Khazar Lankaran FK
|Full name||Xəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu|
|Nickname(s)||Gəmiçilər (The Shipbuilders)|
|Ground||Lankaran City Stadium,
|League||Azerbaijan Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
Khazar Lankaran FK (Azerbaijani: Xəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Lankaran, who play in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club was founded in 2004 and have played at their current home ground, Lankaran City Stadium, since 2005.
They have a fierce rivalry with Neftchi Baku. The Böyük Oyun rivalry between Neftchi and Khazar has been played since 2004. The club is also a member of the European Club Association, an organization that replaced the previous G-14 which consists of major football clubs in Europe.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colours
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Supporters
- 5 League and domestic cup history
- 6 UEFA club competition record
- 7 Players
- 8 Individual records
- 9 Notable managers
- 10 Honours
- 11 In popular culture
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early years (2004–2012)
The club was founded in 2004 by Azerbaijani entrepreneur Mubariz Mansimov and dubbed by the local media as "Caucasian Chelsea" due Khazar's strong financial position. Under Agaselim Mirjavadov club won Premier League title during 2006-07 season as well as clinched 2 Azerbaijan Cups. Khazar also managed to win the CIS Cup in 2008 after defeating Pakhtakor Tashkent in the final.
After Mircea Rednic's appointment, who have signed a string of Romanian players and footballers from Liga I, club did not found success in European cups. On 4 December 2011, Khazar announced that Rednic had been sacked by the club due to a run of poor performances.
Recent years (2012––)
In July 2012, the club under Yunis Huseynov earned their first win in European competition by beating Nõmme Kalju. On March 2013, former Liverpool striker John Toshack was appointed as new manager after signing two year deal with the club. In 2012–13 season, Khazar finished in 8th place, the club's lowest finishing position to date. Khazar Lankaran once again featured in European competitions during the 2013–14 season, featuring in the UEFA Europa League, where they were knocked out 10-0 on aggregate after suffering their heaviest European defeat ever, losing 8–0 to Maccabi Haifa. On 23 October John Toshack guided Khazar to their first trophy in two years with victory over Neftchi Baku in the revitalised Azerbaijan Supercup. A month later Toshack resigned from his position after only 14 points from 14 games in the 2013–14 season.
Crest and colours
Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers
|Fırtınalar Meydanı (Arena of Storms)|
|Opened||11 August 2006|
|Construction cost||$15 million|
|Khazar Lankaran (2006–present)|
Khazar Lankaran's home ground is Lankaran City Stadium. It has a capacity of 15,000 and is the third largest stadium in Azerbaijan. The stadium also known as Fırtınalar meydanı (Arena of Storms), named after club's local supporters Fırtına fan group.
In 17 July 2009, UEFA approved stadium for the usage during international football matches. The stadium hosted its first senior international match on 5 September 2009, between Azerbaijan and Finland.
Khazar is one of the best supported clubs in Azerbaijan, having the highest attendance in the Caucasus region. Supporters of Khazar Lankaran are drawn from all over the Southern Region and beyond, with supporters' clubs all across the world. The club's supporters are also known as the as Fırtına (Storm).
Rivalry with Neftchi Baku
There is often a fierce rivalry between the two strongest teams in the Azerbaijan Premier League, and this is particularly the case in Azerbaijan, where the game between Khazar Lankaran and Neftchi Baku is known as Böyük Oyun (The Great Game).
League and domestic cup history
|Season||League||Azerbaijan Cup||Top goalscorer|
UEFA club competition record
As of 17 July 2013.
|UEFA Champions League||2||0||1||1||2||4|
|UEFA Cup/Europa League||16||2||6||8||12||35|
|2005–06||UEFA Cup||1Q||FC Nistru Otaci||1–2||1–3||2–5|
|2007–08||UEFA Champions League||1Q||NK Dinamo Zagreb||1–1||1–3 (aet)||2–4|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||1Q||Lech Poznań||0–1||1–4||1–5|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Olimpia||1–1||0–0||1–1|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–0||1–3||1–3|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Nõmme Kalju||2–2||2–0||4–2|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Sliema Wanderers||1–0||1–1||2–1|
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.
- As of 9 December 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 30 August 2014 (players in bold signifies current Khazar player). Zaur Ramazanov is the club's all-time top scorer with 33 goals in 69 games.
|1||Zaur Ramazanov||2005–08; 2011||69||33|
|2||Radomir Todorov||2007–10; 2012–13||136||1|
|10||Zaur Ramazanov||2005–08; 2011||69||33|
The following managers have all won at least one trophy when in charge of FK Khazar Lankaran:
|Agaselim Mirjavadov||2007–09||Azerbaijan Premier League, Azerbaijan Cup (2), CIS Cup|
|Mircea Rednic||2010–11||Azerbaijan Cup|
|John Toshack||2013||Azerbaijan Supercup|
- Winners (1): 2006–07
- Winners (1): 2013
- Winners (1): 2008
In popular culture
A number of television programmes have included references to Khazar Lankaran over the past few decades. In the sitcom Aramizda Galsin, the character Jasarat is a Khazar supporter. Khazar have also featured on several occasions in meykhana.
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- Ibrahimov, Erkin. "Xäzär beat İnter to win Azerbaijani Cup". UEFA.
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- Кавказский "Челси": миф или реалность? (Russian)
- "Хазар" выиграл Кубок Содружества (in Russian). Trend News Agency. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- Лянкаранский Хазар выиграл Кубок Содружества! (in Russian). Bakililar.az. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- "Azerii au dat afara toti strainii. Rednic, pe faras!". Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- "Probleme mari pentru Rednic in "Tara Focurilor"". Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- ХЛ отправляет Редника в отставку. Azerisport.com (in Russian). Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "ŞOK! ŞOK! ŞOK! Mirça Rednik istefa verdi". Fanat.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Xäzär Länkäran earn maiden European win". UEFA. Uefa.com. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- Тошак возглавил "Хазар-Ленкорань". Footballtop.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- Джон Тошак возглавил азербайджанский футбольный клуб. ua-football.com (in Russian). Retrieved 17 March 2013.
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- "Men in Black: an historic 8:0 for Maccabi Haifa against Khazar Lankaran". Maccabi Haifa's Official Site. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "Xäzär win revived Azerbaijan Super Cup". UEFA. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Con Toşak istefa verdi" (in Azerbaijani). http://lankaranfc.com/az/. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "Fırtınalar meydanı"nda qol şousu (Azerbaijani)
- "Fırtınalar meydanı" niyə dolmur... (Azerbaijani)
- Azərbaycan – Finlandiya oyunu Lənkəranda keçiriləcək (Azerbaijani)
- affa.az:Azərbaycan – Finlandiya oyunu Lənkəranda keçiriləcək (Azerbaijani)
- Khazar Lankaran FC’s Baku Fan Club
- "FIRTINA" Fan Club (Azerbaijani)
- “Xəzər Lənkəran”a zərbə yox, dəstək lazımdır! (Azerbaijani)
- Раиль МЕЛИКОВ: «Это главное дерби Азербайджана и его невозможно сравнить с другим матчем»(Russian)
- “XƏZƏR-LƏNKƏRAN”-"NEFTÇİ" DERBİSİ İTV-dən YAYIMLANACAQ (Azerbaijani)
- pfl.az:50 saat qalmış(Azerbaijani)
- ""Aramızda qalsın"da "Böyük oyun" həyəcanı - VİDEO". korner.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Xəzər Lənkəran"ın qapıçısından bədahətən meyxana". avropa.info (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Meyxana ustası: "Xəzər Lənkəran"da türk futbolçular çox olmalıdır"". sportarena.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- Official website
- "FIRTINA" independent Fan Club
- Khazar Lenkoran at AFFA.AZ
- Khazar Lenkoran at UEFA.COM
- Khazar Lenkoran at EUFO.DE
- Khazar Lenkoran at Weltfusball.de
- Khazar Lenkoran at Football-Lineups.com