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List of famous athletes from Azerbaijan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Azerbaijan has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Azerbaijan athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Azerbaijan and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Azerbaijan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

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Elina Guseva is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Elina Guseva is an Azerbaijani and later Russian former handball player who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1988 Summer Olympics and for the Unified Team in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In ...more

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Gaia Bassani Antivari is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Gaia Bassani Antivari is an alpine skier who competed for Azerbaijan at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2014. She previously competed for the Caribbean nation of Grenada, and attempted to compete ...more

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Zemfira Meftakhetdinova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Zemfira Aliyevna Meftahatdinova is a retired Azerbaijani sport shooter who won two Olympic medals in skeet. Meftahatdinova is a police officer and sports teacher, she speaks three languages. In ...more

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Mariya Stadnik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Mariya Vasilyevna Stadnik is an Ukrainian and Azerbaijani female wrestler.

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Aliya Garayeva is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Aliya Garayeva is a retired Azerbaijani gymnast. She is the 2011 World All-around bronze medalist, a two-time European All-around bronze medalist, two time Grand Prix Final All-around bronze ...more

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Rasim Başak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rasim Başak is retired Azerbaijani-Turkish professional basketball player. The power forward is 2.02 m tall and 100 kg weight and wears numbers 8. He has Russian mother and Azeri father but also ...more

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Jedrij Notz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Jedrij Notz is an Olympic Alpine skier.

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Dinara Gimatova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Dinara Gimatova is an Azerbaijani gymnast of Tatar ethnicity. She is the 2003 World Cup Final all-around bronze medalist.

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Khagani Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
FC Inter Baku Khagani Mammadov is an Azerbaijani footballer. Mammadov received 20 international caps for the Azerbaijan national football team, scoring one goal. He scored the most goals in Azerbaijani ...more

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Rafiga Shabanova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rafiga Mahmud qizi Shabanova is a former Soviet/Azerbaijani handball player who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1976 she won the gold medal with the Soviet team. She played three ...more

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Rafael Amirbekov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rafael Amirbekov FK Baku Rafael Amirbekov is a retired Azerbaijani professional footballer who last played for FK Baku. He is a defender.

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Lyudmila Shubina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Lyudmila Yegorovna Shubina is a former Soviet/Azerbaijani handball player who competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1976 she won the gold medal with the Soviet team. She played three matches ...more

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Aftandil Hajiyev is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
PFC Neftchi Aftandil Hajiyev playing currently for Sumgayit. He is also a member of Azerbaijan national football team. Hajiyev made 22 appearances for the Azerbaijan national football team from 2000 through

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Murad Magomedov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Maccabi Petah Tikva FC Murad Magomedov is a Russian-Azerbaijan-Israeli football player,He also holds Teudat Zehut, what allowed him to play as a non-foreign player. He is currently the assistant of Maccabi Petah Tikva ...more

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Elnur Mammadli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Elnur Mammadli is an Azerbaijani judoka. He won the gold medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the -73 kg division. In the final he beat the favorite Wang Ki-Chun. However, Wang suffered ...more

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Shahin Imranov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Shahin Imranov is a boxer from Azerbaijan. best known to win two featherweight silver medals at European championships.

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Vitaliy Rahimov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Vitaliy Rahimov is an Azerbaijani athlete. Rahimov moved with his family to Azerbaijan in 1990. He has been trained in Greco-Roman wrestling since 1994. He made the Azerbaijani Olympic teams in ...more

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Nodar Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Nodar Mammadov Nodar Mammadov is an Azerbaijani football defender, who plays for Sumgayit.

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Araz Abdullayev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Araz Abdullayev Araz Abdulla oğlu Abdullayev is an Azerbaijani footballer who plays for Neftchi Baku and the Azerbaijan national team. He primarily plays as a winger capable of playing on either side, but can ...more

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Nadir Nabiyev is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
PFC Neftchi Nadir Nabiyev is a retired Azerbaijani football player who played striker for the Azerbaijan national team and who last played for Azerbaijan Premier League club Turan Tovuz.

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Rashad Abdullayev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
FK Khazar Lenkoran Rashad Abdullayev is an Azerbaijani footballer who plays for AZAL. He is also a member of Azerbaijan national football team.

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Aleksandr Zhidkov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Aleksandr Zhidkov FC Khimik Dzerzhinsk Aleksandr Vitalyevich Zhidkov is a former Azerbaijani footballer who last played for FC Tom Tomsk. He was also a member of Azerbaijan national football team. He is currently a coach with FC ...more

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Ramiz Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Ramiz Mammadov Ramiz Mammadov was an Azerbaijani football player. Sometimes he is confused with his Muscovite colleague Ramiz Mamedov. He played between 1992 and 2005, for teams such as FC Kapaz, Garabag, Kur, ...more

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Elman Sultanov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
FK Simurq Zaqatala Elman Sultanov is an Azerbaijani-Israeli-Ukrainian professional football player who is currently plying his trade at FK Simurq Zaqatala.

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Elshan Gambarov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Elshan Gambarov Elshan Gambarov is a former Azerbaijani footballer who last played for FK Gäncä. He was also a member of Azerbaijan national football team.

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Farid Mansurov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Farid Mansurov is an Azerbaijani wrestler who won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling. He retired in 2010, after conceding jaw injury during 2010 European ...more

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Movlud Miraliyev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Movlud Miraliyev is a retired Azerbaijani judoka. The Azerbaijani finished in joint fifth place in the half-heavyweight division at the 2004 Summer Olympics, having lost the bronze medal match ...more

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Zeynab Javadli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Zeynab Javadli Zeynab Javadli is an Azerbaijani gymnast.

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Vagif Javadov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Vagif Javadov FK Karabakh Vagif Javadov is an Azerbaijani footballer who plays as a striker for TFF First League club Boluspor. He was voted Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year in 2009. Javadov started playing football at ...more

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Larisa Savkina is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Larisa Savkina Larisa Mikhaylovna Savkina is a former Soviet/Azerbaijani handball player who competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics. In 1980 she won the gold medal with the Soviet team. She played all five ...more

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Ruslan Abishov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Ruslan Abishov PFC Neftchi Ruslan Abyshov is an Azerbaijani footballer who has been playing as a defender for Azerbaijan Premier League club Gabala FK. He was voted Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year in 2012.

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Mahir Shukurov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Mahir Shukurov Gilan Xanlar Mahir Shukurov is an Azerbaijani football who plays for Karşıyaka in the TFF First League.

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Rahid Amirguliyev is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rahid Amirguliyev FK Khazar Lenkoran Rahid Amirguliyev is an Azerbaijani football midfielder. He currently plays for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Khazar Lankaran.

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Afran Ismayilov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Afran Ismayilov FK Karabakh Afran Ismayilov is an Azerbaijani football midfielder. He currently plays for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Inter Baku.

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Agil Nabiyev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Agil Nabiyev Azerbaijan national football team Agil Nabiyev is an Azerbaijani footballer who lplays for AZAL and the Azerbaijan national football team.

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Rauf Aliyev is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rauf Aliyev FK Karabakh Rauf Aliyev is an Azerbaijani football striker. He currently plays for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Neftchi Baku and Azerbaijan national football team. He made his national debut in an ...more

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Volodimir Levin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Volodimir Levin Azerbaijan national football team Volodimir Levin is an Azerbaijani professional footballer, who plays as a defender for Gabala and the Azerbaijan national team. He also holds Ukrainian citizenship. In the summer of 2013 Levin ...more

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Nizami Hajiyev is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Nizami Hajiyev FC Inter Baku Nizami Hajiyev is an Azerbaijani football midfielder who plays for Inter Baku in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

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Jiloan Hamad is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Jiloan Hamad Malmö FF Jiloan Hamad is a Swedish footballer who plays as a winger for Standard Liège, on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim, and the Sweden national team.

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Vurğun Hüseynov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Vurğun Hüseynov Gilan Xanlar Vurgun Huseynov is a footballer who plays as defender for Sumgayit.

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Salahat Aghayev is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Salahat Aghayev Salahat Aghayev is an Azerbaijani international footballer who plays for Inter Baku, as a goalkeeper.

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Maksim Medvedev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Maksim Medvedev Maksim Medvedev is an Azerbaijani defender of Russian descent playing currently for Qarabağ FK. Medvedev is also an Azerbaijan international, having won his first full cap in 2009.

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Ruslan Amirjanov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Ruslan Amirjanov Ruslan Amirjanov is an Azerbaijani defender. He currently plays for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala.

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Javid Huseynov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Javid Huseynov Javid Huseynov is an Azerbaijani football striker. He currently plays for the Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala.

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Samir Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Samir Mammadov Samir Mammadov is a boxer from Azerbaijan, who won the silver medal in the men's flyweight division at the 2006 European Championships in Bulgaria and bronze at the 2007 World Championships.

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Elkhan Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Elkhan Mammadov Elkhan Mammadov is an Azerbaijani judoka. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 90 kg competition after losing his fight to the upcoming gold medalist Irakli ...more

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Aqil Mammadov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Aqil Mammadov Agil Mammadov, is an Azerbaijani football goalkeeper who plays for Neftchi Baku in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

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Amit Guluzade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Amit Guluzade Amit Guluzade; is an Azerbaijani football player football player who plays for Atlético CP and Azerbaijan national football team.

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Rasim Ramaldanov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Rasim Ramaldanov Rasim Ramaldanov is an Azerbaijani footballer who plays as a defender for Khazar Lankaran and the Azerbaijani national team. Ramaldanov is a versatile defender who began his career as a left ...more

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Ilkin Qirtimov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Azerbaijan
Ilkin Qirtimov Ilkin Qirtimov is an Azerbaijani football player. He plays for Simurq PFC.