İnter Bakı

Founded In
Bakı (Baku), Azerbaijan

About İnter Bakı

İnter Bakı Peşəkar İdman Klubu, often known as Inter Baku Professional Football Club in English-speaking areas, was first established in 1997. Originally operating under the name of Xəzər Universiteti, taken from Khazar University, the team adopted its current name and identity in the summer of 2004. Since that time, they have established themselves as one of the most successful teams in Azerbaijan.

After a 4th place finish in the 2003–04 Azerbaijan Premier League, İnter Bakı were granted entry to their first ever European competition, the Intertoto Cup. The club's first brush with success came in 2004-05, as they reached the final of the Azerbaijan Cup. However, they were unsuccessful in the match and finished as the competition's runners up. Despite the disappointment, it stood the team in good stead for future success.

That success came about in the 2007-08 season, which saw İnter Bakı win 18 of their 26 league matches in order to finish top of the league and become champions. In the 2009-10 season, the club were able to claim their second league title, this time winning 22 of their 32 games over the season. Altogether, the team have now played in four Azerbaijan Cup finals, but are yet to win the tournament. However, in 2011, they lifted the Commonwealth of Independent States Cup after beating Belarusian side, Shakhtsyor Salihorsk, in the final. Due to their performances in the league, İnter Bakı have competed in a number of European competitions, including the UEFA Champions League.

Some of the most notable players to represent the club include Khagani Mammadov and Walter Guglielmone, who both finished as Golden Boot winners during their time with the side.

İnter Bakı's home matches are held at Shafa Stadium, which was built by the AFFA in 2001. The venue is currently able to seat 8,125 spectators.

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