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Gabala FK
Gabala FK logo.svg
Full nameQəbələ İdman Klubu
Nickname(s)Radarlar (The Radars)
Founded1 September 1995; 24 years ago (1995-09-01)[1]
GroundGabala City Stadium
Capacity4,500
OwnerGilan Holding
ChairmanFariz Najafov
ManagerElmar Bakhshiev
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2019–20Azerbaijan Premier League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gabala FK (Azerbaijani: Qəbələ Futbol Klubu, also spelled Qabala; pronounced [ɡæbælæ]) is an Azerbaijani association football club representing Qabala in the Azerbaijan Premier League since 2006. Gabala has been the runner up in the Premier League three times and has won the national cup once, in 2019.

History[edit]

The club was founded under the name of Goy Gol on 3 July 1995, based in Goy Gol. On 1 September 2005, Goy Gol was registered in Gabala by the Ministry of Justice, before the AFFA registered the team as professional on 5 September of the same year. In the summer of 2006, the team moved from Goygol to Qabala, before the club changed its name to Gilan FK. Later, the club changed its name to Qəbələ FK on August 31, 2007.[1][2]

On 10 May 2010, former Arsenal defender Tony Adams was appointed as new manager after signing a £1 million per year deal with the club.[3][4] In his first season in charge Gabala finished at 7th place in Azerbaijan Premier League.[5][6] In November 2011, Adams resigned from being Gabala's coach due to family problems.[7][8]

Despite the appointment of managers like Fatih Kavlak and Ramiz Mammadov, the club couldn't reach a satisfactory position in the league and was struggling in the middle of the table for many years.[9][10] On 29 May 2013, Yuri Semin was appointed as new manager after signing a £1 million per year deal with the club.[11][12] In the same year, the club qualified for European cups for the first time in their history but lost to Neftchi Baku on penalties in the final of the Azerbaijan Cup.[13][14]

In the 2015–16 season of the Europa League, they became the 3rd club from Azerbaijan to qualify for the group stage after Qarabag and Neftçi Baku. They eliminated Dinamo Tbilisi, Čukarički, Apollon Limassol and surprisingly Panathinaikos. They came 4th in their tough group of Borussia Dortmund, PAOK and FC Krasnodar. They got two points both from 0–0 draws against PAOK.

Following their defeat to Keşla in the 2017–18 Azerbaijan Cup Final, Roman Hryhorchuk left Gabala after his contract was not extended.[15] On 30 May 2018, Gabala announced that Sanan Gurbanov had been appointed as the club's new manager on a two-year contract.[16] On 31 August 2019, Gurbanov resigned as manager following Gabala's 4-0 defeat at home to Keşla.[17] On 2 September 2019, Elmar Bakhshiyev was appointed as Gabala's caretaker manager.[18] On 14 October, Azer Bagirov was appointed as the clubs manager until the end of the season.[19]

League and cup history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2005–06 2nd 1 30 22 6 2 72 14 72 Last 16 Azerbaijan R.Ahmadov 18 Azerbaijan Jabbarov
2006–07 1st 11 24 4 4 16 17 47 16 Last 16 Azerbaijan Garaev 4 Azerbaijan R.Mammadov
2007–08 1st 6 26 11 3 12 33 36 36 Semi-finals Russia Balamestny 8
2008–09 1st 10 26 9 6 11 28 21 33 Semi-finals Azerbaijan K.Karimov 6
2009–10 1st 6 42 15 14 14 42 48 56 1st round Poland Stolpa 7
2010–11 1st 7 32 13 12 7 31 18 51 Quarter-finals Jamaica Burton 9 England Adams
2011–12 1st 5 32 15 7 10 43 32 52 Quarter-finals Brazil Dodô, France Kamanan 9 England Adams / Turkey Kavlak
2012–13 1st 6 32 10 8 14 32 40 38 Quarter-finals Senegal Mendy, Brazil Assis 6 Turkey Kavlak / Azerbaijan R.Mammadov / Spain Aragón
2013–14 1st 3 36 18 7 11 48 36 61 Runners-up Switzerland Subotić 12 Russia Semin
2014–15 1st 3 32 15 9 8 46 35 54 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan J.Huseynov 11 Romania Munteanu / Ukraine Hryhorchuk
2015–16 1st 3 36 16 11 9 44 28 59 Semi-finals Ukraine Gai 10 Ukraine Hryhorchuk
2016–17 1st 2 28 14 10 4 48 21 52 Runners-up Croatia Ozobić 11
2017–18 1st 2 28 14 7 7 43 26 49 Runners-up France Dabo 13
2018–19 1st 4 28 9 9 10 31 33 36 Champions Nigeria Adeniyi 10 Azerbaijan Gurbanov

European history[edit]

As of match played 1 August 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 38 10 7 21 36 55
Total 38 10 7 21 36 55
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 0–2 0–3 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
2Q Serbia Čukarički 2–0 0–1 2–1
3Q Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO Greece Panathinaikos 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
Group C Germany Borussia Dortmund 1–3 0–4 4th
Greece PAOK 0–0 0–0
Russia Krasnodar 0–3 1–2
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Samtredia 5–1 1–2 6–3
2Q Hungary MTK Budapest 2–0 2–1 4–1
3Q France Lille 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO Slovenia Maribor 3–1 0–1 3–2
Group C Belgium Anderlecht 1–3 1–3 4th
France Saint-Étienne 1–2 0–1
Germany Mainz 05 2–3 0–2
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2Q Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 1–1 2–0 3–1
3Q Greece Panathinaikos 1–2 0–1 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn 0–2 1–0 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 2Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 0–2 0–3 0–5
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • Group: Group stage

Crest and colours[edit]

Team photo for the 2010–2011 season.

The club's crest includes Caucasus Mountains with a black crescent and red eight-pointed star, similar to Azerbaijani flag. It also includes 2005 which signifies the club's formation year.

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers[edit]

Gabala's traditional kit is composed of red shirts, black shorts and red socks. The club's first kit manufacturer was Erreà, until a two-year deal was agreed with Joma in 2013.[20][21]

In August 2012, Gabala signed a one-year deal with the American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer Pepsi, which will replace Hyundai as the shirt sponsor from the 2013–14 season.[22]

In September 2015, Gabala signed a one-year deal with QafqaZ Hotels and Resorts.[23]

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2009–2010 Germany Adidas Korea Hyundai
2010–2011 Italy Lotto
2011–2012 Italy Erreà
2012–2013 United States Pepsi
2013–2015 Spain Joma
2015 – present Azerbaijan Qafqaz Hotels

Stadium[edit]

Gabala City Stadium in 2011.

The club play their home matches at the Gabala City Stadium, an all-seater football stadium situated in Qabala.

As of 2007, predominantly due to UEFA requirements, the club proposed an extensive renovation of the stadium, which has since been in constant process of redevelopment.[24] AFL Architects were appointed to design a new 15,000 capacity stadium and training facility in December 2008 after winning a limited design competition. Accommodation within the stadium will include hotel and conferencing facilities, as well as retail and corporate hospitality space, and a dramatic viewing deck at the top of the entrance tower.[25] It is expected that the stadium was scheduled to open in 2014.[26]

Supporters[edit]

Gabala has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success on the pitch. Gabala's fan base has fluctuated over the years with high crowds coinciding with the club's success in the Premier League so that the club now averages in the top four best home attendances in the country.[27]

Players[edit]

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 21 December 2019[28]

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 Anar Nazirov
2 Azerbaijan DF Amin Seydiyev
3 Croatia DF Ivica Žunić
4 Azerbaijan DF Sadig Guliyev
5 Azerbaijan DF Rasim Ramaldanov
6 Senegal MF Ibrahima Niasse
7 Azerbaijan MF Roman Huseynov
8 Azerbaijan MF Gismat Aliyev
10 Mozambique FW Clésio
11 Azerbaijan MF Asif Mammadov
13 Ivory Coast FW Christian Kouakou
14 Azerbaijan FW Ulvi Isgandarov
No. Position Player
19 Azerbaijan MF Rovlan Muradov
20 Azerbaijan DF Faig Hajiyev
21 Spain MF Fernań Ferreiroá
22 Azerbaijan DF Rustam Nuruyev
28 Azerbaijan DF Murad Musayev
36 Azerbaijan GK Elmaddin Sultanov
55 Azerbaijan MF Idris Ingilabli
74 Azerbaijan DF Yusif Nabiyev
77 Georgia (country) MF Merab Gigauri
94 Azerbaijan GK Tarlan Ahmadli
Azerbaijan MF Ehtiram Shahverdiyev

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Azerbaijan MF Samir Gurbanov (at Czech Republic Viktoria Žižkov until 30 June 2021)
Nigeria FW James Adeniyi (at Israel Hapoel Kiryat Shmona until 30 June 2020)

Club officials[edit]

The Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name
President Azerbaijan Fariz Najafov
General manager Azerbaijan Zaur Azizov
Marketing manager Azerbaijan Samed Nasibov
Press secretary Azerbaijan Anar Hajiyev

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Azerbaijan Elmar Bakhshiev
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Azer Baghirov
Goalkeeper coach Azerbaijan Vugar Mammadov
Fitness coach Serbia Miloš Jevtić
Under-19 head coach Azerbaijan Emin Imamaliyev

Medical staff[edit]

Position Name
Doctor Ukraine Roman Zholobaylyuk
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Rovshan Mammadov
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Namig Huseynov

Notable managers[edit]

Information correct as of match played 19 December 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Faig Jabbarov  Azerbaijan 2005 2006 30 22 6 2 0 0 073.33 [29]
Ramiz Mammadov  Azerbaijan 2006 May 2010 118 38 27 53 0 0 032.20 [30]
Tony Adams  England May 12, 2010 Nov 16, 2011 44 17 15 12 45 35 038.64 [31]
Fatih Kavlak  Turkey Nov 18, 2011 Sept 27, 2012 29 14 7 8 43 27 048.28 [30]
Ramiz Mammadov  Azerbaijan Sept 24, 2012 April 2, 2013 21 8 6 7 23 22 038.10 [30]
Luis Aragon (Interim)  Spain April 2013 May 2013 8 1 3 4 5 10 012.50 [32]
Yuri Semin  Russia May 28, 2013 May 23, 2014 41 21 9 11 56 38 051.22 [33]
Dorinel Munteanu  Romania Jun 16, 2014 Dec 8, 2014 18 6 5 7 20 26 033.33 [34]
Sanan Gurbanov (Interim)  Azerbaijan 8 December 2014 21 December 2014 3 1 2 0 4 3 033.33 [35]
Roman Hryhorchuk  Ukraine 21 December 2014 29 May 2018[15] 159 75 41 43 238 150 047.17 [36]
Sanan Gurbanov  Azerbaijan 30 May 2018[16] 31 August 2019[17] 40 14 9 17 37 52 035.00
Elmar Bakhshiyev (Interim)  Azerbaijan 2 September 2019[18] 13 5 4 4 20 17 038.46
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

Individual records[edit]

Urfan Abbasov is Gabala's most capped player, with 220 appearances for the club. Players in bold signifies current Gabala player.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 19 December 2019
Dodô scored 30 goals in 161 games during his 5-years with Gabala
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1 Senegal Victor Mendy 2011–2015 29 (112) 4 (13) 0 (2) 33 (127)
2 Brazil Dodô 2011–2016 23 (131) 3 (15) 4 (15) 30 (161)
3 France Bagaliy Dabo 2016–2018 20 (43) 4 (6) 3 (13) 27 (62)
4 Croatia Filip Ozobić 2016–2018 16 (47) 6 (9) 3 (18) 25 (74)
5 Azerbaijan Javid Huseynov 2014–2015, 2016–2019 16 (89) 2 (19) 3 (11) 21 (119)
6 France Steeven Joseph-Monrose 2017– 2019 15 (47) 3 (9) 2 (6) 20 (62)
7 Switzerland Danijel Subotić 2013–2014, 2017 15 (40) 4 (8) 0 (0) 19 (48)
8 Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov 2008–2010 11 (46) 7 (?) 0 (0) 18 (45+)
8 Ukraine Oleksiy Gai 2015–2016 14 (51) 4 (6) 0 (14) 18 (71)
10 France Yannick Kamanan 2012–2014 16 (62) 1 (6) 0 (0) 17 (68)

Most appearances[edit]

Urfan Abbasov is Gabala's most capped player, playing 220 games during his eight years at the club.
As of Match played 19 December 2019
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1 Azerbaijan Urfan Abbasov 2011–2019 177 (3) 28 (0) 15 (0) 220 (3)
2 Ukraine Dmytro Bezotosnyi 2015–2019 117 (0) 17 (0) 32 (0) 166 (0)
3 Brazil Dodô 2011–2016 131 (23) 15 (3) 15 (4) 161 (30)
4 Serbia Vojislav Stanković 2015–2019 92 (1) 21 (1) 29 (1) 142 (3)
5 Azerbaijan Elvin Jamalov 2013–2019 111 (0) 18 (0) 12 (0) 141 (0)
6 Azerbaijan Asif Mammadov 2006–2007 & 2015–present 101 (10) 16+ (2+) 22 (0) 139+ (12)
7 Senegal Victor Mendy 2011–2015 112 (29) 13 (4) 2 (0) 127 (33)
8 Azerbaijan Samir Zargarov 2006–2009,2015–2016 95 (10) 18 (4) 9 (0) 122 (14)
9 Azerbaijan Javid Huseynov 2014–2015, 2016–2019 89 (16) 19 (2) 11 (3) 119 (21)
10 Brazil Rafael Santos 2014–2017 72 (1) 12 (0) 20 (0) 104 (1)

Presidential history[edit]

 
Name Years
Tale Heydarov 2005–2019
Fariz Najafov 2019–

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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