2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2015–16
Champions Qarabağ
Relegated Khazar Lankaran
Champions League Qarabağ
Europa League Gabala
Kapaz
Neftchi Baku
Matches played180
Goals scored390 (2.17 per match)
Top goalscorer Dani Quintana (15)
Biggest home win Gabala 6–0 Khazar Lankaran
(4 October 2015)
Biggest away win Ravan Baku 0–4 Zira
(10 April 2016)
Ravan Baku 0–4 Inter Baku
(7 May 2016)
Highest scoring Gabala 6–0 Khazar Lankaran
(4 October 2015)
Qarabağ 5–1 Ravan Baku
(30 March 2016)
Longest winning run Qarabağ (10)
Longest unbeaten run Qarabağ (14)
Longest winless run Ravan Baku (11)
Longest losing run Khazar Lankaran (22)
Highest attendance20,400
Kapaz 1–2 Qarabağ
(14 February 2016)
2016–17
All statistics correct as of 29 February 2016.

The 2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League was the 24th season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Qarabağ were the defending champions, having won the 2014–15 Azerbaijan season.

Contents

Teams

Zira FK entered the Premier League one year after their formation, and Kapaz PFK returned to the top level after two years of absence. Zira and Kapaz became fifth and ninth, respectively, in the 2014–15 First Division. They replaced Araz-Naxçıvan PFK, which withdrew from the league in November 2014, and Baku FC, which was relegated at the end of the previous season. [1]

On 21 June 2015 the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan announced that Simurq PIK had refused to play in the 2015–16 Premier League due to ongoing financial problems. They were replaced by Ravan Baku FK, which became third in the 2014–15 First Division after they were relegated from the Premier League one season earlier. [2]

Azerbaijan adm location map.svg
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Location of teams in 2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League.
Team in italics are from a zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and are playing home game in Baku.

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
TeamLocationVenueCapacity [3]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 5,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 3,500
Inter Baku Baku Inter Arena 8,500
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Ağdam Karabakh Stadium 5,800
Ravan Baku Bayil Stadium 3,000
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 1,500
Zira Baku Zira Olympic Sport Complex Stadium 1,500
Kapaz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 27,000

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
AZAL Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Tarlan Ahmadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Seymur Asadov Umbro Silk Way
Gabala Flag of Ukraine.svg Roman Hryhorchuk Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Javid Huseynov Joma QafqaZ Hotels [4]
Inter Baku Flag of Georgia.svg Zaur Svanadze Flag of Georgia.svg Giorgi Lomaia Joma IBA
Khazar Lankaran Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elbrus Mammadov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Tural Jalilov Puma Palmali [5]
Neftçi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Vali Gasimov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Araz Abdullayev adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Gurban Gurbanov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rashad Sadygov adidas Azersun [6]
Ravan Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Bahman Hasanov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ramazan Abbasov Umbro Nissan
Sumgayit Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Abbasov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Vurğun Hüseynov Umbro Azerkimya [7]
Zira Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Adil Shukurov Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rashad Abdullayev Kappa Santral
Kapaz Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Shahin Diniyev Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Tural Akhundov adidas Gəncə 4000

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Sumgayit Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Agil Mammadov Resigned8 October 2015 [8] 8th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Abbasov 8 October 2015 [9]
Ravan Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Emin Quliyev Resigned17 October 2015 [10] 10th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Bahman Hasanov17 October 2015 [11]
Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Aliyev Resigned15 November 20156th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Asgar Abdullayev 15 November 2015
Khazar Lankaran Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Yunis Hüseynov Resigned13 January 20169th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Elbrus Mammadov18 January 2016 [12]
Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Asgar Abdullayev Resigned5 March 20167th Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Vali Gasimov (caretaker)6 March 2016 [13] [14]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Qarabağ (C)3626646621+4584Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
2 Zira [lower-alpha 2] 36171184231+1162
3 Gabala 36161194428+1659 [lower-alpha 3] Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
4 Inter Baku [lower-alpha 4] 36161193928+1159 [lower-alpha 3]
5 Kapaz 361511104840+856Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
6 Neftçi Baku 361310134141049
7 AZAL 361371626381246
8 Sumgayit 36912154149839
9 Ravan Baku 36592227633618
10 Khazar Lankaran (R)36362716513515Relegation to the Azerbaijan First Division
Source: PFL, UEFA, Soccerway
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 scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored. [18]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Qarabağ qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2015–16 Azerbaijan Cup. However, since they already qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners was passed down the league.
  2. Zira would have qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round, but failed to obtain a UEFA licence as the club has existed professionally for less than three season. [15] [16]
  3. 1 2 Gabala ahead of Inter Baku on head-to-head record: Inter Baku–Gabala 2–1, Gabala–Inter Baku 1–1, Inter Baku–Gabala 0–1, Gabala–Inter Baku 0–0.
  4. On 31 March 2016, the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) announced that Inter Baku will be excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which they would otherwise qualify in the next three (3) seasons (i.e. the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons). [17]

Results

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

As of match played 20 May 2016
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Spain.svg Dani Quintana Qarabağ 15
2 Flag of El Salvador.svg Nelson Bonilla Zirə 14
3 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ruslan Qurbanov Neftçi 13
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Amil Yunanov Sumqayıt 12
5 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksiy Gai Qəbələ 10
6 Flag of Brazil.svg Richard Qarabağ 9
Flag of Cameroon.svg Julien Ebah Kəpəz 9
8 Flag of Sweden.svg Samuel Armenteros Qarabağ 7
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Ermin Zec Qəbələ 7
Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleksiy Antonov Qəbələ 7
Flag of Georgia.svg Nugzar Kvirtia AZAL 7
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mahir Madatov Qarabağ 7

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateREF.
Flag of El Salvador.svg Nelson Bonilla ZirəRavan Baku4-010 April 2016 [22]

Discipline

Player

Club

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