Anzhi’s Willian Cost More Than Newcastle’s Five French Players

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.

Suleyman Kerimov

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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13 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Ibiza – Yeah I’m one of the annoying buggers who actually enjoys their job. I didn’t get pen to paper with PEA but I ‘flashed the keyring’ substantially and said if he wanted to come, that we would have a whip round and pay for the flight between us all on here! 🙂

    Anzhi very much throw money about like its going out of fashion, but there is no doubt, they have the ability on their day to beat anybody. We will need to battle out there, but we have the players to do that.

    Read that sammi got some stick off the smoggies after their last game for his lack of desire and work rate…I can see that to be honest. His work rate can be questionable. However in 2 games he has 1 goal and 1 assist, so they can complain too much.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Torq….It’s good that you can enjoy your work, there are many people that don’t.

    Did he give any indication whether he would be leaving in the summer (not to us, but just moving on at all)?

    Anzhi will be tough, but if we play our game as we can there is no reason to think we can’t get though. But it will be no easy task.

    Sammi…One goal and one assist in 2 games? Should we swap him with Jonas? 🙂 Only playing, who cares what the smoggies think?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Looking at those 19 players then, who does everyone think Pardew will go with.

    Here’s my guess.


    Just noticed Cisse is not traveling, is he ill or injured or just being rested?

  • TorqToon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza – I did ask him that and he gave me the ‘I’m currently happy at this club’ speech, but I did get the distinct impression that he won’t be there next season. The club are searching for replacements at the moment so they also think he will leave.

    Will he come to Newcastle, all depends really. Get our league status confirmed for next season and give as good a showing in Europe as we can. He talks highly of Newcastle, was very much aware of our interest (NUFC scouting teams were watching him against Nice on Saturday just gone) and regularly talks with Gabby and Haidara.

    Not saying for one minute this is destined to happen, but it’s not being ruled out. Personally, I think of we want him, and we bid a decent and respectable offer) he will come. Again…purely my opinion….

    ITK pitchforks away, lads! 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    So he’s coming then? 🙂

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Willian cost 30 million not 19 lol

  • cannell9

    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Anzhi havent won all their european games!!!! they lost one nil at anfield in the group stage

  • walton1984

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8


    He never said they had won every game in Europe did he, he said
    “Anzhi Makhachkala have won all seven of their European games played 1115 miles away from Makhachkala in Moscow, because of instability in that region.

  • Expat MAG

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Is Jonas in the squad?

    We need to play a near full strength team to contain this team so only expect Simpson, Haidara, Shola and eithe Marv or Oba making the starting line up from the weekends team

  • cannell9

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh right did he mean the games that they have played at home but not actaully at their home stadium in europe…if you get what i mean

  • toonincheek

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    “won all seven of their European games played
    1115 miles away from Makhachkala in Moscow”

    i.e. won all their home games is what Ed said.

  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Hi, to all fellow supporters, its great to finally be part of the blog. Thanks to Ed, his passion and dedication make me realise, I am not alone in this crazy life of being a fanatical nufc fan. Wouldn’t change anything about my time as a fan, my first match being aged 8 in 91. It’s been a rollacoster ride, but in my view the football and atmosphere under Keegan was as good as winning any trophy. Thanks again Ed.

  • Owldman

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #13

    This guy looks a bit young to be a billionair one of the russian mafia i think cant be making money off his team, from what I read he pays them a lot of roubles


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