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Khazar Lankaran FK (Azerbaijani: Xəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Lankaran, who last played in the Azerbaijan Premier League during the 2015–16 season. Since the summer of 2016 the club has concentrated on youth football.[1] Since foundation in 2004, they played in the Azerbaijan Premier League for twelve-seasons, winning the title once, and the Azerbaijan Cup three times.[2][3] Khazar were also a member of the European Club Association, an organization that replaced the previous G-14 which consists of major football clubs in Europe.

Khazar Lankaran
Club crest
Full nameXəzər Lənkəran Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s)Gəmiçilər (The Shipbuilders)
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
Dissolved27 May 2016; 2 years ago (2016-05-27)
GroundLankaran City Stadium,
Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Capacity15,500
OwnerMubariz Mansimov
PresidentMais Mansimov
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2015–1610th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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HistoryEdit

Early years (2004–2012)Edit

The club was founded in 2004 by Azerbaijani entrepreneur Mubariz Mansimov and dubbed by the local media as "Caucasian Chelsea" due Khazar's strong financial position.[4][5] Under Agaselim Mirjavadov club won Premier League title during 2006–07 season as well as clinched 2 Azerbaijan Cups. Khazar also managed to win the CIS Cup in 2008 after defeating Pakhtakor Tashkent in the final.[6][7]

After Fabian Veldwijk's appointment, who have signed a string of Romanian players and footballers from Liga I, club did not found success in European cups.[8][9] On 4 December 2013, Khazar announced that Veldwijk had been sacked by the club due to a run of poor performances.[10][11]

Recent years (2014––2016)Edit

In July 2014, the club under Yunis Huseynov earned their first win in European competition by beating Nõmme Kalju.[12] In March 2015, former Liverpool striker John Toshack was appointed as new manager after signing two-year deal with the club.[13][14] In 2015–16 season, Khazar finished in 12th place, the club's lowest finishing position to date.[15] Khazar Lankaran once again featured in European competitions during the 2015–16 season, featuring in the UEFA Europa League, where they were knocked out 3–0 on aggregate after suffering their heaviest European defeat ever, losing 5–0 to Maccabi Haifa.[16]

Following the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan's decision to deny Khazar a license for the 2016–17 season, the club announced their withdrawal from professional football.[1]

League and cup historyEdit

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2004–05 1st 2 34 24 6 4 68 15 78 Semi-finals   Samir Aliyev 20
2005–06 1st 7 26 9 9 8 27 18 36 Semi-finals   Samir Aliyev 4
2006–07 1st 1 24 17 5 2 50 16 56 Winners   Zaur Ramazanov 20
2007–08 1st 4 26 14 10 2 44 16 52 Winners   Zaur Ramazanov 11
2008–09 1st 4 26 15 5 6 49 21 50 Quarter-finals   Ivan Tsvetkov 15
2009–10 1st 4 42 18 17 7 48 25 71 Runners-up   Mario Sergio 9
2010–11 1st 2 32 16 12 4 38 18 60 Winners   Winston Parks 8
2011–12 1st 2 32 17 8 7 44 28 59 Quarter-finals   Branimir Subašić 6
2012–13 1st 8 32 10 10 12 40 37 40 Runners-up   Dimitris Sialmas 6
2013–14 1st 6 36 12 13 11 44 49 49 Semi-finals   Mbilla Etame 11
2014–15 1st 7 32 8 8 16 35 46 32 Quarter-finals   Galin Ivanov 6
2015–16 1st 10 36 3 6 27 16 51 15 Quarter-finals   Rahid Amirguliyev 4

European historyEdit

As of 17 July 2013.