FOOTBALL CRAZY; WELCOME TO HELL: WHERE sport REALLY IS A MATTER OF LIFE and death.
Byline: Kevan Christie
Bombings, shootings, robberies, kidnappings..
places the scariest on the planet to play soccer FOOTBALL is a tough sport but some teams can be harder to play for than others.
Samuel Eto'o earns pounds 18million a year at Anzhi Makhachkala, making him the world's richest player.
But the Cameroonian superstar might consider it danger money because in the Russian republic of Dagestan, where he plays, three car bombs killed six people and injured 50 on Wednesday.
Here are some of the places where football can be a scary game.
ANZHI MAKHACHKALA (RUSSIA) Anzhi's hometown of Makhachkala is so unsafe that Eto'o and the rest of the squad only fly in for games.
The team, put together at huge cost by oligarch Suleyman Kerimov, flee their tiny ground after the final whistle to a secure complex near Moscow, 1000 miles away.
Militants are fighting for a separate Islamic state in the mainly Muslim region.
Makhachkala is so violent and so close to war-torn Chechnya that Anzhi were forced to play their 2001 UEFA Cup match against Rangers thousands of miles away in Warsaw.
The night before Eto'o's arrival from Inter Milan last month, five people were killed in gunfights.
TEREK GROZNY (Chechnya) Dutch legend Ruud Gullit was sacked as manager after the club lost a Russian Premier League match to a last-minute own goal.
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Speaking after his father, former Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov, was assassinated in May 2004, Ramzan, 35, said he had already taken his revenge.
He said: "I've already killed him, whom I ought to kill.
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Kadyrov's pets include a lion and a rar tiger an the rare and keen boxer counts former champion Mike Tyson as a close friend.
MARSEILLE (France) Ten Marseille stars have been robbed by armed gangs in the last few months.
Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton was given a transfer to Montpellier last month after six robbers held 10 of his relatives hostage and beat him over the head with a rifle butt.
They took cash, jewellery, computers and designer bags.
The club's sporting director Jose Anigo said: "Every time I signed a player this year, the first question they asked was, 'Can you guarantee security and are my family at risk?' " Argentinian midfielder Lucho Gonzalez begged to leave after thieves broke into his home, threatened him and his girlfriend and stole jewellery, credit cards and his Bentley.
TOGO The national team's bus was attacked with machine guns as it travelled into Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Driver Mario Adjoua was shot dead and defender Serge Akakpo and goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale were badly wounded by bullets.
In all, eight members of the party, including a journalist and two team doctors, were wounded. A 30-minute siege ensued between gunmen and security guards, while the players hid under their seats.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor said the attack was "one of the worst things I've ever been through in my life".
PORTUGUESA (Brazil) The Sao Paulo club were rocked when four gunmen burst into the changing room to confront players after a 2-1 home defeat to Vila Nova.
Coach Rene Simoes resigned, saying: "What kind of football is this? What kind of world is this?" Players had already been threatened because of the team's poor form.
AS ROMA (Italy) Last month, two black Roma players were attacked by fans outside the club's training complex.
Ghanaian international Ahmed Barusso, 26, who had refused offers to leave the club, was stopped from driving away, then had his car punched and kicked.
Striker Stefano Okaka, 22, was set upon after he was accused of refusing to sign autographs.
During a derby match against Lazio in 2004, rumours spread among Roma fans that a child had been killed by police outside the stadium.
Riots broke out and hooligans invaded the pitch to talk to captain Francesco Totti, demanding the game be abandoned.
The match was stopped after four minutes but stands were set on fire as police unleashed tear gas.
RED STAR BELGRADE (Serbia) The 1991 European champions were ordered to play five matches in an empty stadium after a 21-year-old fan was shot during a cup match.
Serbian football has been rife with violence for the past 10 years.
A French fan died last September after he was brutally beaten up by Partizan Belgrade fans ahead of a Europa League match against Toulouse.
A Red Star fan was jailed for 10 years in 2008 for trying to murder a plainclothes policeman with a flare during a match the previous year.
Before the break-up of Yugoslavia, Red Star thugs took part in an infamous riot away to Dinamo Zagreb from Croatia in May 1990. The match was played against a backdrop of rising ethnic tensions which helped trigger the Balkans War.
More than 3000 of their hooligans, known as the Deije and led by future war criminal Arkan, clashed with the rival Bad Blue Boys.
The riot resulted in more than 60 people being wounded, including some stabbed, shot and poisoned by tear gas.
Amid the chaos, Dinamo's captain Zvonimir Boban kicked who was attacking supporter. ked a police officer a Dinamo He was proclaimed a national hero of Croatia but suspended by the Yugoslav FA for six months and had criminal charges filed against him.
The officer, who turned out to be a Bosnian Muslim, publicly forgave him for his actions several years later.
INDEPENDIENTE (Argentina) Midfielder Matias Almeyda returned to his homeland in 2004 after eight years in Italy and Spain, to sign for Independiente.
He left before he'd even kicked a ball after hearing his family were on a list of potential kidnap victims.
The player, who won 35 caps for his country, said he couldn't get used to his family living with continuous police protection and "getting nervous" at every traffic light they stopped at - so he decided to move back to Europe.
Almeyda was back playing in Argentina the following year. He must have become desperate.
COR OROI OI OI OICO CO CO CO SELECCION DE COROICO (Bolivia) Spare a thought for the hardy souls who play for Seleccion de Coroico, perhaps the most dangerous football club in the world.
To reach the Bolivian outfit's home ground, you need to travel on the world's most dangerous road.
The Camino de la Muerte or Road of Death, as the locals affectionately describe the 60-mile track, averages more than 100 deaths a year.
Sheer drops, zero visibility, hairpin corners, mudslides and crumbling cliff edges have to be navigated before the players can pull on their boots.
Coroico is a small town in the Yungas region of Bolivia, north-east of the capital La Paz.
The Road of Death drops 3000 metres from La Paz and is littered with crucifixes and roadside memorials. And if you thought this lot were bad, wait till you hear about the world's most volatile derby ... Cumnock v Auchinleck Talbot: Page 29
TAUNTS n Red Star fans with death banner. Right, car bombing yesterday in Makhachkala. Below right, riot at Rome derby match. Far left, Togo stars in tears after their bus was attacked