February 5th, 2011

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Bloc Party: New Russian Cash Creates Eastern Gold Rush

Really interesting article in the Independent. Full text under the cut, for link-phobic types.

Bloc Party: New Russian cash creates eastern gold rush

The former Soviet republics are awash with money and it is being thrown at football clubs – the vanity projects of tycoons or politicians

By Shaun Walker
Saturday, 5 February 2011


When Ruud Gullit was leading Chelsea to the FA Cup in 1997, Terek Grozny, Chechnya's leading football club, had been temporarily disbanded, thanks to the not so minor issue that their home city had just been reduced to rubble by the Russian Army.

The unexpected appointment of Gullit as Terek manager last month is testament both to the extraordinary rebuilding of Grozny under the ruthless rule of President Ramzan Kadyrov in the past few years and to the lengths some football people will go for a hefty pay cheque. But it also speaks volumes for the growing financial clout of the Russian Premier League, with even mid-table clubs like Terek able to offer juicy contracts to managers and players who five years ago would never have considered a move there.

West London, of course, is where the influence of new Russian money on football has long been at its most visible, but there has been a steady rise in spending back in the motherland, too. For several years the big clubs in Moscow and St Petersburg have had their coffers swelled by rich benefactors, who have helped bring in foreign stars and, in the case of Zenit St Petersburg, foreign coaches. The club is currently managed by the Italian Luciano Spalletti, who moved from Roma to take charge of the side that won the 2008 Uefa Cup under the Dutch manager Dick Advocaat. Advocaat now runs the Russia team, where he took over from yet another Dutchman, Guus Hiddink. Collapse )

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