Dagestan, Anzhi and the Kremlin - When governments interfere with football.
Article here exposes the links between Russia's government (the Kremlin) and the seemingly unlikely rise of Anzhi - a team, according to the article situated in the most dangerous part of Europe.
This article can be found on futbolgrad (dot com) website, and its the latest post.
This made me think of two things;
* When have government involved themselves (tacitly or otherwise) in the running of a football club? I think of Berlusconi's AC Milan when he was the president. How can this not be a conflict of interests?
* Anzhi will likely qualify for the CL next season and whilst they have a bit to go, could a side from Dagestan win a European competition, and if so, where have side from war-town regions been successful in Europe? Red Star in early 90s before fall of Yugoslavia?