Football in Azerbaijan
Football is the most popular sport in Azerbaijan, a country that gained independence in 1991. The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and UEFA at senior and youth level. Neftchi Baku used to be one of the leading teams in the top league in the Soviet Union, sometimes playing in European club competitions. The most famous player was Anatolii Banishevski, who was part of the Soviet Union team that reached the semi-finals in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. But another Azebaijani legend is also part of footballing history: Tofik Bakhramov was the linesman who played a crucial role in the 1966 Final, when uncertainty clouded England's third goal.
Second Goal project
Now that the first Goal project for an urgently needed sports centre in Baku has been completed, on 17 February 2005 the Goal Bureau approved the construction of association headquarters in Baku. Modern equipment will enable the administration to operate more efficiently and, now that it no longer has to pay rent, the association will be able to invest more in development projects.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Association headquarters in Baku
Project approved
17 February 2005
Opened on 17 October 2007
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 1,300,000 Confederation USD 1,300,000 Total cost USD 3,000,000