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A few facts on... Anji Makhachkala

Posted on 3 October 2013  - 12:00

Ahead of tonight’s match against Anji Makhachkala in the Europa League, here are a few relevant facts and figures.....


We kick-off at 5pm UK time today...

Straight in - Anji secured direct qualification for the Group Stage of this season’s Europa League by virtue of finishing 3rd in last season’s Russian Premier League.

English opponents - Anji faced English opposition twice in last season’s Europa League. They twice encountered Liverpool in the Group Stages, both sides claiming 1-0 wins at home, before losing to Newcastle United in the last 16.

Stalemate – On the same night as our 3-0 win at home to Tromso IL, Anji opened their Group K campaign with a goalless draw at FC Sheriff.

Difficulties in front of goal - Anji have gone three games in Europe without scoring a goal. On the domestic scene, they have scored 11 goals in 11 games.

Hard to separate - Anji have drawn five of their last six games in all competitions.

Returning boss - Gadzhi Gadzhiyev is now in his fourth spell in charge of Anji. He returned this summer to replace Guus Hiddink. He took the helm for the first time in 1999.

Familiar face - Anji midfielder Abdul Razak has previously plied his trade in England. He is a former Manchester City trainee, and also names Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic among his former clubs.

Home comfort - On Sunday afternoon, Anji drew 2-2 at home to FC Amkar Perm.

Unusual measures - Anji were drawn against Scottish side Rangers in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup, but due to issues in a neighbouring area at the time, UEFA stipulated that a single match would be held at the neutral venue of Warsaw – which Rangers won 1-0 – instead of the usual home and away fixtures.

Temporary home - During last season’s Europa League, Anji played their home games at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We are playing them at the Saturn Stadium, Ramenskoye, this evening.