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Coryphaeus of “ Neftchi ”
For all the time many footballers have participated in the uniform of “Neftchi” who amazed fans with their play. Only with their amazing play, these coryphaeus got the historical victories, gained medals in various competitions for the team. The most unforgettable footballer in the staff of Baku inhabitants is considered Anatoliy Banishevski,the legend of Azerbaijan football.
The name of the greatest footballer has left a trace forever in the annals of “Neftchi”. Differing with an exclusive faithfulness to his team, refusing countless proposals of other teams, Banishevski devoted whole his career only to “Neftchi”. He could ascent the flagship on the pedestal of honor with his deciding goals. “Neftchi” won the bronze medals in the championship of USSR in 1966 only thanks to the inherent talent Banishevski. The flagship had (triangle of UNESCO) in 1960th of XX century, which consisted of Banishevski, Eduard Markarov and Kazbek Tuayev. Except of them, Alakbar Mamadov is also included in the coryphaeus staff of “Neftchi”. Starting the career of professional footballer in Baku club (in 1948-1953), Mamadov participated for Moscow teams «Spartak» and «Dinamo» and returned to the native team “Neftchi” in 1960 where he spent his last two years of career.
In the whole, it’s a tradition for the flagship to prepare star footballers for Azerbaijan football. All time long, such well-known footballers have participated for “Neftchi” as: Akhmad Alaskarov, Vladimir Bukhtin, Vyacheslav Semiglazov, Yashar Babayev, Adil Babayev, Valeriy Gadjiyev, Mubariz Zeynalov, Sergei Kramarenko, Nikolai Bogdanov, Yuri Kuznesov, Chingiz Ismayilov, Ruslan Abdulayev, Ali Rakhmanov, Rafig Guliyev, Asif Aliyev, Elbrus Abasov, Bakhtiyar Gulamov, Rashid Uzbekov, Samadaga Shikhlarov etc.
A new “Triangle” appeared in “Neftchi” in 1980th of XX century. A trio of Isgandar Javadov, Mashallakh Akhmadov and Igor Ponomaryov were famous not only in our republic, and also in all USSR. This powerful triangle could decide the process of any matches. Taking the position of the main attacker in that time, Javadov had 77 matches without substituting consistently who became the record-breaker of “Neftchi” in this parameter. But Igor Ponomaryov went further becoming a master of penalty shoot in 1988. Ponomaryov gained the gold medal in the staff of USSR combined team in Summer Olympic Games in Seoul. It delighting moment that, he was invited to the Olympiad as a player of “Neftchi”.
The list of star footballers of the flagship is infinite: these are Samad Gurbanov, Asim Khudiyev, Yunis Huseynov, Shakir Garibov, Arif Asadov, Novruz Azimov, Askar Abulayev, Vagif Sadikhov, Nazim Suleymanov, Vali Gasimov, Yashar Vakhabzade, Elkhan Hasanov, Igor Getman, Vidadi Rzayev, Samir Alakbarov, Vladislav Gadirov, Bakhtiyar Musayev, Vyacheslav Lichkin, Gurban Gurbanov, Tarlan Akhmedov etc. Many among the wards of “Neftchi” got great achievements for some time past. It’s necessary to point among them, Makhmud Gurbanov, Rashad Sadigov, Zaur Taghizada, Ruslan Abishov etc.