Neftci

Neftci Pesəkar Futbol Klubu (English: Neftchi Professional Football Club), simply known as Neftci (pronounced [neft͡ʃi]) or Neftchi Baku in English media, is an Azerbaijani football club based in the capital, Baku, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

The club was founded in 1906, changing their name to their current name on 18 March 1937. The club has won nine Azerbaijan Premier League titles, seven Azerbaijan Cups and two Azerbaijan Supercup titles. The club is one of the two teams in Azerbaijan, along with Qarabag, which has participated in all Azerbaijan Premier League championships so far.

In 2012, Neftci became the first Azerbaijani club to advance to the group stage of a European competition after defeating APOEL 4–2 on aggregate in the play-off round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Neftci plays its matches at the Bakcell Arena.

History

Soviet era (1937–1991)

Neftchi was founded in 1906, changing their name to their current name on 18 March 1937. The name means "petroleum worker" in Azerbaijani.

World-famous referee Tofiq Bahramov originally played for Neftchi but a serious leg injury prevented him from continuing his playing career and he became a referee.

Domestic hegemony (1991–2012)

They won the first independent Azeri championship in 1992, and then won further titles in 1995–96 and 1996–97.

In 2006, Neftchi managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating FBK Kaunas of Lithuania in the final. In European competitions, the club also have advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League twice, having defeated Bosnian champions – Siroki Brijeg – and Icelandic champions – FH Hafnarfjarðar – in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

A long period of decline followed the success of the 2005 to the end of the decade. Despite the appointment of famous names such as Gurban Gurbanov, Vlastimil Petrzela, Anatoliy Demyanenko and Hans-Jurgen Gede, the club did not achieve any success and squandered large sums of money on unsuccessful signings.

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Neftci

team squad

goalkeepers
KI
12
Kamran Ibrahimov
Agil Mammadov
30
Agil Mammadov
EI
41
Emin Isgandarli
ZA
43
Zeynal Ahmadzade
RJ
93
Rza Jafarov
AM
94
Alirza Mushtabazade
defenders
MM
3
Mamadou Mbodj
HB
4
Hugo Basto
VS
6
Vojislav Stankovic
MC
20
Mert Celik
OB
26
Omar Buludov
VH
40
Vugar Hasanov
SA
44
Seymur Aliyev
JG
46
Javad Gurbanli
AH
47
Asgar Huseynov
RT
48
Ramin Taghiyev
EA
56
Elton Alibeyli
NG
75
Nihad Gurbanli
JA
76
Joshgun Asadzade
MA
79
Mirali Ahmadov
midfielders
JC
7
Jorge Correa
Emin Mahmudov
8
Emin Mahmudov (K)
CM
10
Cesar Meza
Romain Basque
14
Romain Basque
FM
19
Fahmin Muradbayli
Ismayil Zulfugarli
21
Ismayil Zulfugarli
YL
24
Yusuf Lawal
FY
27
Farid Yusifli
Sabir Bougrine
29
Sabir Bougrine
MK
36
Mamadou Kane
JR
32
Javidan Rahimli
VA
37
Vusal Asgarov
AM
45
Ali Mursalov
HA
54
Huseyn Ahmadov
AB
65
Amrah Bayramov
AA
70
Asim Alizade
EZ
72
Emin Zamanov
RN
73
Ramin Nasirli
NJ
85
Nihad Jafarov
VG
92
Valeh Gahramanli
forwards
TB
9
Tiago Bezerra
HA
11
Harramiz
MA
22
Mirabdulla Abbasov
 Ramon
91
Ramon
NB
97
Nazim Baghirov
MM
71
Mahammad Maharramov
ZM
84
Ziya Mammadli
NM
90
Nijat Musayev
FJ
98
Famil Jamalov