2007–08 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2007–08
Champions Inter Baku
Relegated Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit
ABN Bärdä
UEFA Champions League Inter Baku
UEFA Cup Olimpik Baku
Khazar Lankaran
UEFA Intertoto Cup Neftchi Baku
Matches played 182
Goals scored 437 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorer Khagani Mammadov (19)
Biggest home win Standard Baku 6-0 ABN Bärdä
Masallı 6-0 Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit
Biggest away win Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 0-6 Gabala
Highest scoring Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 2-6 Neftchi Baku

The 2007–08 Azerbaijan Premier League is the 16th season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Khazar Lankaran were the defending champions, having won the previous season.

Teams[edit]

Shahdag Qusar were relegated after finishing the previous season in 13th. Whilist FK Gäncä, who where excluded from the league the previous season, also wouldn't take part in the 2007-08 season. On 13 August 2007 UEFA declared MKT Araz defunct and withdrew their participation from the league.

They were replaced by ABN Bärdä, Masallı and Standard Baku from the Azerbaijan First Division.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
ABN Bärdä Barda City Stadium 10,000
FK Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium 15,350
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Karabakh Guzanli Olympic Stadium1 15,000
Karvan Yevlakh Stadium 5,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
FK Masallı Anatoliy Banishevskiy Stadium 7,500
Neftchi Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Olimpik Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 4,000
Standard Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 10,000

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

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Team captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
ABN Bärdä Azerbaijan Faig Jabbarov
Baku Republic of Macedonia Gjoko Hadžievski
Gabala Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov Erreà
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit Azerbaijan Sabir Aliyev
Inter Baku Ukraine Valentyn Khodukin
Karabakh Turkey Rasim Kara
Karvan Azerbaijan Tabriz Hasanov
Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan Agaselim Mirjavadov
FK Masallı Azerbaijan Gahraman Aliyev
Neftchi Baku Ukraine Anatoliy Demyanenko
Olimpik Baku Azerbaijan Asgar Abdullayev Umbro Silk Way Airlines
Simurq Ukraine Roman Pokora
Standard Baku Azerbaijan Yunis Huseynov
Turan Tovuz Turkey Salahattin Darvand

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Neftchi Baku Czech Republic Vlastimil Petržela Sacked 5 January 2008[2] Ukraine Anatoliy Demyanenko 5 January 2008[2]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Inter Baku (C) 26 18 4 4 55 18 +37 58 2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Olimpik Baku 26 17 7 2 29 7 +22 58 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Neftchi Baku 26 16 7 3 42 18 +24 55 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Khazar 26 14 10 2 44 16 +28 52 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 1
5 Qarabağ 26 11 8 7 25 16 +9 41
6 Gabala 26 11 3 12 33 36 −3 36
7 Simurq 26 9 9 8 31 25 +6 36
8 Baku 26 8 11 7 35 26 +9 35
9 Standard Baku 26 8 8 10 36 26 +10 32
10 FK Masallı 26 8 6 12 30 40 −10 30
11 Karvan 26 6 5 15 23 36 −13 23
12 Turan 26 4 6 16 21 49 −28 18
13 Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 26 4 2 20 21 68 −47 14 Relegation to the 2008-09 Azerbaijan First Division
14 ABN Bärdä 26 2 6 18 12 56 −44 12

Updated to games played on July 29, 2008.
Source: Azerbaijan Professional Football league
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Khazar Lankaran qualified for the first qualifiying round of the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Cup as winners of the 2007–08 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]

Home \ Away[1] ABB BAK GAB GAS INT KAR KHA MAS NEF OLI QAR SIM STA TUR
ABN Bärdä 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–4 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–0
Baku 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 3–3 2–2 2–1 5–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–2
Gabala 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 4–0 0–2 0–6 0–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–6 0–1 0–1 0–3 1–5 1–1
Inter Baku 4–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1
Karvan 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Khazar 0–0 0–0 2–1 5–0 3–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0
FK Masallı 1–1 2–0 1–0 6–0 0–3 4–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Neftchi Baku 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–2
Olimpik Baku 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0
Qarabağ 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Simurq 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–4 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0
Standard Baku 6–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–1
Turan 3–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 0–4 1–5 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–2

Source: soccerway.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[3]
1 Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov Inter 19
2 Azerbaijan Branimir Subašić Neftchi 14
3 Uruguay Walter Guglielmone Inter 11
Brazil Junivan Olimpik-Shuvalan 11
Azerbaijan Zaur Ramazanov Khazar 11
6 Ukraine Vladimir Mazyar Simurq 10
7 Georgia (country) Roman Akhalkatsi Karvan 9
Georgia (country) Georgi Adamia Neftchi 9
9 Russia Vitali Balamestny Gabala 8
Brazil Leo Rocha Standard Baku 8

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Azerbaijan Branimir Subašić Neftchi Gänclärbirliyi 6–2 18 August 2007[4]
Georgia (country) Roman Akhalkatsi Karvan Turan 5–1 1 September 2007[5]
Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov Inter Turan 4–0 10 November 2007[6]
Russia Vitali Balamestny4 Gabala Gänclärbirliyi 0–6 11 November 2007[7]
Moldova Anatolie Doroș Standard Gänclärbirliyi 5–1 1 December 2007[8]
Azerbaijan Nadir Nabiyev Khazar Gänclärbirliyi 5–0 29 March 2008[9]
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Стадион в Гузанлы одобрен ПФЛ (Russian)
  2. ^ a b "Demyanenko returns with Neftchi". UEFA. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Top Goalscorers". http://www.pfl.az/. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 2-6 Neftchi". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Turan 1-5 Karvan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Turan 0-4 Inter". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 0-6 Gabala". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 1-5 Standard". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Khazar Lankaran 5-0 Gänclärbirliyi". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 7 January 2014.