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Keşla FK
Keşla FK logo.svg
Full nameKeşlə Futbol Klubu
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
GroundInter Arena
Capacity5,300
PresidentZaur Akhundov
ManagerTarlan Ahmedov
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2018–198th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Keshla FK (Azerbaijani: Keşlə Futbol Klubu; pronounced [keʃlæ], formerly named Inter Baku) is an Azerbaijani football club, based in Keshla, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club have won the Premier League title twice.[1]

History[edit]

Early years (1997–2004)[edit]

The club has been functioning since 1997, initially as an amateur side that shared its name with Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan, which founded the club. In 1999, Khazar University began to play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, finishing eleventh.[2] In subsequent years, Inter finished in 7th place (2000/01 season) and 3rd place (2003–04 season).

In the 2003–04 season the team finished in fourth place, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time. In the first round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, they defeated Bregenz of Austria 3:0 on a forfeiture in the first leg, and 2:1 in the second leg.[3] In the second round, they played Tampere United of Finland, losing the first leg 0:3; winning the return leg, played in Baku, 1:0; but going out on aggregate 1:3.[4]

The Double and Tskhadadze years (2004–2014)[edit]

Logo of Inter Baku until 2017

In the summer of 2004, all rights of the Khazar University club were transferred to the newly created Inter Baku Professional Football Club, and the team participated in the 13th championship of the Azerbaijani Premier League under the name of Inter Baku. Later in 2004, certain structural changes were made in the club's management, and Inter Baku was renamed the Inter Professional Club, finishing the 2004–2005 season in seventh place. Inter's progression up the standings continued in the 14th iteration of the Azerbaijan Premier League when Inter finished in fourth place.

The club finished fourth again in 2006–07, and first in 2007–08. Following its championship season, Inter qualified for its first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and advanced to the second qualifying round by defeating Rabotnički of the Republic of Macedonia on away goals.[5]

2009 saw Inter Baku retain the Azerbaijan Premier League title, securing it for the second time in the club's history. The club's Champions League campaign was less successful – barely losing to Lech Poznań away on penalties.[6] In 2011, Inter Baku also managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the final.[7][8]

In 2012, the club recorded an Azerbaijani record for the biggest win in a European competition by beating Narva Trans 5–0 in Estonia.[9] The club had started the 2013–14 season with a three-game losing streak, setting a record for worst start to a season in its history.[10] However, the team managed to clinch second spot in the league.[11]

Downturn and financial difficulties of Inter Baku (2015–2017)[edit]

During the 2015–16 season, Inter started experiencing financial difficulties at the same time with its main sponsor, The International Bank of Azerbaijan. In December 2015, the club's president Georgi Nikolov was replaced by Rashad Gasimov. On 31 March 2016, Inter Baku were banned from participating in the next UEFA club competition that they would qualify for in the next three seasons, covering the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.[12]

The situation continued during the 2016–17 season as Inter struggled to pay salaries to its players and make new transfers. Despite that, Inter was able to claim the bronze medals in the national championship and reach the semi-finals stage in the Cup. At the end of the season, IBA announced that it would no longer sponsor the club and this led to new changes in the administration. Zaur Akhundov, former director of the National Futzal Federation, was appointed as the head of the Supervisory Board and Ramish Maliyev became the new executive director of the club. Despite the rumors about the liquidation, Inter was able to find sponsorship for the 2017-18 season and play in the Europe League where it eliminated Serbian Mladost Lučani in the first qualifying round before getting eliminated by Fola Esch in the second round.

Keshla FK (2017–present)[edit]

On 28 October 2017, Inter Baku PIK officially changed its name to Keshla FK.[13] The club also replaced its logo and jersey colors. In its first match, Keshla lost 0-2 against Kapaz. The next day, the team's manager Zaur Svanadze was replaced by Ramiz Mammadov.[14] On 25 December 2017, Keshla announced that Ramiz Mammadov had become the club's Sporting Director, with Yuriy Maksymov coming in as the club's new manager.[15] On 17 July 2018 Maksymov was sacked as manager,[16] with Mladen Milinković being appointed as the new manager on 25 July 2018.[17] On 29 October 2018 Milinković was sacked as manager,[18] with Tarlan Ahmadov being appointed as his replacement on 30 October 2018.[19]

Domestic history[edit]

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1999-00 1st 11th 22 5 3 14 19 41 18 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan S. Alakbarov 7
2000–01 1st 7th 20 9 2 9 26 38 29 1/8 Finals Azerbaijan R. Nasibov 8
2003–04 1st 4th 26 15 6 5 43 16 51 1/8 Finals Georgia (country) A. Sokhadze 6
2004–05 1st 7th 34 19 9 6 44 24 66 Runner-up Azerbaijan E. Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st 4th 26 14 8 4 35 14 50 Quarter-finals Nigeria Idahor 6
2006–07 1st 4th 24 13 6 5 36 12 45 Semi-finals Azerbaijan S. Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st 1st 26 18 4 4 55 18 58 Runner-up Azerbaijan K. Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st 2nd 26 18 7 1 54 16 61 Runner-up Uruguay Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1st 32 22 12 8 58 37 78 Semi-finals Lithuania Poškus 12
2010–11 1st 5th 32 13 10 9 29 24 49 Runner-up Lithuania Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3rd 32 16 8 8 29 21 56 Semi-finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3rd 32 16 9 7 38 22 57 Quarter-finals Georgia (country) Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2nd 36 20 7 9 60 37 67 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan V. Javadov 16
2014–15 1st 2nd 32 17 12 3 55 20 63 Semi-finals Spain Álvaro 9
2015–16 1st 4th 36 16 11 9 39 28 59 Semi-finals Azerbaijan N. Hajiyev / Azerbaijan M. Abbasov 6
2016–17 1st 3rd 28 11 10 7 39 33 43 Semi-finals Azerbaijan R. Aliyev 11
2017–18 1st 6th 28 8 7 13 29 39 31 Winner Azerbaijan Fardjad-Azad / Romania Scarlatache / Azerbaijan S.Alkhasov 4
2018–19 1st 8th 28 6 5 17 29 45 23 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan Yunanov / Togo Ayité 5

European history[edit]

UEFA Champions League 2008–2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) – Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1–1
As of match played 19 July 2018
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 3 5
UEFA Europa League 26 12 7 7 37 29
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 36 16 10 10 46 38
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup R1 Austria Bregenz 2–1 3–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Finland Tampere United 1–0 0–3 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–0 1–1 1–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Serbia Partizan 1–1 0–2 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–2 1–3 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Poland Lech Poznań 0–1 1–0 1–1(8-9p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Estonia Narva Trans 5–0 2–0 7–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–1 1–1 2–2(2-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Finland IFK Mariehamn 1–1 2–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Norway Tromsø 1–0 0–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Tiraspol 3–1 3–2 6–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Sweden IF Elfsborg 0–1 1–0 1–1(3-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Laçi 1–1 0–0 1–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Iceland FH 2–2 2–1 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Spain Athletic Bilbao 0–0 0–2 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Mladost Lučani 2–0 3–0 5–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–0 1–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Malta Balzan 2–1 1–4 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg

Stadium[edit]

Inter Arena
Stadium
Full nameInter Arena
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
OwnerKeşla FK
OperatorDynamic Resource
Capacity8,125
SurfaceArtificial
Construction
Built2001
Tenants
Inter Baku

The club play their home matches at the Inter Arena, an all-seater football stadium situated in Baku. Since 2008, the stadium has been under development, surrounded by practice fields, administration buildings and the newly built four-star Inter Hotel.

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer[edit]

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2004 – 2011 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan International Bank of Azerbaijan
2011 – 2015 England Umbro
2015 – 2017 Spain Joma
2017 – present Azerbaijan Samaya LTD

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 16 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 Moldova GK Stanislav Namașco
2 Azerbaijan DF Ilkin Qirtimov
3 Azerbaijan DF Jabir Amirli
4 Azerbaijan DF Slavik Alkhasov
5 Argentina DF Franco Flores
7 Azerbaijan MF Tural Bayramli
8 Azerbaijan MF Zija Azizov
9 Paraguay FW Lorenzo Frutos
10 Paraguay MF César Meza Colli (on loan from Universitatea Craiova)
11 Azerbaijan FW Ruslan Gurbanov
14 Azerbaijan MF Emin Mehdiyev
No. Position Player
16 Azerbaijan GK Shahin Zakiyev
17 Azerbaijan MF Vusal Isgandarli
18 Azerbaijan DF Ruslan Amirjanov
19 Azerbaijan DF Azer Salahli
21 Montenegro DF Mijuško Bojović
22 Azerbaijan MF Afran Ismayilov
25 Sierra Leone MF John Kamara
33 Azerbaijan DF Tarlan Guliyev
66 Azerbaijan DF Murad Gayali
71 Azerbaijan FW Emin Guliyev
94 Azerbaijan GK Rashad Azizli

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019.

Club officials[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
President Azerbaijan Zaur Akhundov
Head director Azerbaijan Ramish Maliyev
Director of sport Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov
Team manager Azerbaijan Eldaniz Yusifov
Press secretary Azerbaijan Sabuhi Mammadov

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Azerbaijan Tarlan Ahmedov
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Zaur Ismayilov
Azerbaijan Rashad Sadigov
Azerbaijan Mehman Babayev
Azerbaijan Vadar Nuriyev
Goalkeeping coach Azerbaijan Jamaladdin Aliyev
Fitness coach Serbia Aleksandar Karaklić
Reserve team head coach Azerbaijan Ilgar Huseynov

Records[edit]

Individual[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 14 November 2014 (players in bold signify current Inter players).

Bachana Tskhadadze is the most goal scoring player of all time in the club's history. https://uk.soccerway.com/players/bachana-tskhadadze/86925/
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
Player Period Appearances Goals
1 Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–2015 117 47
2 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
3 Uruguay Walter Guglielmone 2007–09 45 28
4 Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov 2007–09 35 22
5 Lithuania Robertas Poškus 2009–11 52 17
6 Azerbaijan Emin Imamaliev 2003–05 48 14
7 Belarus Uladzimir Makowski 2004–06 52 11
8 Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
9 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
10 Spain Mikel Álvaro 2013–2015 30 9
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
Player Period Caps Goals
1 Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
2 Azerbaijan Asif Mammadov 2008–10; 2011–2015 118 7
3 Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–2015 117 47
4 Georgia (country) Giorgi Lomaia 2009–2016 108 0
5 Azerbaijan Arif Dashdemirov 2010–2015 98 5
6 Bulgaria Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
7 Georgia (country) Ilia Kandelaki 2010–13 75 3
8 Azerbaijan Elmar Bakhshiev 2004–07 74 1
9 Latvia Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
10 Czech Republic Bronislav Červenka 2007–12 72 5

Notable managers[edit]

Information correct as of match played 23 February 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Ismail Aliyev  Azerbaijan 1997 1998 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Samir Alakbarov  Azerbaijan 1999 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Boyukagha Aghayev  Azerbaijan 2001 2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [20]
Anatoly Konjkov  Ukraine 2004 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [21]
Oleg Smolyaninov  Russia 2006 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [22]
Valentyn Khodukin  Ukraine 2006 Jun 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Azerbaijan Premier League [22]
Kakhaber Tskhadadze  Georgia Jul 2009 Jun 2015 220 111 63 46 301 166 050.45 Azerbaijan Premier League
CIS Cup
[23]
Zaur Svanadze  Georgia Jun 2015 29 October 2017 94 37 28 29 112 109 039.36
Ramiz Mammadov  Azerbaijan 29 October 2017 25 December 2017 7 3 0 4 2 10 042.86
Yuriy Maksymov  Ukraine 25 December 2017 17 July 2018 17 8 6 3 23 15 047.06 Azerbaijan Cup
Mladen Milinković  Serbia 25 July 2018[17] 29 October 2018[18] 8 1 2 5 7 12 012.50
Tarlan Ahmadov  Azerbaijan 30 October 2018[19] 23 6 5 12 15 19 026.09
  • 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]

National[edit]

Winners (2): 2007–08, 2009–10
Winners (1): 2017–18

Regional[edit]

Winners (1): 2011

References[edit]

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  19. ^ a b "Keşlə FK-ya yeni baş məşqçi təyin olundu". www.keshlafc.az (in Azerbaijani). Keşla FK. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
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  21. ^ "Бывший тренер футбольного клуба "Интер" Анатолий Коньков будет прооперирован Читать полностью: http://news.day.az/sport/46821.html". Day.az (in Russian). Retrieved 10 January 2014. External link in |title= (help)
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  23. ^ "Sxadadze 250-ə yaxınlaşdı". rekord.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2 November 2014.

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