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Kapaz PFC
Kapaz PFK
Kapaz PFK logo.png
Full nameKapaz Professional Football Club
Nickname(s)"Da?l?lar" (The Mountaineers)
"Yenilm?z Armada"(Undefeatable Armada)
"Q?rblil?r" (The Westerners)
"Sar?-Göyl?r" (The Yellow-Blues)
Founded1959; 62 years ago (1959)
GroundGanja City Stadium, Ganja, Azerbaijan
Capacity25,000
ManagerYashar Vahabzade
LeagueAzerbaijan First Division
2019-208th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kapaz PFK (Azerbaijani: K?p?z Pekar Futbol Klubu, pronounced [kæpæz]), is an Azerbaijani football club based in Ganja, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan First Division.

History

Soviet era (1959-1991)

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Post-Soviet era (1993-1999)

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Financial struggles (2002-present)

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.[7][8] The financial collapse of Kapaz resulted in a great deal of discussion within Azerbaijani football.[9] 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.[10][11]

In 2005, the club's new owners decided to rename the club Ganja despite facing criticism from the club's fans.[12][13] 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.[14][15] In 2010 they became champions of the Azerbaijan First Division finishing the season with 47 points and promoted to the Azerbaijan Premier League.[15] In 2011, it was decided that the club's name will be changed back to its old name of Kapaz PFC.[16][17]

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.[18][19] The club's financial situation didn't improve, which caused a lot of players to leave the club.[20]

On 18 November 2017, Shahin Diniyev resigned as manager[21] with Yunis Hüseynov being appointed as his replacement 2 days later on 20 November 2017.[22]

League and cup history

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup
1992 1st 5th 36 23 8 5 98 29 54 1/8 Finals
1993 1st 4th 18 13 4 1 48 13 30 First round
1993-94 1st 3rd 30 20 7 3 74 25 47 Winners
1994-95 1st 1st 24 19 4 1 71 19 42 Semi-finals
1995-96 1st 3rd 20 9 5 6 34 21 32 Quarter-finals
1996-97 1st 5th 30 18 4 8 59 26 58 Winners
1997-98 1st 1st 26 22 4 0 67 10 70 Winners
1998-99 1st 1st 36 26 5 5 94 24 83 Quarter-finals
1999-00 1st 2nd 22 14 2 6 46 24 44 Winners
2000-01 1st 8th 20 8 1 11 34 29 25 Quarter-finals
2001-02 1st 5th 32 14 5 13 51 50 47 Semi-finals
2003-04 1st 11th 26 6 5 15 22 45 23 Quarter-finals
2004-05 1st 9th 34 11 9 14 37 37 42 1/8 Finals
2005-06 1st 10th 26 7 7 12 35 46 28 1/8 Finals
2009-10 2nd 1st 22 4 5 3 51 15 47 1/8 Finals
2010-11 1st 9th 32 8 12 12 33 37 36 1/8 Finals
2011-12 1st 10th 32 9 5 18 35 55 32 Quarter-finals
2012-13 1st 12th 32 5 4 23 22 64 19 1/8 Finals
2013-14 2nd 13th 30 7 4 19 29 37 25 Second round
2014-15 2nd 9th 30 10 8 12 37 37 38 Did not enter
2015-16 1st 5th 36 15 11 10 48 40 56 Second round
2016-17 1st 5th 28 9 9 10 24 27 36 Quarter-finals
2017-18 1st 8th 28 3 5 20 18 47 14 Quarter-finals
2018-19 2nd 11th 26 5 7 14 21 40 22 First round
2019-20 2nd 8 12 5 3 4 14 13 18 First round

European history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1995-96 UEFA Cup PR Austria Austria Wien 0-4 1-5 1-9
1997-98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Latvia Dinaburg Daugavpils 0-1 0-1 0-2
1998-99 UEFA Champions League 1Q Poland ?KS ?ód? 1-3 1-4 2-7
1999-00 UEFA Champions League 1Q North Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 2-1 0-1 2-2
2000-01 UEFA Cup 1Q Turkey Antalyaspor 0-2 0-5 0-7
2016-17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Moldova Dacia Chi?in?u 0-0 1-0 1-0
2Q Austria Admira Wacker 0-2 0-1 0-3

Supporters

Khamsa Supporters Club

The club have one of the biggest number of supporters in Azerbaijan alongside Qarabagh FK and Khazar Lankaran.[23] 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.[24][25]

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[26] 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.[27][28] The club's most popular celebrity supporters are the likes of Olympic wrestling champion Toghrul Asgarov.[29]

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
2010 - 2013 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan Nakhchivan Automobile Plant
2013 - 2016 Azerbaijan G?nc? 4000
2016 - 2017 England Umbro
2017 - 2018 United States Nike
2018 - present Italy Givova

Players

For a list of all former and current Kapaz PFC players with a popflock.com resource 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.

Current squad

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.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Azerbaijan AZE Elmaddin Sultanov
4 DF Azerbaijan AZE Garakhan Aliyev
5 MF Azerbaijan AZE Elmar Rahimov
7 MF Azerbaijan AZE Ruslan Suleymanov
8 DF Azerbaijan AZE Zahid Mardanov
9 FW Azerbaijan AZE Tural Gurbatov
10 MF Azerbaijan AZE Ali Samadov (captain)
11 MF Azerbaijan AZE Eljan Rahimov
13 DF Azerbaijan AZE Sadig Shafiyev
14 MF Azerbaijan AZE Nijat Mammadov
15 DF Azerbaijan AZE Nodar Mammadov
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Azerbaijan AZE Umid Samadov
18 DF Azerbaijan AZE Royal Ahmadov
19 MF Azerbaijan AZE Farid Mammadov
20 MF Azerbaijan AZE Orkhan Abdullayev
21 DF Azerbaijan AZE Novruz Mammadov
22 GK Azerbaijan AZE Parvin Zeynalov
24 MF Azerbaijan AZE Nijat Farajli
27 FW Azerbaijan AZE Ibrahim Jamalov
80 MF Azerbaijan AZE Nijat Verdiyev
97 FW Azerbaijan AZE Emil Gasimov

Managers

Managers in Soviet League

Managers in modern history

Honours

Winners (3): 1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99
Winners (4): 1993-94, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999-00
Winners (1): 2009-10

Regional

Winners (1): 1967

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