Sports in Baku
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Wrestler Namik Abdullaev - silver in the 1996 OlympicsWith independence sports were another form of stating national identity. Departing from a good soviet infrastructure national institutions were quickly  established.

Azeri teams and athletes are represented in major world sports events and the Azeri flag already flew in the olympic games in Nagano and Atlanta, where Azerbaijan won its first medal (a silver medal in freestyle wrestling). However due to lack of adequate funding results on international competitions have been rather disappointing, with some honourable exceptions, like Karate and wrestling.

Azeri football teamSeveral clubs and organizations are very active in promoting sports activities. Some international events are starting to be held in Baku, such as the European Cadet Boxing championships held 1999 (boxing has a long tradition in Azerbaijan and is a very popular sport) or the or the 2007 Wrestling Senior World Championship.
Sports Facilities
Baku, Azerbaijan: National / Republic stadium, named after Tofig Bahramov, home to the Azeri football team - bleachers - terrace - tier - photo by N.MahmudovaIn Baku you'll find both covered and open air venues for the major sports. Some specialized stadia also exist, such as the velodrome (cycle track) as well as a few swimming pools.

The national / republic stadium, named after Tofig Bakhramov, is the home to the Azeri football team. The stadium, built in 1951 was designed by architects Consiarsi, Isayev and Sergeyev on a hill side overlooking the sea. It is also used to host concerts and other cultural events.

Azerbaijan - Baku: marina and yacht club - photo by Miguel TorresThe Azeri army has numerous and good sports installations, both in Baku and across the country, (some in the western part of the country they kindly allow the Armenians to use).

A marina and yacht club was built but is currently mostly empty. In the best Suharto style, it is owned by the presidential family. Certainly once new-Azeris are bored of showing their purple Hummers around the city they will discover the joys of yachting. The facilities are rented by the noveau-riche for their parties.
Republic Stadium - T. Bakhramov
Saint-Petersburg av.
Tel. 641507

Trudoviye Reservy Stadium
58 Moscow av.
Tel. 676194

Glavbakstroy Sports Palace
Block 3097, Darnagyul, 370108
Tel. 626544

109 Narimanov av.

Army Sport Club Stadium
1 H. Javid
Tel. 392057

Cycle Track
Block 3007, Tbilisi av.
Tel. 317862

Technical University Sports Palace
25 Azizbayov av., 370073
Tel. 389456

Swimming pools (covered)
6A Narimanov av.

Football / Soccer (Futbol)
Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan - AFFA - logoFootball (soccer) is Azerbaijan's most popular sport. Football clubs attract a large following. The perspective of a career in football is very appealing to many youths. Some of the best players have been 'exported'.

'AFFA', the national association takes part in all competitions organized by FIFA and UEFA at senior and youth level, though results have been slow to appear, even if several naturalized foreign players were recruited.

logo of PFC Neftchi - Neftchi Baku - Neftchy Football ClubInternational football matches with either the Armenian national team or Armenian clubs have proved problematic, e.g. for the EURO 2008 qualifying competition "as no suitable compromise could be found between the two associations it was decided to cancel the two matches", further UEFA decided to "award both associations zero points for the games".

The local first division championship is called the the 'AFFA Supreme League' or 'Yuksak Liqa'. It was started in 1992, after the dissolution of USSR. It is organized by the 'Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan'.

logo of FK Baku - BakiI Futbol KlubuIn Baku the 'Neftchy Football Club' (PFC Neftchi) has been the most successful in recent years, winning the national championship a few times (1991/2, 1995/6 and 1996/7, 2003/4, 2003/5) and also the Azeri Cup in 1994/95, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2001/02, 2003/04. Neftchi also managed to win the Commonwealth Cup (CIS Cup) in 2006. It is based at the Tofig Bakhramov Republican Stadium. They are nicknamed the "Ak-qaralar", i.e. Black-Whites.

Neftchi's main rivals in Baku are FK Baku (BakiI Futbol Klubu), they took the 2004/5 Azerbaijan Cup and the 2006/7 championship. FK Baku also plays at the Tofig Bakhramov Stadium. Baku's two underdogs are FC Inter Baku (their home stadium is Zabrat Stadium) and Standard Baku.

FK Khazar Lenkoran - Xazar Lankaran - logoOutside Baku other soccer teams with good results are: Turan from Tovuz (1993/4 champion), Kapaz from Ganja (the 1994/5, 1997/8 and 1998/9 champion), Inshaatchi from Sabirabad, Khazar from Lenkoran (2005/2006 champion), Kur-Nur from Mingachevir and Shamkir from the city of the same name.
Sports Clubs
Children's chess competition in Baku, AzerbaijanBaku has a great tradition in associations and clubs, particularly as far as sports are concerned. Soviet education encouraged excellence in all sports and that is still reflected today. You'll a find a very wide range of clubs and associations to suit all tastes, ages and purses.

Below, some of the clubs in Baku:
38 Darnagyul rd.
Tel. 628106

Army Sports Club
1 H. Javid
Tel. 392 057

Chess Club
42 H. Hajiyev
Tel. 945979

Dinamo Society
32 Azerbaijan av.
Tel. 937060

Neftchy Football Club
Saint-Petersburg av.
Tel. 401461

Siver Gym
21 Khagani
Tel. 985337

Sports Club
Block 1902 Moscow av.
Tel. 666104

Sports-Technical Club
38 Darnagyul rd.
Tel. 626255

see also: Organizations of expat Azeris and International friendship societies
Sports Federations
Acrobatics Federation
Tel: 714330

Aikido Federation
Tel. 675895

Artistic Gymnastics Federation
Tel. 915692

Azerbaijan Football Federations Association
42 H. Hajiyev
Tel. 944916
Fax 989393

Bicycle Federation
98 St. Petersburg av.
Tel. 941205

Chess Federation
Tel. 926747

Draughts Federation
Tel. 940573

Field Sports Federation
Tel. 660387

Grass Hockey Federation
Tel. 641070

Handball Federation
Tel. 393578

Tel. 664361

Modern Pentathlon Federation
Tel. 625868

Tennis Federation
Tel. 380010

USHU Federation
Tel. 944940

Wrestling Federation
179 Azadlig av.
Tel. 619806

Sports Centres
Baku Entertainment Center (w/ swimming pool)
1130/33, F. Bayramov Street
Tel. 902222

Fitness Centre Delphin
Block 2035 Khiyabany
Tel. 672881

Fitness Complex
2 B. Sardanov
Tel. 923123

Fitness Complex Billue
38 Darnagyul rd.
Tel. 629206

Olympic Club (w/ swimming pool)
1 Bakikhanov
Tel. 981234

Sports Complex
Block 3097 Darnagyul district
Tel. 626544

Hyatt Regency Fitness Centre
1 Bakhihanov st
tel. 981234

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