Qarabağ

Founded In
1950
Location
Bakı (Baku), Azerbaijan

Qarabağ

About Qarabağ

Qarabağ Ağdam Futbol Klubu, sometimes known as Karabakh Aghdam, was first established in July 1951 under the name Mehsul. The team have enjoyed some substantial success in domestic competitions and, along with Neftçi Baku, are one of only two teams to have competed in every Azerbaijan Premier League season since the league was founded in 1992. They are nicknamed Atlılar, which translates to 'The Horsemen' and are one of the country's most popular teams, drawing on support from across the country.

During the club's first few decades, Qarabağ competed in various local championships. In 1992, they became a founding member of the new Premier League and quickly established themselves as one of the top teams in the division, finishing the first ever league season in 4th place.

The team's second season, in 1993, brought about their greatest ever success, as they were crowned league champions and lifted the Azerbaijan Cup to complete a domestic double. Aside from an Azerbaijan Supercup win in 1994, the decade that followed failed to bring about any further success, although Qarabağ were three-time runners up in the Azerbaijan Cup and twice runners up in the league. The 2005-06 season finally brought about a second Azerbaijan Cup win, before a third success came in 2008-09. As a result of their domestic performances, Qarabağ have competed in numerous European tournaments, including the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Mushfig Huseynov was the club's most prolific goalscorer during their early Premier League years, including their league title-winning campaign in 1993. Other notable former players include Samir Musayev, Vagif Javadov and Georgi Adamia.

Qarabağ's home matches are held at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, which also houses the Azerbaijan national football team. The venue, which was formerly known as Joseph Stalin Stadium, is currently able to hold 31,200 fans.