Gurban Gurbanov in 2016
|Full name||Gurban Osman oglu Gurbanov|
|Date of birth||13 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Zaqatala, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Gurban Gurbanov (born 13 April 1972 in Zaqatala) is an Azerbaijani football manager and former footballer. He currently manages FK Qarabağ. He played as a forward. Starting out with local club Kur in 1988, Gurbanov had a decorated 18-year professional career. He scored 178 goals in 399 league matches. With 14 goals in 68 matches, he is also Azerbaijan's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches. In 2017-2018 he was the manager of Azerbaijan national football team.
Gurbanov has won a total of 14 trophies; 5 as a player and 9 as a manager.
He started his career in Kur, and has since played for Mertskhali Ozurgeti, Daşqın Zaqatala, Alazani Gurjaani, Turan Tovuz, Neftchi Baku, Dinamo Stavropol, Baltika Kaliningrad, Fakel Voronezh and Volgar Gazprom. The last club he played for was Inter Baku. In the 1996–97 season, Gurbanov was the leading scorer in the Azerbaijan Premier League for Neftchi with 25 goals. The striker was named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year once, in 2003.
He debuted for the national team in their very first match on 17 September 1992, and as of January 2006 he has scored 14 goals in 68 international matches, which is the national team goalscoring record.
After he had ended his football player's career, he became sport director of the club Inter. However, in summer 2006 he was appointed head coach of Neftchi Baku. Since the beginning of the season 2008/09 he has appointed as a head coach of FK Qarabağ to replace Rasim Kara.
In 2010, he became the most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions with 16 wins.
On May 2014, he guided Qarabağ to their second Azerbaijani league title after 21 years. In July 2014, he became the second Azerbaijani manager to reach the European Cups group stage, as Qarabağ qualified for the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League group stage, beating Twente and being the second Azerbaijani team to advance to this stage in a European competitions.
In 2017 FK Qarabağ, managed by Gurbanov, became the first Azerbaijani team to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
- As of match played 15 September 2019
|Neftchi Baku||June 2006||July 2007||38||25||6||7||65.79|||
|Azerbaijan||January 2018||December 2018||12||4||5||3||33.33|
- Turan Tovuz
- Neftchi Baku
- Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year: 2003
- Azerbaijan Premier League top goalscorer: 1996–97
- Azerbaijan national football team: Best scorer 14 goals.
- Azerbaijan Premier League (5): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Azerbaijan Cup (4): 2008–09, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- The most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions: 35 wins.
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