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Simurq PIK
Simurq PIK
Full name Simurq Peşəkar Idman Klubu
Nickname(s) Simurqlar (The Phoenixes)
Founded 2005; 9 years ago (2005)
Ground Zaqatala City Stadium,
Zaqatala, Azerbaijan
Ground Capacity 3,500
President Anar Bakirov
Manager Vacant
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2013–14 7th
Current season

Simurq PIK (Azerbaijani: Simurq Peşəkar Idman Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Zaqatala. They play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the top division in Azerbaijani football.

History[edit]

Early years (2005–2009)[edit]

The club was founded in 2005 and participated in the Azerbaijan First Division. The club's first season was very successful, and in the 2006-07 season, the club was participating in the Azerbaijan Premier League.[1] After its debuting season in the Premier League of Azerbaijan, Simurq finished 9th out of 14 clubs.

The Azerbaijani magazine Football+ recognized Simurq as the "Surprise of the Year" of the 2006-07 season based on polling results.[1] In 2007-08 season club has made another step forward, and finished the season at 7th place. The club gained third place in Azerbaijan Premier League 2008-09, by making the best indicator of the team in its history.

Recent years (2009 – present)[edit]

In 2009, club's debut in European competitions was not very successful as they were eliminated in the 1st qualifying round of UEFA Europa League by Bnei Yehuda.[2][3] The 2009-10 season for club was not successful, even though the team had good start before the winter break. After the winter, club began to fall in the standings and won only 8th place, while coach Roman Pokora dismissed after a string of poor results.

In June 2010, the club's executive director, former Azerbaijan national football team manager Gjoko Hadžievski became the club's new coach. However, due to financial problems Simurq could not sign big local and foreign players and coach staff was forced to take less experienced players and use from youth system. The 2010-11 season became the worst in club history as Simurq was relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division after finishing 11th place.[4] However club is allowed participate in the next season to replace Mughan who had sponsorship problems.[5][6]

On 18 July 2011, club signed contract with Sergey Yuran, former Ukrainian football player and association football coach.[7] On 5 March 2012, after Sergey Yuran's resignation, Igor Getman became the first Azerbaijani manager to lead Simurq as caretaker until the end of the season.[8] But after six days, the club announced Giorgi Chikhradze as their new coach. Simurq started 2012-13 season strongly, but after the start of the new year, team's form stumbled, hampering their European cup objective.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Zaqatala City Stadium
Zaqatala City Stadium
Location Zaqatala,
Azerbaijan
Owner Simurq
Operator Bulgaria Dynamic Resource
Capacity 3,500 seated
Tenants
Simurq (2008–present)
Construction
Broke ground 2006
Opened August 2008
Construction cost $12 million
Architect "Khazar" center of scientific and technical creativity of youth

Zaqatala City Stadium is a football stadium in Zagatala, Azerbaijan. It is currently used as club's home stadium and holds 3,500 people.

Crest and colours[edit]

Since the club's foundation, Simurq have had only one crest. It was officially adopted for the start of the 2006–07 season and based on a mythical sacred Phoenix firebird with castle background. It sterms from the club's name Simurq, which means Phoenix in Azerbaijani language. The new home and away kits were unveiled on June 2013 for the 2013–2014 season. The home kit is black and yellow stripes and the away kit is white, with Joma being the kit manufacturer.

In 2013, the club unveiled an official crest, designed by Azerbaijani graphic designer Elnur Sharifli from Poland.[9]

Supporters[edit]

Simurq has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success on the pitch. Simurq supporters have played a vital role in the clubs long term stay at Zaqatala.[10] [11]

League and domestic cup history[edit]

As of 19 May 2011:[12][13]
Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2005–06 2nd 3 30 19 8 3 67 14 65 1st Round
2006-07 1st 9 24 6 7 11 27 33 25 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan Ramin Nasibov 9
2007-08 1st 7 26 9 9 8 31 25 36 1/8 Finals Ukraine Volodymyr Mazyar 10
2008-09 1st 3 26 16 5 5 39 20 53 Quarter-Finals Ukraine Volodymyr Mazyar 12
2009-10 1st 8 20 8 7 5 21 21 31 Quarter-Finals Ukraine Ruslan Hunchak
Azerbaijan Elshan Mammadov
7
2010-11 1st 11 32 4 7 21 20 52 19 1/8 Finals Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 5
2011-12 1st 9 32 8 10 14 27 41 34 First Round Lithuania Robertas Poškus 8
2012–13 1st 4 32 12 12 8 32 26 48 Quarter finals Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Božić 6
2013–14 1st 7 36 11 13 12 35 28 46 Second Round Serbia Dragan Ćeran 13
2014–15 1st In Progress

UEFA club competition record[edit]

As of 9 July 2009.

Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 2 0 0 2 0 4
Total 2 0 0 2 0 4
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Israel Bnei Yehuda 0–1 0–3 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Simurq PFK players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FK Simurq Zaqatala 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 8 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 Poland GK Paweł Kapsa (captain)
2 Azerbaijan DF Ilkin Qirtimov
3 Poland DF Adam Banaś
5 Azerbaijan MF Vadim Abdullayev
6 Azerbaijan MF Samir Zargarov
8 Kenya MF Patrick Osiako
10 Azerbaijan FW Rashad Eyyubov
11 Serbia FW Dragan Ćeran
13 Azerbaijan DF Ali Gökdemir
14 Azerbaijan MF Vugar Mustafayev
15 Croatia MF Stjepan Poljak
No. Position Player
16 Azerbaijan DF Maharram Huseynov
17 Azerbaijan DF Rustam Mammadov
18 Azerbaijan DF Tural Akhundov
20 Israel DF Idan Weitzman
21 Azerbaijan MF Murad Sattarly
25 Azerbaijan FW Oruj Balashli
26 Belgium MF Benjamin Lambot
33 Azerbaijan DF Kanan Muslimov
35 Azerbaijan GK Amil Agajanov
88 Serbia MF Marko Stanojević (on loan from Sheriff Tiraspol)
94 Azerbaijan GK Rashad Azizov (on loan from Neftchi Baku)

Managers[edit]

As of Match played 28 February 2014
Name Managerial Tenure P W D L Win %
Ukraine Anatoliy Piskovets 2005 - 2006 0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine Viktor Pyshev 2006 0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine Roman Pokora 2006 – 18 June 2010 124 51 35 38 41.13
Republic of Macedonia Gjoko Hadžievski 18 June 2010 – 19 July 2011 33 4 8 21 12.12
Russia Sergei Yuran 19 July 2011 – 5 March 2012 22 5 4 13 22.73
Azerbaijan Igor Getman (caretaker) 5 March 2012 – 11 March 2013 2 0 1 1 0
Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze 11 March 2012 – 69 23 27 19 33.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zaqatala futbolu və “Simurq” PFK-nın tarixindən (Azerbaijani)
  2. ^ Бней-Иегуда размялась на Симурге (Russian)
  3. ^ «Бней-Йегуда» разгромил «Симург» в Лиге Европы (Russian)
  4. ^ "И восстал "Симург" из пепла... (БЛОГ)". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Рамин Мусаев: Симург заменит Мугань в премьер-лиге". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ ""Muğan" rəsmən Premyer Liqadan imtina etdi". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Симург подписал Юрана и обратился в ПФЛ". Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Сергей Юран подал в отставку с поста главного тренера Симурга". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Новое лого Симурга (ФОТО)". Azerisport.com (in Russian). Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  10. ^ ""Simurq" azarkeşləri rəhbərlik qarşısında tələb qoydu: Şemonayev geri qaytarılsın!". sportinfo.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Андерсон Оливейра: Нам нужно обговорить с руководством клуба некоторые детали соглашения". Azerifootball.com (in Russian). Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Ionescu, Romeo (2000-10-12). "Azerbaijan - List of Final Tables". Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  13. ^ Manaschev, Erlan, et al. (2008-06-06). "Azerbaijan - List of Champions". Rec. Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

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