AZAL

Founded In
1996
Location
Bakı (Baku), Azerbaijan

AZAL

About AZAL

AZAL Peşəkar Futbol Klubu, known as AZAL Professional Football Club to English-speakers, was established in 1996 as AMMK. Originally a futsal club, the team switched to professional football in 2004, which is seen by some as the club's foundation date. In 2009, they became known as Olimpik-Shuvalan PFC, before adopting their current name in 2010. The team are nicknamed Təyyarəçilər, which translates to 'The Pilots'.

Having made the switch from futsal to association football, AZAL initially entered the Azerbaijan First Division, which is the second tier of the country's league pyramid. Their first season in the league, in 2004–05, was a huge success, as the team lost just one match and finished top of the table. As a result, they secured promotion to the Azerbaijan Premier League at the first attempt.

Since reaching the top division, AZAL have failed to win any of the major trophies on offer to them. To date, their best league performance came in the 2007-08 season, where they eventually finished as league runners up. The 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons brought about the club's best performances in the Azerbaijan Cup, as they reached the semi final stage on both occasions. Despite failing to achieve major success, their league performances have been good enough to grant the team qualification for the UEFA Europa League in both 2008 and 2011.

The list of some of AZAL's most notable former players includes names like Nildo França Junior, Khagani Mammadov and Leandro Melino Gomes. All three players were prolific goalscorers during their respective spells with the team.

AZAL play their home matches at AZAL Arena, in Shuvelan, Baku. The venue, which opened in 2011, has a 2-star rating from UEFA and is able to hold up to 3,500 fans. There are plans to expand the stadium into a 6,000 seater venue in the future.

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