A 19 man squad of youth and experience will head out to Moscow today for tomorrow night’s tough game against Anzhi Makhachkala, managed by the great Guus Hiddink, and Anzhi have shown some excellent home form this season and currently sit second top of the Russian Premier League.
Russian Billionaire Suleyman Kerimov – owner of Anzhi Makhachkala
The Russian side is owned by 46 year-old Russian Billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and he has recently brought in 24 year-old Brazilian Willian (full name Willian Borges da Silva) for a cool £19M in January, which is one million more than Newcastle paid to bring in our five top Frenchmen in January.
Kerimov is well educated and earned his wealth by building a diverse investment portfolio of both public and private companies, and he’s also a philanthropist and businessman.
Anzhi Makhachkala have won all seven of their European games played 1115 miles away from Makhachkala in Moscow, because of instability in that region.
But Newcastle are coming off a fine win against Metalist Kharkuiv, and they were also thought to be a tough test for the Magpies, although Anzhi Makhachkala are a step up from the Ukrainian side.
Newcastle’s opponents are in the Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG mold, where a Billionaire comes in and pays out ridiculous transfer fees and wages for players – and it’s almost a case of who can pay the most for the players coming in.
Let’s say that’s almost the opposite of the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle, but it hasn’t stopped the Tyneside club from building a good side, with some excellent players in the team.
Newcastle United 19 man squad for the match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow tomorrow night – in alphabetical order – and it includes the returning Ben Arfa and 18 year-old striker Adam Campbell:
Jak Alnwick, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
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