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Best ? I can discuss about that :) :D
But no doubt that they are fantastic at the moment. Matches with CSKA in CLQ also wasn't bad :) :thmbup:
 

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I can even contest "fantastic Neftchi" too. But their recent international campaign has been satisfactory, but when it comes to domestic championship they have to improve a lot.
 

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who was that one player who played for Neftchi and the USSR NT? he was named Azeri footballer of the century by UEFA.

off topic, did u guys know Gary Kasparov is half Azeri?
 

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Dmitriy said:
who was that one player who played for Neftchi and the USSR NT? he was named Azeri footballer of the century by UEFA.

off topic, did u guys know Gary Kasparov is half Azeri?
That player is Anatoliy Banishevskiy, one of the best strikers in USSR history.

Kasparov was born in Baku, but I think he's half Jewish and half Armenian.
 

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His name was Anatoliy Banishevsky. He was one of the best soviet players back in 60s. He was very famous for his goal he scored against Brazil on legendary "Maracana" stadium. It was a unique goal in the sense that it was a header from the distance of 40 meters!

He was offered many times to move to Kiev or Moscow, but he always refused to do so and spend all his career playing for "Neftchi", and thruthfully deserved his title of the best azeri footballer of the century.

There were other great players like Alekper Mammedov who scored four golas on San-Siro against "Milan" with legendary Gianni Rivera, and won championship titles with "Dynamo" Moscow. Iskander Djavadov - one of the top goalscorers of Soviet League in 80s, Igor Ponomarev - an olympic champion of 1988 games with USSR national team, and lots of others.
But it wasn't only about football, it was about spirit, and Banishevsky had it all - great skills and talent, great personality, loyalty to his club, and love for his hometown.

P.S. As far as Garry Kassparov goes, he is not an azeri. He was born in Baku from jewish father (Kim Vanstein) and armenian mother (Klara Kassparova). Later on he changed his last name from Vanstein to Kassparov (he took his mother's maiden name) because he was afraid of antisemitism.
 

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Actually, Malakan [alternative spelling is Molokan] is a religious minority in russian orthodox christinaty. Back in 18th century Russia they were persecuted and sent to exiles (usually to Siberia, Central Asia, and Caucasus), where they established own settlements. So, Anatoly Banishevsky to some extent is a descendant of early russian settlers in Azerbaijan.
 

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you are always welcome, Dmitriy! :)
 

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Genclerbirlygi - PFC Neftci 1:2
 
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