FK Khazar Lankaran
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FK Khazar Lankaran

Khazar Lankaran
Club crest
Full nameX?z?r L?nk?ran Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s)G?miçil?r (The Shipbuilders)
Founded2004; 17 years ago (2004)
Dissolved27 May 2016; 4 years ago (2016-05-27)
GroundLankaran City Stadium,
Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Capacity15,500
OwnerMubariz Mansimov
PresidentMais Mansimov
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
2015-1610th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Khazar Lankaran FK (Azerbaijani: X?z?r L?nk?ran Futbol Klubu) is an Azerbaijani football club based in Lankaran that last played in the Azerbaijan Premier League during the 2015-16 season. Since the summer of 2016 the club has concentrated on youth football.[1] It played in the Azerbaijan Premier League for twelve-seasons, winning the title once, and the Azerbaijan Cup three times.[2][3] Khazar were also a member of the European Club Association, an organization that replaced the previous G-14 which consists of major football clubs in Europe.

History

Early years (2004-2012)

The club was founded in 2004 by Azerbaijani entrepreneur Mubariz Mansimov and dubbed by the local media as "Caucasian Chelsea" because of its strong financial position.[4][5] Under Agaselim Mirjavadov club won Premier League title during the 2006-07 season and the Azerbaijan Cup twice. Khazar also won the CIS Cup in 2008, defeating Pakhtakor Tashkent in the final.[6][7]

After Fabian Veldwijk's appointment, a string of Romanian players and footballers were signed from Liga I, but the club did not find success in European cup competition.[8][9] On 4 December 2013, Khazar announced that Veldwijk had been sacked by the club due to a run of poor performances.[10][11]

Recent years (2014--2016)

In July 2014, the club under Yunis Huseynov earned their first win in European competition by beating Nõmme Kalju.[12] In March 2015, former Liverpool striker John Toshack was appointed as new manager after signing two-year deal with the club.[13][14] In 2015-16 season, Khazar finished in 12th place, the club's lowest finishing position to date.[15] Khazar Lankaran once again featured in European competitions during the 2015-16 season, featuring in the UEFA Europa League, where they were knocked out 3-0 on aggregate after suffering their heaviest European defeat ever, losing 8-0 to Maccabi Haifa.[16]

Following the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan's decision to deny Khazar a license for the 2016-17 season, the club announced their withdrawal from professional football.[1]

League and cup history

Season League Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2004-05 1st 2 34 24 6 4 68 15 78 Semi-finals Azerbaijan Samir Aliyev 20
2005-06 1st 7 26 9 9 8 27 18 36 Semi-finals Azerbaijan Samir Aliyev 4
2006-07 1st 1 24 17 5 2 50 16 56 Winners Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov 20
2007-08 1st 4 26 14 10 2 44 16 52 Winners Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov 11
2008-09 1st 4 26 15 5 6 49 21 50 Quarter-finals Bulgaria Ivan Tsvetkov 15
2009-10 1st 4 42 18 17 7 48 25 71 Runners-up Brazil Mario Sergio 9
2010-11 1st 2 32 16 12 4 38 18 60 Winners Costa Rica Winston Parks 8
2011-12 1st 2 32 17 8 7 44 28 59 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan Branimir Suba?i? 6
2012-13 1st 8 32 10 10 12 40 37 40 Runners-up Greece Dimitris Sialmas 6
2013-14 1st 6 36 12 13 11 44 49 49 Semi-finals Cameroon Mbilla Etame 11
2014-15 1st 7 32 8 8 16 35 46 32 Quarter-finals Bulgaria Galin Ivanov 6
2015-16 1st 10 36 3 6 27 16 51 15 Quarter-finals Azerbaijan Rahid Amirguliyev 4

European history

As of 17 July 2013.


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