1996–97 Azerbaijan Top League

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Azerbaijan Top League
Season 1996-97
Champions Neftchi Baku
Relegated Pambiqci Neftcala
Azerbaijan U-18
Champions League Neftchi Baku
UEFA Cup Qarabağ
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Kapaz
Matches played 450
Goals scored 718 (1.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Gurban Gurbanov (34)

The 1996-97 Azerbaijan Top League was contested by 16 teams and won by Neftchi Baku. Champions are Garabag Agdam thanks to "youth points" from the U-15 and U-16 Championships.

Teams[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
Azerbaijan U-18
Bakı Fahlasi Ismat Gayibov Stadium 5,000
Fərid Baku
Kapaz Ganja City Stadium 26,120
Khazri Buzovna
Khazar Sumgayit
Kur Nur Yashar Mammadzade Stadium 5,000
MOIK Baku Shafa Stadium (IV field) 8,152
Neftchi Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Pambygchi Barda Barda City Stadium 10,000
Pambiqci Neftcala Nariman Narimanov Stadium 2,000
Police Academy Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Qarabağ Guzanli Olympic Stadium1 15,000
Shamkir
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 10,000
Viləş Masallı Anatoliy Banishevskiy Stadium 8,000

1Qarabağ played their home matches at Surakhani Stadium in Baku before moving to their current stadium on 3 May 2009.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku (C) 30 23 5 2 98 20 +78 74 1997–98 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Qarabağ 30 23 2 5 61 25 +36 71 1997–98 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Khazri Buzovna 30 20 6 4 59 23 +36 66
4 Turan 30 19 7 4 48 13 +35 64
5 Kəpəz 30 18 4 8 59 26 +33 58 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round 1
6 Khazar Sumgayit 30 18 4 8 58 30 +28 58
7 Fərid Baku 30 13 8 9 45 31 +14 47
8 Pambygchi Barda 30 11 5 14 41 47 −6 38
9 MOIK Baku 30 7 6 17 26 50 −24 27
10 Şəmkir 30 8 2 20 30 106 −76 26
11 Bakı Fahlasi 30 10 7 13 37 41 −4 37
12 FK Masallı 30 9 6 15 38 52 −14 33
13 Kur-Nur 30 7 4 19 30 59 −29 25
14 Police Academy 30 5 7 18 23 49 −26 22
15 Pambiqci Neftcala 30 5 6 19 27 68 −41 21  1997-98 Azerbaijan First Division
16 Azerbaijan U-18 30 4 1 25 38 78 −40 13

Source: Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Kapaz qualified for the qualifying round of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as winners of the 1996–97 Azerbaijan Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[2]
1 Azerbaijan Qurban Qurbanov Neftchi 34
2 Azerbaijan Samir Alakbarov Neftchi 25
3 Azerbaijan Rövşən Əhmədov Kəpəz 18
4 Azerbaijan Nazim Aliyev Qarabağ 17
5 Azerbaijan Mushfig Huseynov Qarabağ 15
6 Azerbaijan Həsən Abdullayev Şəmkir / Pambygchi Neftchala 14
7 Azerbaijan Pasha Aliyev Khazri Buzovna 13
8 Azerbaijan Musa Qurbanov Kur-Nur / Neftchi 12
Azerbaijan Azər İsayev Khazri Buzovna 12
Azerbaijan Ismayil Mammadov Khazar Sumgayit 12

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