Kapaz PFK

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Kapaz PFK
Kapaz PFK logo.png
Full name Kapaz Professional Football Club
Nickname(s) "Dağlılar"(The Mountainous)
"Yenilməz Armada"(İnvincible Armada)
"Qərblilər" (The Westerners)
"Sarı-Göylər" (The yellow-blues)
Founded 1959; 59 years ago (1959)
Ground Ganja City Stadium, Ganja, Azerbaijan
Ground Capacity 27,000
President Elmir Valiyev
Manager Yunis Huseynov
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2016–17 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Kapaz PFK (Azerbaijani: Kəpəz Peşəkar Futbol Klubu), is an Azerbaijani football club based in Ganja, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

History[edit]

Soviet era (1959–1991)[edit]

Kapaz PFC was founded in 1959 as Toxucu and played in the Soviet First League. However, the team were promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1968 after finishing first in the Soviet First League the previous season.[1] The club has been known as Taraggi and Toxucu during its history, however it became famous in more modern times as Kapaz when it was renamed in 1982.[2][3]

Post-Soviet era (1993–1999)[edit]

In 1991, the club was once again renamed as Kapaz after Azerbaijan's independence from the Soviet Union and won the Azerbaijan Premier League title three times.[4] At the end of the 1997-98 season, Kapaz finished the season unbeaten. Out of 28 games, the club's final record for the 1997–1998 league campaign stood at 22 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses. To date this has not been matched by any team in a single season in an Azerbaijani league division.[5]

Azerbaijan's longest league winning run belongs to Kapaz PFC.

Kapaz PFC remain the only team to win the league undefeated and, for ten months until 23 September 1998, opponents could not even take a point off them. Two of the 22 matches were technical victories awarded to Käpäz.[6]

Financial struggles (2002–present)[edit]

Kapaz, one of the most prominent football clubs in Azerbaijan, entered financial difficulties during the late 2000s. Since 2002, the club has found themselves slipping further and further down the table, which has been influenced by financial difficulties.[7][8] The financial collapse of Kapaz resulted in a great deal of discussion within Azerbaijani football.[9] Major Azerbaijani companies, reportedly "concerned at the current uncertainty about the club's future and its backers" declined to provide Kapaz with the corporate banking facilities it needed.[10][11]

In 2005, the club's new owners decided to rename the club Ganja despite facing criticism from the club's fans.[12][13] In 2007, the club was excluded from Azerbaijan Premier League due to financial struggles. However, after help from the AFFA and local communities, the club participated in the Azerbaijan First Division during the 2009-10 season.[14][15] In 2010 they became champions of the Azerbaijan First Division finishing the season with 47 points and promoted to the Azerbaijan Premier League.[15] In 2011, it was decided that the club's name will be changed back to its old name of Kapaz PFC.[16][17]

In April 2013, Kapaz were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division. The ended the season in 12th place in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the club's lowest ever league finish.[18][19] The club's financial situation didn't improve, which caused a lot of players to leave the club.[20]

On 18 November 2017, Shahin Diniyev resigned as manager[21] with Yunis Hüseynov being appointed as his replacement 2 days later on 20 November 2017.[22]

League and cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup
1992 1st 5 36 23 8 5 98 29 54 1/8 Finals
1993 1st 4 18 13 4 1 48 13 30 First Round
1993–94 1st 3 30 20 7 3 74 25 47 Winners
1994–95 1st 1 24 19 4 1 71 19 42 Semi-Finals
1995–96 1st 3 20 9 5 6 34 21 32 Quarter-Finals
1996–97 1st 5 30 18 4 8 59 26 58 Winners
1997–98 1st 1 26 22 4 0 67 10 70 Winners
1998–99 1st 1 36 26 5 5 94 24 83 Quarter-Finals
1999–00 1st 2 22 14 2 6 46 24 44 Winners
2000–01 1st 8 20 8 1 11 34 29 25 Quarter-Finals
2001–02 1st 5 32 14 5 13 51 50 47 Semi-Finals
2003–04 1st 11 26 6 5 15 22 45 23 Quarter-Finals
2004–05 1st 9 34 11 9 14 37 37 42 1/8 Finals
2005–06 1st 10 26 7 7 12 35 46 28 1/8 Finals
2009–10 2nd 1 22 4 5 3 51 15 47 1/8 Finals
2010–11 1st 9 32 8 12 12 33 37 36 1/8 Finals
2011–12 1st 10 32 9 5 18 35 55 32 Quarter-Finals
2012–13 1st 12 32 5 4 23 22 64 19 1/8 Finals
2013–14 2nd 13 30 7 4 19 29 37 25 Second Round
2014–15 2nd 9 30 10 8 12 37 37 38 Did not enter
2015–16 1st 5 36 15 11 10 48 40 56 Second round
2016–17 1st 5 28 9 9 10 24 27 36 Quarter-Finals
2017–18 1st Quarter-Finals

European history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 UEFA Cup PR Austria Austria Wien 0–4 1–5 1–9
1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Latvia Dinaburg Daugavpils 0–1 0–1 0–2
1998–99 UEFA Champions League 1Q Poland ŁKS Łódź 1–3 1–4 2–7
1999–00 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 2–1 0–1 2–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q Turkey Antalyaspor 0–2 0–5 0–7
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Dacia Chișinău 0–0 1–0 1–0
2Q Austria Admira Wacker 0-2 0–1 0–3

Supporters[edit]

Khamsa Supporters Club

The club have one of the biggest number of supporters in Azerbaijan alongside Neftchi Baku and Khazar Lankaran.[23] Amongst all Azerbaijani professional football clubs, Kapaz PFC have the highest average fan attendance at their home games. According to official statistics for the first half of 2015-16 season, Kapaz PFC ranked first in fan attendance at nearly 15,000 fans per home game. This was almost triple that of their nearest rival.[24][25]

The 2015-16 seasons attendance record was set in Ganja, as 20,400 Kapaz fans attended home game against Qarabag FC on February 14, 2016 [26] The fanbase is large and generally loyal and like most major Azerbaijani football clubs, Kapaz have a number of domestic supporters' clubs, including the Khamsa Supporters Club, which works closely with the club and maintains a more independent line.[27][28] The club's most popular celebrity supporters are the likes of Olympic wrestling champion Toghrul Asgarov.[29]

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers[edit]

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2010 – 2013 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan Nakhchivan Automobile Plant
2013 – 2016 Azerbaijan Gəncə 4000
2016 – 2017 England Umbro
2017 – present United States Nike

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Kapaz PFC players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Kapaz PFC 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 February 2018

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 Davud Karimi
2 Azerbaijan DF Yusif Jafarov
3 Brazil DF Dedimar Ferreira
4 Azerbaijan DF Shahriyar Aliyev
5 Azerbaijan DF Tural Narimanov
6 Azerbaijan MF Jeyhun Javadov
7 Azerbaijan MF Roman Huseynov (loan from Gabala)
8 Azerbaijan MF Samir Zargarov
9 Azerbaijan FW İlkin Sadigov
10 Azerbaijan MF Tural Rzayev
11 Azerbaijan MF Kamran Abdullazade
12 Azerbaijan DF Ilyas Safarzade
13 Azerbaijan MF Shahriyar Rahimov (captain)
No. Position Player
15 Ukraine DF Ihor Korotetskyi
16 Ukraine MF Giuli Mandzhgaladze
17 Azerbaijan MF Ali Samadov
18 Azerbaijan MF Tural Jalilov
20 Azerbaijan MF Tarzin Jahangirov
21 Azerbaijan MF Murad Sattarli
22 Ukraine GK Serhiy Litovchenko
23 Azerbaijan MF Ali Aliyev
24 Trinidad and Tobago FW Shahdon Winchester (loan from Murciélagos)
48 Brazil MF Diego Souza
55 Azerbaijan GK Tarlan Gasimzade
91 Brazil FW Dário

For recent transfers, see 2017–18 Kapaz PFK season.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Azerbaijan Yunis Huseynov
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Yashar Vahabzade
Azerbaijan Vidadi Rzayev
Goalkeeping coach Azerbaijan Nadir Shukurov
Reserve team head coach Azerbaijan Jeyhun Tanriverdiyev
Under-19 team head coach Azerbaijan Anar Kalantarov

Managers[edit]

Managers in Soviet League[edit]

  • Soviet Union Georgia (country) Isay Abramashvili
  • Soviet Union Azerbaijan Sabir Mammadov

Managers in modern history[edit]

Honours[edit]

Winners (3): 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99
Winners (4): 1993–94, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00
Winners (1): 2009–10

Regional[edit]

Winners (1): 1967

References[edit]

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