2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2014–15
Champions Qarabağ
Champions League Qarabağ
Europa League Inter Baku
Gabala
Neftchi Baku
Matches played144
Goals scored354 (2.46 per match)
Top goalscorerNurlan Novruzov
(14 goals)
Biggest home win Inter Baku 7–0 Baku
Biggest away win AZAL 0–4 Gabala
Highest scoring Inter Baku 7–0 Baku
Simurq 5–2 Baku
Highest attendance7,500
Araz-Naxçıvan 3–0 Neftchi
(11 August 2014) [1]
Lowest attendance500
AZAL 1–1 Khazar Lankaran
(9 August 2014) [1]
2015–16
All statistics correct as of 9 March 2015.

The 2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League was the 23rd season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Qarabağ are the defending champions, having won the previous season. The season started on 9 August 2014 and ended on 28 May 2015.

Contents

Teams

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Location of teams in 2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League

Ravan Baku were relegated to Azerbaijan First Division.

The format of the league not change as a total of 10 teams will contest the league, with the last club relegated and Araz-Naxçıvan promoted from the First Division. [2] The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games. [3]

On 3 November 2014, the Araz-Naxçıvan announced their withdrawal from the league due constant biased referee decisions, which meant that all of their results were annulled. [4] [5] This also meant that no club will be relegated by end of the season. [6]

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
TeamLocationVenueCapacity [7]
Araz-Naxçıvan Nakhchivan Nakhchivan City Stadium 11,800
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 5,000
Baku Baku FC Baku's Training Base2,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 8,000
Inter Baku Baku Inter Arena 10,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Ağdam Tofiq Bahramov Stadium 31,200
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 16,000

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

TeamManagerTeam captainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Araz-Naxçıvan Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Asgar Abdullayev Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elmin Chobanov Joma
AZAL Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Tarlan Ahmadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Shahriyar Rahimov Umbro Silk Way
Baku Flag of Turkey.svg Ibrahim Uzunca Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Aqil Mammadov Kappa
Gabala Flag of Ukraine.svg Roman Hryhorchuk Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Volodimir Levin Joma Pepsi [8]
Inter Baku Flag of Georgia.svg Kakhaber Tskhadadze Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Asif MammadovUmbro IBA
Khazar Lankaran Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elbrus Mammadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rahid Amirguliyev Puma Palmali [9]
Neftçi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Arif Asadov Flag of Brazil.svg Flavinho Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Gurban Gurbanov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rashad Sadygov AdidasAzersun [10]
Simurq Flag of Georgia.svg Giorgi Chikhradze Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ilkin Qirtimov Joma
Sumgayit Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Agil Mammadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ruslan Poladov UmbroAzerkimya [11]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Khazar Lankaran Flag of Turkey.svg Mustafa Denizli Mutual consent16 May 2014 [12] Pre-season Flag of Turkey.svg Oğuz Çetin 5 June 2014 [13]
Gabala Flag of Russia.svg Yuri Semin 23 May 2014 Flag of Romania.svg Dorinel Munteanu 14 June 2014 [14]
Baku Flag of Serbia.svg Milinko Pantić 24 July 2014 Flag of Turkey.svg Ibrahim Uzunca12 August 2014
Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Boyukagha Hajiyev Resigned3 September 20146th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Arif Asadov 4 September 2014
Gabala Flag of Romania.svg Dorinel Munteanu Sacked8 December 2014 [15] 6th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker)8 December 2014 [16]
Gabala Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker)End of tenure as caretaker21 December 20146th Flag of Ukraine.svg Roman Hryhorchuk 21 December 2014 [17]
Khazar Flag of Turkey.svg Oğuz Çetin Resigned22 December 2014 [18] 5th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elbrus Mammadov23 December 2014 [19]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Qarabağ (C)3220845128+2368Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 Inter Baku 32171235520+3563Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
3 Gabala 3215984635+1154
4 Neftchi Baku 32131093833+549
5 Simurq 32116154139+239
6 AZAL 32109133742539
7 Khazar Lankaran 32881635461132
8 Sumgayit 327101532431131
9 Baku 32382119684917
10 Araz-Naxçıvan [lower-alpha 1] 00000000Team withdrawn
Source: uefa.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5. head-to-head away goals (only if 2 teams are tied); 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored. [21]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. Araz-Naxçıvan were officially withdrawn from the league on 17 November 2014 [20]

Results

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

As of 28 May 2015 [26]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nurlan Novruzov Baku15
Flag of Serbia.svg Dragan Ćeran Simurq
3 Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Freddy Mombongo-Dues AZAL14
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Magomed Kurbanov Sumgayit
5 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Javid Huseynov Gabala11
Flag of Chile.svg Nicolás Canales Neftchi
7 Flag of Brazil.svg Reynaldo Qarabağ10
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leroy George Qarabağ
9 Flag of Spain.svg Mikel Álvaro Inter Baku9
10 Flag of Brazil.svg NildoInter Baku8
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rashad Eyyubov Simurq
Flag of Senegal.svg Victor Mendy Gabala

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg Freddy Mombongo-Dues 4AZALSimurq5–0 [27] 22 May 2015

Discipline

Player

Most yellow cards; 12 [28]
Most red cards; 2 [28]

Club

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