Qarabagh FC head coach, Gurban Gurbanov, the most successful of Azerbaijan’s football coaches, was named “The Best Football Coach 2016” in Azerbaijan, December 16th.
Gaining 47 votes among journalists in the survey conducted by Komanda.Az sports portal, Gurbanov ranked at the top. The award is Gurbanov’s second consecutive prize.
Gurbanov, the most internationally recognized of Azerbaijan's football coaches, trained at the world-renowned Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund football schools. A first for Azerbaijan, he lead his Qarabagh FC team through the Union of European Football Federations’ second most significant club-level contest, Europa League group stages three times in a row – 2014, 2015, 2016.
Of note, Azerbaijan's national team head coach, Robert Prosinechki, a Croat, won 16 votes to claim the second place. Third place went to Roman Hryhorchuk, Gabala FC manager.