Russian captain Igor Denisov set to lead Anzhi Makhachkala exodus

Anzhi had their sights set on a place in the Champions League in 2014 -- an achievement that would have been unthinkable for a squad from the violence-wrecked North Caucasus just a few years ago.

updated: August 08, 2013 17:14 IST
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Moscow: Russia captain Igor Denisov was set Thursday to be the first in an expected exodus of star names from big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala.

Anzhi's billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov decided on Wednesday to drastically cut the Caspian Sea side's budget and scale down its ambitions after spending more than 200 million euros on the club's development.

Kerimov's largesse saw stars such as Cameroon marksman Samuel Eto'o propel Anzhi out of the football wilderness and into third place in the Russian Premier League in the 2012-2013 season.

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