Sumqayıt

Founded In
2010
Location
Sumqayıt, Azerbaijan

Sumqayıt

About Sumqayıt

Sumqayıt Futbol Klubu, sometimes referred to in English-speaking areas as Sumgayit City, was first established in 2010. They are, therefore, the Azerbaijan Premier League's youngest club. Although they have enjoyed a swift rise to prominence within the country, their ascent through the league system was partially aided by the financial problems which eventually caused FC Absheron to close its doors in 2011. In their short history, the club have developed a reputation for giving young players a chance to play top flight football.

The team entered the league system in its second tier and enjoyed a solid start, winning half of their 26 league games during the 2010-11 season. Despite ending the campaign in 7th place, Sumqayıt were eventually granted promotion to the Premier League as a wildcard, after the league winners, FC Absheron, ceased operations due to problems with sponsorship.

Since reaching the country's top tier, Sumqayıt have faced a battle to avoid relegation and remain in the division. In the 2011-12 season, they finished bottom of the league and were expected to be relegated. However, at the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the AFFA decided not to offer promotion to the champions of the second tier, meaning that Sumqayıt were able to keep their place. The 2012-13 campaign brought about an improved performance, as the team finished in 10th place and once again clinched Premier League survival.

Upon entering the top division, Sumqayıt turned to several of the Azerbaijan national team's youth players, like Orkhan Aliyev, in order to fill their squad. In addition, they have also benefited from the experience offered by senior international players, such as Aleksandr Chertoganov and Pardis Fardjad-Azad.

At present, Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium serves as the home of Sumqayıt. The venue, which originally opened back in 1966, has been undergoing renovations since 2012. It is currently one of the largest stadiums in the Premier League, with a capacity of 15,350.