Chris Samba: Anzhi Makhachkala vs Lokomotiv Moscow
Chris Samba has just signed with the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) from Anzhi Makhachkala. According to a report from ESPN, Harry Redknapp, QPR manager praised QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes for his participation in the transfer.
Samba signing with QPR produced winners and losers in the parties involved.
Who are the winners and losers in this latest January Transfer Window news?
The slideshow is going to start with the losers and end with the winners.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Zenit St. Petersburg
According to The Daily Mail, Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink expressed disappointment with the loss of Samba. The same article reported that Hiddink commented about not being notified by Samba.
While money may purchase a player, he or she must be treated with dignity. Samba might have been affected by the racist culture in Russian Football as reported by fellow B/R writer Kim Newsome.
Whether there were measures taken to minimize racist incidents, it did not help Samba. In the end, Samba took advantage of an opportunity in England to leave.
The lesson for Anzhi, and Russian clubs is that if they want to retain players, they will have to combat racism. The lesson applies to Russia as it will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City
QPR is not enjoying the 2012/13 EPL season. QPR is currently in relegation due to its last place position in the EPL tables.
QPR won two, drew 10, and lost 12 matches. The club has 18 goals for, 37 against, and a differential of minus 19.
QPR currently has 16 points. The club recently played against Manchester City with the result a scoreless draw.
Redknapp expressed hopes that QPR’s fortunes will improve with Samba on board. He made his declarations about Samba in the QPR website with an h/t to The Daily Mail.
He praised Samba for being a strong and quick defender. Samba reciprocated the praise by expressing his desire to give the best for QPR.
The bold prediction is the following:
- QPR may escape relegation with Samba or
- What remains of the 2012/13 EPL season for QPR may be saved.
Chris Samba: Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Lokomotiv Moscow
Chris Samba emerges as the winner in this transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala to Queens Park Rangers. According to an article in The Daily Mail, he talked about wanting to be close to his family in England.
The same article reported that Samba always wanted to return to the English Premier League (EPL) while in Russia. This sentiment appeared to be present in spite of the £12m or $19 that Anzhi paid Blackburn to sign Samba.
At times, the people who win are those that are happy with family and familiar surroundings.
My thanks to the B/R readers for their time in viewing this slideshow. I would like to express best wishes until the next time.