Gurban Gurbanov (Azerbaijani: Qurban Qurbanov; born 13 April 1972, Zaqatala) is a retired Azerbaijani international footballer, who is today a manager of the Azerbaijani football team FK Qarabağ. He played in the forward position. His football career started with the local Azerbaijani football club Dashgyn Zagatala in 1989. Gurbanov had a 17-year long professional football career. He retired in 2006. He scored 174 goals in 396 league matches.
|Full name||Gurban Osman oglu Gurbanov|
|Date of birth||13 April 1972|
|Place of birth||Zaqatala, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He started his career in Dashgyn Zagatala, and then played for Mertskhali Ozurgeti, Turan Tovuz, Kur-Nur, Neftchi Baku, Dinamo Stavropol, Baltika Kaliningrad, Fakel Voronezh and Volgar Gazprom. The last club he played for was Inter Baku. In the 1996–97 season, Gurbanov was the leading scorer in the Azerbaijan Premier League for Neftchi with 25 goals. He was named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year once, in 2003.
He played for the national team in their very first match on 17 September 1992, and until his retirement on January 2006 he has scored 14 goals in 66 international matches, which is the national team goalscoring record.
After he had ended his football player's career, he became a sport director of the football club Inter. However, in summer 2006 he was made the head coach of Neftchi Baku. Since the beginning of the season 2008/08 he was made the head coach of FK Qarabağ.
In 2010, he became the most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions with 11 wins.
|1.||8 June 1993||Tehran||Kazakhstan||1–1||3-3||ECO Cup|
|2.||8 June 1993||Tehran||Kazakhstan||1–1||3-3||ECO Cup|
|3.||27 February 1996||Larnaca||Faroe Islands||3–0||3-0||Friendly|
|4.||27 May 1996||Molodechno||Belarus||1–1||2-2||Friendly|
|5.||22 March 1997||Baku||Turkmenistan||3–0||3-0||Friendly|
|6.||14 October 1998||Vaduz||Liechtenstein||2–1||2-1||2000 ECQ|
|7.||6 March 1999||Larnaca||Estonia||1–0||2-2||Friendly|
|8.||5 June 1999||Baku||Liechtenstein||1–0||4-0||2000 ECQ|
|9.||12 February 2003||Podgorica||Serbia and Montenegro||2-1||2–2||2004 ECQ|
|10.||12 February 2003||Podgorica||Serbia and Montenegro||2-2||2–2||2004 ECQ|
|11.||11 June 2003||Baku||Serbia and Montenegro||1–1||2-1||2004 ECQ|
|12.||6 June 2004||Riga||Latvia||1-2||2-2||Friendly|
|13.||31 March 2004||Chisinau||Moldova||1–1||2-1||Friendly|
|14.||28 May 2004||Baku||Uzbekistan||1–0||3-1||Friendly|
- Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year: 2003
- Azerbaijan Premier League top goalscorer: 1996–97
- Azerbaijan national football team: Best scorer 14 goals.
- The most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions: 11 wins.
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