|Sports in Baku||
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Trudoviye Reservy Stadium
Glavbakstroy Sports Palace
|Army Sport Club Stadium
1 H. Javid
Technical University Sports
Swimming pools (covered)
|Football / Soccer (Futbol)|
'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.
International 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'.
In 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.
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.
Below, some of the clubs in Baku:
38 Darnagyul rd.
Army Sports Club
|Neftchy Football Club
see also: Organizations
of expat Azeris and International friendship societies
Artistic Gymnastics Federation
Azerbaijan Football Federations
|Field Sports Federation
Grass Hockey Federation
Modern Pentathlon Federation
|Baku Entertainment Center
1130/33, F. Bayramov Street
Fitness Centre Delphin
Fitness Complex Billue
|Olympic Club (w/
Hyatt Regency Fitness
|see also: culture, theatre, cinema, opera and ballet, places of worship, places, summary, images|
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