In 1991, FC Anzhi Makhachkala was founded. The team is based in Makhachkala, capital of the Republic of Dagestan, located along the Caspian Sea in the North Caucasus region of Russia. It competes in the Russian Premier League.
The team has its own domestic stadium called Anzhi-Arena. The stadium seats more than 40,000 people and meets all UEFA requirements. The construction of new stadium was made possible by an investment made by club owner Kerimov.
Historic Purchase by Suleyman Kerimov - A Club Milestone
Suleyman Kerimov, a self-made billionaire, purchased Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, a purchase that would change the club forever. Kerimov immediately invested a lot of resources to bring great players to improve and help the club achieve better results. After finishing 5th place the following year (the 2011–12 Russian Premier League), Anzhi qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club's history.
In 2011 Anzhi also promoted its efforts towards the nurturing and development of young talent by opening a youth academy. This youth academy was the first of its kind in the region.
In 2013 it Kerimov decided that it was necessary to reduce the team’s budget. As a result, it also became necessary to discharge members of the team to other football clubs.
A yellow eagle is the club’s crest. It is depicted on customary Caucasian dress. This elegant bird was modeled after the one that can be seen on the coat of arms of Dagestan. The eagle is a traditional symbol of courage, faith, wisdom and nobility. The colors used are also a common theme. The Dagestani flag is composed of green, red and blue stripes. Those colors can also be seen beneath the eagle on the coat of arms, and the crest also includes them.
While the club’s original shirt sponsorship was Adidas, during the 2013-2014 season they switched to Nike. There was no change to the colors as those are the ones that the team is known for.
The team’s name has symbolic meaning to the region that it both represents and also calls its home. Besides including the capital’s name, “Makhachkala,” the word “Anzhi,” which means “pearl” in the local language of Kumyk, was also the ancient name of the land located around where Makhachkala is now located.