Newcastle XI from 2013 Anzhi win now includes Watford ace, as club folds

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Anzhi Makhachkala will now cease to exist after failing to obtain a license for Russia third-tier, so where are the Newcastle United side that beat them 1-0 in the Europa League last 16 in 2013 now?

Alan Pardew led the Toon to a narrow victory in the UEFA competition thanks to Papiss Cisse scoring in the 94th-minute of the second-leg. Newcastle had held Anzhi to a goalless draw in Makhachkala in the first-leg of the round of 16 tie. And United managed to avoid second-leg extra-time at the death.

Sylvain Marveaux delivered a teasing ball into the Anzhi box as Newcastle desperately sought a late winning effort. Then, Cisse rose high to head United into the quarter-finals to the despair of visiting boss Guus Hiddink, who had seen Mbark Boussoufa’s free-kick bounce off the bar after 88 minutes.

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Anzhi had been arguably the better side at St James’ Park, despite playing most of the second-half with 10-men. Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez did the traveling side no favors when he attracted referee Deniz Aytekin’s attention for his second booking in just seven minutes for fouling Massaido Haidra.

The Europa League last 16 tie would prove to be Anzhi’s high moment with Samuel Eto’o leading the line, Lassana Diarra in midfield and Hiddink at the helm. Orly would then endure relegation from the Russian Premier League in 2014 before plummeting to the third-tier in 2019 and now cease to exist.

Anzhi Makhachkala to cease to exist nine years after side lost at Newcastle

According to a statement as cited by FourFourTwo, Anzhi Makhachkala are to now cease to exist just nine years after facing Newcastle in Europa League after failing to obtain a permit to play in Russia third-tier. The club, once the richest team in the world, could not meet the minimum requirements.

Orly played their final match in the club’s current guise on June 5 as they beat Rotor-2 4-0 in the final game of the season. The win left Anzhi ninth in the table, but have confidence the club will one day return, having fallen on very hard times since billionaire oligarch Suleyman Kerimov’s investment.

So, with Anzhi Makhachkala now set to cease to exist, where are the Newcastle side they faced back in 2013 that Pardew would lead into the Europa League quarter-finals before losing 4-2 to Benfica?

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Rob Elliot (GK): Goalie guarded Newcastle side in Anzhi win now with Watford

Rob Elliot guarded the Newcastle net as Pardew’s squad beat Anzhi 1-0 at St James’ nine years ago. The goalkeeper featured in five of the club’s 14 Europa League fixtures that season as the number two. He would remain on Tyneside to 2020, before six months as a free agent and then joining Watford.

Davide Santon (RB): Italian enjoyed regular role in Pardew’s Europa League plans

Davide Santon had a regular role in Pardew’s Europa League plans with six starts, including against Anzhi. The Italian would make a rare appearance at right-back for the second-leg in place of Danny Simpson. It marked one of just seven outings in the role over his 94 career Newcastle appearances.

The full-back’s Tyneside career lasted from joining from Inter Milan for £ 5m in 2011 and returning to the San Siro in 2015. Santon would play with the Nerazzurri for three seasons during his second spell before joining Roma. Yet the 31-year-old will now leave the Stadio Olimpico as a free agent this year.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (CB): Rock of Newcastle side that beat Anzhi now a free agent

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was one of Newcastle’s defensive rocks that beat Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013. He had joined the Magpies that January from Montpellier for £ 7m, but would only stay at St James’ to September 2014 and joining Roma on an initial loan the Serie A side made permanent for £ 5.5m.


The Frenchman enjoyed just 46 games with the Toon during his time on Tyneside before making 38 outings with Roma. He then left the Stadio Olimpico for Lyon in August 2015, and would enjoy five seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit. Yet the 33-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Lyon in 2020.

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Steven Taylor (CB): Toon product called time on career in 2021 after Australian adventure

Steven Taylor called time on his career in 2021 after the Newcastle product enjoyed an Australian adventure with Wellington Phoenix. He had joined the A-League outfit in 2018 from Peterborough, following spells with Ipswich and Portland Timbers after leaving Newcastle in 2016 after 268 games.

Massaido Haidra (LB): Star of Newcastle’s win over Anzhi still with Lens after four years

Haidara spent five years with Newcastle from 2013 to 2018 after leaving boyhood side Nancy for his first taste of football outside of France. He would star in the Toon’s win over Anzhi two months after joining, and later returned to France with Lens where the 11-cap Mali international remains today.

Vurnon Anita (CDM): Newcastle’s midfielder win over Anzhi now in Dutch top-flight

Vurnon Anita is now in the Dutch top-flight with RKC Waalwijk nine years after starting Newcastle’s win over Anzhi. The eight-cap Curacao midfielder had moved to Tyneside in August 2012 from Ajax and remained with the club until 2017 when joining Leeds as a free agent, following 155 appearances.

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Cheik Tiote (CDM): Newcastle hero anchored Pardew’s men to Anzhi victory

Newcastle hero Cheik Tiote anchored Pardew’s men to victory over Anzhi nine years ago. The tie was one of the 55-cap Ivory Coast international’s 156 appearances for the Toon between 2010 and 2017. He never played more for a single club in his career, before sadly passing away aged 30 later in 2017.

Moussa Sissoko (RM): Star of Newcastle’s win over Anzhi now relegated as Watford captain

Moussa Sissoko joined Newcastle from Toulouse in January 2013, two months before starring in the 1-0 win over Anzhi, who will now cease to exist. He remained with the Toon until joining Tottenham in 2016 for £ 30m, and stayed until joining Watford last year with whom he was relegated as captain.

Yohan Cabaye (CAM): Frenchman captained Pardew’s Newcastle in win over Anzhi

Yohan Cabaye captained Newcastle to victory over set-to-cease to exist Anzhi in March 2013 in his second season on Tyneside. He had joined United in 2011 and remained until 2014 when Paris Saint-Germain paid £ 19m. He then joined Crystal Palace, Al-Nasr and Saint-Etienne before retiring in 2021.

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Sylvain Marveaux (LM): Now free agent assisted Newcastle’s goal to beat Anzhi in 2013

Marveaux joined Newcastle from Stade Rennais in 2011 and enjoyed four years at the club before he was released. The Toon axed the winger who assisted in victory over Anzhi following a loan move to Guingamp. He would join Lorient until 2021, before joining Charlotte Independence for five months.

Papiss Cisse (ST): Hero of Newcastle’s win over Anzhi now set to leave Caykur Rizespor

Cisse was the hero of Newcastle’s last-gasp win over Anzhi in 2013 but is now set to leave Turkish side Caykur Rizespor as a free agent. His contract expires on June 30 after only penning a short-term deal in February. He has also played for Luneng, Alanyaspor and Fenerbahce since leaving United in 2016.

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