Neftchi FC in UEFA Europa League

Neftchi FC

Neftchi FC is an association football club from Baku, Azerbaijan. The team has participated in 12 seasons of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) club competitions, including 5 seasons in the European Cup and Champions League, 5 seasons in the UEFA Cup, one season in the Cup Winners' Cup, one season in the Intertoto Cup and one season in the Europa League. It has played 42 UEFA games, resulting in 12 wins, 11 draws and 19 defeats.

In European competitions, the club also have advanced to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League twice, having defeated Bosnian champions – NK Široki Brijeg – and Icelandic champions – FH Hafnarfjarðar – in 2004 and 2005 respectively. In 2008, the club advanced to the third round of the 2008 Intertoto Cup, after defeating the Slovak club FC Nitra and the Belgian side K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot in the first two rounds.

Neftchi Baku PFC's biggest win in Europe is a 3–0 victory over FC Zestafoni in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.

The club has an excellent European cup record, having not lost at home since the 1999–2000 season.

Neftchi Baku's home games are usually played at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku. The stadium was built by German prisoners of war in 1951 and constructed in the shape of the letter C to honour Stalin (Cyrillic: Cтaлин), however it was renamed after famous football referee Tofiq Bahramov in 1993 after his death. The stadium also serves as the home ground of the Azerbaijan national football team and holds 30,000 spectators making it the largest stadium in the country. In 2011, Neftchi's domestic games moved to the Ismat Gayibov Stadium. In 2012, Neftchi's domestic games moved to Eighth Kilometer District Stadium – also known as the Bakcell Arena for sponsorship purposes is a stadium in Nizami raion, Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2012, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of a European competition. Neftchi managed to get three points in six matches, drawing with FK Partizan both times and holding Inter Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.