|Full name||Kapaz Professional Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||"Dağlılar" (The Mountaineers) |
"Yenilməz Armada"(Undefeatable Armada)
"Qərblilər" (The Westerners)
"Sarı-Göylər" (The Yellow-Blues)
|Ground||Ganja City Stadium, Ganja, Azerbaijan|
|League||Azerbaijan First Division|
Soviet era (1959–1991)Edit
Kapaz PFC was founded in 1959 as Toxucu and played in the Soviet First League. However, the team were promoted to the Soviet Top League in 1968 after finishing first in the Soviet First League the previous season. The club has been known as Taraggi and Toxucu during its history, however it became famous in more modern times as Kapaz when it was renamed in 1982.
Post-Soviet era (1993–1999)Edit
In 1991, the club was once again renamed as Kapaz after Azerbaijan's independence from the Soviet Union and won the Azerbaijan Premier League title three times. At the end of the 1997-98 season, Kapaz finished the season unbeaten. Out of 28 games, the club's final record for the 1997–1998 league campaign stood at 22 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses. To date this has not been matched by any team in a single season in an Azerbaijani league division.
Azerbaijan's longest league winning run belongs to Kapaz PFC.
Kapaz PFC remain the only team to win the league undefeated and, for ten months until 23 September 1998, opponents could not even take a point off them. Two of the 22 matches were technical victories awarded to Käpäz.
Financial struggles (2002–present)Edit
Kapaz, one of the most prominent football clubs in Azerbaijan, entered financial difficulties during the late 2000s. Since 2002, the club has found themselves slipping further and further down the table, which has been influenced by financial difficulties. The financial collapse of Kapaz resulted in a great deal of discussion within Azerbaijani football. Major Azerbaijani companies, reportedly "concerned at the current uncertainty about the club's future and its backers" declined to provide Kapaz with the corporate banking facilities it needed.
In 2005, the club's new owners decided to rename the club Ganja despite facing criticism from the club's fans. In 2007, the club was excluded from Azerbaijan Premier League due to financial struggles. However, after help from the AFFA and local communities, the club participated in the Azerbaijan First Division during the 2009-10 season. In 2010 they became champions of the Azerbaijan First Division finishing the season with 47 points and promoted to the Azerbaijan Premier League. In 2011, it was decided that the club's name will be changed back to its old name of Kapaz PFC.
In April 2013, Kapaz were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division. The ended the season in 12th place in the Azerbaijan Premier League, the club's lowest ever league finish. The club's financial situation didn't improve, which caused a lot of players to leave the club.
League and cup historyEdit
|2014–15||2nd||9th||30||10||8||12||37||37||38||Did not enter|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup||PR||Austria Wien||0–4||1–5||1–9|
|1997–98||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1Q||Dinaburg Daugavpils||0–1||0–1||0–2|
|1998–99||UEFA Champions League||1Q||ŁKS Łódź||1–3||1–4||2–7|
|1999–00||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Sloga Jugomagnat||2–1||0–1||2–2|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Dacia Chișinău||0–0||1–0||1–0|
The club have one of the biggest number of supporters in Azerbaijan alongside Qarabagh FK and Khazar Lankaran. Amongst all Azerbaijani professional football clubs, Kapaz PFC have the highest average fan attendance at their home games. According to official statistics for the first half of 2015-16 season, Kapaz PFC ranked first in fan attendance at nearly 15,000 fans per home game. This was almost triple that of their nearest rival.
The 2015-16 seasons attendance record was set in Ganja, as 20,400 Kapaz fans attended home game against Qarabag FC on February 14, 2016 The fanbase is large and generally loyal and like most major Azerbaijani football clubs, Kapaz have a number of domestic supporters' clubs, including the Khamsa Supporters Club, which works closely with the club and maintains a more independent line. The club's most popular celebrity supporters are the likes of Olympic wrestling champion Toghrul Asgarov.
Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturersEdit
|2010 – 2013||Adidas||Nakhchivan Automobile Plant|
|2013 – 2016||Gəncə 4000|
|2016 – 2017||Umbro|
|2017 – 2018||Nike|
|2018 – present||Givova|
For a list of all former and current Kapaz PFC players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Kapaz PFC players. 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.
- As of 1 November 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Managers in Soviet LeagueEdit
- Isay Abramashvili
- Sabir Mammadov
- Anatoliy Banishevskiy
Managers in modern historyEdit
- Şahmir Huseynov (1992)
- Mubariz Zeynalov (1993)
- Mehman Allahverdiyev (1993-2003)
- Fuad Ismayilov (2003-2004)
- Arzu Mirzayev (2003)
- Shahin Diniyev (2005–06)
- Fuad Ismayilov (2006)
- Mehman Allahverdiyev (2011)
- Mirbaghir Isayev (2011)
- Fuad Ismayilov (2011–2012)
- Mahmud Gurbanov (2012–2013)
- Vidadi Rzayev (2013–2015)
- Shahin Diniyev (2015–2017)
- Yunis Huseynov (2017–2018)
- Etibar Ibrahimov (2018–2019)
- Yashar Vahabzade (2019–present)
- Winners (1): 2009–10
- Winners (1): 1967
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