2011–12 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2011–12
Champions Neftchi (7th title)
Champions League Neftchi
Europa League Baku
Khazar
Inter Baku
Matches played 192
Goals scored 448 (2.33 per match)
Top goalscorer Bahodir Nasimov
(16 goals)
Biggest home win Neftchi 7-1 AZAL
Biggest away win Ravan 0-4 Gabala
Highest scoring AZAL 6-3 Sumgayit
Highest attendance 15,000[1]
Kəpəz 3–1 AZAL
Lowest attendance 300[2] FK Baku 0–3 Kəpəz
FK Baku 3–2 Ravan
Average attendance 3,581[2]

The 2011–12 Azerbaijan Premier League (known as the Unibank Premyer Liqası for sponsorship reasons) was the twentieth season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. Neftchi Baku was the defending champions, having won their second Azerbaijani championship the previous season.

A total of twelve teams participated in the league, the ten sides remaining of the 2010–11 season, one promoted club from the 2010–11 Azerbaijan First Division and a totally new club instead of defunct First Division champions FC Absheron.[3] The format of the league was same as 2010-11 season.

There is only one change in season's regulation as only champion of 2011–12 Azerbaijan First Division was directly promoted, while runners up of first division played play-off game with the team that finished 11th in Azerbaijan Premier League.[3]

Teams[edit]

MOIK Baku were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division after finishing 12th and last, at the end of last season. They were replaced by First Division champions FC Absheron and runners-up Ravan Baku. However, due sponsorship problems Absheron became defunct and replaced by Sumgayit City F.C..[4]

On 31 May 2011, it was announced that FK Ganja changed their name to FC Kəpəz.[5] On 18 July 2011, FK Mughan also ruled out to participate in this season due sponsorship reasons and replaced by Simurq PFC.[6][7]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2011-12 Azerbaijan Premier League
Team Location Venue Capacity[8]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 3,000
FK Baku Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,150
Kəpəz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Qarabağ Agdam Guzanli Olympic Stadium 2,000
Ravan Baku Baku Dalga Arena 6,500
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Sumgayit Sumqayit Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium 16,000
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 6,800

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Team captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AZAL Azerbaijan Vagif Sadygov Azerbaijan Agil Nabiyev Umbro Silk Way
FC Baku Azerbaijan Novruz Azimov Azerbaijan Jamshid Maharramov Macron
Gabala Turkey Fatih Kavlak Azerbaijan Mahir Shukurov Erreà Hyundai
Inter Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze Azerbaijan Vladimir Levin Umbro IBA
Kəpəz Azerbaijan Fuad Ismayilov Azerbaijan Azer Mammadov Adidas Nakhchivan Car Factory
Khazar Azerbaijan Yunis Hüseynov Azerbaijan Rahid Amirguliev Puma Palmali
Neftchi Azerbaijan Boyukagha Hajiyev Azerbaijan Rail Malikov Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov Azerbaijan Rashad Sadigov Kappa Azersun
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov Serbia Miloš Zečević Legea Nissan
Simurq Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze Azerbaijan Rasim Ramaldanov Kappa
Sumgayit Germany Bernhard Raab Azerbaijan Samir Abbasov Kappa Azerkimya
Turan Azerbaijan Asgar Abdullayev Azerbaijan Aftandil Hajiyev Kappa SivArt TV PLUS

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
AZAL Azerbaijan Suleymanov, NazimNazim Suleymanov Resigned 7 July 2011[9] Pre-season Azerbaijan Elkhan Abdullayev 12 July 2011[10]
Neftchi Azerbaijan Asadov, ArifArif Asadov Resigned 29 July 2011[11] Pre-season Azerbaijan Boyukagha Hajiyev 2 August 2011[12]
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov Resigned 20 September 2011[13] 11th Azerbaijan Kadyrov, VladislavVladislav Kadyrov 20 September 2011[13]
AZAL Azerbaijan Elkhan Abdullayev Resigned 31 October 2011[14] 10th Azerbaijan Rafig Mirzayev 1 November 2011
Gabala England Tony Adams Resigned 16 November 2011[15] 6th Turkey Fatih Kavlak 16 November 2011[16]
Kapaz Azerbaijan Mehman Allahverdiyev Resigned 21 November 2011[17] 10th Azerbaijan Mirbaghir Isayev 21 November 2011[18]
Khazar Lankaran Romania Mircea Rednic Sacked 4 December 2011[19] 3rd Turkey Cüneyt Biçer 5 December 2011[20]
Kapaz Azerbaijan Mirbaghir Isayev Resigned 24 December 2011[21] 10th Azerbaijan Fuad Ismayilov 1 January 2012[22]
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Kadyrov, VladislavVladislav Kadyrov Sacked 5 February 2012[13] 8th Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov 6 February 2012[13]
Simurq Russia Yuran, SergeySergey Yuran Mutually terminated 5 March 2012[23] 10th Azerbaijan Getman, IgorIgor Getman 5 March 2012[23]
Simurq Azerbaijan Getman, IgorIgor Getman End of tenure as caretaker 11 March 2012[24] 10th Georgia (country) Chikhradze, GiorgiGiorgi Chikhradze 11 March 2012[24]
FC Baku Latvia Starkovs, AleksandrsAleksandrs Starkovs Mutually terminated 11 March 2012[25] 5th Azerbaijan Novruz Azimov 11 March 2012[25]
Khazar Lankaran Turkey Cüneyt Biçer Sacked 15 March 2012[26] 4th Azerbaijan Yunis Hüseynov 15 March 2012[27]
AZAL Azerbaijan Rafig Mirzayev Mutually terminated 2 April 2012[28] 7th Azerbaijan Mais Azimov 2 April 2012[28]
AZAL Azerbaijan Mais Azimov End of tenure as caretaker 6 April 2012[29] 7th Azerbaijan Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov 6 April 2012[29]

Season events[edit]

Inter Baku scandal[edit]

On 21 August 2011, Inter Baku - FK Baku game was suspended during last minutes due referee scandal, therefore game's fate decided after Professional Football League of Azerbaijan's decision.[30][31] On 23 August 2011, PFL awarded 3-0 technical victory to FK Baku and announced the following punishments were given to Inter Baku's individuals:

Furthermore, Inter Baku fined additional 13,000 AZN for breaching security regulations.[32][33]

Khazar Lankaran and Turan controversy[edit]

On 6 August 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of AFFA imposed the punishment on the scandal that took place in two matches. Khazar Lankaran fined 10,000 AZN after club's fans threw alien objects to the court, injuring the head of Inter Baku’s coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Khazar also must play its next two league home matches in an empty stadium because of its fans' aggressive behavior.[34]

AFFA fined Turan Tovuz 26,000 AZN and moved its next two league home matches on a neutral ground for injuring referees, breaking PFL camera as well as for refusing to play at the second half of 2011–12 Azerbaijan Cup.[34][35] The club's president Musa Suleymanov has been disqualified for five matches and club received technical defeat of 0-3.[36]

First round[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku 22 16 1 5 45 17 +28 49 Qualification to championship group
2 Inter Baku 22 13 6 3 21 10 +11 45
3 Khazar Lankaran 22 13 5 4 33 19 +14 44
4 Qarabağ 22 12 5 5 27 14 +13 41
5 Baku 22 10 5 7 27 22 +5 35
6 Gabala 22 10 5 7 27 23 +4 35
7 AZAL 22 8 5 9 35 35 0 29 Qualification to relegation group
8 Ravan Baku 22 6 7 9 23 29 −6 25
9 Kəpəz 22 6 4 12 26 38 −12 22
10 Simurq 22 5 4 13 18 34 −16 19
11 Sumgayit 22 4 3 15 16 37 −21 15
12 Turan 22 3 2 17 13 33 −20 11

Source: Soccerway: Azerbaijan Premier League Table


Rules for classification:

1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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] AZL BAK KAP INT KHA SIM NEF QAR GAB RAV SUM TUR
AZAL 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 5–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–2 6–3 3–2
Baku 0–0 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 0–3 2–1 3–2 1–0 5–0
Kəpəz 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Inter Baku 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Khazar Lankaran 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1
Simurq 0–3 0–2 4–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Neftchi Baku 7–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 5–0 4–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–0
Qarabağ 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–1
Gabala 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 3–1 2–1
Ravan Baku 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–4 0–0 2–1
Sumgayit 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–0
Turan 0–0 0–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0

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

Second round[edit]

Championship group[edit]

The top six teams of the first phase participate in this group, which will decide which team will win the championship. Additionally, teams in this group compete for one 2012–13 Champions League and two Europa League spots.

The winners will qualify for the Champions League Second qualifying round, with the runners-up and third place team earning a spot in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku (C) 32 20 3 9 55 30 +25 63 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Khazar Lankaran 32 17 8 7 44 28 +16 59 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Inter Baku 32 16 8 8 29 21 +8 56
4 Qarabağ 32 15 8 9 37 28 +9 53
5 Gabala 32 15 7 10 43 32 +11 52
6 Baku 32 15 5 12 42 37 +5 50 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1

Updated to games played on 11 May 2012.
Source: Soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Baku qualified for the first qualifiying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League as winner of the 2011–12 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] BAK INT KHA NEF QAR GAB
Baku 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Inter Baku 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1
Khazar Lankaran 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–1
Neftchi Baku 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Qarabağ 2–4 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Gabala 4–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–0

Updated to games played on 5 May 2012.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation group[edit]

The bottom six teams of the first phase will determine the teams to be relegated to the 2012–13 Azerbaijan First Division. The bottom team of this group will be directly relegated, while the fifth-placed team will have to compete in relegation/promotion playoffs with the second-placed teams of the 2011–12 Azerbaijan First Division. On April 30, due decision of Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, no clubs from Azerbaijan First Division will be promoted which means all clubs from this season will be remaining in the league.[37]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 AZAL 32 12 8 12 44 44 0 44
8 Ravan Baku 32 10 11 11 39 39 0 41
9 Simurq 32 8 10 14 27 41 −14 34
10 Kəpəz 32 9 5 18 35 55 −20 32
11 Turan 32 6 7 19 26 42 −16 25 Qualification to relegation playoffs
12 Sumgayit 32 6 6 20 27 52 −25 24 Relegation to 2012–13 Azerbaijan First Division

Updated to games played on 18 May 2012.
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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] AZL KAP RAV SIM SUM TUR
AZAL 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0
Kəpəz 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1
Ravan Baku 2–0 5–1 0–0 3–2 2–2
Simurq 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Sumgayit 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1
Turan 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 15 April 2012.
Source: Soccerway
^ 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]

As of 11 May 2012
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Uzbekistan Bahodir Nasimov 16 Neftchi
2 Ukraine Yuriy Fomenko 11 Kapaz
3 Brazil Tales Schutz 10 AZAL
Brazil Flavinho 10 Neftchi
Morocco Zouhir Benouahi 10 AZAL
4 Brazil Dodô 9 Gabala
5 Lithuania Robertas Poškus 8 Simurq
Azerbaijan Branimir Subašić 8 Khazar Lankaran
France Yannick Kamanan 8 Gabala

Last updated: 11 May 2012
Source: Azerbaijan Premier League

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Uzbekistan Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku AZAL 7–1[38] 11 December 2011
Lithuania Deividas Česnauskis FK Baku Khazar Lankaran 4–1[39] 14 April 2012

Scoring[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

Discipline[45][edit]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Azerbaijan Professional Football League Awards
Player Club
August Azerbaijan Ceyhun Sultanov Kəpəz[46]
September Azerbaijan Rashad Abdullayev Neftchi
October Costa Rica Winston Parks Baku[47]
November Brazil Flavinho Neftchi[47]
December Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze Inter Baku
February Azerbaijan Afran Ismayilov Qarabağ
March France Yannick Kamanan Gabala
April Lithuania Deividas Česnauskis Baku
May Brazil Eder Bonfim Khazar

Annual awards[edit]

Award PFL Seasonal Awards[48]
Player Club
Best Goalkeeper Azerbaijan Kamran Agayev Khazar
Best Defender Azerbaijan Ruslan Abishov Khazar
Best Midfielder Romania Adrian Piț Khazar
Best Forward Azerbaijan Rauf Aliyev Qarabağ
Player of the Year Brazil Flavinho Neftchi
Young Player of the Year Azerbaijan Nurlan Novruzov Baku
Manager of the Year Azerbaijan Boyukagha Hajiyev Neftchi

See also[edit]

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