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HistoryEdit

Early years (1997–2004)Edit

The club has been functioning since 1997, initially as an amateur side that shared its name with Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan, which founded the club. In 1999, Khazar University began to play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, finishing eleventh.[2] In subsequent years, Inter finished in 7th place (2000/01 season) and 3rd place (2003–04 season).

In the 2003–04 season the team finished in fourth place, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time. In the first round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, they defeated Bregenz of Austria 3:0 on a forfeiture in the first leg, and 2:1 in the second leg.[3] In the second round, they played Tampere United of Finland, losing the first leg 0:3; winning the return leg, played in Baku, 1:0; but going out on aggregate 1:3.[4]

The Double and Tskhadadze years (2004–2014)Edit

 
Logo of Inter Baku until 2017

In the summer of 2004, all rights of the Khazar University club were transferred to the newly created Inter Baku Professional Football Club, and the team participated in the 13th championship of the Azerbaijani Premier League under the name of Inter Baku. Later in 2004, certain structural changes were made in the club's management, and Inter Baku was renamed the Inter Professional Club, finishing the 2004–2005 season in seventh place. Inter's progression up the standings continued in the 14th iteration of the Azerbaijan Premier League when Inter finished in fourth place.

The club finished fourth again in 2006–07, and first in 2007–08. Following its championship season, Inter qualified for its first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and advanced to the second qualifying round by defeating Rabotnički of the Republic of Macedonia on away goals.[5]

2009 saw Inter Baku retain the Azerbaijan Premier League title, securing it for the second time in the club's history. The club's Champions League campaign was less successful – barely losing to Lech Poznań away on penalties.[6] In 2011, Inter Baku also managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the final.[7][8]

In 2012, the club recorded an Azerbaijani record for the biggest win in a European competition by beating Narva Trans 5–0 in Estonia.[9] The club had started the 2013–14 season with a three-game losing streak, setting a record for worst start to a season in its history.[10] However, the team managed to clinch second spot in the league.[11]

Downturn and financial difficulties of Inter Baku (2015–2017)Edit

During the 2015–16 season, Inter started experiencing financial difficulties at the same time with its main sponsor, The International Bank of Azerbaijan. In December 2015, the club's president Georgi Nikolov was replaced by Rashad Gasimov. On 31 March 2016, Inter Baku were banned from participating in the next UEFA club competition that they would qualify for in the next three seasons, covering the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.[12]

The situation continued during the 2016–17 season as Inter struggled to pay salaries to its players and make new transfers. Despite that, Inter was able to claim the bronze medals in the national championship and reach the semi-finals stage in the Cup. At the end of the season, IBA announced that it would no longer sponsor the club and this led to new changes in the administration. Zaur Akhundov, former director of the National Futzal Federation, was appointed as the head of the Supervisory Board and Ramish Maliyev became the new executive director of the club. Despite the rumors about the liquidation, Inter was able to find sponsorship for the 2017-18 season and play in the Europe League where it eliminated Serbian Mladost Lučani in the first qualifying round before getting eliminated by Fola Esch in the second round.

Keshla FK (2017–present)Edit

On 28 October 2017, Inter Baku PIK officially changed its name to Keshla FK.[13] The club also replaced its logo and jersey colors. In its first match, Keshla lost 0-2 against Kapaz. The next day, the team's manager Zaur Svanadze was replaced by Ramiz Mammadov.[14] On 25 December 2017, Keshla announced that Ramiz Mammadov had become the club's Sporting Director, with Yuriy Maksymov coming in as the club's new manager.[15] On 17 July 2018 Maksymov was sacked as manager,[16] with Mladen Milinković being appointed as the new manager on 25 July 2018.[17] On 29 October 2018 Milinković was sacked as manager,[18] with Tarlan Ahmadov being appointed as his replacement on 30 October 2018.[19]

Domestic historyEdit

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1999-00 1st 11th 22 5 3 14 19 41 18 1/8 Finals   S. Alakbarov 7
2000–01 1st 7th 20 9 2 9 26 38 29 1/8 Finals   R. Nasibov 8
2003–04 1st 4th 26 15 6 5 43 16 51 1/8 Finals   A. Sokhadze 6
2004–05 1st 7th 34 19 9 6 44 24 66 Runner-up   E. Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st 4th 26 14 8 4 35 14 50 Quarter-finals   Idahor 6
2006–07 1st 4th 24 13 6 5 36 12 45 Semi-finals   S. Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st 1st 26 18 4 4 55 18 58 Runner-up   K. Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st 2nd 26 18 7 1 54 16 61 Runner-up   Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1st 32 22 12 8 58 37 78 Semi-finals   Poškus 12
2010–11 1st 5th 32 13 10 9 29 24 49 Runner-up   Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3rd 32 16 8 8 29 21 56 Semi-finals   Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3rd 32 16 9 7 38 22 57 Quarter-finals   Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2nd 36 20 7 9 60 37 67 Quarter-finals   V. Javadov 16
2014–15 1st 2nd 32 17 12 3 55 20 63 Semi-finals   Álvaro 9
2015–16 1st 4th 36 16 11 9 39 28 59 Semi-finals   N. Hajiyev /   M. Abbasov 6
2016–17 1st 3rd 28 11 10 7 39 33 43 Semi-finals   R. Aliyev 11
2017–18 1st 6th 28 8 7 13 29 39 31 Winner   Fardjad-Azad /   Scarlatache /   S.Alkhasov 4
2018–19 1st 8th 28 6 5 17 29 45 23 Quarter-finals   Yunanov /   Ayité 5

European historyEdit

 
UEFA Champions League 2008–2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) – Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1–1
As of match played 19 July 2018
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 3 5
UEFA Europa League 26 12 7 7 37 29
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 36 16 10 10 46 38
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup R1   Bregenz 2–1 3–0 5–1  
R2   Tampere United 1–0 0–3 1–3  
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Rabotnički 0–0 1–1 1–1(a)  
2Q   Partizan 1–1 0–2 1–3  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Spartak Trnava 1–2 1–3 2–5  
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Lech Poznań 0–1 1–0 1–1(8-9p)  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Narva Trans 5–0 2–0 7–0  
2Q   Asteras Tripoli 1–1 1–1 2–2(2-4p)  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   IFK Mariehamn 1–1 2–0 3–1  
2Q   Tromsø 1–0 0–2 1–2  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Tiraspol 3–1 3–2 6–3  
2Q   IF Elfsborg 0–1 1–0 1–1(3-4p)  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Laçi 1–1 0–0 1–1(a)  
2Q   FH 2–2 2–1 4–3  
3Q   Athletic Bilbao 0–0 0–2 0–2  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Mladost Lučani 2–0 3–0 5–0  
2Q   Fola Esch 1–0 1–4 2–4  
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Balzan 2–1 1–4 3–5  

StadiumEdit

Inter Arena
 
Full nameInter Arena
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
OwnerKeşla FK
OperatorDynamic Resource
Capacity8,125
SurfaceArtificial
Construction
Built2001
Tenants
Inter Baku

The club play their home matches at the Inter Arena, an all-seater football stadium situated in Baku. Since 2008, the stadium has been under development, surrounded by practice fields, administration buildings and the newly built four-star Inter Hotel.

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturerEdit

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2004 – 2011   Adidas   International Bank of Azerbaijan
2011 – 2015   Umbro
2015 – 2017   Joma
2017 – present   Samaya LTD

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 16 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Stanislav Namașco
2   DF Ilkin Qirtimov
3   DF Jabir Amirli
4   DF Slavik Alkhasov
5   DF Franco Flores
7   MF Tural Bayramli
8   MF Zija Azizov
9   FW Lorenzo Frutos
10   MF César Meza Colli (on loan from Universitatea Craiova)
11   FW Ruslan Gurbanov
14   MF Emin Mehdiyev
No. Position Player
16   GK Shahin Zakiyev
17   MF Vusal Isgandarli
18   DF Ruslan Amirjanov
19   DF Azer Salahli
21   DF Mijuško Bojović
22   MF Afran Ismayilov
25   MF John Kamara
33   DF Tarlan Guliyev
66   DF Murad Gayali
71   FW Emin Guliyev
94   GK Rashad Azizli

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2019.

Club officialsEdit

ManagementEdit

Position Staff
President   Zaur Akhundov
Head director   Ramish Maliyev
Director of sport   Ramiz Mammadov
Team manager   Eldaniz Yusifov
Press secretary   Sabuhi Mammadov

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Tarlan Ahmedov
Assistant coach   Zaur Ismayilov
  Rashad Sadigov
  Mehman Babayev
  Vadar Nuriyev
Goalkeeping coach   Jamaladdin Aliyev
Fitness coach   Aleksandar Karaklić
Reserve team head coach   Ilgar Huseynov

RecordsEdit

IndividualEdit

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 14 November 2014 (players in bold signify current Inter players).

 
Bachana Tskhadadze is the most goal scoring player of all time in the club's history. https://uk.soccerway.com/players/bachana-tskhadadze/86925/
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
Player Period Appearances Goals
1   Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–2015 117 47
2   Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
3   Walter Guglielmone 2007–09 45 28
4   Khagani Mammadov 2007–09 35 22
5   Robertas Poškus 2009–11 52 17
6   Emin Imamaliev 2003–05 48 14
7   Uladzimir Makowski 2004–06 52 11
8   Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
9   Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
10   Mikel Álvaro 2013–2015 30 9
 
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
Player Period Caps Goals
1   Volodimir Levin 2004–13 204 11
2   Asif Mammadov 2008–10; 2011–2015 118 7
3   Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–2015 117 47
4   Giorgi Lomaia 2009–2016 108 0
5   Arif Dashdemirov 2010–2015 98 5
6   Petar Zlatinov 2008–13 97 10
7   Ilia Kandelaki 2010–13 75 3
8   Elmar Bakhshiev 2004–07 74 1
9   Ģirts Karlsons 2009–12 73 36
10   Bronislav Červenka 2007–12 72 5

Notable managersEdit

Information correct as of match played 23 February 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Ismail Aliyev   Azerbaijan 1997 1998 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Samir Alakbarov   Azerbaijan 1999 2000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Boyukagha Aghayev   Azerbaijan 2001 2004 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [20]
Anatoly Konjkov   Ukraine 2004 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [21]
Oleg Smolyaninov   Russia 2006 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [22]
Valentyn Khodukin   Ukraine 2006 Jun 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Azerbaijan Premier League [22]
Kakhaber Tskhadadze   Georgia Jul 2009 Jun 2015 220 111 63 46 301 166 050.45 Azerbaijan Premier League
CIS Cup
[23]
Zaur Svanadze   Georgia Jun 2015 29 October 2017 94 37 28 29 112 109 039.36
Ramiz Mammadov   Azerbaijan 29 October 2017 25 December 2017 7 3 0 4 2 10 042.86
Yuriy Maksymov   Ukraine 25 December 2017 17 July 2018 17 8 6 3 23 15 047.06 Azerbaijan Cup
Mladen Milinković   Serbia 25 July 2018[17] 29 October 2018[18] 8 1 2 5 7 12 012.50
Tarlan Ahmadov   Azerbaijan 30 October 2018[19] 23 6 5 12 15 19 026.09
  • 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).

HonoursEdit

NationalEdit

Winners (2): 2007–08, 2009–10
Winners (1): 2017–18

RegionalEdit

Winners (1): 2011

ReferencesEdit

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