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Dear all,

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?

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The way they are going lately it doesn't look like Anzhi will qualify for the Champions League, dropping too many points

Crvena Zvezda won the European Cup before the start of the war, by a few months though the situation was of course tense by May 1991. I guess the closest thing is Hajduk Split making a run to the quarterfinals of the 1994-95 Champions League. During the war teams like Hajduk and Dinamo were forced to play their home games in places like Austria, Slovenia, Hungary. I think Serbian and Bosnian clubs weren't allowed to compete in the early 90s
 

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I dont think they 'could' play in the early to mid 90s to be honest, and understandably football was not a priority then - although it can be a distraction needed during difficult periods..
 
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