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Gabala FK
Club crest
Full name Qəbələ Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s) Radarlar (The Radars)
Founded 3 July 1995; 19 years ago (1995-07-03) as Göy Göl (Reformed in 2005)
Ground Gabala City Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,000
Owner Gilan Holding
Chairman Tale Heydarov
Manager Dorinel Munteanu
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2013–14 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Gabala FK (Azerbaijani: Qəbələ Futbol Klubu) is an Azerbaijani association football club based in Qəbələ. They play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the top division in Azerbaijani football. Gabala plays its matches at the Gabala City Stadium.


The club was founded under the name of Goy Gol on 3 July 1995, based in Goy Gol. However, in 2005 the team moved from Goy Gol to Qəbələ and established under same name.[1]

On 10 May 2010, former Arsenal defender Tony Adams was appointed as new manager after signing £1 million per year deal with the club.[2][3] In his first season in charge Gabala finished at 7th place in Azerbaijan Premier League.[4][5] In November 2011, Adams resigned from being Gabala's coach due to family problems.[6][7]

Despite the appointment of managers like Fatih Kavlak and Ramiz Mammadov, the club couldn't reach a satisfactory position in the league and was struggling in the middle of the table for many years.[8][9] On 29 May 2013, Yuri Semin was appointed as new manager after signing £1 million per year deal with the club.[10][11] In same year, the club qualified for European cups for first time in their history but lost to Neftchi Baku on penalties in final of Azerbaijan Cup.[12][13]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club's crest includes Caucasus Mountains with a black crescent and red eight-pointed star, similar to Azerbaijani flag. It also includes 2005 which signifies the club's formation year.

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers[edit]

Gabala's traditional kit is composed of red shirts, black shorts and red socks. The club's first kit manufacturer was Erreà, until a two-year deal was agreed with Joma in 2013.[14][15]

On August 2012, Gabala signed one year deal with the American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer Pepsi, which will replace Hyundai as the shirt sponsor from the 2013–14 season.[16]


The club play their home matches at the Gabala City Stadium, an all-seater football stadium situated in Qabala.

As of 2007, predominantly due to UEFA requirements, the club proposed an extensive renovation of the stadium, which has since been in constant process of redevelopment.[17] AFL Architects were appointed to design a new 15,000 capacity stadium and training facility in December 2008 after winning a limited design competition. Accommodation within the stadium will include hotel and conferencing facilities, as well as retail and corporate hospitality space, and a dramatic viewing deck at the top of the entrance tower.[18] It is expected that the stadium will open in 2014.[19]


Gabala has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success on the pitch. Gabala's fan base has fluctuated over the years with high crowds coinciding with the club's success in the Premier League so that the club now averages in the top four best home attendances in the country.[20]

League and domestic cup history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2005–06 2nd 1 30 22 6 2 72 14 72 Last 16 Azerbaijan R.Ahmadov 18 Azerbaijan Jabbarov
2006-07 1st 11 24 4 4 16 17 47 16 Last 16 Azerbaijan Garaev 4 Azerbaijan R.Mammadov
2007–08 1st 6 26 11 3 12 33 36 36 Semi finals Russia Balamestny 8
2008–09 1st 10 26 9 6 11 28 21 33 Semi finals Azerbaijan K.Karimov 6
2009–10 1st 6 42 15 14 14 42 48 56 1st round Poland Stolpa 7
2010–11 1st 7 32 13 12 7 31 18 51 Quarter finals Jamaica Burton 9 England Adams
2011–12 1st 5 32 15 7 10 43 32 52 Quarter finals Brazil Dodô, France Kamanan 9 England Adams / Turkey Kavlak
2012–13 1st 6 32 10 8 14 32 40 38 Quarter finals Senegal Mendy, Brazil Assis 6 Turkey Kavlak / Azerbaijan R.Mammadov / Spain Aragón
2013–14 1st 3 36 18 7 11 48 36 61 Runners-Up Switzerland Subotić 12 Russia Semin
2014–15 1st Romania Munteanu

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 0–3 0–5
  • 1Q: First qualifying round


For a list of all former and current Gabala FK players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Gabala FC players.

Azerbaijani teams are limited to nine players without Azerbaijani citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 August 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Azerbaijan GK Kamran Agayev
3 Azerbaijan DF Shirmahammad Mammadov
4 Azerbaijan MF Elvin Jamalov
5 Azerbaijan DF Sadig Guliyev
6 Azerbaijan DF Volodimir Levin (captain)
7 Azerbaijan DF Ruslan Amirjanov
8 Brazil MF Marquinhos
9 Senegal FW Victor Mendy
10 Brazil MF Dodô
11 Romania FW Andrei Cristea
12 Romania DF Alexandru Benga
13 Azerbaijan DF Murad Musayev
No. Position Player
14 Azerbaijan MF Javid Huseynov
15 Azerbaijan MF Ruslan Abışov (on loan from Rubin Kazan)
16 Azerbaijan DF Ruslan Tagizade
21 Portugal MF Yazalde (on loan from Braga)
25 Romania MF Adrian Ropotan
26 Slovakia DF Pavol Farkaš
30 Azerbaijan GK Anar Nazirov
34 Azerbaijan DF Urfan Abbasov
44 Brazil DF Rafael Santos
55 Azerbaijan GK Javidan Huseynzade
88 Azerbaijan DF Mushfig Teymurov
90 Nigeria FW Ekigho Ehiosun

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Notable managers[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Gabala FK managers.



Runners-up (1): 2013–14
Winners (1): 2005-06

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Establishment of FK Qabala
  2. ^ Esslemont, Tom (2010-05-11). "Tony Adams' grand plans for Azerbaijan football club". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  3. ^ Английские СМИ назвали цену «чудовищной ошибки» азербайджанского футбольного клуба (Russian)
  4. ^ Exley, Robert. "After Wenger Part Five: The Return of the Prodigal Son". Gooner. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Hytner, David (23 July 2011). "Tony Adams is still relishing his Azerbaijan adventure". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Arsenal legend Adams leaves Gabala post". Sports News Ireland. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Адамс подал в отставку и покидает Азербайджан". (in Russian). Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Фатих Кавлак отправлен в отставку". (in Russian). Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Габала рассталась с Рамизом Мамедовым". (in Russian). Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Послезавтра Семин станет главным тренером Габалы". (in Russian). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Yuri Syomin - new head coach of Gabala". Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  12. ^ ""Qəbələ" ilk dəfə Avropa Liqasında!". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Atayev, Oqtay. "Neftçi nerve holds in Azerbaijan Cup final". UEFA. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Qəbələ gəlirlərini artırır". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  15. ^ ""Qəbələ" "Simurq"un yolu ilə getdi". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  16. ^ ""Qəbələ" yeni sponsorla əməkdaşlığa başlayır". (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gabala FC:Stadion". Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  18. ^ "Sports complex proposals unveiled". 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  19. ^ "Тале Гейдаров: Главная арена Габалы будет готова в 2016-м году". (in Russian). Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Вратарь "Габалы": "Наши болельщики являются для нас 12-м игроком"". (in Russian). Retrieved 22 June 2013. 

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