2012–13 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2012–13
Champions Neftchi (8th title)
Relegated Kəpəz, Turan
Champions League Neftchi
Europa League Qarabağ
Khazar
Inter Baku
Matches played 192
Goals scored 467 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorer Nicolás Canales
(26 goals)
Biggest home win Neftchi 8–1 Sumgayit
Biggest away win Sumgayit 1–6 Qarabağ
Highest scoring Neftchi 8–1 Sumgayit
(9 goals)
Longest winning run 5 games
Neftchi, Qarabağ
Longest unbeaten run 11 games
Qarabağ
Longest losing run 9 games
Kəpəz
Highest attendance 11,000
Khazar 2–3 Inter
(12 February 2013)[1]
Lowest attendance 30
Turan 0–2 Azal
(20 October 2012)[2]
Average attendance 5,462

The 2012–13 Azerbaijan Premier League was the twenty first season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 4 August 2012 and finished on 20 May 2013. Neftchi Baku are the defending champions, having won the previous season.

No club from 2012–13 Azerbaijan First Division was directly promoted.

Teams[edit]

Location of teams in 2012–13 Azerbaijan Premier League

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 12 sides from the 2011–12 season, which means two teams will not be promoted from the 2011–12 Azerbaijan First Division.[3]

In 10 April 2012, FK Qaradağ sealed promotion to league after winning first division.[4] However, due decision of AFFA about licencing, no clubs from division will be promoted which means all clubs from last season will be remaining in the league.[5][6]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 3,000
Baku Baku FC Baku's Training Base 2,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 4,000
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,000
Kəpəz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Agdam Tofig Bahramov Stadium 31,200
Ravan Baku Baku Bayil Stadium 5,000
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]

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
AZAL Azerbaijan Vagif Sadygov Azerbaijan Jahangir Hasanzade Umbro Silk Way
Baku Serbia Božidar Bandović Azerbaijan Elvin Mammadov Macron
Gabala Spain Luis Aragón (caretaker) Azerbaijan Vurğun Hüseynov Erreà Hyundai
Inter Baku Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze Azerbaijan Vladimir Levin Umbro IBA
Kəpəz Azerbaijan Mahmud Gurbanov Azerbaijan Khayal Zeynalov Adidas Nakhchivan Car Factory
Khazar Wales John Toshack Azerbaijan Rahid Amirguliyev Puma Palmali
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Boyukagha Hajiyev Azerbaijan Rashad Sadigov Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov Azerbaijan Rashad Sadygov Adidas Azersun
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Ramil Aliyev Azerbaijan Tural Akhundov Legea NBC Bank
Simurq Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze Azerbaijan Rasim Ramaldanov Umbro
Sumgayit Germany Bernhard Raab Azerbaijan Samir Abbasov Umbro Azerkimya
Turan Azerbaijan Afghan Talybov Azerbaijan Hafiz Aliyev Umbro Bank of Azerbaijan

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov Sacked 8 June 2012[8] Pre-season Turkey Cevat Güler 12 July 2011[8]
Baku Azerbaijan Novruz Azimov 19 July 2012[9] Serbia Božidar Bandović 19 July 2012[9]
Kəpəz Azerbaijan Fuad Ismayilov Resigned 19 August 2012[10] 12th Azerbaijan Mahmud Gurbanov 19 August 2012[10]
Ravan Baku Turkey Cevat Güler Sacked 25 August 2012[11] 8th Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov 25 August 2012
Ravan Baku Azerbaijan Bahman Hasanov End of tenure as caretaker 24 September 2012[12] 11th Bosnia and Herzegovina Kemal Alispahić 24 September 2012[12]
Gabala Turkey Fatih Kavlak Sacked 24 September 2012[13] 5th Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov 24 September 2012[14]
Turan Azerbaijan Asgar Abdullayev Resigned 12 October 2012[15] 10th Azerbaijan Afghan Talybov 12 October 2012[15]
Khazar Azerbaijan Yunis Huseynov 31 October 2012[16] 7th Spain Erik Roqueta Capilla (caretaker) 1 November 2012
Khazar Spain Erik Roqueta Capilla End of tenure as caretaker 14 November 2012 4th Spain Carles Martorell Baqués 14 November 2012[17]
Ravan Baku Bosnia and Herzegovina Kemal Alispahić Sacked 21 December 2012 11th Azerbaijan Ramil Aliyev 21 December 2012
Khazar Spain Carles Martorell Baqués Resigned 26 February 2013[18] 7th Wales John Toshack 8 March 2013[19]
Gabala Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov Sacked 2 April 2013[20] 6th Spain Luis Aragón (caretaker) 2 April 2013

First round[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku 22 14 2 6 47 24 +23 44 Qualification to championship group
2 Inter Baku 22 11 8 3 24 12 +12 41
3 Qarabağ 22 10 9 3 30 19 +11 39
4 Simurq 22 9 9 4 25 15 +10 36
5 Gabala 22 9 5 8 26 27 −1 32
6 Baku 22 6 12 4 24 15 +9 30
7 AZAL 22 7 8 7 32 25 +7 29 Qualification to relegation group
8 Khazar Lankaran 22 7 7 8 32 27 +5 28
9 Turan 22 6 5 11 24 35 −11 23
10 Sumgayit 22 5 7 10 20 39 −19 22
11 Ravan Baku 22 6 4 12 23 36 −13 22
12 Kəpəz 22 2 4 16 12 45 −33 10

Updated to games played on 3 March 2013.
Source: Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
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 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 6–2 6–1 3–1 1–1 0–0
Baku 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Kəpəz 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2
Inter Baku 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Khazar Lankaran 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–3 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–2
Simurq 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–0
Neftchi Baku 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–1
Qarabağ 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–1
Gabala 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 4–1 0–1
Ravan Baku 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–3 2–3 2–0
Sumgayit 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–6 0–1 0–1 0–1
Turan 1–0 0–4 5–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–1

Updated to games played on 15 March 2013.
Source: Soccerway: Azerbaijan Premier League Table
^ 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 2013–14 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 19 5 8 59 32 +27 62 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Qarabağ 32 16 11 5 43 26 +17 59 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Inter Baku 32 16 9 7 38 22 +16 57
4 Simurq 32 12 12 8 32 26 +6 48
5 Baku 32 9 14 9 33 27 +6 41
6 Gabala 32 10 8 14 32 40 −8 38

Updated to games played on 20 May 2013.
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] BAK GAB INT NEF QAR SIM
Baku 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1
Gabala 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–1
Inter Baku 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 5–0
Neftchi Baku 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1
Qarabağ 3–1 1–0 3–2 1–2 0–0
Simurq 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0

Updated to games played on 19 May 2013.
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 2013–14 Azerbaijan First Division. The two teams who finish in 11th and 12th position will be relegated to the 2013–14 Azerbaijan First Division.[21]

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 AZAL 32 16 9 7 57 32 +25 57
8 Khazar Lankaran 32 10 10 12 40 37 +3 40 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
9 Ravan Baku 32 12 4 16 46 53 −7 40
10 Sumgayit 32 9 8 15 31 49 −18 35
11 Turan (R) 32 8 6 18 34 59 −25 30 Relegation to 2013-14 Azerbaijan First Division
12 Kəpəz (R) 32 5 4 23 22 64 −42 19

Updated to games played on 20 May 2013.
Source: Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Khazar Lankaran qualified for the first qualifiying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League as winner of the 2012–13 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] AZL KAP KHA RAV SUM TUR
AZAL 4–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–0
Kəpəz 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–1
Khazar Lankaran 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0
Ravan Baku 3–5 3–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
Sumgayit 0–2 1–0 1–0 4–1 4–0
Turan 0–2 3–5 2–2 2–6 2–1

Updated to games played on 20 May 2013.
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 14 May 2013
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Chile Nicolás Canales Neftchi Baku 26
2 Brazil Nildo AZAL 21
3 Argentina Juan Varea Ravan Baku 14
4 Brazil Richard Almeida Qarabağ 13
5 Mali Salif Ballo Turan 12
6 Azerbaijan Pardis Fardjad-Azad Sumgayit 9
7 Ukraine Yuriy Fomenko Kəpəz / Inter Baku 8
Georgia (country) Bachana Tskhadadze Inter Baku 8
Sierra Leone Julius Wobay Neftchi Baku 8
10 Morocco Zouhir Benouahi AZAL 7
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Božić Simurq 6
Brazil Flavinho Neftchi Baku 6
Romania Marius Pena Baku 6
Lithuania Mindaugas Kalonas Ravan Baku 6
Greece Dimitris Sialmas Khazar 6
Senegal Victor Mendy Gabala 6

Source: Azerbaijan Premier League

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Brazil Nildo4 AZAL Qarabağ 6–2[22] 16 September 2012
Chile Nicolás Canales4 Neftchi Baku Sumgayit 8–1[23] 17 November 2012
Mali Salif Ballo Turan Kəpəz 5–1[24] 2 December 2012
Azerbaijan Pardis Fardjad-Azad4 Sumgayit Turan 4–0[25] 11 March 2013
Argentina Juan Varea Ravan Baku Turan 6–2[26] 30 March 2013
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Scoring[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

Discipline[edit]

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