Gabala FK

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Gabala FK (Azerbaijani: Qəbələ Futbol Klubu, also spelled Qabala; pronounced [ɡæbælæ]) is an Azerbaijani association football club representing Qabala in the Azerbaijan Premier League since 2006. Gabala has been the runner up in the Premier League three times and has won the national cup once, in 2019.

Gabala
Gabala FK logo.svg
Full nameQəbələ İdman Klubu
Nickname(s)Radarlar (The Radars)
Founded3 July 1995; 26 years ago (1995-07-03), as Goygol
2005; 16 years ago (2005), as Qabala
GroundGabala City Stadium
Capacity4,500
OwnerGilan Holding
ChairmanFariz Najafov
ManagerElmar Bakhshiev
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2020–21Azerbaijan Premier League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was founded under the name of Goy Gol on 3 July 1995, based in Goy Gol. On 1 September 2005, Goy Gol was registered in Gabala by the Ministry of Justice, before the AFFA registered the team as professional on 5 September of the same year. In the summer of 2006, the team moved from Goygol to Qabala, before the club changed its name to Gilan FK. Later, the club changed its name to Qəbələ FK on 31 August 2007.[1][2]

On 10 May 2010, former Arsenal defender Tony Adams was appointed as new manager after signing a £1 million per year deal with the club.[3][4] In his first season in charge Gabala finished at 7th place in Azerbaijan Premier League.[5][6] In November 2011, Adams resigned from being Gabala's coach due to family problems.[7][8]

Despite the appointment of managers like Fatih Kavlak and Ramiz Mammadov, the club couldn't reach a satisfactory position in the league and was struggling in the middle of the table for many years.[9][10] On 29 May 2013, Yuri Semin was appointed as new manager after signing a £1 million per year deal with the club.[11][12] In the same year, the club qualified for European cups for the first time in their history but lost to Neftchi Baku on penalties in the final of the Azerbaijan Cup.[13][14]

In the 2015–16 season of the Europa League, they became the 3rd club from Azerbaijan to qualify for the group stage after Qarabag and Neftçi Baku. They eliminated Dinamo Tbilisi, Čukarički, Apollon Limassol and surprisingly Panathinaikos. They came 4th in their tough group of Borussia Dortmund, PAOK and FC Krasnodar. They got two points both from 0–0 draws against PAOK.

Following their defeat to Keşla in the 2017–18 Azerbaijan Cup Final, Roman Hryhorchuk left Gabala after his contract was not extended.[15] On 30 May 2018, Gabala announced that Sanan Gurbanov had been appointed as the club's new manager on a two-year contract.[16] On 31 August 2019, Gurbanov resigned as manager following Gabala's 4–0 defeat at home to Keşla.[17] On 2 September 2019, Elmar Bakhshiyev was appointed as Gabala's manager.[18]

League and cup historyEdit

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer Managers
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2005–06 2nd 1 30 22 6 2 72 14 72 Last 16   R.Ahmadov 18   Faig Jabbarov
2006–07 1st 11 24 4 4 16 17 47 16 Last 16   Vusal Garaev 4   Ramiz Mammadov
2007–08 1st 6 26 11 3 12 33 36 36 Semi-finals   Vitali Balamestny 8
2008–09 1st 10 26 9 6 11 28 21 33 Semi-finals   Kanan Karimov 6
2009–10 1st 6 42 15 14 14 42 48 56 1st round   Tomasz Stolpa 7
2010–11 1st 7 32 13 12 7 31 18 51 Quarter-finals   Deon Burton 9   Tony Adams
2011–12 1st 5 32 15 7 10 43 32 52 Quarter-finals   Dodô
  Yannick Kamanan
9   Tony Adams
  Fatih Kavlak
2012–13 1st 6 32 10 8 14 32 40 38 Quarter-finals   Victor Mendy
  Assis
6   Fatih Kavlak
  Ramiz Mammadov
  Luis Aragón
2013–14 1st 3 36 18 7 11 48 36 61 Runners-up   Danijel Subotić 12   Yuri Semin
2014–15 1st 3 32 15 9 8 46 35 54 Quarter-finals   Javid Huseynov 11   Dorinel Munteanu
  Roman Hryhorchuk
2015–16 1st 3 36 16 11 9 44 28 59 Semi-finals   Oleksiy Gai 10   Roman Hryhorchuk
2016–17 1st 2 28 14 10 4 48 21 52 Runners-up   Filip Ozobić 11
2017–18 1st 2 28 14 7 7 43 26 49 Runners-up   Bagaliy Dabo 13
2018–19 1st 4 28 9 9 10 31 33 36 Champions   James Adeniyi 10   Sanan Gurbanov
2019–20 1st 8 20 5 4 11 25 35 19 Semi-finals   Davit Volkovi 5   Sanan Gurbanov
  Elmar Bakhshiyev
2020–21 1st 7th 28 5 11 12 23 44 26 Quarter-finals   Raphael Utzig 5   Elmar Bakhshiyev

European historyEdit

As of match played 1 August 2019
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 38 10 7 21 36 55
Total 38 10 7 21 36 55
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Široki Brijeg 0–2 0–3 0–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
2Q   Čukarički 2–0 0–1 2–1
3Q   Apollon Limassol 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO   Panathinaikos 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
Group C   Borussia Dortmund 1–3 0–4 4th
  PAOK 0–0 0–0
  Krasnodar 0–3 1–2
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Samtredia 5–1 1–2 6–3
2Q   MTK Budapest 2–0 2–1 4–1
3Q   Lille 1–0 1–1 2–1
PO   Maribor 3–1 0–1 3–2
Group C   Anderlecht 1–3 1–3 4th
  Saint-Étienne 1–2 0–1
  Mainz 05 2–3 0–2
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Jagiellonia Białystok 1–1 2–0 3–1
3Q   Panathinaikos 1–2 0–1 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Progrès Niederkorn 0–2 1–0 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Dinamo Tbilisi 0–2 0–3 0–5
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • Group: Group stage

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Team photo for the 2010–2011 season.

The club's crest includes Caucasus Mountains with a black crescent and red eight-pointed star, similar to Azerbaijani flag. It also includes 2005 which signifies the club's formation year.

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturersEdit

Gabala's traditional kit is composed of red shirts, black shorts and red socks. The club's first kit manufacturer was Erreà, until a two-year deal was agreed with Joma in 2013.[19][20]

In August 2012, Gabala signed a one-year deal with the American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer Pepsi, which will replace Hyundai as the shirt sponsor from the 2013–14 season.[21]

In September 2015, Gabala signed a one-year deal with QafqaZ Hotels and Resorts.[22]

On 31 January 2020, Gabala announced that dairy brand Milla would be the club's new title sponsor until the end of 2021.[23]

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2009–2010   Adidas   Hyundai
2010–2011   Lotto
2011–2012   Erreà
2012–2013   Pepsi
2013–2015   Joma
2015 – 2020   Qafqaz Hotels
2020 – present   Milla

  Jale

StadiumEdit

 
Gabala City Stadium in 2011.

The club play their home matches at the Gabala City Stadium, an all-seater football stadium situated in Qabala.

As of 2007, predominantly due to UEFA requirements, the club proposed an extensive renovation of the stadium, which has since been in constant process of redevelopment.[24] AFL Architects were appointed to design a new 15,000 capacity stadium and training facility in December 2008 after winning a limited design competition. Accommodation within the stadium will include hotel and conferencing facilities, as well as retail and corporate hospitality space, and a dramatic viewing deck at the top of the entrance tower.[25] It is expected that the stadium was scheduled to open in 2014.[26]

SupportersEdit

Gabala has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success on the pitch. Gabala's fan base has fluctuated over the years with high crowds coinciding with the club's success in the Premier League so that the club now averages in the top four best home attendances in the country.[27]

PlayersEdit

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 squadEdit

As of 26 July 2021[28]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
6 MF   AZE Kamal Mirzayev
9 MF   AZE Ehtiram Shahverdiyev
10 MF   AZE Rovlan Muradov
11 MF   AZE Asif Mammadov
13 DF   ALB Jurgen Goxha
17 MF   TOG Yaovi Akakpo
23 FW   BRA Raphael Alemão
26 MF   MNE Stefan Vukčević
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 DF   AZE Murad Musayev
36 GK   AZE Mushfig Nadirov
71 DF   AZE Rufat Ahmadov
GK   AZE Nijat Mehbaliyev (loan from Sabah)
GK   CMR Christophe Atangana
DF   AZE Urfan Abbasov
DF   AZE Magsad Isayev

Club officialsEdit

The Board of DirectorsEdit

Position Name
President   Fariz Najafov
General manager   Zaur Azizov
Team manager   Mahammad Azizli
Press secretary   Anar Hajiyev

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Elmar Bakhshiev
Assistant coach   Khagani Mammadov[29]
Goalkeeper coach   Vugar Mammadov
Assistant coach   Rasim Ramaldanov
Under-19 head coach   Famil Khalilov

Medical staffEdit

Position Name
Doctor   Fikrat Nabiyev
Assistant doctor   Rovshan Mammadov
Assistant doctor   Elnur Ashurov

ManagersEdit

Information correct as of match played 19 May 2021. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Faig Jabbarov   Azerbaijan 2005 2006 30 22 6 2 0 0 073.33 [30]
Ramiz Mammadov   Azerbaijan 2006 May 2010 118 38 27 53 0 0 032.20 [31]
Tony Adams   England 12 May 2010 16 Nov 2011 44 17 15 12 45 35 038.64 [32]
Fatih Kavlak   Turkey 18 Nov 2011 Sept 27, 2012 29 14 7 8 43 27 048.28 [31]
Ramiz Mammadov   Azerbaijan Sept 24, 2012 2 April 2013 21 8 6 7 23 22 038.10 [31]
Luis Aragon (Interim)   Spain April 2013 May 2013 8 1 3 4 5 10 012.50 [33]
Yuri Semin   Russia 28 May 2013 23 May 2014 41 21 9 11 56 38 051.22 [34]
Dorinel Munteanu   Romania 16 Jun 2014 8 Dec 2014 18 6 5 7 20 26 033.33 [35]
Sanan Gurbanov (Interim)   Azerbaijan 8 December 2014 21 December 2014 3 1 2 0 4 3 033.33 [36]
Roman Hryhorchuk   Ukraine 21 December 2014 29 May 2018[15] 159 75 41 43 238 150 047.17 [37]
Sanan Gurbanov   Azerbaijan 30 May 2018[16] 31 August 2019[17] 40 14 9 17 37 52 035.00
Elmar Bakhshiyev   Azerbaijan 2 September 2019[18] 50 13 15 22 57 78 026.00
  • 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).

Individual recordsEdit

Urfan Abbasov is Gabala's most capped player, with 220 appearances for the club. Players in bold signifies current Gabala player.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of Match played 19 May 2021
 
Dodô scored 30 goals in 161 games during his 5-years with Gabala
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1   Victor Mendy 2011–2015 29 (112) 4 (13) 0 (2) 33 (127)
2   Dodô 2011–2016 23 (131) 3 (15) 4 (15) 30 (161)
3   Bagaliy Dabo 2016–2018 20 (43) 4 (6) 3 (13) 27 (62)
4   Filip Ozobić 2016–2018 16 (47) 6 (9) 3 (18) 25 (74)
5   Javid Huseynov 2014–2015,
2016–2019,
2020–2021
16 (109) 2 (20) 3 (11) 21 (140)
6   Steeven Joseph-Monrose 2017– 2019 15 (47) 3 (9) 2 (6) 20 (62)
7   Danijel Subotić 2013–2014,
2017
15 (40) 4 (8) 0 (0) 19 (48)
8   Kanan Karimov 2008–2010 11 (46) 7 (?) 0 (0) 18 (45+)
8   Oleksiy Gai 2015–2016 14 (51) 4 (6) 0 (14) 18 (71)
8   James Adeniyi 2018–2021 14 (48) 4 (7) 0 (2) 18 (57)

Most appearancesEdit

 
Urfan Abbasov is Gabala's most capped player, playing 220 games during his eight years at the club.
As of Match played 19 May 2021
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1   Urfan Abbasov 2011–2019 177 (3) 28 (0) 15 (0) 220 (3)
2   Asif Mammadov 2006–2007 &
2015–Present
130 (12) 19+ (2+) 22 (0) 171+ (14)
3   Dmytro Bezotosnyi 2015–2019 117 (0) 17 (0) 32 (0) 166 (0)
4   Dodô 2011–2016 131 (23) 15 (3) 15 (4) 161 (30)
5   Vojislav Stanković 2015–2019 92 (1) 21 (1) 29 (1) 142 (3)
6   Elvin Jamalov 2013–2019 111 (0) 18 (0) 12 (0) 141 (0)
7   Javid Huseynov 2014–2015,
2016–2019,
2020–2021
109 (16) 20 (2) 11 (3) 140 (21)
8   Victor Mendy 2011–2015 112 (29) 13 (4) 2 (0) 127 (33)
9   Samir Zargarov 2006–2009
2015–2016
95 (10) 18 (4) 9 (0) 122 (14)
10   Rafael Santos 2014–2017 72 (1) 12 (0) 20 (0) 104 (1)

Presidential historyEdit

 
Name Years
Tale Heydarov 2005–2019
Fariz Najafov 2019–

HonoursEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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