Khazar Lankaran FK

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Khazar Lankaran
Club crest
Full name Xəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s) Gəmiçilər (The Shipbuilders)
Founded 2004
Dissolved 2016
Ground Lankaran City Stadium,
Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Ground Capacity 15,000
Owner Mubariz Mansimov
President Mais Mansimov
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2015–16 10th
Website Club home page
Current season

Khazar Lankaran FK (Azerbaijani: Xəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Lankaran, who played in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club was founded in 2004 and have played at their current home ground, Lankaran City Stadium, since 2005.

Khazar Lankaran have won the Premier league title only once, and the Azerbaijan Cup three times.[1][2]

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.

History[edit]

Early years (2004–2012)[edit]

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.[3][4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7][8] On 4 December 2011, Khazar announced that Rednic had been sacked by the club due to a run of poor performances.[9][10]

Recent years (2012––)[edit]

In July 2012, the club under Yunis Huseynov earned their first win in European competition by beating Nõmme Kalju.[11] In March 2013, former Liverpool striker John Toshack was appointed as new manager after signing two-year deal with the club.[12][13] In 2012–13 season, Khazar finished in 8th place, the club's lowest finishing position to date.[14] 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.[15] On 23 October John Toshack guided Khazar to their first trophy in two years with victory over Neftchi Baku in the revitalised Azerbaijan Supercup.[16] A month later Toshack resigned from his position after only 14 points from 14 games in the 2013–14 season.[17]

League and cup history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2004–05 1st 2 34 24 6 4 68 15 78 Semi-finals Azerbaijan Samir Aliyev 20
2005–06 1st 7 26 9 9 8 27 18 36 Semi-finals Azerbaijan Samir Aliyev 4
2006–07 1st 1 24 17 5 2 50 16 56 Winners Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov 20
2007–08 1st 4 26 14 10 2 44 16 52 Winners Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov 11
2008–09 1st 4 26 15 5 6 49 21 50 Quarter-finals Bulgaria Ivan Tsvetkov 15
2009–10 1st 4 42 18 17 7 48 25 71 Runners-up Brazil Mario Sergio 9
2010–11 1st 2 32 16 12 4 38 18 60 Winners Costa Rica Winston Parks 8
2011–12 1st 2 32 17 8 7 44 28 59 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan Branimir Subašić 6
2012–13 1st 8 32 10 10 12 40 37 40 Runners-up Greece Dimitris Sialmas 6
2013–14 1st 6 36 12 13 11 44 49 49 Semi-finals Cameroon Mbilla Etame 11
2014–15 1st 7 32 8 8 16 35 46 32 Quarter-finals Bulgaria Galin Ivanov 6
2015–16 1st 10 36 3 6 27 16 51 15 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan Rahid Amirguliyev 4

European history[edit]

As of 17 July 2013.