Azerbaijani Premier League

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The Azerbaijan Premier League (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Premyer Liqası), is the top football competition in Azerbaijan.

History[change | change source]

The Azerbaijan Premier League was created in 2007 and replaced the Top Division (Azerbaijani: Yüksək Liqa) which existed between 1992 and 2007. The Azerbaijan Premier League is run by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. The Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan. The creation of the Premier League gave the football clubs more independence.

Since 1992, a total of 8 football clubs have become champions of the top Azerbaijani football competition. Neftchi Baku are the current Azerbaijan Premier League champions.[1]

Statistics[change | change source]

Records[change | change source]

Players in the Premier League compete for the trophy "Azerbaijan Premier League Golden Boot", awarded to the top goalscorer at the end of each football season. Nazim Aliyev is the league's all-time top scorer with 183 goals, including 39 in the 1992 season.[2] During the 1995–96 season he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals. Since then, 10 other players have reached the 100-goal mark.[2]

Gurban Gurbanov is one of the top goalscorers in Premier League and the most successful Azerbaijani manager in European competitions.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers[3]
Player Period Club[4] Goals
1 Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev 1992–1999 Neftchi Baku 183
2 Azerbaijan Mushfig Huseynov 1992–2007 FK Qarabağ 125
3 Azerbaijan Rovshan Ahmadov 1992–2003 Kapaz 116
4 Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov 1990–2006 Neftchi Baku 115
5 Azerbaijan Samir Alakbarov 1992–2001 Neftchi Baku 115
6 Azerbaijan Alay Bahramov 1992–1999 FK Masallı 108
7 Azerbaijan Vadim Vasilyev 1994–2007 Baki Fehlesi 102
8 Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov 1994–2012 Inter Baku 102
9 Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov 1995–2012 FK Shamkir 101
10 Azerbaijan Nadir Nabiyev 1995–2012 Turan Tovuz 100
Aslan Kerimov is one of the players who has appeared the most time in Premier League matches.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances[5]
Player Period Club[6] Games
1 Azerbaijan Mahmud Gurbanov 1992–2012 Kapaz 421
2 Azerbaijan Aslan Kerimov 1992–2011 FK Qarabağ 382
3 Azerbaijan Azer Mammadov 1992–present Kapaz 374
4 Azerbaijan Agil Mammadov 1992–2011 Turan Tovuz 364
5 Azerbaijan Ismayil Mammadov 1992–2009 FK Shamkir 351
6 Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov 1995–2012 FK Shamkir 327
7 Azerbaijan Nadir Nabiyev 1995–2012 Turan Tovuz 316
8 Azerbaijan Mubariz Orujov 1992–2008 Khazar Lankaran 311
9 Azerbaijan Mushfig Huseynov 1992–2007 FK Qarabağ 305
10 Azerbaijan Adahim Niftaliyev 1995–2011 Khazar Lankaran 303

Player records[change | change source]

As of 14 August 2011

Club records[change | change source]

As of 19 August 2012
  • Most titles won: Neftchi Baku, 7
  • Most unbeaten teams: Kəpəz, 30 games, 1997-98[14]
  • Biggest home win: Neftchi Baku 11–0 Shahdag (1999–00)[15]

Soviet time champions[change | change source]

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  • 1928: Progress-2 Baku
  • 1929-33: unknown
  • 1934: Profsoyuz Baku
  • 1935: Stroitel Yuga Baku
  • 1936: Stroitel Yuga Baku
  • 1937: Lokomotiv Baku
  • 1938: Lokomotiv Baku
  • 1939: Lokomotiv Baku
  • 1940: Lokomotiv Baku
  • 1941-43: unknown
  • 1944: Dinamo Baku
  • 1945: Not Played
  • 1946: Lokomotiv Baku
  • 1947: Trudovye Rezervy Baku
  • 1948: KKF Baku
  • 1949: KKF Baku
  • 1950: Iskra Baku
  • 1951: Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1952: Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1953: Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1954: Zavod im. S.M.Budennogo Baku
  • 1955: Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1956: NPU Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1957: NPU Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1958: NPU Ordjonikidzeneft Baku
  • 1959: Baku Teams(Spartakiada)
  • 1960: OIK Baku
  • 1961: Spartak Quba
  • 1962: OIK Baku
  • 1963: Araz Baku
  • 1964: Polad Sumgait
  • 1965: Vostok Baku
  • 1966: Vostok Baku
  • 1967: Araz Baku
  • 1968 OIK Baku
  • 1969 Araz Baku
  • 1970 OIK Baku
  • 1971 Khimik Salyany
  • 1972 Surahanets Baku
  • 1973 Araz Baku
  • 1974 Araz Baku
  • 1975 Araz Baku
  • 1976 Araz Baku
  • 1977 Karabakh Khankendi
  • 1978 SKIF Baku
  • 1979 OIK Baku
  • 1980 Energetik Ali-Bayramly
  • 1981 Gandjlik Baku
  • 1982 Tokhudju Baku
  • 1983 Termist Baku
  • 1984 Termist Baku

Champions and top scorers[change | change source]

Season Champion 2nd position 3rd position Top scorer
1992 Neftchi Baku Khazar Sumgayit Turan Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev (Khazar Sumgayit, 39 goals)
1993 Qarabağ Khazar Sumgayit Turan Azerbaijan Samir Alakbarov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)
1993-94 Turan Tovuz Qarabağ Kapaz Azerbaijan Musa Gurbanov (Turan, 35 goals)
1994-95 Kapaz Turan Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev (Neftchi Baku, 27 goals)
1995-96 Neftchi Baku Khazri Buzovna Kapaz Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev (Neftchi Baku/Qarabağ, 23 goals)
1996-97 Neftchi Baku Qarabağ Khazri Buzovna Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov (Neftchi Baku, 25 goals)
1997-98 Kapaz FC Baku Shamkir Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev (FC Baku, 23 goals)
1998-99 Kapaz Shamkir Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Alay Bahramov (Vilash Masalli, 24 goals)
1999-00 Shamkir Kapaz Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Georgia (country) Badri Kvaratskhelia (Shakmir, 16 goals)
2000-01 Shamkir Neftchi Baku Vilash Masalli Azerbaijan Pasha Aliyev (Bakili Baku, 12 goals)
2001-02 Shamkir Neftchi Baku Qarabağ Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov (Kapaz, 14 goals)
Russia Dmitri Kudinov (Qarabağ, 14 goals)
2002-03 Due to conflict between almost all clubs and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, no league championship was held.[16]
2003-04 Neftchi Baku Shamkir Qarabağ Azerbaijan Samir Musayev (Qarabağ, 20 goals)
2004-05 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Karvan Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov (Karvan, 21 goals)
2005-06 FC Baku Karvan Neftchi Baku Ivory Coast Yacouba Bamba (Karvan, 16 goals)
2006-07 Khazar Lankaran Neftchi Baku FC Baku Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov (Khazar Lankaran, 20 goals)
2007-08 Inter Baku AZAL Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov (Inter Baku, 19 goals)
2008-09 FC Baku Inter Baku Simurq Uruguay Walter Guglielmone (Inter Baku, 17 goals)
2009-10 Inter Baku FC Baku Qarabağ Azerbaijan Farid Guliyev (Standard Baku, 16 goals)
2010-11 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Qarabağ Georgia (country) Georgi Adamia (Qarabağ, 18 goals)
2011-12 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Inter Baku Uzbekistan Bahodir Nasimov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)

Performance by club[change | change source]

Club Winners Winning Years
Neftchi Baku
7
1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12
Kapaz
3
1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99
Shamkir
3
1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02
FC Baku
2
2005–06, 2008–09
Inter Baku
2
2007–08, 2009–10
Qarabağ
1
1993
Turan Tovuz
1
1993–94
Khazar Lankaran
1
2006–07

Awards[change | change source]

Trophy[change | change source]

The current Azerbaijan Premier League trophy was developed by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan and the trophy has been awarded to the champion of Azerbaijan since the end of the 2009–10 season, replacing the previous Premier League trophy that had existed for only few years.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Ekspress Newspaper (Azeri)
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  16. Azerbaijan 2002/03

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