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Gabala FK
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Full name Qəbələ İdman Klubu
Nickname(s) Dağ canavarı (The Mountain Wolf)
Founded 1 September 1995; 21 years ago (1995-09-01)[1]
Ground Gabala City Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,500
Owner Gilan Holding
Chairman Tale Heydarov
Manager Roman Hryhorchuk
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2016–17 Azerbaijan Premier League, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Gabala FK (Azerbaijani: Qəbələ Futbol Klubu, also spelled Qabala; pronounced [ɡæbælæ]) is an Azerbaijani association football club based in Qabala. They play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the top division in Azerbaijani football. Gabala plays its matches at the Gabala City Stadium.

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 £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 £1 million per year deal with the club.[11][12] In same year, the club qualified for European cups for first time in their history but lost to Neftchi Baku on penalties in final of Azerbaijan Cup.[13][14]

In the 2015-16 season of 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 managed to get two points both from 0-0 draws against PAOK.

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

European history[edit]

As of match played 3 August 2017
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 34 9 7 18 35 48
Total 34 9 7 18 35 48
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
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.[15][16]

On August 2012, Gabala signed 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.[17]

In September 2015, Gabala signed one-year deal with QafqaZ Hotels and Resorts.[18]

Stadium[edit]

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.[19] 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.[20] It is expected that the stadium was scheduled to open in 2014.[21]

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.[22]

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 17 August 2017[23]

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

No. Position Player
3 Serbia DF Vojislav Stanković
4 Azerbaijan MF Elvin Jamalov
5 Azerbaijan DF Rasim Ramaldanov
6 Azerbaijan MF Elvin Mammadov
8 Azerbaijan MF Gismat Aliyev
9 France FW Bagaliy Dabo
10 Azerbaijan FW Ruslan Qurbanov
11 Azerbaijan MF Asif Mammadov
12 Scotland MF Andy Halliday (loan from Rangers)
14 Azerbaijan MF Javid Huseynov
15 Ukraine DF Vitaliy Vernydub
16 Netherlands DF Dion Malone
No. Position Player
17 Azerbaijan MF Roman Huseynov
18 Azerbaijan MF Ilgar Gurbanov
19 Croatia MF Filip Ozobić
21 Netherlands DF Dave Bulthuis
22 Ukraine GK Dmytro Bezotosnyi
23 Azerbaijan GK Agil Mammadov
28 France FW Steeven Joseph-Monrose
34 Azerbaijan DF Urfan Abbasov
35 Azerbaijan GK Murad Popov
45 Mali FW Famoussa Koné (loan from Göztepe)
77 Azerbaijan MF Farid Nabiyev
88 Azerbaijan MF Tellur Mutallimov

For recent transfers, see summer 2017 transfers.

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 DF Bahlul Mustafazade (at Sumgayit)
Azerbaijan DF Yusif Nabiyev (at Zira)
Azerbaijan MF Emin Zamanov (at Kapaz)
No. Position Player
Azerbaijan MF Araz Abdullayev (at Cyprus Anorthosis)
Azerbaijan MF Ehtiram Shahverdiyev (at Sumgayit)
Ukraine FW Ramil Hasanov (at Sumgayit)

Reserve team squad[edit]

As of 14 October 2016.
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 Elnur Orujov
2 Azerbaijan DF Sahil Mirzayev
5 Azerbaijan DF Elvin Damirov
12 Azerbaijan GK Hasan Huseynov
16 Azerbaijan FW Ulvi Isgandarov
23 Azerbaijan DF Amin Seydiyev
24 Azerbaijan DF Magsud Alakbarov
25 Azerbaijan DF Azamat Alakbarli
26 Azerbaijan MF Ulvi Ibazade
29 Azerbaijan MF Hajiagha Hajili
No. Position Player
31 Azerbaijan MF Elvin Hasanov
37 Azerbaijan DF Aykhan Asadov
50 Azerbaijan DF Sahil Zeynalov
55 Azerbaijan DF Khayal Amirli
66 Azerbaijan MF Nurlan Guliyev
71 Azerbaijan MF Ravil Yusifli
96 Azerbaijan MF Gadir Bayramli
97 Azerbaijan MF Tural Mammadrzayev
98 Azerbaijan MF Rovlan Muradov

Individual records[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps, and goals for Gabala as of match played 14 February 2016 (players in bold signifies current Gabala player). Dodô is Gabala's most capped player, earning his 150th appearance for the club in their 7-0 victory over Mil-Muğan in the Azerbaijan Cup on 3 December 2015.[24]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of Match played 12 August 2017
Yannick Kamanan was capped 68 times by Gabala, scoring 17 times.
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 Switzerland Danijel Subotić 2013-2014, 2017 15 (40) 4 (8) 0 (0) 19 (48)
4 Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov 2008–2010 11 (46) 7 (?) 0 (0) 18 (45+)
4 Ukraine Oleksiy Gai 2015–2016 14 (51) 4 (6) 0 (14) 18 (71)
6 France Yannick Kamanan 2012–2014 16 (62) 1 (6) 0 (0) 17 (68)
6 Croatia Filip Ozobić 2016–Present 12 (28) 2 (4) 3 (18) 17 (50)
8 Jamaica Deon Burton 2010–2012 15 (50) 00 0(5) 00 0(0) 15 (55)
8 Azerbaijan Javid Huseynov 2014-2015, 2016-Present 12 (48) 0 (9) 3 (10) 15 (67)
10 Azerbaijan Samir Zargarov 2006–2009, 2015-2016 10 (95) 4 (18) 0 (9) 14 (122)
10 Estonia Sergei Zenjov 2015–2017 7 (47) 0 (6) 7 (27) 14 (80)

Most appearances[edit]

Dodô is Gabala's most capped player, scoring 30 goal in 161 games during his 5-years with Gabala
As of Match played 12 August 2017
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1 Brazil Dodô 2011–2016 131 (23) 15 (3) 15 (4) 161 (30)
2 Azerbaijan Urfan Abbasov 2011–present 127 (2) 18 (0) 13 (0) 158 (2)
3 Senegal Victor Mendy 2011–2015 112 (29) 13 (4) 2 (0) 127 (33)
4 Azerbaijan Samir Zargarov 2006–2009,2015–2016 95 (10) 18 (4) 9 (0) 122 (14)
5 Ukraine Dmytro Bezotosnyi 2015–Present 71 (0) 11 (0) 30 (0) 112 (0)
6 Brazil Rafael Santos 2014–2017 72 (1) 12 (0) 20 (0) 104 (1)
7 Latvia Pāvels Doroševs 2009–2012 90 (0) 9 (0) 0 (0) 99 (0)
8 Guinea Kader Camara 2007–2009 & 2009-2012 88 (1) 8 (2) 0 (0) 96 (3)
9 Azerbaijan Azer Hashimov 2006-2009 82 (0) 13 (?) 0 (0) 95 (0)
9 Azerbaijan Elvin Jamalov 2013–Present 73 (0) 11 (0) 11 (0) 95 (0)

Club officials[edit]

The Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name
President Azerbaijan Tale Heydarov
Vice-President Azerbaijan Fariz Najafov
General manager Azerbaijan Zaur Asadov
Marketing manager Azerbaijan Samed Nasibov
Team manager Azerbaijan Sabuhi Safiyarli
Press secretary Azerbaijan Anar Hajiyev

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Ukraine Roman Hryhorchuk
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Sanan Gurbanov
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Ramin Guliyev
Goalkeeper coach Ukraine Oleksandr Glushenko
Doctor Ukraine Roman Zholobaylyuk
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Rovshan Mammadov
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Namig Huseynov

Notable managers[edit]

Information correct as of match played 12 August 2017. 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 [25]
Ramiz Mammadov  Azerbaijan 2006 May 2010 118 38 27 53 0 0 032.20 [26]
Tony Adams  England May 12, 2010 Nov 16, 2011 44 17 15 12 45 35 038.64 [27]
Fatih Kavlak  Turkey Nov 18, 2011 Sept 27, 2012 29 14 7 8 43 27 048.28 [26]
Ramiz Mammadov  Azerbaijan Sept 24, 2012 April 2, 2013 21 8 6 7 23 22 038.10 [26]
Luis Aragon (Interim)  Spain April 2013 May 2013 8 1 3 4 5 10 012.50 [28]
Yuri Semin  Russia May 28, 2013 May 23, 2014 41 21 9 11 56 38 051.22 [29]
Dorinel Munteanu  Romania Jun 16, 2014 Dec 8, 2014 18 6 5 7 20 26 033.33 [30]
Sanan Gurbanov (Interim)  Azerbaijan 8 December 2014 21 December 2014 3 1 2 0 4 3 033.33 [31]
Roman Hryhorchuk  Ukraine 21 December 2014 126 58 34 34 180 119 046.03 [32]
  • 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).

Honours[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2016–17
Runners-up (1): 2013–14; 2016–17
Winners (1): 2005–06

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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