Might happen, and then he'd want out after the first experience of a Russian winter. I wouldn't put it past him though.
Is Etoó simply a money-grubber, Venessian?
I just told my good friend Sammy what you said and he was furious. Livid. He said, "Money-grubber? WTF? Who does that El Arg guy think he is? Tell him to meet me here in Machakalkalaachkma next week and I'll run him into the ground and fire penalty shots at his head!!!"
Seriously, though, I don't know. He said somewhere that he wanted to help "change the culture" there and "raise money for schools in my country", etc. I do think Eto'o is a good person. I have never ready any criticisms of his character. But the move still perplexes people. In Cameroon, ironically, he is now being criticized for being a..."money-grubber". Another report is that he took the high salary because he wants to amass funds for a future political run in Cameroon. Who knows.
Of course he's entitled to whatever salary someone decides to pay him, but I don't understand why a player still in his prime would go to a team in the RPL for a €20M/year salary with no shot at any important competitions when he could have gone to Man City, PSG, etc, for, what, €18M/year and been playing for league titles, CL, etc., etc. I don't get it.
Originally Posted by Associated Press
Makhachkala is plagued by violence from insurgency that has spread across the North Caucasus after two separatist wars in Dagestan's neighboring region of Chechnya.
Anzhi players live and train at a training camp outside Moscow and travel to Makhachkala for home games, flying about 1,250 miles 15 times a season.
there are countries in Europe that don't belong to EU, not the point. Do you know what UEFA stands for and what continents those countries fall in?
(Hint: Union of European Football Associations).
Thanks much for the hint; I never knew that.
I don't see it as a problem.
Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia (Israel and Kazakhstan are former AFC members).
Frankly the geo-political boundaries FIFA creates to form its federations don't get me too riled up. They have larger problems than that.
only israel makes sense because a large number of AFC teams would probably not play against them. And in the case of Australia it was a power balance to give the group more than half a spot for the WC. I don't see Turkey/Azerbaikjan//kazakhstan etc dominating a and where does this end ? Turkey pretends to have European aspirations so they get to play in Euro ? It's all a joke and FIFA/UEFA are really not helping international football (so you're absolutely right they have other problems) Edited by the shah - 10/3/11 at 3:54pm
EDIT: I thought you were joking, but you're not!
Anzhi also recently sacked their coach and appointed Roberto Carlos as player-coach.
Besides Tevez, Anzhi/Carlos are interested in Gerrard, Lampard, Gattuso, Maicon, Pires and in Capello, Hiddink, Luxemburgo or Scolari as coach.
I really can't see Gerrard or Lampard gong (or, for that mater, Capello)
Originally Posted by shahanshah
~5% of Turkey is in Europe (half of one city) and Azerbaijan is next to Iran and Armenia .....
Turkey makes sense since it's historically been claimed as both, Azerbaijan really makes no sense (unless former USSR states get in by grandfather clause?)