Founded In
Qəbələ (Qäbälä), Azerbaijan

About Qabala

Qabala Futbol Klubu, sometimes known in English-speaking regions as Gabala Football Club, was first established in July 1995 under the name Göy Göl. The club relocated to the city of Qabala in 2005, at which point they adopted their current name and identity. They have emerged as one of Azerbaijan's most popular teams over the course of a relatively short space of time, attracting some of the highest attendance figures in the country. The team are nicknamed Radarlar, which translates to 'The Radars'.

In 2010, the club gained international media attention after appointing former Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, as manager. The most noticeable change came in the team's defence, with Qabala conceding 48 goals in the season before Adams' arrival, compared to 18 in Adams' first season in charge.

Despite the improvements in defence, Adams was not able to lead the club to any major success and, to date, Qabala have failed to win any of the trophies on offer to them within Azerbaijan. Their biggest individual success came in 2005-06, when they were able to gain promotion from the second division. In terms of top flight performances, their highest ever league finish came in 2011-12, when they ended the season in 5th place. In both 2007-08 and 2008-09, they reached the semi finals of the Azerbaijan Cup, which remains their best performance in that competition.

Some of Qabala's most notable former players include Deon Burton, Vitali Balamestny and Kanan Karimov, while current stars include Dodô and Victor Mendy.

The club's home matches are held at Gabala City Stadium, which opened back in 1985. It is currently able to hold 4,000 fans and has been in a state of redevelopment for several years. However, the club are now expected to move into a new 15,000-seater stadium in 2014.

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