Terek Grozny

Russian Premier League

Russian club renamed after Chechen strongman’s father

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian Premier League outfit Terek Grozny is to change its name to ‘Akhmat’ in honour of the slain father of the strongman Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov, the club said on Wednesday.

Kremlin loyalist Kadyrov - who has ruled the region with an iron-fist for a decade - said the move came after a petition by supporters.

Zenit face Krasnodar boosted by Europe run

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Moscow (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg face Krasnodar this weekend boosted by a fifth straight win in the Europa League and the return of three players from suspension.

Zenit are placed second in the Russian Premier League, three points behind Spartak Moscow who play Terek Grozny.

After Thursday's 2-0 Europa League defeat of Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv Zenit coach Mircea Lucescu said: "I'm happy with the wins in our last matches against Samara and Maccabi.

Zenit St Petersburg face stern test of unbeaten start

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Moscow (AFP) Russian Premier League joint leaders Zenit St Petersburg face a tough game at Terek Grozny on Sunday as they look to maintain their unbeaten run after making progress in the Europa League.

Zenit, the Premier League's only unbeaten side, sit second, level on points with Spartak Moscow, who top the table having won more matches this term.

Russia: Zenit and CSKA lose ground in title race

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The business end of the 2011-12 Russian Premier League season began this weekend with the sixteen teams split into two groups of eight. In recent seasons the league would've concluded after thirty rounds of matches but due to the changing of the league season from a spring-autumn season to an autumn-spring timetable from the 2012-13 season another fourteen rounds of matches are necessary in order to decide championship and relegation matters this time around.

Russia: Nine games for clubs to decide their fate

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CSKA Moscow currently top the Russian League

The 2011-12 Russian Premier League may still have a long way to go but the next nine rounds of matches will prove intriguing. After 30 rounds the league is split into a championship group and a relegation group with eight teams in each. It is, therefore, vitally important for every club that they put some form together at this crucial time.

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Russian Linesman Starts His Own Rumble

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The video speaks for itself. Final whistle blows, a linesman, Musa Kadyrov, attacks player on the pitch. It was only a reserve game in Russia, but it's making headlines for obvious reasons. And yes, it's Russia which means..."In Russia, linesman atta...nevermind.

The player was bewildered by the outburst, and his response was, errr, well it was a response.

Ailton Outshines Hulksel

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You may have heard that Zenit, aspiring Big Club, bought Hulk and Axel Witsel from their respective Portuguese clubs for a sum total of 800 bajillion euros. (I counted.) Hulksel made its debut this evening, each coming on as a second half substitute.

So too did Ailton Almeida, making his own debut for Terek Grozny and he scored this goal in the 85th minute.

Russian Royal Rumble

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Russia's getting better. They've got the World Cup, a moderately recent UEFA Cup title, the money and glorious landscape of Dagestan (Samuel Eto'o says hello) and, in general, promise.

The video released of Spartak Gogniev the player assaulted after being sent off in a reserves game is not what one might call "promising".

The Inevitable: Louis Vuitton x Terek Grozny

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Terek Grozny is more famous for the things which happen on the sidelines like Ruud Gullit, for instance than it is for their on-pitch accomplishments, as they've never finished higher than tenth in the RPL. They're also rather famous for their home base, being the local club of Chechnya and all, while being run by Chechnya's president, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Post-Red Card Beatdown In Russia

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Disney is not going to do a cartoon remake of the Russian Premier League anytime soon. That may be an exercise in acknowledging the obvious, but it remains true the RPL isn't for the kiddies. Roberto Carlos might have a few words of commentary in that realm.

And yet, it can still manage to surprise with some off-pitch shenanigans, like this weekend, when one player who'd just been sent off in a reserve game was beaten in the tunnel by men "dressed as" police officers.

Russia: Gazprom turn up heat as cup holders CSKA exit

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Defending cup holders CSKA are out of this year's competition

CSKA Moscow, defending title holders of the Russian Cup, have been sensationally knocked out of this year's competition having gone down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of second-tier club Volgar-Gazprom Astrakhan. A goal in the 88th minute from Alan Chochiev ensured that the Army club, who have won six Russian Cups in the last decade, will not retain the title this time around.

The Sexy Football Ultimatum

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This morning, Terek Grozny, the Chechnyan football club attempting to make waves in the football world, released one of the best official website statements in recent memory, torpedoing their coach in no uncertain terms, declaring if he does not win this afternoon's game, he'll find unemployment.

And because that coach is Ruud Gullit, it makes it all the better.

The Quiet Revolution: Russian football’s ominous rise

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In 1917 Russia was gripped by a revolution that sent shockwaves throughout the west, as governments agonized over potential repercussions upsetting their own status quo. Today Russian football is experiencing a revolution of its own, yet western reaction is surprisingly ... Continue reading →

The Quiet Revolution: Russian football’s ominous rise

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The Quiet Revolution: Russian football’s ominous rise

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Football’s New Headline Generating Machine

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A great number of parallels between Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan and the current headline-making of Terek Grozny, Russia's version of the 'hey, let's throw obscene money at it' methodology of team-building.

They've approached the recently retired Ronaldo, landed the recently freed Roberto Carlos (think Rivaldo) and now have set their sights on a European-conquering striker (a la Samuel Eto'o in Uzbekistan): Diego Forlan.

Ruud Gullit joins Terek Grozny…

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From the Guardian:
The former Chelsea and Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has joined Russia's Terek Grozny as coach on an 18-month contract, the Chechnya-based club said on its website yesterday. Gullit, 48, joins the club three years after being fired by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has also managed Feyenoord.

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Liverpool Face Fight With Russians For Lazio Defender

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Liverpool could lose out to Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala in the battle to sign Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.
The 25-year-old's agent Ulisse Savini last month revealed that his client, who is out of contract in June, has earmarked Liverpool as his preferred destination in the summer.
But Anzhi, whose own domestic transfer window is still open until later this month, have made an offer to sign him imminently, according to sources in Russia.

Liverpool Made An Enquiry But We Want Immediate Solutions

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The agent of Lazio defender Modibo Diakite insists English Premier League club Liverpool have made an enquiry about his client, but at the moment only "immediate solutions" are being considered by the player.
Diakite's contract at Lazio is due to expire in the summer and as yet there has been no agreement with the Rome giants over an extension.

Daily Dose: June 14th, 2011.

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  • Right back into oblivion. (Left Back In The Changing Room)
  • Sexy football, unemployed football. (AP)
  • Transient Juve. (IBWM)
  • This might be regretted. (KCKRS)
  • This is also regretful. (Dirty Tackle)
  • Looking up at expectation. (Three Match Ban)
  • Liverpool fans do math, might not end well.

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Drunk Belgian Midfielder Crashes Porsche Into Petrol Station

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Terek Grozny midfielder Jonathan Legear was caught on CCTV crashing his Porsche into an ESSO station while drunk at 5.30am in his native Belgium at the week-end.

An Esso spokesperson said: "The pump automisation has been destroyed. We estimate the amount of damage between €250,000 and €300,000 euros.

‘Slightly Drunk’ Terek Grozny Midfielder Jonathan Legear Destroys Petrol Station With Porsche (With CCTV)

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By Chris Wright

Terek Grozny midfielder Jonathan Legear has admitted that he was 'only slightly' over the drink-drive limit after missing the brake pedal in his Porsche and ploughing into the Esso petrol station at 5:30am in Tongeren, back home in his native Belgium.

Legear was spending the weekend in Flanders after being told that he was surplus to requirements for Grozny's weekend Russian Premier League fixture, and had spent Saturday night out with friends.

Driving Lessons With Jonathan Legear

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If you watch one clip of a footballer blowing through the opposition this year, this should be it.

Belgian Terek Grozny midfielder Jonathan Legear, at home to enjoy the int'l break, went out for some fun and more fun, apparently. And then he drove home at only "slightly above" the legal alcohol limit.

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Martin Jiranek’s Wonder-Goal v Kuban Krasnodar

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Former Birmingham centre-half Martin Jiranek scores a wonder-goal as Terek Grozny got back on level terms in awesome fashion against Kuban Krasndar.

Terek Grozny’s Martin Jiranek Clouts One Into Top Corner From Bloody Miles Out vs Kuban Krasnodar (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Terek Grozny centre-half, Martin Jiranek (a name which may or may not be familiar to Birmingham City fans) absolutely thrashes one in from just past the half-way line against Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League...

Not bad for a pretty lumpy centre-back, we're sure you'll agree especially from the camera angle behind the goal.

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Poland Euro 2012 Squad and Preview

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Poland Euro 2012 Squad and Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As one of the co-hosts, Poland had very little competitive football to play in the last two years and are the weakest team in the 2012 Euros according to FIFA rankings, just about the only thing going for them is home support and a group they can find their way out of.

Full list of 23 man squads for Euro 2012 tournament

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Below are the final 23-man squads for all the countries competing in the 2012 UEFA European Championships.

Group A

Poland

# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club 1 GK Wojciech Szczęsny April 18, 1990 (age 22) 9 0 Arsenal 12 GK Grzegorz Sandomierski September 5, 1989 (age 22) 3 0 Jagiellonia Białystok 22 GK Przemysław Tytoń January 4, 1987 (age 25) 5 0 PSV 2 DF Sebastian Boenisch February 1, 1987 (age 25) 5 0 Werder Bremen 3 DF Grzegorz Wojtkowiak January 26, 1984 (age 28) 18 0 TSV 1860 Munchen 4 DF Damien Perquis April 10, 1984 (age 28) 6 1 Sochaux 13 DF Marcin Wasilewski June 9, 1980 (age 31) 47 1 Anderlecht 14 DF Jakub Wawrzyniak July 7, 1983 (age 28) 26 0 Legia Warszawa 15 DF Marcin Kamiński January 15, 1992 (age 20) 3 0 Lech Poznań 20 DF Łukasz Piszczek June 3, 1985 (age 26) 23 0 Borussia Dortmund 5 MF Dariusz Dudka December 9, 1983 (age 28) 62 2 Auxerre 6 MF Adam Matuszczyk February 14, 1989 (age 23) 19 1 Fortuna Düsseldorf 7 MF Eugen Polanski March 17, 1986 (age 26) 7 0 Mainz 05 8 MF Maciej Rybus August 19, 1989 (age 22) 20 1 Terek Grozny 10 MF Ludovic Obraniak November 10, 1984 (age 27) 22 4 Bordeaux 11 MF Rafał Murawski October 9, 1981 (age 30) 42 1 Lech Poznań 16 MF Jakub Błaszczykowski (Captain) December 14, 1985 (age 26) 50 8 Borussia Dortmund 18 MF Adrian Mierzejewski November 6, 1986 (age 25) 22 1 Trabzonspor 19 MF Rafał Wolski November 10, 1992 (age 19) 2 0 Legia Warszawa 21 MF Kamil Grosicki June 8, 1988 (age 23) 12 0 Sivasspor 9 FW Robert Lewandowski August 21, 1988 (age 23) 41 13 Borussia Dortmund 17 FW Artur Sobiech June 12, 1990 (age 21) 4 1 Hannover 96 23 FW Paweł Brożek April 21, 1983 (age 29) 34 8 Celtic

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Ruud Gullit

“Not a hope in hell Barnetta will come to Toon!”

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This is old news as we all know but there seems to have been an interesting development regarding this outburst by a certain Barry McIntosh. In a slightly amusing twist of fate, and if North East football correspondent for the Sun Steve Brenner is to be trusted, Mr. McIntosh doesn't even represent the player!

Tuesday Ticker: Gullit axed again, Aston Villa to interview McLeish and more

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Ruud Gullit's managing stint in Chechnya ended the same way it did in Los Angeles -- with him being shown the door after a brief time in charge.

Gullit was fired by Chechen club Terek Grozny on Tuesday, just five months after being hired as the club's manager.

He was given an ultimatum to win Tuesday's game by team management, but a last-minute goal doomed his team to a 1-0 loss and cost him his job.

Gullit “despachado” da Tchetchénia

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Nem todos os grandes jogadores têm capacidade para virem a ser grandes treinadores. Maradona é capaz de ser o melhor exemplo desta máxima, mas Ruud Gullit também está nesse lote. Depois de ter iniciado a carreira no Chelsea, já treinou Newcastle, Feyenoord, LA Galaxy e Terek Grozny, de onde acaba de ser despedido.

Video: Ruud Gullit faces sack after defeat in ultimatum match

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It's Chech-out time Ruud Gullit looks like he's earned his flight home from Chechnya (assuming that's how they deal with sacked managers) after his Terek Grozny slipped to defeat in their crunch match against Perm. OTP told you earlier that Terek's press team had gone public with a win or you're sacked warning to Gullit.

Ruud Gullit given hilarious public ultimatum by Terek Grozny: win next game or be sacked

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Ruud awakening Ruud Gullit has been told to win his next game in charge of Chechen side Terek Grozny of face the chop. The ultimatum was issued in a press statement on the club's official website, which outlined that the club were not happy with Gullit's management, his party lifestyle and his general failure to [.

Gullit touches bottom, keeps digging

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Ruud Gullit found another coaching gig.

I thought *I* would get a coaching gig before Gullit, but the story gets better.

Quote: Ruud Gullit has rejected criticism of his decision to coach Chechnyan club Terek Grozny, whose president, former militia leader Ramzan Kadyrov, also is the Kremlin-backed president of Chechnya.

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Terek call time on Gullit after Amkar defeat

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Former AC Milan and Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit has been dismissed as coach of FC Terek Grozny after a disappointing start to his first spell in Russian football.

The worst football transfer in the world?

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It's a long way from Chelsea to Grozny, but in one of the most extraordinary appointments in recent sporting history, the legendary Dutch footballer and former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has been unveiled as the new manager of Terek Grozny, the Russian premier league club from the country's restive region of Chechnya.

The Rest

Russian linesman banned for life for punching and kicking youth player

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We're all for officials getting more protection from players, but there is little excuse for anyone taking things into their own hands. And this linesman definitely took things into his own hands. The video above shows Russian linesman Musa Kadyrov, who has been banned for life, punching and kicking a player in the head during [.

Terek Grozny stadium announcer calls referee a donkey over loudspeaker

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Terek Grozny officials were not pleased with the way the Russian Premier League referee handled Sunday's 0-0 draw against Rubin Kazan. This included the stadium announcer, who called the ref a "donkey" after captain Rizvan Utsyev was sent off in the second half. The initial outrage was one thing, but the hilariously childish apology that followed took it to another level.

Several new rules from Sion player-manager Gennaro Gattuso

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Still in his first season with Swiss club FC Sion, World Cup winning midfielder and nightmare warrior Gennaro Gattuso has been named player-manager after the sacking of Terek Grozny. A 4-0 loss to Thun was too much for impatient owner Christian Constantin (seen here singing a song about Gattuso and embarrassing everyone) to take with the club currently in fourth place, so he decided that drastic action was necessary.

Roberto Carlos Does Midgame Autographs

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Easily one of the more excellent things you'll see this week, perhaps this month.

While doing his retirement tour in the land of Chechnya, Roberto Carlos, he of world-class sheen and galactic left foot, was approached by a pitch invader, seemingly a very big fan of one of the two aforementioned biblical skills Roberto holds.

Why Dalglish's star is shining at it's brightest...for now...

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Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star writes of the thankless job of the manager, and about how to make the manager's star shine.

The curious thing about managing a soccer team is how little actual soccer is involved.

Most of the job involves coddling your players and thinking up names to call the officials.