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Not to be confused with Neftchi FK (Fergana).
Neftçi
Neftçi Bakı PFK
Full name Neftçi Peşəkar Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s) Flaqman (Flagship)
Neftçilər (Oil Workers)
Xalq Komandası (Nation's Team)
Founded 18 March 1937; 79 years ago (1937-03-18)
Ground Bakcell Arena
Ground Capacity 15,000
President Chingiz Abdullayev
Head Coach Elkhan Abdullayev
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2016–17 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Neftçi PFC Baki (Azerbaijani: Neftçi Peşəkar Futbol Klubu), commonly known as Neftchi or Neftçi, is an Azerbaijani football club based in the capital, Baku, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

Founded in 1937, the club has won 8 Azerbaijan Premier League, 6 Azerbaijan Cup and 2 Azerbaijan Supercup titles. The club is one of the two teams in Azerbaijan, along with Qarabağ which has participated in all Azerbaijan Premier League championships so far.[1]

In 2012, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of a European competition, beating APOEL of Cyprus 4–2 on aggregate in the play-off round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.[2][3] Neftchi plays its matches at the Bakcell Arena.

History[edit]

Soviet era (1937–1991)[edit]

Neftchi were founded in 1937.[4]

World-famous referee Tofiq Bahramov originally played for Neftchi but a serious leg injury prevented him from continuing his playing career and he became a referee.[5]

Domestic hegemony (1991–2012)[edit]

Flavinho is Neftchi's first foreign captain.

They won the first independent Azeri championship in 1992, and then won further titles in 1995/96 and 1996/97.[6]

In 2006, Neftchi managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Kaunas in the final.[7] In European competitions, the club also have advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League twice, having defeated Bosnian champions – Široki Brijeg – and Icelandic champions – FH Hafnarfjarðar – in 2004 and 2005 respectively.[citation needed]

A long period of decline followed the success of the 2005 to the end of the decade. Despite the appointment of famous names such as Gurban Gurbanov, Vlastimil Petržela, Anatoliy Demyanenko and Hans-Jürgen Gede, the club did not achieve any success and squandered large sums of money on unsuccessful signings.[8]

Things changed to positive in December 2009, when the club's control was given to Sadıq Sadıqov. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile international players such as Bahodir Nasimov, Nicolás Canales, Flavinho, Bruno Bertucci, Eric Ramos, Igor Mitreski and Julius Wobay.[9]

In May 2011, coached by Arif Asadov, the club won its sixth championship title.[10][11] Asadov also become first person in Azerbaijan to win the league title as a coach and football player.[12]

In the 2011–12 season, Boyukagha Hajiyev guided Neftchi to another domestic success as club become champions for seventh time in their history.[13][14] In November 2011, Neftchi celebrated its 1000th victory in official games and 1000th goal, which is scored by Araz Abdullayev.[15]

European breakthrough (2012–present)[edit]

Neftchi in Europa League before the match with Internazionale in 2012.

In 2012, Neftchi qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage, being the first Azerbaijani team to advance to this stage in a European competition. Neftchi managed to get three points in six matches, drawing with Partizan both times and holding Inter Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.[16][17]

A third consecutive Premier League title followed in 2012–13 season.[18] Neftchi then won the Azerbaijan Cup on 28 May 2013 to secure the domestic double.[19][20] Following Neftchi's early exit from European cups, Hajiyev resigned from his post.[21][22] Following defeat at 2013 Azerbaijan Supercup, Nazim Suleymanov appointed as Neftchi's new manager as Tarlan Ahmadov sacked after just three months in charge.[23] On January 8, 2014, Suleymanov resigned as manager after transfer fund dispute.[24][25] In May 2014, despite finishing fourth, Neftchi managed to win Azerbaijan Cup.[26] In August 2014, the club reached Europa League play off round after beating Chikhura Sachkhere on aggregate.[27]

On 2 November 2014, Neftchi's president Sadygov stated that, the club is experiencing financial difficulties.[28] In 2015, it was announced that club will be public limited company – Neftchi PLC, while club's new president will be Chingiz Abdullayev.[29]

Crest and colours[edit]

Neftchi's crests during its history

Neftchi's traditional kit was composed of black shirts, white shorts and socks of the same color. Although through the years these two have gone from alternating between white and black stripes. The club's kits are manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by SOCAR since 2004, a multinational oil and gas corporation from Baku.[30]

Grounds[edit]

Neftchi Baku's home games are usually played at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku. Built by German prisoners of war in 1951 and constructed in the shape of C to honour Stalin, however it was renamed after famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov in 1993 after his death.[31] The stadium also serves as the home ground of the Azerbaijan national football team and holds 31,200 making it the largest stadium in the country.[32]

Neftchi's current home venue is 15,000 capacity Bakcell Arena. It has been the club's home since the 2012–13 season.

Supporters[edit]

Neftchi fans during at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium.

Neftchi Baku is one of the most supported club in Azerbaijan, with supporters organized in many fan clubs around the world, including United States, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, and any other country with a sizeable Azerbaijani community. In 2010s, although Neftchi improved its position, the average attendance fell to record low levels.[33]

The club's most popular celebrity supporters are the likes of actors Bahram Bagirzade, Bashir Safaroglu and Lutfali Abdullayev, composers Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov and Niyazi, judoka Ilham Zakiyev, politician Fuad Alakbarov and scientist Mirali Qashqai.[34][35][36]

Rivalry with Khazar Lankaran[edit]

Main article: Böyük Oyun

The game between Neftchi and Khazar Lankaran is one of the biggest clashes in Azerbaijan. The relationship between the two clubs has always been known for its great animosity, as the classic opposes two geographic regions – with Neftchi and Khazar Lankaran representing the north and south of Azerbaijan, respectively.[37]

Domestic league and cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer (League goals) Head Coach
1992 APL 1 36 30 2 4 104 23 62 QF - Azerbaijan Alakbarov (36) Azerbaijan Alaskarov
Azerbaijan Kramarenko
1993 5 18 11 5 2 39 11 27 QF - Azerbaijan Alakbarov (16) Azerbaijan Sadygov
1993–94 8 30 11 7 12 37 11 29 QF - Azerbaijan Alakbarov (12) Azerbaijan Sadygov
1994–95 3 24 17 4 3 67 15 38 W - Azerbaijan Aliyev (26) Azerbaijan Sadygov
1995–96 1 20 11 6 3 42 17 39 W WC Qual. Azerbaijan Aliyev (16) Azerbaijan Sadygov
Azerbaijan Tuaev
1996–97 1 30 23 5 2 98 20 74 QF UC Qual. Azerbaijan Gurbanov (34) Azerbaijan Tuaev
1997–98 6 26 13 4 9 43 23 43 SF CL Qual. Azerbaijan Gurbanov (9) Azerbaijan Tuaev
1998–99 3 26 15 4 4 57 18 52 W - Ukraine Kalfa (15) Azerbaijan Tuaev
1999-00 3 22 13 4 5 35 17 43 SF UC Qual. Azerbaijan Vasilyev (8) Azerbaijan Alaskarov
2000–01 2 20 16 3 1 57 11 51 RU UC Qual. Azerbaijan Ismayilov (11) Azerbaijan Namazov
Azerbaijan Abdullayev
Azerbaijan Ozbakov
2001–02 3 22 13 5 4 34 7 44 - UC Qual. Azerbaijan Gurbanov (9) Azerbaijan Tuaev
2003–04 1 26 22 3 1 66 15 69 W - Azerbaijan Vasilyev (17) Azerbaijan Tuaev
2004–05 1 34 24 6 4 52 18 78 QF CL Qual. Azerbaijan Tagizade (14) Azerbaijan Mirjavadov
2005–06 3 26 15 9 2 51 16 54 SF CL Qual. Azerbaijan Nabiyev (12) Azerbaijan Mirjavadov
2006–07 2 24 17 3 4 47 15 44 SF - Georgia (country) Adamia (10) Azerbaijan Gurbanov
2007–08 6 26 16 7 3 42 18 55 SF UC Qual. Azerbaijan Subašić (14) Czech Republic Petržela
Ukraine Demyanenko
2008–09 8 26 9 9 8 30 21 36 QF IC R3 Romania Neaga (5) Ukraine Demyanenko
Germany Gede
Azerbaijan Aghayev
2009–10 5 42 13 19 10 31 26 58 QF - Romania Neaga (11) Azerbaijan Sadygov
2010–11 1 32 19 10 3 53 17 67 QF - Uzbekistan Nasimov (15) Azerbaijan Asadov
2011–12 1 32 20 3 9 55 30 63 RU CL Qual. Uzbekistan Nasimov (16) Azerbaijan Hajiyev
2012–13 1 32 19 5 8 59 32 62 W CL
EL
Qual.
GS
Chile Canales (26) Azerbaijan Hajiyev
2013–14 4 36 17 9 10 48 42 60 W CL Qual. Uzbekistan Nasimov (7) Azerbaijan Ahmadov
Azerbaijan Suleymanov
Azerbaijan Hajiyev
2014–15 4 32 13 10 9 38 33 49 RU EL PO Chile Canales (11) Azerbaijan Hajiyev
Azerbaijan Asadov
2015–16 6 36 13 10 13 41 41 49 RU EL Qual. Azerbaijan Qurbanov (13) Azerbaijan Aliyev
Azerbaijan Abdullayev
Azerbaijan Gasimov

European record[edit]

As of 2 July 2015
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 18 5 5 8 14 32
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 25 6 7 12 28 40
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0 1 1 0 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 3 1 2 7 7
Total 51 14 14 23 49 82

Matches[38][edit]

Players[edit]

For a list of all former and current Neftchi Baku PFK players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:PFC Neftchi players.

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 August 2016[39]

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

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Krševan Santini
3 Brazil DF Jairo
4 Azerbaijan DF Rahil Mammadov
6 Republic of Macedonia DF Vanče Šikov
7 Azerbaijan MF Araz Abdullayev (captain)
8 Azerbaijan MF Elshan Abdullayev
9 Romania FW Cătălin Țîră
10 Azerbaijan MF Javid Imamverdiyev
13 Azerbaijan MF Murad Agayev
17 Azerbaijan MF Rahman Hajiyev
19 Azerbaijan MF Fahmin Muradbayli
20 Azerbaijan DF Eltun Yagublu (loan from Qarabağ)
21 Azerbaijan MF Agshin Gurbanli
23 Azerbaijan MF Tarzin Jahangirov
No. Position Player
26 Azerbaijan DF Kamal Gurbanov
27 Azerbaijan DF Magsad Isayev
30 Croatia DF Dario Melnjak (loan from Lokeren)
33 Azerbaijan DF Orkhan Bashirov
45 Azerbaijan MF Kamran Najafzade
53 Azerbaijan GK Maksim Vaylo
61 Azerbaijan DF Tayyar Mammadov
66 Azerbaijan GK Kamran Ibrahimov
72 Azerbaijan DF Bilal Abbaszade
80 Venezuela MF Edson Castillo
88 Azerbaijan MF Orkhan Gurbanli
95 Azerbaijan DF Elvin Badalov
99 Brazil FW Denílson (loan from Fluminense)

For recent transfers, see winter 2016 transfers and summer 2016 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 FW Magomed Kurbanov (at Sumgayit)
Azerbaijan FW Mirabdulla Abbasov (at Sumgayit)

Club officials[edit]

Boyukagha Hajiyev is one of club's most successful managers, having won 2 titles and 2 national cups

[citation needed]

Management & Supervisory Board[edit]

Position Staff
Head of Supervisory Board Azerbaijan Chingiz Abdullayev
Executive Director Azerbaijan Elnur Eyvazov
Sports Director Azerbaijan Orkhan Huseynzade
SB Member Azerbaijan Samad Gurbanov
SB Member Azerbaijan Bahram Bagirzade
SB Member Azerbaijan Jabrail Jabrailov
SB Member Azerbaijan Mehdi Najafov
SB Member Azerbaijan Zaur Gahramanov
SB Member Azerbaijan Farhad Badalbeyli

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Azerbaijan Elkhan Abdullayev
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Habib Aghayev
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Tofig Mustafayev
Goalkeeper coach Azerbaijan Dmitri Kramarenko
Fitness coach Spain Francisco Navarro
Club doctor Azerbaijan Fikret Nabiyev
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Zakir Guliyev
Assistant doctor Azerbaijan Aziz Salmanov
Physiotherapist Azerbaijan Rasim Gadmaliyev

Presidential history[edit]

Neftchi has had numerous presidents over the course of its history, some of whom have been owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. In 1988, Neftchi had registered as a professional football club and club since then had 6 presidents.[citation needed]

 
Name Years
Aydin Ibrahimov 1988–97
Agil Pashayev 1997–01
Ramiz Mirzayev 2001–03
Rovnag Abdullayev 2004–08
Akbar Hajiyev 2008–10
Sadyg Sadygov 2010–15
Chingiz Abdullayev 2015–

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Source:[40]

Winners (8) : 1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
Runners-up (3) : 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07
Winners (6) : 1994–95, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2012–13, 2013–14
Runners-up (4) : 2000–01, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (2) : 1993, 1995
Runners-up (1) : 2013

In popular culture[edit]

A number of television programmes have included references to Neftchi Baku over the past few decades. In the sitcom Aramizda Galsin, the character Aslan is a Neftchi supporter.[41] Neftchi have also featured on several occasions in meykhana.[42][43]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Wilson, Jonathan (2006). Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe: Travels in Eastern European Football. Orion. ISBN 0752879456. 

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