2008–09 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2008–09
Champions FK Baku (2nd title)
Relegated Bakılı Baku
MOIK Baku
UEFA Champions League FK Baku
UEFA Europa League Inter Baku
Simurq Zaqatala
Karabakh (via domestic cup)
Matches played 182
Goals scored 443 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorer Walter Guglielmone (17)
Biggest home win Baku 7–0 Turan
Biggest away win Bakılı Baku 0–7 Baku
Highest scoring Baku 7–0 Turan
MOIK 1–6 Olimpik
Bakılı Baku 0–7 Baku

The 2008–09 Azerbaijan Premier League is the 17th season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Inter Baku were the defending champions, having won the previous season.

Teams[edit]

FK Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit and ABN Bärdä were relegated after finishing the previous season in 13th and 14th place, respectively. They were replaced by the champions of the two groups in the Azerbaijan First Division, Bakılı Baku and MOIK Baku.

On 8 July 2008, FK Masallı withdrew their participation from the league, citing competitional and financial problems as reasons.[1] Although it was unclear as of 21 July if the Azerbaijan Football Federation would be naming a substitute or if the championship would start with just 13 teams, shortly thereafter AFFA named FK NBC Salyan to replace Masallı in top league.[2]

On 31 October 2008, FK NBC Salyan changed their name to FK Mughan.[3]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Venue Capacity
Bakılı Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
FK Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Karabakh Guzanli Olympic Stadium1 15,000
Karvan Yevlakh Stadium 5,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
MOIK Baku MOIK Stadium 1,000
Mughan Salyany Olympic Sport Complex Stadium 4,000
Neftchi Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Olimpik Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
FK Qäbälä Gabala City Stadium 2,000
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.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Team Head coach Team captain Club chairman
Bakılı Baku Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Gulamov Azerbaijan Vasif Aliyev Misir Abilov
FK Baku Republic of Macedonia Gjoko Hadžievski Azerbaijan Rafael Amirbekov Hafiz Mammadov
Inter Baku Ukraine Valentin Khodukin Azerbaijan Khagani Mammadov Georgi Nikolov
Karabakh Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov Azerbaijan Farhad Veliyev Abdulbari Goozal
Karvan vacant Azerbaijan Ilham Yadullayev Javanshir Shiraliyev
Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan Igor Ponomarev Azerbaijan Dmitry Kramarenko Mübariz Mensimov
MOIK Baku Azerbaijan Akif Ibadov Azerbaijan Ismail Mammadov Safar Abiyev
Mughan Azerbaijan Vladislav Gadyrov Azerbaijan Tarlan Khalilov Fizuli Aliyev
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Boyukaga Agaev Azerbaijan Zaur Tagizade Akper Hajiyev
Olimpik Baku Azerbaijan Asker Abdullayev Azerbaijan Tarlan Akhmedov Rasul Rasulov
FK Qäbälä Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov Azerbaijan Kanan Karimov Taleh Heydarov
Simurq Zaqatala Ukraine Roman Pokora Ukraine Mykhailo Starostyak Zaur Mammadov
Standard Baku Azerbaijan Rafik Mirzoyev Azerbaijan Huseyn Mahammadov Emin Babayev
Turan Tovuz Azerbaijan Etimad Gurbanov Tunisia Asaf Gadiri Rashid Maherramov

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Standard Baku Georgia (country) Badri Kvaratskhelia Resigned 20 April 2009[5] Azerbaijan Rafik Mirzoyev 20 April 2009[5]
Mughan Azerbaijan Nadir Gasymov Sacked 5 May 2009[6] Azerbaijan Vladislav Gadirov 20 April 2009[7]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Baku (C) 26 20 2 4 54 13 +41 62 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Inter Baku 26 18 7 1 54 16 +38 61 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Simurq 26 16 5 5 39 20 +19 53
4 Khazar Lankaran 26 15 5 6 49 21 +28 50
5 Qarabağ 26 14 7 5 35 22 +13 49 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
6 Olimpik Baku 26 12 8 6 32 18 +14 44
7 Standard Baku 26 12 3 11 30 31 −1 39
8 Neftchi Baku 26 9 9 8 30 21 +9 36
9 Karvan 26 10 4 12 28 33 −5 34
10 Gabala 26 9 6 11 28 21 +7 33
11 Turan 26 5 5 16 19 45 −26 20
12 Mughan 26 4 2 20 19 53 −34 14
13 Bakili (R) 26 3 3 20 14 65 −51 12 Relegation to Azerbaijan First Division
14 MOIK Baku (R) 26 1 2 23 12 64 −52 5

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Karabakh won the Azerbaijan Cup 2008–09 and therefore qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(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] BKL BAK INT QAR KAR KHA MOI MUG NEF OLI GAB SIM STA TUR
Bakili 0–7 1–5 1–2 2–1 1–3 1–0 3–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–2
Baku 3–1 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 7–0
Inter Baku 4–0 0–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0
Qarabağ 3–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 4–2
Karvan 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1
Khazar Lankaran 5–0 3–0 2–4 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 4–0 5–0
MOIK Baku 1–1 0–3 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–4 1–3 0–5 1–6 0–3 2–4 1–2 2–0
Mughan 1–0 0–4 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–3 0–1 0–4 1–2 1–3 2–1
Neftchi Baku 3–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1
Olimpik Baku 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–0
Gabala 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1
Simurq 3–0 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 3–1
Standard Baku 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 4–1
Turan 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 4–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–2

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

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[8]
1 Uruguay Walter Guglielmone Inter 17
2 Bulgaria Ivan Tsvetkov Khazar 15
3 Ukraine Vladimir Mazyar Simurq 11
Georgia (country) Amiran Mujiri Baku 11
5 Azerbaijan Leandro Gomes Olimpik Baku 10
Uruguay Angel Gutierrez Standard 10
7 Nigeria Victor Igbekoi Qarabağ/Turan 8
Iran Farzad Hatami Gabala 8
Brazil Rômulo Khazar 8
10 Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Soltanov Baku 7

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Iran Farzad Hatami Gabala MOIK 3–0 17 August 2008[9]
Bulgaria Ivan Tsvetkov4 Khazar MOIK 4–0 26 September 2008[10]
Azerbaijan Leandro Gomes Olimpik Baku Bakılı 4–0 7 March 2009[11]
Azerbaijan Bakhtiyar Soltanov Baku Bakılı 3–1 21 March 2009[12]
Nigeria Victor Igbekoi Turan Karvan 4–0 12 April 2009[13]
Uruguay Walter Guglielmone Inter MOIK 3–0 12 April 2009[14]
Azerbaijan Nariman Äzimov Olimpik Baku MOIK 6–1 11 May 2009[15]
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Scoring[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Masalli” will not take part in Premier League
  2. ^ Azerbaijani Premier League to be drawn on July 30
  3. ^ NBC is renamed
  4. ^ Стадион в Гузанлы одобрен ПФЛ (Russian)
  5. ^ a b Кварацхелия ушел из Стандарда (Russian)
  6. ^ Еще одна отставка в премьер-лиге (Russian)
  7. ^ Мугань вновь доверили Гадирову (Russian)
  8. ^ "Top Goalscorers". http://www.pfl.az/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "MOIK Baku 0-3 Gabala". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "MOIK 0-4 Khazar". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Olimpik Baku 4-0 Bakılı". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Baku 3-1 Bakılı". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Turan 4-0 Karvan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "MOIK 0-3 Inter". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "MOIK 1-6 Olimpik Baku". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gabala 4-1 NBC Salyan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Standard Baku 2 - 0 Gabala". www.futbol24.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gabala 3 - 0 Karvan". www.futbol24.com. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Bakılı 0-7 Baku". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c "Baku 7-0 Turan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "MOIK 1-6 Olimpik Baku". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Bakılı 3-2 NBC Salyan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Khazar 2-4 Inter". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Karabakh 3-2 Karvan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "MOIK Baku 2-4 Simurq". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Karabakh 4-2 Turan". http://www.futbol24.com/. Retrieved 8 January 2014.