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Bakı (Baku), Azerbaijan

About Bakı

Bakı Futbol Klubu, known in most English-speaking countries as Baku Football Club, was founded in 1997. Over the years, they have established themselves as one of Azerbaijan's major teams and have won a number of domestic honours since the turn of the 21st century. The club are nicknamed Zolaqlılar, which translates to 'The Stripes' and is a reference to their blue and white stiped home kit.

During their first ever season in the Azerbaijan Premier League in 1997-98, the team made an instant impact and stamped their authority on the division. At the end of the campaign, Bakı finished as league runners up, losing just four matches during the season and setting the foundations for the success that would follow in the coming years.

The 2004–05 season brought about the club's first major honour, as Bakı lifted the Azerbaijan Cup, beating İnter Bakı in the final. Over the course of the following season, the team achieved even greater success, winning the league title for the first time. That success was followed by a second league title win, in 2008–09. In the years after that success, Bakı splashed out large transfer fees on several big-name players, but their league performances declined, resulting in 6th place finishes in both 2010–11 and 2011-12. However, despite this, the team were able to add two more Azerbaijan Cup wins, in 2009–10 and 2011–12.

Nazim Aliyev, Amiran Mujiri and Jabá are three of the team's most notable former players. All were prolific scorers during their respective spells with the club and Aliyev is the Azerbaijan Premier League's record scorer.

Bakı play their home matches at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, which first opened in 1951. The venue, which has previously gone by the names Joseph Stalin Stadium and Vladimir Lenin Stadium, underwent an expansion process in 2011, which was completed in 2012. As a result, it is able to hold 31,200 supporters.

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