wins in league and cup against West Ham would be ideal, but you can't expect that team to lose twice in a row, let alone lose twice in an entire month! We'll make sure we're adequately prepared for these matches and go out and execute our gameplan just like any other TFS match."
     
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    SEASON 10 RECAP

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    With Season 10 in the books, Anzhi finished with its best season under Coach Bronc

    Pre-Season Changes
    After two seasons in the 3-5-2 formation, Coach Bronc took a different approach entering Season 10. He mentioned, "I liked the offensive flow we had in seasons past, but from Season 8 to Season 9, there was little improvement. Both of those seasons we finished with -1 GD, and looking back at some of my more successful teams in the past, I knew our defensive strategy wasn't going to cut it anymore. As the saying goes, 'Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'" So with that in mind, Anzhi debuted the season in a 4-2-3-1 look, the same formation that brought success to Werder Bremen in Coach Bronc's reign. With the change, Samuel Eto'o was set to drop back into a center attacking mid position behind Lacina Traore. Willian moved from CAM to his more natural LW position, and Boussoufa remained on the right wing. To shore up the defense, Zhirkov moved back from LM to LB, and Diarra from CDM to RB, while CB Joao Carlos moved to the bench. In his place stepped up Odil Ahmedov at CDM, who had been relegated to the bench ever since Willian's arrival at the end of Season 8.

    Serie A: 2nd/3rd Place
    With the changes, Anzhi's defense instantly became a strength. Ewerton and Emir Spahic played well at CB while Jucilei and Ahmedov did a wonderful job at the defensive mid positions. But at the same time, the offense reached a screeching halt. In the first 5 Anzhi games, 4 ended with a 1-0 scoreline, and the other one 0-0. Coach Bronc was unwilling to return to the 3-5-2 formation that made Makhachkala a goal-scoring haven, citing that the new defensive prowess would not be compromised. Something had to change though on the offensive end. Coach Bronc then tinkered with a few formations, trying a 4-3-3 against Lille for match, considering a 4-3-1-2 at times... anything to jump start the offensive side of the pitch. Coach Bronc finally settled on the 4-2-2-2, allowing Eto'o to line up as a striker, but at the price of playing without a much-preferred center attacking mid. The changed paid off well, as Anzhi began a streak that shot them to the top of table, including a 7-1-2 record at one point. But in the end, critical losses cost Anzhi a shot at the title. Perhaps the biggest decider was Anzhi's 2 losses to the Sounders and @CxMacx10. A late-season loss against Gremio and @shiftee further put the nail in the coffin. In the end though, the defense remained strong throughout the season, allowing just 17 goals in 18 games. The offensive side of the ball picked up after the change to the 4-2-2-2, as Anzhi scored at least one goal in all of their second half matches. "My target is to always average 2 points per game each season," said Coach Bronc in our exclusive interview. "Looking at seasons past, 2 PPG puts you right around the title. We hit that mark exactly, but unfortunately that was not enough for this season." Anzhi currently sits in 2nd place, but could drop to 3rd pending the result of Gremio's final fixture.

    Coppa Tradizione: One Step Away
    After Anzhi reached the Coppa Tradizione Final in Season 8 and the Quarterfinals in Season 9, Coach Bronc was hoping for more success this time around. Anzhi was placed in a 3-team group, and took first place with 4 points. A pair of wins against Serie A sides VfL Wolfsburg and Sunderland in the knockout stage set up the Russian club against longtime foe @shiftee and Gremio in the Semifinals. "We felt very confident heading into that match," Coach Bronc said. "Our offense was hitting its stride at the time, and despite losing to Gremio a few days earlier in Serie A, we were able to devise a gameplan that we felt took away much of Gremio's strengths." Once the semifinal started, a 2' goal from Samuel Eto'o put Anzhi in a good position. But Gremio was able to equalize 15 minutes later. Play then remained 1-1 for much of the match. Bronc mentioned, "As the match went on, I started to like our chances more and more. Especially toward the end of the second half, I thought we had a goal coming up any minute." Yet while Anzhi was unable to capitalize for a second goal, Adriano managed to find the back of the net for Gremio in the 82nd minute, ending Anzhi's cup hopes in the process. "We played to our gameplan perfectly," noted Coach Bronc, "we got Gremio to do exactly what we wanted them to do. But at the end of the day, it's no fluke why this team is as successful as they are. Even if you feel like you have them pinned down, they are always still a threat from anywhere on the pitch."

    Team MVP: CDM Odil Ahmedov
    As mentioned earlier, Ahmedov lost his starting spot in Anzhi's lineup following the arrival of Willian at the end of Season 8. But with an emphasis on defense this season, Ahmedov found his way back into the lineup at CDM alongside Jucilei. Ahmedov quickly showed why he belonged in the starting XI, contributing on both ends of the pitch. Ahmedov totaled 2 goals, 2 assists, and 2 MOTMs in Serie A, and also tallied 3 goals, an assist, and 2 MOTMs in the Coppa Tradizione while remaining in the Golden Ball hunt for much of the tournament. Combined, Ahmedov finished with 5 G, 3 A, and 4 MOTMs across all competitions. Ahmedov was highly effective as a long-shot taker, and managed a hat-trick against Ajax in the Coppa, scoring on all 3 of his shot attempts. Yet while Ahmedov was a force coming up in attack, he was perhaps even more vital on the defensive end. Ahmedov and Jucilei paired to create a strong force in the defensive midfield by keeping opponents out of the 18-yard box, forcing them into poor shot attempts, and cutting out any open passing lanes. This season's defense allowed less than half of the goals allowed by Anzhi in Season 9, and Ahmedov played a huge part in the club's transformation.

    Anzhi's Future
    Anzhi fell just short in league and cup this season, and now with the transfer period open, Season 10 may have very well been Coach Bronc's last in Anzhi. With loanee CB Emir Spahic the only main departure, Anzhi has already secured the incoming transfers of CB Christopher Samba from QPR, ST Aleksandr Kokorin from Dinamo Moscow, and Russian international captain CDM Igor Denisov from Zenit St. Petersburg. Denisov's arrival shores up arguably Anzhi's weakest area in defensive midfield, while Samba looks slated to start at CB and Kokorin will play a major role as a forward. And while all of these moves certainly strengthen Anzhi's roster, it also likely makes them ineligble for future TFS play. When reflecting on his 3 seasons at Anzhi, Coach Bronc said, "I've enjoyed my time here at Anzhi, and only hope that I can manage the club again someday, whether it be next season or at some other point in the future. I still feel like there's unfinished business here though. Anzhi is a team from Day 1 that I felt could win a Serie A title and perhaps some silverware elsewhere. But after 3 seasons, that silverware has still eluded us. Anzhi is the one and only club where I have failed to win a title of some sort, yet the club is perhaps one of the strongest I've ever managed." When pressed where he may manage next if he is indeed forced out of Anzhi, Coach Bronc said he's keeping an open mind at the moment.
     
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