Azerbaijan national football team

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Azerbaijan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Milli (The National Team)
Association AFFA
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Berti Vogts
Asst coach Nazim Suleymanov
Captain Rashad Sadygov
Most caps Rashad Sadygov (94)
Top scorer Gurban Gurbanov (14)
Home stadium Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
Bakcell Arena
FIFA code AZE
FIFA ranking 85
Highest FIFA ranking 85 (April 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 170 (June 1994)
Elo ranking 88
Highest Elo ranking 88 (15 October 2013)
Lowest Elo ranking 151 (February 2001)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Georgia 6–3 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
(Gurjaani, Georgia; September 17, 1992)[1][2]
Biggest win
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 4–0 Liechtenstein 
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 5 June 1999)
Biggest defeat
 France 10–0 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
(Auxerre, France; September 6, 1995)[1]

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.

History[edit]

Early period (before 1920s)[edit]

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"[note 1] 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.[3]

Soviet era (1920s-1991)[edit]

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.[1] The Azerbaijan national football team held its first friendly matches against Georgia and Armenia in 1927 for the Trans-Caucasian Championship in Georgia.[1] Also in 1926 footbal players from Azerbaijan played three matches with Football team fro Iran in Baku. In 1929 there were played three mathches between these teams in Tehran. In all matches Azerbaijan players won.[4][5]

The 1960s is considered the Golden Age for Azerbaijani football as it produced great players like Anatoliy Banishevskiy, Alakbar Mammadov and the football referee Tofik Bakhramov, 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.

Post-Independence (1992—present)[edit]

1990s[edit]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

2000s[edit]

As of early 2000s, AFFA started to integrate more players to the national team through FIFA's eligibility rules.[9] 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.[10]

In April 2008, former German football player and coach Berti Vogts was appointed as a manager of Azerbaijan on a two-year contract.[11] Azerbaijan had a mixed qualifying campaign, finishing with 5 points, just missing out on a last place to Liechtenstein with 2 points.

2010s[edit]

In November 2009, AFFA extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, making him the first manager to manage Azerbaijani national team in two qualification cycles.[12][13] 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.[14][15] After victory over Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan also broke their scoring and points records by gaining 7 points and scoring 10 goals.[16][17]

In November 2011, AFFA once again extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, until end of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle.[18] Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had some poor results with the team losing to second-string sides, forcing Vogts to face major criticism, protest and demonstration from local supporters and the media.[19][20] However, Azerbaijan managed to finish qualification cycle in fourth place, teams' best ever finish.[21]On October 2013, Azerbaijan beat its ranking record by reaching 88th place in FIFA World Rankings.[22]In December 2013, Vogts being granted a new two-year contract, with aim to lead Azerbaijan through EURO 2016 qualifying.[23]

Team image[edit]

Colours[edit]

Azerbaijan national football team in October 2013.

Azerbaijan's traditional home colours are white shirts, blue shorts and white socks. The team wears also an all-white kit. 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 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.

Nickname[edit]

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.[24]

Media coverage and public relations[edit]

The team receives constant media attention; their games are regularly broadcast live on AZTV and its branch Idman Azerbaijan TV. AZTV also have extended rights, notably on the Internet, and may also broadcast images of the national team in its weekly programs.

Stadium[edit]

Most of Azerbaijan's home matches are played at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in the capital Baku. It has been Azerbaijan's primary home stadium ever since the country's independence from the Soviet Union. Today, some qualifying matches are hosted at the Lankaran City Stadium and Dalga Arena after it met UEFA stadium criteria.[25][26]

The new Baku Olympic Stadium is under construction in Baku with an expected capacity of 64,000 seats.[27][28] Following 2015, this stadium will be used as the venue for the most key matches of the Azerbaijani national team.

Competitive record[edit]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22
 Portugal 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21
 Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14
 Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 −4 9
 Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7
 Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 −19 6
  Azerbaijan Israel Luxembourg Northern Ireland Portugal Russia
Azerbaijan  1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1
Israel  1–1 3–0 1–1 3–3 0–4
Luxembourg  0–0 0–6 3–2 1–2 0–4
Northern Ireland  1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–0
Portugal  3–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Russia  1–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–0


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following squad has been called for the friendly match against the Philippines on 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals as of 5 March 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kamran Ağayev (1986-02-09) February 9, 1986 (age 28) 47 0 Azerbaijan Gabala
1GK Anar Nazirov (1985-09-08) September 8, 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Azerbaijan Gabala
2DF Rashad Sadygov (1982-06-16) June 16, 1982 (age 31) 95 4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2DF Ruslan Abishov (1987-10-10) October 10, 1987 (age 26) 39 4 Russia Rubin Kazan
2DF Elnur Allahverdiyev (1983-11-02) November 2, 1983 (age 30) 35 0 Azerbaijan Gabala
2DF Badavi Guseynov (1991-07-11) July 11, 1991 (age 22) 10 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
2DF Ruslan Amirjanov (1985-02-01) February 1, 1985 (age 29) 4 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
2DF Elvin Yunuszade (1992-08-22) August 22, 1992 (age 21) 1 1 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku
2DF Ilkin Qirtimov (1990-11-04) November 4, 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Azerbaijan Simurq
3MF Ufuk Budak (1990-05-26) May 26, 1990 (age 23) 13 0 Turkey Gaziantep BB
3MF Gara Garayev (1992-10-12) October 12, 1992 (age 21) 8 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
3MF Tuğrul Erat (1992-06-17) June 17, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
3MF Abdulla Abatsiyev (1993-08-16) August 16, 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
4FW Vagif Javadov (1989-05-25) May 25, 1989 (age 24) 51 9 Azerbaijan Inter Baku
4FW Rauf Aliyev (1989-02-12) February 12, 1989 (age 25) 37 7 Azerbaijan Baku
4FW Javid Huseynov (1988-03-09) March 9, 1988 (age 26) 36 1 Azerbaijan Baku
4FW Cihan Özkara (1991-07-14) July 14, 1991 (age 22) 16 1 Turkey Sivasspor
4FW Rufat Dadashov (1991-09-29) September 29, 1991 (age 22) 11 4 Germany Kaiserslautern II

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called for the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Farhad Veliyev (1980-11-01) November 1, 1980 (age 33) 30 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
GK Salahat Aghayev (1991-11-04) November 4, 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
GK Aqil Mammadov (1989-05-01) May 1, 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Azerbaijan Baku v.  Israel, September 7, 2013
DF Volodimir Levin (1984-01-23) January 23, 1984 (age 30) 28 0 Azerbaijan Gabala v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
DF Maksim Medvedev (1989-09-29) September 29, 1989 (age 24) 25 0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
DF Vurğun Hüseynov (1988-04-25) April 25, 1988 (age 25) 14 0 Azerbaijan Sumgayit v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
DF Rasim Ramaldanov (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 28) 12 0 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
DF Ali Gökdemir (1991-09-17) September 17, 1991 (age 22) 10 0 Turkey Elazığspor v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
DF Elhad Naziri (1992-12-29) December 29, 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Azerbaijan Inter Baku v.  Israel, September 7, 2013
MF Mahir Şükürov (1982-12-12) December 12, 1982 (age 31) 71 4 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
MF Vüqar Nadirov (1987-06-15) June 15, 1987 (age 26) 53 4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
MF Rahid Amirguliyev (1989-09-01) September 1, 1989 (age 24) 34 1 Azerbaijan Khazar Lankaran v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
MF Ilter Tashkin (1994-07-05) July 5, 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig II v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
MF Afran Ismayilov (1988-10-08) October 8, 1988 (age 25) 18 1 Azerbaijan Baku v.  Estonia, November 15, 2013
MF Rashad Sadiqov (1983-10-08) October 8, 1983 (age 30) 18 0 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku v.  Estonia, November 15, 2013
MF Araz Abdullayev (1992-04-18) April 18, 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku v.  Russia, October 16, 2013
MF Elvin Mammadov (1988-07-18) July 18, 1988 (age 25) 31 7 Azerbaijan Baku v.  Luxembourg, June 6, 2013
MF Arif İsayev (1985-07-28) July 28, 1985 (age 28) 5 0 Unattached v.  Luxembourg, June 6, 2013
FW Pardis Fardjad-Azad (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Azerbaijan Sumgayit v.  Kyrgyzstan, November 19, 2013
FW Vüqar Äsgärov (1985-05-14) May 14, 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Unattached v.  Malta, August 14, 2013
FW Branimir Subašić (1982-04-07) April 7, 1982 (age 32) 40 7 Turkey Orduspor v.  Luxembourg, June 6, 2013

Fixtures and results[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Recent results within last 24 months and all known upcoming fixtures.

May 27, 2014
Friendly
United States San Francisco United States United States
TBD
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
March 5, 2014
Friendly
United Arab Emirates Dubai Philippines Philippines
0:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Elvin Yunuszade Goal 26'
November 19, 2013
Friendly
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
0:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
November 15, 2013
Friendly
Estonia Tallinn Estonia Estonia
2:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Rauf Aliyev Goal 44'
October 15, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
1:1
Russia Russia
Vagif Javadov Goal 89'
October 11, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
2:0
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Rufat Dadaşov Goal 58'
Mahir Shukurov Goal 90'
September 6, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Israel Ramat Gan Israel Israel
1:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Rahid Amirguliyev Goal 61'
August 14, 2013
Friendly
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
3:0
Malta Malta
Rufat Dadaşov Goal 7', Goal 72'
Rauf Aliyev Goal 63'
June 7, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
1:1
Luxembourg Luxembourg
Ruslan Abishov Goal 71'
May 29, 2013
Friendly
Qatar Doha Qatar Qatar
1:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Rufat Dadaşov Goal 88'
March 26, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
0:2
Portugal Portugal
March 22, 2013
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
0:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
February 6, 2013
Friendly
United Arab Emirates Dubai Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
0:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Vagif Javadov Goal 76'
February 1, 2013
Friendly
United Arab Emirates Dubai Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
0:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
November 14, 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Northern Ireland Belfast Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
1:1
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Rauf Aliyev Goal 5'
October 16, 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Russia Moscow Russia Russia
1:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
September 11, 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Portugal Braga Portugal Portugal
3:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
September 7, 2012
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
1:1
Israel Israel
Ruslan Abishov Goal 65'
August 15, 2012
Friendly
Azerbaijan Baku Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
3:0
Bahrain Bahrain
Branimir Subašić Goal 35'
Cihan Özkara Goal 59'
Javid Huseynov Goal 77'
May 30, 2012
Friendly
Germany Frankfurt Andorra Andorra
0:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
May 23, 2012
Friendly
Japan Fukuroi Japan Japan
2:0
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

Managers[edit]

Under Berti Vogts, Azerbaijan reached its highest position ever in FIFA World Rankings
Manager Azerbaijan career Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Azerbaijan Mammadov, AlakbarAlakbar Mammadov 1992–1993 4 3 0 1 75
Azerbaijan Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker) 1993–1994 2 0 0 2 0.00
Azerbaijan Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov 1994–1995 8 0 0 8 0.00
Azerbaijan Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev 1995–1997 9 2 3 4 22.22
Azerbaijan Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov 1997–1998 20 6 3 11 30
Azerbaijan Alaskarov, AhmadAhmad Alaskarov 1999–2000 13 1 6 6 7.69
Azerbaijan Ponomaryov, IgorIgor Ponomaryov 2000–2001 15 2 3 10 13.33
Azerbaijan Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov 2002 8 0 2 6 0.00
Azerbaijan Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev 2003–2004 5 1 1 3 20
Brazil Torres, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Torres 2004–2005 18 2 6 10 11.11
Azerbaijan Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov 2005 5 0 1 4 0.00
Azerbaijan Diniyev, ShahinShahin Diniyev 2005–2007 20 4 7 9 20
Republic of Macedonia Hadžievski, GjokoGjoko Hadžievski (caretaker) 2007–2008 3 0 1 2 0.00
Germany Vogts, BertiBerti Vogts 2008–present 64 15 21 28 23.44

Last updated 6 march 2013

Player statistics[edit]

Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Azerbaijan, as of 19 November 2013 (players in bold are still available for selection):

Gurban Gurbanov is Azerbaijan's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches.
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers[29]
Player Period Caps Goals
1 Gurban Gurbanov 1992–05 66 14
2 Vagif Javadov 2006–present 50 9
3 Elvin Mammadov 2008–present 31 7
4 Rauf Aliyev 2010–present 36 7
5 Branimir Subašić 2007–present 40 7
6 Zaur Tagizade 1997–08 40 6
7 Nazim Suleymanov 1992–98 24 5
8 Farrukh Ismayilov 1998–07 35 5
9 Vidadi Rzayev 1992–01 37 5
10 Vyacheslav Lychkin 1995–01 45 5
Mahir Shukurov is one of Azerbaijan's most capped players in international matches.
Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
Player Period Caps Goals
1 Rashad Sadygov 2001–present 87 4
2 Aslan Kerimov 1994–08 80 1
3 Mahmud Gurbanov 1994–08 76 1
4 Tarlan Ahmadov 1992–05 75 0
5 Mahir Shukurov 2004–present 71 4
6 Gurban Gurbanov 1992–05 66 14
7 Emin Agayev 1992–05 65 1
8 Aleksandr Chertoganov 2006–14 54 0
9 Vüqar Nadirov 2004–present 53 4
10 Emin Guliyev 2000–08 52 3


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Actually at a regional level, as Azerbaijan and Georgia were part of the Russian Empire at the time.

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  27. ^ Stadium for 68,000 seats to be built in Baku
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