Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Founded1992;28 years ago (1992)
CountryAzerbaijan
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams8
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Azerbaijan First Division
Domestic cup(s) Azerbaijan Cup
Azerbaijan Supercup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Qarabağ (8th title)
(2019–20)
Most championships Neftchi Baku
& Qarabağ (8 titles)
TV partners CBC Sport
Website http://www.pfl.az
Soccerball current event.svg 2019–20 Azerbaijan Premier League

The Azerbaijani Premier League (Azerbaijani : Azərbaycan Premyer Liqası) is the top tier in Azerbaijani club football. The league is contested by 8 teams, in which the season runs from August to May. The winner enters the UEFA Champions League from the first qualifying round. [1]

Contents

The Azerbaijani Premier League was first organized in 2007 and succeeded the Top Division (Azerbaijani : Yüksək Liqa), which existed from 1992 to 2007.

Since 1992, a total of 8 clubs have been crowned champions of the Azerbaijani football system. The current champions are Qarabağ, who won the title in the 2018–19 season for the seventh time.

History

The 1990s

The league was dominated by teams like Neftchi Baku, Kapaz, Turan Tovuz and Shamkir. However, financial struggles had bad impact on local clubs and most teams such as Khazri Buzovna, Shamkir, Vilash Masalli and Shafa Baku went bust due increasing debts. [2] In 1997, Kapaz were known for their unbeaten run as club's final record for the 1997–98 league campaign stood at 22 wins, 4 draws and 0 losses, out of 26 games total, an unbeaten run not matched in any single season by any team in an Azerbaijani league division. [3]

The 2000s

As league entered a new century, the Neftchi Baku found themselves facing new challengers. They were challenged by emerging Khazar Lankaran, Inter Baku and Baku in both competitions. The country's football received major blow in 2002, when UEFA imposed a two-year ban in response to a long-standing conflict between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and majority of the country's top flight clubs. [4] The domestic championship was abandoned as a result of the conflict and the top clubs prevented their players from playing for the national team, with tax officials also probing allegations of fraud at the Azerbaijan federation. [5] Under the management of Agaselim Mirjavadov, Khazar Lankaran finished as Azerbaijan Cup winners in 2006 and 2007, while becoming league champions in 2006–07 despite losing the title to Neftchi in 2004–05 during Championship play-off. Qarabağ was the first ever team from Azerbaijan to reach UEFA Europa League play off-round during the seasons 2009–10 and 2010–11. Few gave chances for qualification to the next round, although the Aghdam side caused quite a stir against favorites Rosenborg, Honka, Twente and Wisła Kraków.

The 2010s

Under Gurban Gurbanov's management, Qarabag became the second team to represent Azerbaijan in the European Cup. Qurban Qurbanov.jpg
Under Gurban Gurbanov's management, Qarabağ became the second team to represent Azerbaijan in the European Cup.

The 2010s brought a bright start, with Neftchi emerged as a champion after six years of unsuccessful run. [6] [7] In the next season, Neftchi repeated its domestic success after sealing their seventh title in club's history. [8] [9] In that year, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a European competition. [10] In 2012–13 season, Neftchi managed to win three titles in a row. [11] [12] In 2013–14 season, Qarabağ managed to win its 2nd title after 21 years, [13] and continue to win domestic title consecutively. In 2014, Qarabağ became the second and most successful Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a European competition. [14] After consecutive participation in Europe League, in 2017, Qarabağ Ağdam became the first Azerbaijani team which advanced to group stage of a Champions League.

On 19 June 2020, the AFFA announced that the 2019–20 was officially ended without the resumption of the remains matches due to the escalating situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Azerbaijan. As a result Qarabağ were crowed champions for the seventh season in a row, whilst also qualifying for the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, with Neftçi, Keşla and Sumgayit qualifying for the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. [15]


Competition format

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, two times at home and two times away, for a total of 28 games. [16] Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned champion.

A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Azerbaijani Premier League and the Azerbaijan First Division. The lowest placed team in Premier League is relegated to the First Division, and the top team from the First Division promoted to Premier League. Below is a complete record of how many teams played in each season throughout the league's history;

 
  • 26 clubs = 1992
  • 20 clubs = 1993
  • 16 clubs = 1993–94
  • 13 clubs = 1994–95
  • 11 clubs = 1995–96
  • 16 clubs = 1996–98

  • 14 clubs = 1998–99
  • 12 clubs = 1999–00
  • 11 clubs = 2000–01
  • 12 clubs = 2001–02
  • 15 clubs = 2003
  • 14 clubs = 2003–04
  • 18 clubs = 2004–05

  • 14 clubs = 2005–09
  • 12 clubs = 2009–13
  • 10 clubs = 2013–16
  • 8 clubs = 2016–20
  • 10 clubs to be competed beginning from 2020

Qualification for European competitions

The champions qualify for the UEFA Champions League, the second and third placed teams qualifies for the UEFA Europa League. As of the start of the 2011–12 Premier League season qualification for European competitions is as follows: champions qualify for the second qualifying stage of the UEFA Champions League, runners-up and third placed team qualifies for the first qualifying round of the Europa League. A fourth spot is given to the winner of the Azerbaijan Cup, who qualify for the first round of the Europa League. If the Azerbaijan Cup winner has already qualified for European competition through their league finish, then the runners-up take their place in the first round. If the runners-up have also qualified, the next highest placed club in the league takes their place.

Finances

Attendances

Kapaz has the highest attendance in the Caucasus region.

Season
Total attendance
Number of
matches
Average attendance
per match
Ref
2001–02 187,9291711,099 [17]
†League was cancelled---
2003–04 195,8401441,360 [18]
2004–05 470,6702901,623 [18]
2005–06 183,3651691,085 [18]
2006–07 225,2161441,564 [18]
2007–08 277,6671691,643 [18]
2008–09 309,5821821,701 [18]
2009–10 340,5221721,979 [19]
2010–11 418,4181922,179 [19]
2011–12 433,3421922,256 [20]
2012–13 364,9101921,900 [21]
2013–14 281,4001751,608 [22]

UEFA has suspended the league after longstanding conflict between the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and the majority of the country's top-flight clubs. [23]

Sponsorship

The UniBank, who had sponsored the league since 2009, did not renew their sponsorship at the end of the 2011–12 season. [24] [25] Talks began with Topaz betting operator, and a deal was confirmed shortly afterwards. [26]

On August 2019, cooperation was suspended and PFL announced a new tender for sponsorship. [29] [30]

As well as sponsorship for the league itself, the Premier League has a number of official partners and suppliers. The technical for the league is Nike who is providing their match ball for the season. [31]

Insolvency events

Since the APL began, five of its member clubs have entered administration, while nearly twenty clubs liquidated. [32] [33] A reduction in revenue from ticket sales for APL games and club merchandise impacted negatively on club expenditure. Players were asked to consider wage cuts and team squads were reduced.

A major criticism of the Premier League in the mid-2000s was the emergence of gulf between the Premier League and the First Division. Criticism of the gap between clubs has continued, nevertheless, due to some clubs' increasing ability to spend more than the other Premier League clubs. For some clubs, including Shamkir, Karvan, Absheron, MKT-Araz who have failed to win immediate promotion back to the top flight, financial problems, including in some cases administration or even liquidation have followed.

UEFA ranking

UEFA Country Ranking for league participation after 2018–19 European football season.

As of 20 June 2019 [34]
Current
Ranking
MovementLast Season
Ranking
LeagueCoefficient
24Sub on.svg(28) Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan Premier League 19.250
25Sub off.svg(21) Flag of Poland.svg Ekstraklasa 19.250
26Sub off.svg(23) Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijani Premier League19.000
27Sub off.svg(18) Flag of Israel.svg Israeli Premier League 18.625
28Steady2.svg(24) Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgarian First League 17.500

Media coverage

CountryBroadcaster
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan CBC Sport
Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Laola1
Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
International Bet365
LTV Channel

Members of the Azerbaijani Premier League (2019–20 season)

Azerbaijan adm location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
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Location of teams in 2019–20 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 [35]
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 4,500
Keşla Baku ASK Arena 5,300
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Baku Azersun Arena 5,800
Səbail Səbail ASCO Arena 3,000
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 1,500
Zira Zira, Baku Zira Olympic Sport Complex Stadium 1,500
Sabah Baku Alinja Arena 13,000

Records

Players in the Premier League compete for the Azerbaijani Premier League Golden Boot, awarded to the top scorer at the end of each season. Nazim Aliyev is the league's all-time top scorer with 183 goals, including 39 in the 1992 season. [36] 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. [36]

Khagani Mammadov is one of the highest goalscorers in Premier League. Mamedov Khagani.jpg
Khagani Mammadov is one of the highest goalscorers in Premier League.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers [37]
PlayerPeriodClub [38] Goals
1 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nazim Aliyev 1992–99 Neftchi Baku 183
2 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mushfig Huseynov 1992–07 Qarabağ 125
3 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rovshan Ahmadov1992–03 Kapaz 116
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Gurban Gurbanov 1990–06 Neftchi Baku 115
5 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Alakbarov 1992–01 Neftchi Baku 115
6 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Alay Bahramov1992–99 Viləş Masallı 108
7 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Vadim Vasilyev 1994–07Baki Fehlesi102
8 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Khagani Mammadov 1994–12 Inter Baku 102
9 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Kanan Karimov 1995–12 Shamkir 101
10 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nadir Nabiyev 1995–12 Turan 100
Aslan Kerimov is one of the most capped players in Premier League. Aslan Kerimov.jpg
Aslan Kerimov is one of the most capped players in Premier League.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances [39]
PlayerPeriodClub [40] Games
1 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azer Mammadov 1992–12 Kapaz 445
2 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mahmud Gurbanov 1992–12 Kapaz 421
3 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Aslan Kerimov 1992–11 Qarabağ 382
4 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Agil Mammadov 1992–11 Turan 364
5 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Ismayil Mammadov1992–09 Shamkir 351
6 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Kanan Karimov 1995–12 Shamkir 327
7 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nadir Nabiyev 1995–12 Turan 316
8 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mubariz Orujov1992–08 Khazar Lankaran 311
9 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mushfig Huseynov1992–07 Qarabağ 305
10 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Adehim Niftaliyev 1995–11 Khazar Lankaran 303
Biggest home win
Kapaz 14–2 Shamkir (1997–98) [41]
Most consecutive games unbeaten
Kapaz, 30 games, 1997–98 [3]
Youngest goalscorer
Orkhan Aliyev, for Sumgayit vs Gabala, 15 years old, 236 days [42]
Oldest player
Nadir Shukurov, for Karvan vs Mughan, 42 years, 19 April 2009 [43]
All-time top scorer
Nazim Aliyev (Khazar Sumgayit, Neftchi, Qarabag, Shafa Baku, Dinamo Baku), (183 goals)
Most APL appearances
Azer Mammadov, 445
Most goals in a season
Nazim Aliyev (Khazar Sumgayit), (39 goals), 1992

Azerbaijani League Champions and Top Scorers

SeasonChampionRunner-upThird placeTop scorers
1992 Neftchi Baku Khazar Sumgayit Turan Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nazim Aliyev (Khazar Sumgayit, 39 goals)
1993 Qarabağ Khazar Sumgayit Turan Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Alakbarov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)
1993–94 Turan Qarabağ Kapaz Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Musa Gurbanov (Turan, 35 goals)
1994–95 Kapaz Turan Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nazim Aliyev (Neftchi Baku, 26 goals)
1995–96 Neftchi Baku Khazri Buzovna Kapaz Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Fazil Parvarov (Kapaz, 23 goals) / Rovshan Ahmadov (Kapaz, 23 goals)
1996–97 Neftchi Baku Qarabağ Khazri Buzovna Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Gurban Gurbanov (Neftchi Baku, 34 goals)
1997–98 Kapaz Baku Shamkir Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nazim Aliyev (Baku, 23 goals)
1998–99 Kapaz Shamkir Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Alay Bahramov (Viləş Masallı, 24 goals)
1999–00 Shamkir Kapaz Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Badri Kvaratskhelia (Shamkir, 16 goals)
2000–01 Shamkir Neftchi Baku Vilash Masalli Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Pasha Aliyev (Bakili Baku, 12 goals)
2001–02 The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan and the clubs were discontinued due to the conflict between the clubs and the results were not taken into account. [44]
2002–03Due to conflict between almost all clubs and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, no league championship was held. [45]
2003–04 Neftchi Baku Shamkir Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Samir Musayev (Qarabağ, 20 goals)
2004–05 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Karvan Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Zaur Ramazanov (Karvan, 21 goals)
2005–06 Baku Karvan Neftchi Baku Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Yacouba Bamba (Karvan, 16 goals)
2006–07 Khazar Lankaran Neftchi Baku Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Zaur Ramazanov (Khazar Lankaran, 20 goals)
2007–08 Inter Baku AZAL Neftchi Baku Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Khagani Mammadov (Inter Baku, 19 goals)
2008–09 Baku Inter Baku Simurq Flag of Uruguay.svg Walter Guglielmone (Inter Baku, 17 goals)
2009–10 Inter Baku Baku Qarabağ Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Farid Guliyev (Standard Baku, 16 goals)
2010–11 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Qarabağ Flag of Georgia.svg Georgi Adamia (Qarabağ, 18 goals)
2011–12 Neftchi Baku Khazar Lankaran Inter Baku Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bahodir Nasimov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)
2012–13 Neftchi Baku Qarabağ Inter Baku Flag of Chile.svg Nicolás Canales (Neftchi Baku, 26 goals)
2013–14 Qarabağ Inter Baku Gabala Flag of Brazil.svg Reynaldo (Qarabağ, 22 goals)
2014–15 Qarabağ Inter Baku Gabala Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Nurlan Novruzov (Baku, 15 goals)
2015–16 Qarabağ Zira Gabala Flag of Spain.svg Dani Quintana (Qarabağ, 15 goals)
2016–17 Qarabağ Gabala Inter Baku Flag of Croatia.svg Filip Ozobić (Gabala, 11 goals) & Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Rauf Aliyev (Inter Baku, 11 goals)
2017–18 Qarabağ Gabala Neftchi Baku Flag of France.svg Bagaliy Dabo, (Gabala, 13 goals)
2018–19 Qarabağ Neftchi Baku Səbail Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Mahir Madatov, (Qarabağ, 16 goals)
2019–20 Qarabağ Neftchi Baku Keşla Four Players, (7 goals)

Performances

Performance by club

ClubWinnersRunners-upThird placeWinning years
Neftchi Baku
8
4
6
1992, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
Qarabağ
8
3
3
1993, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20
Kapaz
3
1
2
1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99
Inter Baku/Keşla
2
3
4
2007-08, 2009-10
Baku
2
2
1
2005-06, 2008-09
Shamkir
2
2
1
1999-00, 2000-01
Khazar Lankaran
1
3
2006-07
Turan
1
1
2
1993-94
Gabala
2
3
Khazar Sumgayit
2
Khazri Buzovna
1
1
Karvan
1
1
AZAL
1
Zira FK
1
Simurq
1
Viləş Masallı
1
Total252525

Azerbaijan SSR Champions

Players

Azerbaijani Premier League clubs have almost complete freedom to sign whatever number and category of players they wish. There is no team or individual salary cap, no squad size limit, no age restrictions other than those applied by general employment law, no restrictions on the overall number of foreign players, and few restrictions on individual foreign players – all players with foreign nationality, including those able to claim a passport through a parent or grandparent, are eligible to play, and top players from outside the EU are able to obtain Azerbaijani work permits.

The only restriction on selection is the "Under-21 rule". This rule states that each club must include at least two players under the age of 21 in its matchday squad. [46] Opinions on this rule appear to be divided among APL managers.

Awards

Trophy

The current Azerbaijani 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.

Monthly and annual

In addition to the winner's Trophy and the individual winner's medal players receive, Azerbaijani Premier League also awards the monthly Player of the Month award. Following the season, the awards such as the Player of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Young Player of the Year from Azerbaijani Premier League are handed out.

See also

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