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Neftchi Baku PFC

Neftchi PFK logo.svg
Full nameNeftçi Pekar Futbol Klubu
Nickname(s)Neftçil?r (Oil Workers)
"Xalq komandas?" (The People's Team)
A?-Qaralar (Black and Whites)
Short nameNeftçi
Founded18 March 1937; 83 years ago (1937-03-18)
GroundBakcell Arena
PresidentKamran Guliyev
Head CoachSamir Abasov
LeagueAzerbaijan Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

Founded in 1937, the club has won eight Azerbaijan Premier League titles, seven Azerbaijan Cups and two Azerbaijan Supercup titles. The club is one of the two teams in Azerbaijan, along with Qaraba?, which has participated in all Azerbaijan Premier League championships so far.[1]

In 2012, Neftçi 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.[2][3] Neftçi plays its matches at the Bakcell Arena.


Soviet era (1937-1991)

Neftchi were founded in 1937.[4] 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.[5]

Domestic hegemony (1991-2012)

Flavinho is Neftchi's first foreign captain.

They won the first independent Azeri championship in 1992, and then won further titles in 1995-96 and 1996-97.[6]

In 2006, Neftchi managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating FBK Kaunas of Lithuania in the final.[7] In European competitions, the club also have advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League twice, having defeated Bosnian champions - ?iroki 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 Petr?ela, Anatoliy Demyanenko and Hans-Jürgen Gede, the club did not achieve any success and squandered large sums of money on unsuccessful signings.[8]

Prospects changed positively in December 2009 when the club's control was given to Sad?q Sad?qov. The takeover was immediately followed by a flurry of bids for high-profile international players such as Bahodir Nasimov, Nicolás Canales, Flavinho, Bruno Bertucci, Eric Ramos, Igor Mitreski and Julius Wobay.[9]

In May 2011, coached by Arif Asadov, the club won its sixth championship title.[10][11] Asadov also become first person in Azerbaijan to win the league title as a coach and football player.[12]

In the 2011-12 season, Boyukagha Hajiyev guided Neftchi to another domestic success as club become champions for seventh time in their history.[13][14] In November 2011, Neftchi celebrated its 1,000th victory in official matches and its 1,000th goal, scored by Araz Abdullayev.[15]

European breakthrough (2012-present)

Neftchi in Europa League before the match with Internazionale in 2012.

In 2012, Neftchi qualified for the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League group stage, being the first Azerbaijani team to advance to this stage in a European competition. Neftchi managed to get three points in six matches, drawing with Partizan both times and holding Internazionale away at the San Siro.[16][17]

A third consecutive Premier League title followed in 2012-13.[18] Neftchi then won the Azerbaijan Cup on 28 May 2013 to secure the domestic double.[19][20] Following Neftchi's early exit from European cups, Boyukagha Hajiyev resigned from his post.[21][22] Following defeat at 2013 Azerbaijan Supercup, Nazim Suleymanov was appointed as Neftchi's new manager after Tarlan Ahmadov was sacked just three months in charge.[23] On 8 January 2014, Suleymanov resigned as manager after a transfer fund dispute.[24][25] In May 2014, despite finishing fourth, Neftchi managed to win Azerbaijan Cup.[26] In August 2014, the club reached Europa League play off round after defeating Chikhura Sachkhere on aggregate.[27]

On 2 November 2014, Neftchi club president Sadygov stated that the club was experiencing financial difficulties.[28] In 2015, it was announced that the club would become a public limited company - Neftchi PLC, while the club's new president would be Chingiz Abdullayev.[29]

On 8 June 2018, Roberto Bordin was announced as Neftçi's new manager on a two-year contract.[30]

Crest and colours

Neftchi's crests during its history

Neftchi's traditional kit was composed of black shirts, white shorts and socks of the same colour. Although through the years these two have gone from alternating between white and black stripes.[31]

Shirt sponsors and kit manufacturers

Years Manufacturer Sponsor
1994-1996 Azerbaijan Local Azerbaijan RIAD
1996-2003 Germany Adidas
2003-2004 Turkey Stadium Azerbaijan Baku Oil Refinery Plant
2004-2007 Italy Lotto Sport Italia Azerbaijan SOCAR
2007-2015 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan SOCAR
2015-2016 Germany Adidas Azerbaijan ASAN service
2016-2017 Italy Kappa Azerbaijan ASAN service
2017-2018 Italy Kappa
2018-2019 United States Nike
2019-present United States Nike Turkey Turkish Airlines


Neftchi's home matches are usually played at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku. Built by German prisoners of war in 1951 and constructed in the shape of a "C" to honour Joseph Stalin, it was renamed after famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov in 1993 after his death.[32] The stadium also serves as the home ground of the Azerbaijan national football team and holds 31,200 spectators, making it the second largest stadium in the country.[33]

Neftchi's current home venue is the 11,000 capacity Bakcell Arena. It has been the club's home since the 2012-13 season.


Neftchi fans at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium

Neftchi is one of the most supported club in Azerbaijan, with supporters organized in many fan clubs around the world, including the United States, Turkey, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and any other country with a sizeable Azerbaijani community. In the 2010s, although Neftchi improved its position, the average attendance fell to record low levels.[34]

The club's most popular celebrity supporters are the likes of actors Bahram Bagirzade, Bashir Safaroglu and Lutfali Abdullayev, composers Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov and Niyazi, judoka Ilham Zakiyev and scientist Mirali Qashqai.[35][36][37]

Rivalry with Khazar Lankaran

Matches between Neftchi and Khazar Lankaran are some of the biggest clashes in Azerbaijan. The relationship between the two clubs has always been known for its great animosity, as the classic opposes two geographic regions - with Neftchi and Khazar Lankaran representing the north and south of Azerbaijan, respectively.[38]

Domestic league and cup history

European record

As of Match played 27 August 2020
Type Record
G W D L GF GA Win %
UEFA Champions League 18 5 5 8 14 32 27.78
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 39 13 10 16 54 54 33.33
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 2 0 1 1 0 3 0
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 3 1 2 7 7 50
Total 65 21 18 27 75 96 32.31



Current squad

As of 15 October 2020[40]

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

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2020.

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Azerbaijan AZE Rahman Hajiyev (at Ke?la)
MF Azerbaijan AZE Turan Valizade (at Ke?la)

Reserve team

Neftçi-2 plays in the Azerbaijan First Division from 2018.

As of 18 October 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
32 MF Azerbaijan AZE Javidan Rahimli
37 MF Azerbaijan AZE Vusal Asgarov
40 DF Azerbaijan AZE Vugar Hasanov
41 GK Azerbaijan AZE Emin Isgandarli
42 MF Azerbaijan AZE Ibrahim Gadirzade
43 GK Azerbaijan AZE Zeynal Ahmadzade
44 DF Azerbaijan AZE Seymur Aliyev
45 MF Azerbaijan AZE Ali Mursalov
46 DF Azerbaijan AZE Javad Gurbanli
47 DF Azerbaijan AZE Asgar Huseynov
48 DF Azerbaijan AZE Ramin Taghiyev
54 MF Azerbaijan AZE Huseyn Ahmadov
56 DF Azerbaijan AZE Elton Alibayli
65 MF Azerbaijan AZE Amrah Bayramov
No. Pos. Nation Player
70 MF Azerbaijan AZE Asim Alizade
71 FW Azerbaijan AZE Mahammad Maharramov
72 MF Azerbaijan AZE Emin Zamanov
73 MF Azerbaijan AZE Ramin Nasirli
75 DF Azerbaijan AZE Nihad Gurbanli
76 DF Azerbaijan AZE Joshgun Asadzade
79 DF Azerbaijan AZE Mirali Ahmadov
84 FW Azerbaijan AZE Ziya Mammadli
85 MF Azerbaijan AZE Nihad Jafarov
90 FW Azerbaijan AZE Nijat Musayev
92 MF Azerbaijan AZE Valeh Gahramanli
93 GK Azerbaijan AZE Rza Jafarov
97 FW Azerbaijan AZE Nazim Baghirov
98 FW Azerbaijan AZE Famil Jamalov

Club officials

Boyukagha Hajiyev is one of club's most successful managers, having won two titles and two national cups


Management & Supervisory Board

Position Staff
President Azerbaijan Kamran Guliyev
Vice president Azerbaijan Elnur Eyvazov
Head of Supervisory Board Azerbaijan Chingiz Abdullayev
Board Member Azerbaijan Samad Gurbanov
Azerbaijan Jabrail Jabrailov
Azerbaijan Zaur Gahramanov
Azerbaijan Farhad Badalbeyli
Azerbaijan Mehdi Najafov
Financial director Azerbaijan Gadim Asgarli
Director of sport Azerbaijan Jeyhun Sultanov
Coordinator of youth academy Azerbaijan Asif Safarov
Team manager Azerbaijan Gadir Hasanov
Press secretary Azerbaijan Rustam Allahverdiyev

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Azerbaijan Fizuli Mammedov
Assistant coach Azerbaijan Igor Getman
Azerbaijan Vadar Nuriyev
Goalkeeper coach Azerbaijan Etibar Tariverdiyev
Fitness coach Spain Mario Fernandez Castellano
Reserve team head coach Azerbaijan Mahmud Qurbanov
Under-19 head coach Azerbaijan Rashad Abdullayev
Under-17 head coach Azerbaijan Elman Sultanov
Under-16 head coach Azerbaijan Farrukh Ismayilov
Under-15 head coach Azerbaijan Eldaniz Mammadov
Under-14 head coach Azerbaijan Ilyas Gurbanov
Under-13 head coach Azerbaijan Vasif Aliyev
Under-12 head coach Azerbaijan Islam Karimov
Under-11 head coach Azerbaijan Rafael Yusifov
Under-10 head coach Azerbaijan Azer Jabbarov
Under-9 head coach Azerbaijan Islam Karimov

Medical staff

Position Staff
Club doctor Azerbaijan Shaig Zohrabli
Assistant doctor Moldova Gennadi Chislari
Physiotherapist Azerbaijan Rasim Gadmaliyev
Azerbaijan Rovshan Ismayilov
Masseur Azerbaijan Zakir Guliyev
Azerbaijan Aziz Salmanov

Presidential history

Neftchi has had numerous presidents over the course of its history, some of whom have been owners of the club while others have been honorary presidents. In 1988, Neftchi had registered as a professional football club and club since then had eight presidents.[]

Name Years
Aydin Ibrahimov 1988-97
Agil Pashayev 1997-01
Ramiz Mirzayev 2001-03
Rovnag Abdullayev 2004-08
Akbar Hajiyev 2008-10
Sadyg Sadygov 2010-15
Chingiz Abdullayev 2015-17
Orkhan Huseynzade 2017-2018
Kamran Guliyev 2018-




Winners (8) : 1992, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
Runners-up: 2000-01, 2006-07, 2018-19, 2019-20
Winners (7) : 1994-95, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2012-13, 2013-14
Runners-up: 2000-01, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16
Winners: 1993, 1995
Runners-up: 2013
Bronze: 1966
Semi-finalist: 1966-67, 1967-68, 1970, 1971
  • Soviet League Cup
Runners-up: 1988


Group Stage: 2012-13
Runners-up: 2008
Winners: 2006
Runners-up: 2005

In popular culture

A number of television programmes have included references to Neftçi since Azerbaijan's independence in 1991. In the sitcom Aramizda Galsin, the character Aslan is a Neftchi supporter.[42] Neftchi have also featured on several occasions in meykhana.[43][44]


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Further reading

  • Wilson, Jonathan (2006). Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe: Travels in Eastern European Football. Orion. ISBN 0752879456.

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