|Full name||Rashad Farhad oglu Sadygov|
|Date of birth||16 June 1982|
|Place of birth||Baku, Azerbaijan SSR|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2017|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2017
Rashad Sadygov (Azerbaijani: Rəşad Sadıqov; born 16 June 1982) is an Azerbaijani football defender that currently plays for FK Qarabağ as a captain. He also manages Qarabağ U19 and the Azerbaijan U21.
Sadygov is the most capped player in the history of Azerbaijani national team with 111 games and captained the team from 2004 until his retirement from international football in late 2017. Sadygov is widely recognized as one of the strongest players in the history of independent Azerbaijan, as he won the national league title six times and was selected as the footballer of the year six times.
Sadygov began playing football during his school years at Vagif Pashayev-led Youth Football Sports School at the age of 10. He also spent time playing football for the clubs Sharur, the Air Force team, and Real Baku, all of which are based in Baku.
In 2000, Sadygov signed his first professional contract with PFK Turan Tovuz, but played only nine games. At that time, he also played for the Azerbaijan Under-21 football team. At the end of the 2000/01 season, the defender was transferred to PFC Neftchi.
He played for Foolad F.C. in Iran's Premier Football League in 2002. After his comeback to Neftchi, Rashad won the national championship and cup and succeeded in passing the first qualification round of the Champions League with the black-and-whites. He played 8 games in European cups for Neftchi (2 in UEFA Cup qualifying in 01/02, 2 in UEFA Champions League qualifying 04/05, 4 in UCL qualifying 05/06).
He traveled to Turkey to play for Kayserispor in 2005/06. He was loaned back to Neftchi in January 2006. He played once at the start of 2006/07 season, but planned to go back with Neftchi, again. Sadygov failed to notice that the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan had changed the deadline of the transfer window, so he changed to play basketball to keep his fitness.
On 23 January 2009 Sadygov joined the Turkish Super Lig club Kocaelispor on a six-month contract after he was kicked out from PFC Neftchi by the head coach Hans-Jürgen Gede in December 2008. Rashad made his debut for Kocaelispor in their four nil victory over Hacettepe on 25 January 2009.
In July, 2009, Sadygov briefly returned to FK Qarabağ to help them in UEFA Europa League and scored a magnificent goal against Rosenborg BK. He also scored against FC Honka after delivering a powerful free kick. As a result, he signed a one-year contract with Karabakh, after the club's impressive performance in the UEFA Europa League.
In August 2010, he signed a 2-year contract with Turkish Super Lig outfit Eskişehirspor. However, following a string of injuries, he failed to get a regular place in Eskişehirspor's defence, which caused him to seek a new club.
Sadygov made his Azerbaijan debut on 6 October 2001, against Sweden during 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA). Sadygov was Azerbaijan's vice-captain under Carlos Alberto Torres, deputising in the absence of regular captain Gurban Gurbanov, but following the retirement of Gurban Gurbanov from football, Sadygov was named as full-time captain in March 2004. Sadygov is the most capped Azerbaijani player of all time.
Sadygov was one of the favorite players among Kocaelispor supporters and nicknamed "Terminator" by local media. He also featured as one of the official faces for Azerbaijan Premier League promotion campaign in 2010.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Neftchi Baku||2001–02||Top League||24||0||–||0||0||–||24||0|
|Neftchi Baku||2003–04||Top League||16||1||–||–||–||16||1|
|Neftchi Baku||2006–07||Top League||12||2||–||–||–||12||2|
|Azerbaijan national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 4 September 2017
- Scores and results list Azerbaijan's goal tally first.
|1.||28 March 2004||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|2.||4 September 2004||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Wales||1–1||1–1||2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|3.||12 March 2006||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Turkey||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|4.||12 October 2010||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Turkey||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|5.||4 September 2017||Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan||San Marino||5–1||5–1||2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
- Neftchi Baku
- Azerbaijan Premier League: (5) 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- Azerbaijan Cup: (2) 2014-15, 2015-16
- Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year: (5) 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2016
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- День рождения капитана сборной Азербайджана Рашада Садыхова (in Russian)
- "Neftchi scoop gold for Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
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- Azerbaijan football team "Karabakh" won the match with the Norwegian «Rusenborg»[permanent dead link]
- Украинцы без потерь(in Russian)
- Рашад Садыгов остается в Карабахе (in Russian)
- Рашад Садыхов официально стал игроком Карабаха (in Russian)
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- İspanlar Rəşad Sadıqovun oyununu bəyəndi (in Azerbaijani)
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- Rəşad Sadıqov mütləq oynamalıdır![permanent dead link] (in Azerbaijani)
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