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Keşla FK
Kesla FK logo.svg
Full nameKeşlə Futbol Klubu
Founded2004;16 years ago (2004)
Ground ASK Arena
PresidentZaur Akhundov
Manager Tarlan Ahmedov
League Azerbaijan Premier League
2019–20 3rd
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Keshla FK (Azerbaijani : Keşlə Futbol Klubu; pronounced  [keʃlæ] , formerly named Inter Baku) is an Azerbaijani football club, based in Keshla, that currently plays in the Azerbaijan Premier League. The club have won the Premier League title twice. [1]



Early years (1997–2004)

The club has been functioning since 1997, initially as an amateur side that shared its name with Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan, which founded the club. In 1999, Khazar University began to play in the Azerbaijan Premier League, finishing eleventh. [2] In subsequent years, Inter finished in 7th place (2000/01 season) and 3rd place (2003–04 season).

In the 2003–04 season the team finished in fourth place, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup for the first time. In the first round of the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup, they defeated Bregenz of Austria 3:0 on a forfeiture in the first leg, and 2:1 in the second leg. [3] In the second round, they played Tampere United of Finland, losing the first leg 0:3; winning the return leg, played in Baku, 1:0; but going out on aggregate 1:3. [4]

The Double and Tskhadadze years (2004–2014)

Logo of Inter Baku until 2017 Inter-baku.png
Logo of Inter Baku until 2017

In the summer of 2004, all rights of the Khazar University club were transferred to the newly created Inter Baku Professional Football Club, and the team participated in the 13th championship of the Azerbaijani Premier League under the name of Inter Baku. Later in 2004, certain structural changes were made in the club's management, and Inter Baku was renamed the Inter Professional Club, finishing the 2004–2005 season in seventh place. Inter's progression up the standings continued in the 14th iteration of the Azerbaijan Premier League when Inter finished in fourth place.

The club finished fourth again in 2006–07, and first in 2007–08. Following its championship season, Inter qualified for its first-ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and advanced to the second qualifying round by defeating Rabotnički of the Republic of Macedonia on away goals. [5]

2009 saw Inter Baku retain the Azerbaijan Premier League title, securing it for the second time in the club's history. The club's Champions League campaign was less successful – barely losing to Lech Poznań away on penalties. [6] In 2011, Inter Baku also managed to win the CIS Cup after defeating Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the final. [7] [8]

In 2012, the club recorded an Azerbaijani record for the biggest win in a European competition by beating Narva Trans 5–0 in Estonia. [9] The club had started the 2013–14 season with a three-game losing streak, setting a record for worst start to a season in its history. [10] However, the team managed to clinch second spot in the league. [11]

Downturn and financial difficulties of Inter Baku (2015–2017)

During the 2015–16 season, Inter started experiencing financial difficulties at the same time with its main sponsor, The International Bank of Azerbaijan. In December 2015, the club's president Georgi Nikolov was replaced by Rashad Gasimov. On 31 March 2016, Inter Baku were banned from participating in the next UEFA club competition that they would qualify for in the next three seasons, covering the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. [12]

The situation continued during the 2016–17 season as Inter struggled to pay salaries to its players and make new transfers. Despite that, Inter was able to claim the bronze medals in the national championship and reach the semi-finals stage in the Cup. At the end of the season, IBA announced that it would no longer sponsor the club and this led to new changes in the administration. Zaur Akhundov, former director of the National Futzal Federation, was appointed as the head of the Supervisory Board and Ramish Maliyev became the new executive director of the club. Despite the rumors about the liquidation, Inter was able to find sponsorship for the 2017-18 season and play in the Europe League where it eliminated Serbian Mladost Lučani in the first qualifying round before getting eliminated by Fola Esch in the second round.

Keshla FK (2017–present)

On 28 October 2017, Inter Baku PIK officially changed its name to Keshla FK. [13] The club also replaced its logo and jersey colors. In its first match, Keshla lost 0-2 against Kapaz. The next day, the team's manager Zaur Svanadze was replaced by Ramiz Mammadov. [14] On 25 December 2017, Keshla announced that Ramiz Mammadov had become the club's Sporting Director, with Yuriy Maksymov coming in as the club's new manager. [15] On 17 July 2018 Maksymov was sacked as manager, [16] with Mladen Milinković being appointed as the new manager on 25 July 2018. [17] On 29 October 2018 Milinković was sacked as manager, [18] with Tarlan Ahmadov being appointed as his replacement on 30 October 2018. [19]

Domestic history

SeasonLeague Azerbaijan Cup Top goalscorer
1999-00 1st11th2253141941181/8 Finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg S. Alakbarov 7
2000–01 1st7th209292638291/8 Finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg R. Nasibov8
2003–04 1st4th2615654316511/8 Finals Flag of Georgia.svg A. Sokhadze6
2004–05 1st7th341996442466Runner-up Flag of Azerbaijan.svg E. Mammadov 10
2005–06 1st4th261484351450Quarter-finals Flag of Nigeria.svg Idahor 6
2006–07 1st4th241365361245Semi-finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg S. Aliyev 6
2007–08 1st1st261844551858Runner-up Flag of Azerbaijan.svg K. Mammadov 19
2008–09 1st2nd261871541661Runner-up Flag of Uruguay.svg Guglielmone 17
2009–10 1st 1st3222128583778Semi-finals Flag of Lithuania.svg Poškus 12
2010–11 1st 5th3213109292449Runner-up Flag of Lithuania.svg Poškus 5
2011–12 1st 3rd321688292156Semi-finals Flag of Georgia.svg Tskhadadze 7
2012–13 1st 3rd321697382257 Quarter-finals Flag of Georgia.svg Tskhadadze 8
2013–14 1st 2nd362079603767 Quarter-finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg V. Javadov 16
2014–15 1st 2nd3217123552063 Semi-finals Flag of Spain.svg Álvaro 9
2015–16 1st 4th3616119392859 Semi-finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg N. Hajiyev / Flag of Azerbaijan.svg M. Abbasov 6
2016–17 1st 3rd2811107393343 Semi-finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg R. Aliyev 11
2017–18 1st 6th288713293931 Winner Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Fardjad-Azad / Flag of Romania.svg Scarlatache / Flag of Azerbaijan.svg S.Alkhasov4
2018–19 1st 8th286517294523 Quarter-finals Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Yunanov / Flag of Togo.svg Ayité 5
2019–20 1st 3rd20866272130 Quarter-finals Flag of Paraguay.svg Frutos 6

European history

UEFA Champions League 2008-2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) - Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1-1 Rabotnicki-Inter Baku2008uefaqual.JPG
UEFA Champions League 2008–2009 Qualifying match in Skopje, Macedonia; FK Rabotnicki (Macedonia) – Inter Baku (Azerbaijan) 1–1
As of match played 19 July 2018
UEFA Champions League 613235
UEFA Europa League 2612773729
UEFA Intertoto Cup 430164
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup R1 Flag of Austria.svg Bregenz 2–13–05–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Flag of Finland.svg Tampere United 1–00–31–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Flag of North Macedonia.svg Rabotnički 0–01–11–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan 1–10–21–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Slovakia.svg Spartak Trnava 1–21–32–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań 0–11–01–1(8-9p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Estonia.svg Narva Trans 5–02–07–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Greece.svg Asteras Tripoli 1–11–12–2(2-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Finland.svg IFK Mariehamn 1–12–03–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Norway.svg Tromsø 1–00–21–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Moldova.svg Tiraspol 3–13–26–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Sweden.svg IF Elfsborg 0–11–01–1(3-4p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Albania.svg Laçi 0–01–11–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Iceland.svg FH 2–22–14–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Spain.svg Athletic Bilbao 0–00–20–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Serbia.svg Mladost Lučani 2–03–05–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Luxembourg.svg Fola Esch 1–01–42–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Malta.svg Balzan 2–11–43–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q


Inter Arena
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Full nameInter Arena
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
OwnerKeşla FK
OperatorDynamic Resource
Capacity 8,125
Inter Baku

The club play their home matches at the Inter Arena, an all-seater football stadium situated in Baku. Since 2008, the stadium has been under development, surrounded by practice fields, administration buildings and the newly built four-star Inter Hotel.

Shirt sponsor and kit manufacturer

2004 – 2011 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Azerbaijan.svg International Bank of Azerbaijan
2011 – 2015 Flag of England.svg Umbro
2015 – 2017 Flag of Spain.svg Joma
2017 – present Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samaya LTD


Azerbaijani teams are limited to nine players without Azerbaijani citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country.

Current squad

As of 30 June 2020

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 Flag of Moldova.svg GK Stanislav Namașco
2 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Ilkin Qirtimov
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Shahriyar Aliyev
6 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg MF Rashad Sadigov
10 Flag of Paraguay.svg MF César Meza Colli (on loan from Universitatea Craiova )
17 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg MF Vusal Isgandarli
18 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Ruslan Amirjanov
19 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Azer Salahli
21 Flag of Montenegro.svg DF Mijuško Bojović
25 Flag of Sierra Leone.svg MF John Kamara
33 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Tarlan Guliyev
30 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg MF Shohrux Gadoyev
42 Flag of Angola.svg FW Alexander Christovão
71 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg FW Emin Guliyev
94 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg GK Rashad Azizli
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg DF Tural Akhundov
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg MF Javid Imamverdiyev

For recent transfers, see Transfers summer 2020.

Club officials


President Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Zaur Akhundov
Head director Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ramish Maliyev
Director of sport Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ramiz Mammadov
Team manager Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Eldaniz Yusifov
Press secretary Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Sabuhi Mammadov

Coaching staff

Head coach Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Tarlan Ahmedov
Assistant coach Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Zaur Ismayilov
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rashad Sadigov
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Vadar Nuriyev
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Jamaladdin Aliyev
Fitness coach Flag of Serbia.svg Aleksandar Karaklić
Reserve team head coach Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ilgar Huseynov



Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for the club, as of 14 November 2014 (players in bold signify current Inter players).

Bachana Tskhadadze is the most goal scoring player of all time in the club's history. Bachana Tskhadadze.jpg
Bachana Tskhadadze is the most goal scoring player of all time in the club's history.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
1 Flag of Georgia.svg Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–201511747
2 Flag of Latvia.svg Ģirts Karlsons 2009–127336
3 Flag of Uruguay.svg Walter Guglielmone 2007–094528
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Khagani Mammadov 2007–093522
5 Flag of Lithuania.svg Robertas Poškus 2009–115217
6 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Emin Imamaliev 2003–054814
7 Flag of Belarus.svg Uladzimir Makowski 2004–065211
8 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Volodimir Levin 2004–1320411
9 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zlatinov 2008–139710
10 Flag of Spain.svg Mikel Álvaro 2013–2015309
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player. Volodimir Levin 2012.jpg
Volodimir Levin is Inter's most capped player.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
1 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Volodimir Levin 2004–1320411
2 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Asif Mammadov 2008–10; 2011–20151187
3 Flag of Georgia.svg Bachana Tskhadadze 2010–201511747
4 Flag of Georgia.svg Giorgi Lomaia 2009–20161080
5 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Arif Dashdemirov 2010–2015985
6 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Petar Zlatinov 2008–139710
7 Flag of Georgia.svg Ilia Kandelaki 2010–13753
8 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elmar Bakhshiev 2004–07741
9 Flag of Latvia.svg Ģirts Karlsons 2009–127336
10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Bronislav Červenka 2007–12725

Notable managers

Information correct as of match played 23 February 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Ismail AliyevFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 19971998N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Samir AlakbarovFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 19992000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Boyukagha AghayevFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 20012004N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A [20]
Anatoly Konjkov Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 20042006N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A [21]
Oleg Smolyaninov Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 20062006N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A [22]
Valentyn Khodukin Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2006Jun 2009N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A Azerbaijan Premier League [22]
Kakhaber Tskhadadze Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Jul 2009Jun 20152201116346301166050.45 Azerbaijan Premier League
Zaur Svanadze Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Jun 201529 October 201794372829112109039.36
Ramiz Mammadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 29 October 201725 December 20177304210042.86
Yuriy Maksymov Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 25 December 201717 July 2018178632315047.06 Azerbaijan Cup
Mladen Milinković Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 25 July 2018 [17] 29 October 2018 [18] 8125712012.50
Tarlan Ahmadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 30 October 2018 [19] 2365121519026.09

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).



Winners (2): 2007–08, 2009–10
Winners (1): 2017–18


Winners (1): 2011

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