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Ictimai TV Is the Winner of Intellectual Cup


On December 10, an Intellectual Cup dedicated to the UEFA Europa League Final to be held in Baku was organized for media workers. Alongside with journalists, spokespersons of football clubs also participated in the event.

The Intellectual Cup was held in Baku Olympic Stadium and was attended by 13 teams. The competition lasted for about 3 hours and asked the participants different questions about the history of the Europa League, interesting matches and famous footballers.

Marked by stiff competition, the Intellectual Cup consisted of 13 rounds. At each round, two teams randomly selected through a draw competed against each other. The team that gained more points was announced as the winner of the round.

At the end of the tournament, the Team representing İctimai TV scored 34 points taking 1st place in Intellectual Cup tournument, the team CBC Sport – 2 with 33 points came 2nd place and Penyarol team with 31 points came 3rd place. The organizers presented valuable gifts to the first 3 places.

At the end of the event, all media workers who participated in the tournament received certificates.

A chain of events are planned to be organized on the occasion of the UEFA Europa League Final to be held in Baku Olympic Stadium on May 19, 2019. For more information about the events and news about the Europa League please visit

Europa League Prediction Contest Winner for November is Announced


Europa League continues offering possibilities to gain! Our winner for November is Ilgar Heybatov, who used his predicting ability to become the highest-scoring contestant.

Ilgar Heybatov and his youngest son Ali visited the office of the Local Operations Committee on December 4. Having taken the first spot in the table of participants with 53 points earned, our winner thanked the organizers. He and his son were then presented with a signed kit of Qarabag football club.

The score prediction contest launched on on the occasion of Baku’s being the host of the UEFA Europa League final match is still open. If you are also confident of your skill to predict scores and would like to participate in the competition, go to the Predictor section on, register and gain in Europa League!

As for the rules of the contest, the correctly guessed scores of the matches to be held within the 2018/2019 season of Europa League are calculated according to a points system. More than 2,000 participants have signed up for the contest so far. The main prize of the competition is 2,000 AZN. In addition, the winner of each month winning the first place for overall points is awarded signed kits of the national football team and local clubs, official match balls of Europa League, as well as dozens of other interesting prizes.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with Robert Pires


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and their daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva have viewed Bakutel 2018, the 24th Azerbaijan International Exhibition and Conference on Telecommunications and Information Technologies at the Baku Expo Center.

Azerbaijan`s Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Ramin Guluzade informed President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva of the exhibition.

Bakutel 2018 exhibition brings together 230 companies from 20 countries.

The debutants of this year make up 30 per cent of the total number of participants.

The exhibition features national stands of a number of countries, including the USA, Turkey, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Iran, and Slovenia.

President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva viewed pavilions of the exhibition.

President Ilham Aliyev answered questions from Russia-24 channel as he viewed Bakutel 2018 exhibition.

President Ilham Aliyev has also meet with French famous player Robert Pires at the 24th Azerbaijan International Telecommunications, Innovations and High Technologies Exhibition and Conference. Robert Pires gave Ilham Aliyev signed official UEFA Europa League match ball.

Robert Pires: It is a great choice by UEFA


“It’s not my first visit to Baku. I earlier came here within France U-20. I am happy to travel this country again. I’m glad that there are children here who love football. I always pay attention to this,” Robert Pires, French World and European champion on football, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan said.

The veteran footballer who arrived in Baku as part of preparations for the final match of the Europa League tournament to be held at the Baku Olympic Stadium on May 29, 2019, answered questions of reporters:

– What can you say about the Baku Olympic Stadium?

– It is a great choice by UEFA. The stadium is new, there are all conditions for fans. I would like my former team London’s Arsenal to play in the finals. My first impression is excellent. I liked the arena very much

– Will you watch Qarabag’s away match with Arsenal?

– I will. I know that football is very popular in Azerbaijan. We witnessed it in the matches against Chelsea and Arsenal. I believe that Qarabagh will learn much from the game with Arsenal.

– Which team would you like to see as Arsenal’s rival in the final?

– I am very upbeat about Arsenal since I’m the ambassador of the club. At present, the situation is good in this team. The rival team? Maybe Chelsea.

– What about Villarreal?

– I cannot say right now. But I believe that the team can qualify till the semifinals. The team has a very experienced head coach.

– What would you recommend for the development of football in Azerbaijan?

– Believe in yourself, dream and work more. Today I saw such determined teenagers.

– What can Qarabag hope for in the last game?

– Everything depends on Arsenal. It will be difficult for Qarabag. Currently, the calendar is very heavy for Arsenal. So there is chance for young players to get involved in this game.

Robert Pires watches festival at Baku Olympic Stadium


French and world champion Robert Pires has visited the Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.

Veteran footballer together with AFFA Secretary General Elkhan Mammadov watched the festival for children and provided autographs for them. Pires also met with the 2019 Europa League ambassador Vali Gasimov and later had a briefing for journalists.

The World and European champion is coming to Baku

Robert Pires, a French former professional player, the World and European Champion, who played for a number of famous clubs during his career will visit Baku within the preparatory campaign of the UEFA Europa League final match to be held at Baku Olympic Stadium on May 29, 2019.  
There will be held a football festival for youth players with the participation of Robert Pires at Baku Olympic Stadium on December 4. The festival will begin at 11:00.
Then the French footballer will attend the “Bakutel 2018” –  the 24th Azerbaijan International Telecommunications, Innovations and High Technologies Exhibition to look a presentation of the Europa League Final 2019 stand at the Baku Expo Center.

Landmark Match for Rashad Sadigov


Qarabag FC’s Europa League group game against “Sporting” Lisbon has been special for “Qarabag”s captain Rashad Sadigov.

Sadigov, 36, marked his 100th game in European competitions.

Sadigov became the first Azerbaijani footballer to reach this mark. On this occasion, UEFA Head of Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt presented a #100 jersey to the footballer.

The central defender, who is spending his 15th season in continental competitions, has amassed a total play time of 8414 minutes in 99 matches until this game, having scored 7 goals and received 11 yellow and 1 red cards.

Sadigov has reached this tally playing for three different clubs, “Neftchi”, “Kayserispor” and “Qarabag”. Rashad has played a total of 18 matches with “Neftchi” after making his debut in “Neftchi”s UEFA Cup game against HIT “Gorica” in 2001. The defender has also featured in 5 matches for “Kayserispor” as a foreign player. Lastly, Sadigov has recorded 77 games with “Qarabag”.

Rashad Sadigov has played 31 of these 100 matches in Champions League, 59 in UEFA Cup/Europa League (6 goals), and 10 in Intertoto Cup (1 goal). He is Azerbaijan’s most-featured player in Europa League, and among the top 50 in Europe.

Photos from “Qarabag” – “Sporting” match


“Qarabag” lost the match


“Qarabag” played its last home game within the UEFA Europa League group stage. Azerbaijani representative met “Sporting”, Portugal at Baku Olympic Stadium and lost the match in 1:6. 

UEFA official to watch “Qarabag” – “Sporting” match


Head of UEFA Club Competitions Michael Heselschwerdt has arrived in Baku.

Germanian official will watch the fifth round match of the Europa League between “Qarabag” and Portugal’s “Sporting”. The match at Baku Olympic Stadium will start at 21:55.

Notably, Michael Heselschwerdt carries out the eurozone draw.