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Inter Baku PIK
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Full name İnter Bakı Peşəkar İdman Klubu
Nickname(s) Bankirlər (The Bankers)
Founded 1997; 17 years ago (1997) as Xəzər Universiteti
Ground Shafa Stadium
Ground Capacity 8,152
Owner Jahangir Hajiyev
President Georgi Nikolov
Manager Kakhaber Tskhadadze
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2013–14 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Inter Baku PIK (Azerbaijani: İnter Bakı Peşəkar İdman Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Baku, that currently plays in Azerbaijan Premier League.

The club won the league title twice but never have won Azerbaijan Cup, even though it reached finals four times.[1]

History[edit]

Origins and early years (1997–2004)[edit]

The club has been functioning since 1997, but initially it had a different name. The club originally carried the named of Khazar University, first private university in Azerbaijan who found the club and joined the amateur league in 1997. In 1999, Khazar University began to play in the Azerbaijan Premier League and club ended its debut in 11th place.[2] In subsequent years, Inter finished in 7th place (2000/01 season) and 3rd place (2003-04 season).

In 2003-04 season the team performed well and ended the season in fourth place. This result earned the club the right to play in the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time. In the first round of the 2004 Intertoto Cup, Khazar University defeated Bregenz of Austria 3:0 in the first leg on a forfeit and 2:1 in the second leg.[3] In the second round of the tournament, Khazar University played Tampere United of Finland. The club lost the first game 0:3, but won the return leg held in Baku, 1:0. Khazar University lost the tie on aggregate and was out of its first Intertoto cup.[4]

The Double and Tskhadadze years (2004–present)[edit]

In summer of 2004, all rights of the Khazar University club were transferred to newly created Inter Baku Professional Football Club, and the team participated in the 13th championship of the Azerbaijani Premier League under the name of Inter Baku. Later in 2004, certain structural changes were made in the club's management, and Inter Baku was renamed the Inter Professional Club, finishing the 2004–2005 season in seventh place. Inter's progression up the standings continued in the 14th iteration of the Azerbaijan Premier League when Inter finished in fourth place.

The club repeated its performance with fourth again in 2006–07 before winning the league championship in 2007–08. Following its victory in the domestic league, Inter qualified for its first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and advanced to the second qualifying round by defeating Rabotnički of the Republic of Macedonia on away goals.[5]

2009 saw Inter Baku retain the Azerbaijan Premier League title, securing it second time in club's history. The club's Champions League campaign was less successful - barely losing to Lech Poznań away in penalties.[6] In 2011, Inter Baku also managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Shakhtsyor Salihorsk in the final.[7][8]

In 2012, the club recorded Azerbaijani record for the biggest win in a European competition by beating Narva Trans 5–0 in Estonia.[9] The club had started the 2013–14 season with a three-game losing streak, setting a record for worst start to a season in its history.[10] However, the team managed to clinch second spot in the league.[11]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Shafa Stadium
Shafa Stadium
Stadium
Full name Shafa Stadium
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Built 2001
Owner Inter Baku
Surface Artificial
Capacity 8,125
Tenants
Inter Baku

The club play their home matches at the Shafa Stadium, an all-seater football stadium situated in Baku. Since 2008, the stadium has been under development, surrounded by practice fields, administration buildings and newly built four-star Inter Hotel.

League and domestic cup history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1999-00 1st 11 22 5 3 14 19 41 18 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan S.Alakbarov 7
2000–01 1st 7 20 9 2 9 26 38 29 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan R.Nasibov 8
2003–04 1st 4 26 15 6 5 43 16 51 1/8 Finals Georgia (country) A.Soxadze 6
2004–05 1st 7 34 19 9 6 44 24 66 Runner-Up Azerbaijan E.Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st 4 26 14 8 4 35 14 50 Quarter-Finals Nigeria Idahor 6
2006–07 1st 4 24 13 6 5 36 12 45 Semi-Finals Azerbaijan S.Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st 1 26 18 4 4 55 18 58 Runner-Up Azerbaijan K.Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st 2 26 18 7 1 54 16 61 Runner-Up Uruguay Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1 32 22 12 8 58 37 78 Semi-Finals Lithuania Poškus 12
2010-11 1st 5 32 13 10 9 29 24 49 Runner-Up Lithuania Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3 32 16 8 8 29 21 56 Semi-Finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3 32 16 9 7 38 22 57 Quarter finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2 36 20 7 9 60 37 67 Quarter finals Azerbaijan V.Javadov 16
2014–15 1st

UEFA club competition results[edit]

As of 17 July 2014

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 3 5
UEFA Europa League 13 6 3 3 22 13
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 23 10 6 6 31 22
Season Cup's name Round Country Club Result
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Austria SC Bregenz 2–1, 3–0
2R Finland Tampere United 1–0, 0–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–0, 1–1
2Q Serbia Partizan 1–1, 0–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–2, 1–3
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Poland Lech Poznań 0–1, 1–0 (8–9p)
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Estonia Narva Trans 2–0, 5–0
2Q Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–1, 1–1 (2–4p)
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Finland Mariehamn 1–1, 2–0
2Q Norway Tromsø 1–0, 0–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Tiraspol 3–1, 3–2
2Q Sweden Elfsborg –, 1–0

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Inter Baku PFC players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Inter Baku 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 3 July 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 Georgia (country) GK Giorgi Lomaia
3 Georgia (country) DF Lasha Salukvadze
4 Spain DF Iván Benítez
5 Georgia (country) DF Aleksandr Amisulashvili
6 Republic of Macedonia MF Slavčo Georgievski
7 Azerbaijan MF Abdulla Abatsiyev
8 Spain MF Mikel Álvaro
9 Azerbaijan MF Mirzaga Huseynpur
10 Azerbaijan MF Elvin Mammadov
11 Azerbaijan MF Asif Mammadov (captain)
14 Azerbaijan DF Ilgar Alakbarov
No. Position Player
15 France DF Yohan Bocognano
17 Azerbaijan MF Magomed Mirzabekov
18 Paraguay FW César Meza
21 Azerbaijan MF Arif Dashdemirov
25 Azerbaijan GK Salahat Aghayev
27 Costa Rica MF Diego Madrigal
28 Georgia (country) FW Bachana Tskhadadze
33 Croatia DF Matija Špičić
96 Azerbaijan GK Elshan Poladov

Individual records[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 9 May 2014 (players in bold signifies current Inter player). Ģirts Karlsons is the club's all-time top scorer with 36 goals in 73 games.

Khagani Mammadov is one of the most goal scoring players.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
Player Period Appearances Goals
1 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
2 Uruguay Walter Guglielmone 2007–09 45 28
3 Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–present 87 25
4 Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov 2007–09 35 22
5 Lithuania Robertas Poškus 2009–11 52 17
6 Azerbaijan Emin Imamaliev 2003–05 48 14
7 Belarus Uladzimir Makowski 2004–06 52 11
8 Azerbaijan Nizami Hajiyev 2007–08; 2010–13 67 11
9 Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
10 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
Player Period Caps Goals
1 Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
2 Azerbaijan Asif Mammadov 2008–10; 2010–present 107 5
3 Georgia (country) Giorgi Lomaia 2009–present 107 0
4 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
5 Georgia (country) Ilia Kandelaki 2010–13 75 3
6 Azerbaijan Elmar Bakhshiev 2004–07 74 1
7 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
8 Czech Republic Bronislav Červenka 2007–12 72 5
9 Azerbaijan Nizami Hajiyev 2007–08; 2010–13 67 11
10 Brazil Accioly 2009–12 61 3

Notable managers[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Inter Baku PFC managers.

The following managers have all won at least one trophy when in charge of Inter Baku:

Name Period Trophies
Ukraine Valentyn Khodukin 2006–09 Azerbaijan Premier League
Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze 2009 – present Azerbaijan Premier League, CIS Cup

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Winners (2): 2007–08, 2009–10

Regional[edit]

Winners (1): 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "14 мгновений финала". Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Arts, Sports & Events". Official Khazar University website. 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup History Season 2004 First Round". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Intertoto Cup History Season 2004 Second Round". uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Ventspils and Sheriff arrest losses". uefa.com. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  6. ^ Kurowski, Dariusz. "Lech through after 22-penalty shoot-out". UEFA. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Кубок Содружества у "Интера"!". Championat.ru. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Azerbaijani football club Inter wins CIS Cup on penalties". Trend.az. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  9. ^ ""Интер" победил, "Пюник" проиграл". UEFA (in Russian). uefa.com. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  10. ^ ""İnter"dən 3-cü məğlubiyyət, "Qarabağ" yenidən zirvədə - YENİLƏNİB". Apasport.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Чемпионы тоже плачут". Azerisport.com (in Russian). Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

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