Dutch footballing legend Ruud Gullit got his managerial stint at Terek Grozny off to a good start as the Russian football league began its 2011 season earlier this month. Just to remind you, that grozny refers to the city where the club is based, not to the club president Ramzan Kadyrov, although he can be “terrible” enough when the mood strikes him. Meanwhile, the aging Brazilian miracle-worker Rivaldo is having troubles of his own in a post-Soviet totalitarian statelet. Hired on a rich contract with the Uzbek club Bunyodkor in 2008, Rivaldo walked last year, saying he was owed millions in back pay. Another former Brazilian great, Roberto Carlos (pictured above) doesn’t seem to have sought Rivaldo’s advice: in February the defender signed on with Dagestan’s top team, Anzhi Makhachkala,
which plays in the top Russian league along with Terek Grozny. Terek’s been in a slump and now languishes in 12th place in the table, six places below Anzhi. Where to now, gents?

Ky Krauthamer

Ky Krauthamer is a senior editor at Transitions Online. Email: ky.krauthamer@tol.org

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