Gurban Osman oghlu Gurbanov (Azerbaijani: Qurban Osman oğlu Qurbanov; born 13 April 1972) is an Azerbaijani football manager and former player who manages FK Qarabagh. He played as a forward. Starting out with local club Kur in 1988, Gurbanov had a decorated 18-year career. He scored 178 goals in 399 league matches. With 14 goals in 68 matches, he is also the Azerbaijan national team's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches. From 2017 to 2018 he was the manager of the Azerbaijan national team.
|Date of birth||13 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Ashaghy Tala, Zagatala District, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Gurbanov has won a total of 14 trophies, five as a player and nine as a manager.
He started his career in Kur, and has since played for Mertskhali Ozurgeti, Daşqın Zaqatala, Alazani Gurjaani, Turan Tovuz, Neftchi Baku, Dinamo Stavropol, Baltika Kaliningrad, Fakel Voronezh and Volgar Gazprom. The last club he played for was Inter Baku. In the 1996–97 season, Gurbanov was the leading scorer in the Azerbaijan Premier League for Neftchi with 25 goals. The striker was named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year once, in 2003.
Gurbanov debuted for the Azerbaijan national team in their very first match on 17 September 1992, and as of January 2006 he has scored 14 goals in 68 international matches, which is the national team goal scoring record.
After Gurbanov ended his football player's career, he became sport director of the club Inter. In summer 2006 he was appointed head coach of Neftchi Baku.
At the beginning of the season 2008–09 he became head coach of FK Qarabağ to replace Rasim Kara.
In 2010, he became the most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions with 16 wins.
In May 2014, he guided Qarabağ to their second Azerbaijani league title after 21 years. In July 2014, he became the second Azerbaijani manager to reach the European Cups group stage, as Qarabağ qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage, beating Twente and being the second Azerbaijani team to advance to this stage in a European competitions.
In 2017, FK Qarabağ, managed by Gurbanov, became the first Azerbaijani team to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
On 3 November 2017, Gurbanov was appointed manager of the Azerbaijan national team. A year later, on 8 December 2018, he resigned.
Gurban is the brother of Azerbaijani former footballer Musa Gurbanov. He is the father of Azerbaijan national team player Musa Gurbanli.
In 2012, he campaigned to stop domestic violence.
- Scores and results list Azerbaijan's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Gurbanov goal.
|1||8 June 1993||Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran||Kazakhstan U21||1–0||3–3||1993 ECO Cup|||
|3||27 February 1996||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||Faroe Islands||3–0||3–0||Friendly|||
|4||27 May 1996||City Stadium, Maladzyechna, Belarus||Belarus||1–1||2–2||Friendly|||
|5||22 March 1997||Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Turkmenistan||3–0||3–0||Friendly|||
|6||14 October 1998||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|||
|7||6 March 1999||Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||Estonia||1–0||2–2||Friendly|||
|8||5 June 1999||Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Liechtenstein||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|||
|9||12 February 2003||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro||Serbia and Montenegro||1–2||2–2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|||
|11||11 June 2003||Shafa Stadion, Baku, Azerbaijan||Serbia and Montenegro||1–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|||
|12||31 March 2004||Stadionul Republican, Chișinău, Moldova||Moldova||1–1||2–1||Friendly|||
|13||28 May 2004||Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan||Uzbekistan||1–0||3–1||Friendly|||
|14||6 June 2004||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2–1||2–2||Friendly|||
- As of match played 28 May 2023
|Neftchi Baku||June 2006||July 2007||38||25||6||7||65.79|||
|Azerbaijan||January 2018||December 2018||12||4||5||3||33.33|
- Azerbaijan Premier League: 1996–97, 2003–04, 2004–05
- Azerbaijan Cup: 2003–04
- Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year: 2003
- Azerbaijan Premier League top scorer: 1996–97
- Azerbaijan all-time top scorer: 14 goals
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- ^ Муса Гурбанов: «Не хочу работать тренером под руководством своего младшего брата»
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- ^ "Football MATCH: 27.02.1996 Azerbaijan v Faroe Islands". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 27.05.1996 Belarus v Azerbaijan". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 22.03.1997 Azerbaijan v Turkmenistan". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 14.10.1998 Liechtenstein v Azerbaijan". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 06.03.1999 Azerbaijan v Estonia". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 05.06.1999 Azerbaijan v Liechtenstein". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Gurbanov earns surprise point". UEFA.com.
- ^ "Ismaylov the toast of Azerbaijan". UEFA.com.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 31.03.2004 Moldova v Azerbaijan". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 28.05.2004 Azerbaijan v Uzbekistan". Eu-football.info.
- ^ "Football MATCH: 06.06.2004 Latvia v Azerbaijan". Eu-football.info.
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- Video about career of Gurban Gurbanov
- Gurban Gurbanov at National-Football-Teams.com