Shamakhi FK

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Shamakhi FK (Azerbaijani: Şamaxı Futbol Klubu, pronounced [ʃɑmɑˈxɯ]) is an Azerbaijani professional football club based in Shamakhi, that currently competes in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club has won the Premier League title twice.[1]

Shamakhi FK
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Full nameŞamaxı Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s)Şirlər (The Lions)
Founded1997; 26 years ago (1997), as Khazar University
GroundShamakhi City Stadium
Capacity2,200
PresidentElchin Usub
ManagerVugar Asgarli
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2021–227th of 8
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

 
UEFA Champions League 2008–2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) – Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1–1

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 (2017–2022)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] On 8 August 2020, Ahmadov left Keşla.[20]

On 16 August 2020, Keşla announced Yunis Huseynov being appointed as the new manager.[21] On 24 January 2021, Huseynov resigned as manager,[22] with Sanan Gurbanov being appointed as the clubs new manager on 25 January 2021.[23]

Shamakhi FK (2022–present)Edit

On 6 April 2022, the Azerbaijan Premier League approved the name change of Keşla FK to Shamakhi FK.[24]

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   Samir 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   Elshan Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st 4th 26 14 8 4 35 14 50 Quarter-finals   Lucky Idahor 6
2006–07 1st 4th 24 13 6 5 36 12 45 Semi-finals   Samir Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st 1st 26 18 4 4 55 18 58 Runner-up   Khagani Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st 2nd 26 18 7 1 54 16 61 Runner-up   Walter Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1st 32 22 12 8 58 37 78 Semi-finals   Robertas Poškus 12
2010–11 1st 5th 32 13 10 9 29 24 49 Runner-up   Robertas Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3rd 32 16 8 8 29 21 56 Semi-finals   Bachana Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3rd 32 16 9 7 38 22 57 Quarter-finals   Bachana Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2nd 36 20 7 9 60 37 67 Quarter-finals   Vagif Javadov 16
2014–15 1st 2nd 32 17 12 3 55 20 63 Semi-finals   Mikel Álvaro 9
2015–16 1st 4th 36 16 11 9 39 28 59 Semi-finals   Nizami Hajiyev
  Mirsahib Abbasov
6
2016–17 1st 3rd 28 11 10 7 39 33 43 Semi-finals   Rauf Aliyev 11
2017–18 1st 6th 28 8 7 13 29 39 31 Winner   Pardis Fardjad-Azad
  Adrian Scarlatache
  Slavik Alkhasov
4
2018–19 1st 8th 28 6 5 17 29 45 23 Quarter-finals   Amil Yunanov
  Jonathan Ayité
5
2019–20 1st 3rd 20 8 6 6 27 21 30 Quarter-finals   Lorenzo Frutos 6
2020–21 1st 6th 28 5 11 12 25 40 26 Winner   Azer Salahli 5
2021–22 1st 7th 28 5 7 16 25 49 22 Quarter-finals   Felipe Santos 6

European historyEdit

As of match played 29 July 2021
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 6 1 3 2 3 5
UEFA Europa League 27 12 8 7 37 29
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 0 0 2 2 7
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1 6 4
Total 39 16 11 12 48 45

StadiumEdit

 
Shamakhi City Stadium

Shamakhi's home ground is Shamakhi City Stadium, which has a capacity of 2,200.[25]

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturerEdit

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2004–2011 Adidas IBA
2011–2015 Umbro
2015–2017 Joma
2017–2022 Samaya LTD
2022– none

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 15 January 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   AZE Rashad Azizli
2 DF   AZE Rauf Hüseynli
4 DF   AZE Arsen Agjabayov
5 DF   AZE Rahman Dashdamirov
6 DF   AZE Javid Heydarov
7 MF   AZE Asim Alizade
8 MF   AZE Kamal Mirzayev
9 FW   AZE Amil Yunanov
10 MF   AZE Elvin Mammadov
11 FW   AZE Kamran Guliyev (on loan from Sabah)
12 GK   AZE Akpar Valiyev
16 DF   AZE Fuad Bayramov
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   AZE Elchin Rahimli
18 DF   AZE Cəlal Hüseynov (on loan from Zira)
21 MF   AZE Gurban Safarov
22 DF   AZE Elchin Mustafayev
23 MF   AZE Rovshan Shahmuradov
27 DF   AZE Ibrahim Aslanli
30 DF   AZE Mirali Ahmadov
70 FW   AZE Bahadur Haziyev
83 DF   AZE Nihad Guliyev (on loan from Qarabağ)
99 GK   AZE Sahib Hasanov
DF   AZE Zahid Mardanov
MF   AZE Ali Samadov

For recent transfers, see List of Azerbaijan football transfers summer 2022.

Club officialsEdit

ManagementEdit

Position Staff
Head of Supervisory Board   Elchin Usub
Head director   Ramish Maliyev
Director of sport   Ramiz Mammadov
Team manager   Eldaniz Yusifov
Press secretary   Sabuhi Mammadov

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Vugar Asgarli
Assistant coach   Javid Huseynov
  Elhad Naziri
Goalkeeping coach   Jamaladdin Aliyev
Reserve team head coach   Zaur Ismayilov

RecordsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of match played 22 May 2022
 
Bachana Tskhadadze is the clubs top goal scorer in history.
Name Years League Azerbaijan Cup Europe Total
1   Bachana Tskhadadze 2011–2015 36 (116) 10 (20) 6 (11) 47 (147)
2   Nizami Hajiyev 2007–2008
2010–2013
2014–2017
28 (139) 4 (22) 4 (16) 36 (177)
3   Walter Guglielmone 2007–2009 28 (44) 4 (?) 1 (3) 33 (47+)
4   Khagani Mammadov 2007–2009 22 (35) 3 (?) 0 (5) 25 (40+)
5   Robertas Poškus 2009–2011 17 (49) 3 (5+) 0 (2) 20 (46+)
5   César Meza 2013–2015, 2016
2018, 2019–2021
10 (86) 8 (18) 2 (2) 20 (106)
5   Vagif Javadov 2013–2014
2018–2020
17 (52) 2 (7) 1 (5) 20 (64)
8   Rauf Aliyev 2016–2017 12 (36) 3 (5) 2 (10) 17 (51)
9   Ģirts Karlsons 2009–2015 10 (63) 5 (7+) 1 (2) 16 (72+)
10   Petar Zlatinov 2008–2013 14 (107) 0 (9+) 1 (10) 15 (126+)
 
Volodimir Levin is the club'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 [26]
Anatoly Konjkov   Ukraine 2004 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [27]
Oleg Smolyaninov   Russia 2006 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A [28]
Valentyn Khodukin   Ukraine 2006 Jun 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Azerbaijan Premier League [28]
Kakhaber Tskhadadze   Georgia Jul 2009 Jun 2015 220 111 63 46 301 166 050.45 Azerbaijan Premier League
CIS Cup
[29]
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] 8 August 2020[20] 23 6 5 12 15 19 026.09
Yunis Huseynov   Azerbaijan 16 August 2020[21] 24 January 2021[22] 15 3 5 7 13 21 020.00
Sanan Gurbanov   Azerbaijan 24 January 2021[23] 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
  • 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 (2): 2017–18, 2020–21

RegionalEdit

Winners (1): 2011

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