Azerbaijan national football team
|Nickname(s)||Milli (The National Team)|
|Head coach||Robert Prosinečki|
|Most caps||Rashad Sadygov (94)|
|Top scorer||Gurban Gurbanov (14)|
|Home stadium||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
|FIFA ranking||135 (18 December 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||73 (July 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||170 (June 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||73 (14 August 2014)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||151 (February 2001)|
| Georgia 6–3 Azerbaijan
(Gurjaani, Georgia; September 17, 1992)
| Azerbaijan 4–0 Liechtenstein
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 5 June 1999)
| France 10–0 Azerbaijan
(Auxerre, France; September 6, 1995)
The Azerbaijan national football team (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan milli futbol komandası) is the national football team of Azerbaijan and is controlled by Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. It represents Azerbaijan in international football competitions. The majority of Azerbaijan's home matches are held at the national stadium, Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, with friendly matches sometimes hosted at club stadiums.
The Azerbaijan national football team has taken part in qualification for each major tournament since Euro 96, but has never qualified for the finals tournament of any World Cup or European Championships.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Competitive record
- 5 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
- 6 UEFA Euro 2016
- 7 Players
- 8 Fixtures and results
- 9 Managers
- 10 Player statistics
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early period (before the 1920s)
In the early twentieth century, football began to become popular in Azerbaijan, which was then part of the Russian Empire. In 1912, Azerbaijani football players had their first "international match" and they won in Tbilisi, Georgia against the local "Sokol" team with 4:2. During 1912-1913, matches between Azerbaijani and Georgian football teams were organized, first in Tbilisi and then in Baku. In 1914 the Football Union was founded in Azerbaijan. The Football Union undertook the organization of official city championships and other competitions.
Soviet era (1920s—1991)
The oldest records of football teams in Soviet Azerbaijan goes back to 1926-1927, when Trans-Caucasian Championship was organized in Tbilisi. Three South Caucasian countries participated: Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. The Azerbaijan national football team held its first friendly matches against Georgia and Armenia in 1927 for the Trans-Caucasian Championship in Georgia. Also in 1926 footbal players from Azerbaijan played three matches with Football team from Iran in Baku. In 1929 there were played three matches between these teams in Tehran. In all matches Azerbaijan players won.
The 1960s is considered the Golden Age for Azerbaijani football as it produced great players like Anatoliy Banishevskiy, Alakbar Mammadov and the football referee Tofiq Bahramov, most famous for being the linesman who helped to award a goal for England in the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany.
After Azerbaijan gained its independence in 1991, AFFA — Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan — was created. In 1992, renowned Azerbaijani footballer Alekper Mamedov became the first head coach of the Azeribaijani national football team, compiling a 3–1 record as coach that includes the first ever national team victory, over Georgia on May 25, 1993. In 1994, the national team was accepted into FIFA and UEFA. The security issues, forced the team to play all of its home Euro 96 qualifiers in Trabzon, Turkey.
As of the early 2000s, AFFA started to integrate more players to the national team through FIFA's eligibility rules. In February 2004, Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the Brazil team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup was appointed its national coach. Despite a poor start, a 0–6 defeat to Israel on February 18, Azerbaijan won their first ever away match, 3–2 against Kazakhstan on April 28. In June 2005, following a 3–0 defeat by Poland, Torres stood down from the position, to be replaced by former Neftchi coach Vagif Sadygov, his third spell as coach of Azerbaijan. Shahin Diniyev took over as manager in November 2005. He resigned on 31 October 2007, and Gjoko Hadzievski was named as care-taking coach of Azerbaijan.
In April 2008, former German football player and coach Berti Vogts was appointed as a manager of Azerbaijan on a two-year contract. Azerbaijan had a mixed qualifying campaign, finishing with 5 points, just missing out on a last place to Liechtenstein with 2 points.
In 2010, following a shock win over Turkey, the team reached 90th place in FIFA World Rankings, Azerbaijan's highest position ever in country's football history. After victory over Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan also broke their scoring and points records by gaining 7 points and scoring 10 goals.
In November 2011, AFFA extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, until end of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle. Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had some poor results, not being able to win second-string sides, forcing Vogts to face major criticism, protest and demonstration from local supporters and the media. However, Azerbaijan managed to finish qualification cycle in fourth place, team's best ever finish. In December 2013, Vogts being granted a new two-year contract, with aim to lead Azerbaijan through EURO 2016 qualifying. On July 2014, Azerbaijan beat its ranking record by reaching 73rd place in FIFA World Rankings. Following three straight losses, Vogts has resigned from his post after spending six years in charge of Azerbaijan.
As of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round, Azerbaijan's home colours are all-red kit. The team wears an all-blue kit for away games. This combination of colours are traditional for the national team since their first game. In the beginning of 90s the team has worn a white shirt, to the end of decade it has been transformated into blue-white striped shirts. At the beginning of the 2000s, the kit was replaced by the white shirt with a vertical tricolour stripe, color originating from the national flag of Azerbaijan on the chest. The kit was changed into blue shirts, red shorts and green socks only for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying round. After the tournament, the national team went back to their usual combination of colours.
Azerbaijan national team's away colours were yellow-black striped shirts, black shorts and yellow socks until UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying round, when it was decided to abandon this kit in favor of the completely blue. During the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying round games the team has used an all red kit.
Since 2006, Azerbaijan's kit have been supplied by Umbro. They took over from Puma who were Azerbaijan's kit suppliers between 2004 to 2006. Before that Umbro were Azerbaijan's kit suppliers between 2002 to 2004.
Azerbaijan is often referred to by the media and supporters as Milli (The National Team), which is the nickname associated with all of Azerbaijan's international sporting teams due to the team's utilization of the country's national colors.
Media coverage and public relations
Most of Azerbaijan's home matches are played at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku. It has been Azerbaijan's primary home stadium ever since the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Today, some qualifying matches and friendly matches are hosted at the Lankaran City Stadium, Bakcell Arena and Dalga Arena after it met UEFA stadium criteria.
The new Baku National Stadium is under construction in Baku with an expected capacity of 64,000 seats. Following 2015, this stadium will be used as the venue for the most key matches of the Azerbaijani national team.
FIFA World Cup records
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||1||0||7||3||22||5/5|
|2018||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
UEFA European Championship records
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA Euro Championship qualification record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Soviet Union||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||0||1||9||2||29||6/6|
|2016||To be determined|
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
UEFA Euro 2016
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group H
|1||Croatia||4||3||1||0||10||1||+9||10||Advance to final tournament||—||12 Jun '15||28 Mar '15||10 Oct '15||2–0||6–0|
|2||Italy||4||3||1||0||6||2||+4||10||1–1||—||13 Oct '15||6 Sep '15||3 Sep '15||2–1|
|3||Norway||4||3||0||1||6||3||+3||9||Final tournament or play-offs||6 Sep '15||0–2||—||2–1||10 Oct '15||12 Jun '15|
|4||Bulgaria||4||1||1||2||4||5||−1||4||0–1||28 Mar '15||3 Sep '15||—||1–1||13 Oct '15|
|5||Malta||4||0||1||3||1||7||−6||1||13 Oct '15||0–1||0–3||12 Jun '15||—||6 Sep '15|
|6||Azerbaijan||4||0||0||4||2||11||−9||0||3 Sep '15||10 Oct '15||0–1||1–2||28 Mar '15||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
The following squad has been called for the friendly match against 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification gamea against Norway on November 16, 2014.
Caps and goals as of November 16, 2014 after the game against Norway.
The following players have been called for the squad within the last 12 months.
- INJ = Withdrew because of injury
- RET = Retired from international football
- = Currently injured or recovering from surgery
Fixtures and results
Recent results within last 24 months and all known upcoming fixtures.
||San Francisco||United States||
- As of 17 October 2014
|Manager||Azerbaijan career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Mammadov, AlakbarAlakbar Mammadov||1992–1993||5||3||1||1||60|
| Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker)
Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov (caretaker)
|Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov||1994–1995||9||0||0||9||0.00|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev||1995–1996||11||3||3||5||27.27|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||1997–1998||20||6||3||11||30|
|Alaskarov, AhmadAhmad Alaskarov||1999–2000||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev (caretaker)||2000||4||0||2||2||0.00|
|Ponomaryov, IgorIgor Ponomaryov||2000–2001||15||1||2||10||6.67|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker)||1995–1996||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||2002||8||1||4||4||12.5|
|Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev||2002–2003||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Torres, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Torres||2004–2005||18||2||5||11||11.11|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov (caretaker)||2005||4||0||1||4||0.00|
|Diniyev, ShahinShahin Diniyev||2005–2007||20||4||7||9||20|
|Hadžievski, GjokoGjoko Hadžievski (caretaker)||2007–2008||3||0||1||2||0.00|
|Suleymanov, NazimNazim Suleymanov (caretaker)||2008||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Vogts, BertiBerti Vogts||2008–2014||71||15||22||34||21.13|
|Gurbanov, MahmudMahmud Gurbanov (caretaker)||2014||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Prosinečki, RobertRobert Prosinečki||2014–||0||0||0||0||0.00|
Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Azerbaijan, as of 15 October 2014 (players in bold are still available for selection):
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