Azerbaijan national football team
|Nickname(s)||Milli (The National Team)|
|Head coach||Berti Vogts|
|Asst coach||Nazim Suleymanov|
|Most caps||Rashad Sadygov (94)|
|Top scorer||Gurban Gurbanov (14)|
|Home stadium||Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
|Highest FIFA ranking||85 (April 2014)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||170 (June 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||88 (15 October 2013)|
|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 Players
- 7 Fixtures and results
- 8 Managers
- 9 Player statistics
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early period (before 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"[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.
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 fro Iran in Baku. In 1929 there were played three mathches 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 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.
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 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 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. 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 once again extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, until end of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle. 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. However, Azerbaijan managed to finish qualification cycle in fourth place, teams' best ever finish.On October 2013, Azerbaijan beat its ranking record by reaching 88th place in FIFA World Rankings.In December 2013, Vogts being granted a new two-year contract, with aim to lead Azerbaijan through EURO 2016 qualifying.
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.
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
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.
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.
The new Baku Olympic 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
UEFA European Championship records
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
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.
The following players have been called for the squad within the last 12 months.
Fixtures and results
Recent results within last 24 months and all known upcoming fixtures.
|Manager||Azerbaijan career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Mammadov, AlakbarAlakbar Mammadov||1992–1993||4||3||0||1||75|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker)||1993–1994||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov||1994–1995||8||0||0||8||0.00|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev||1995–1997||9||2||3||4||22.22|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||1997–1998||20||6||3||11||30|
|Alaskarov, AhmadAhmad Alaskarov||1999–2000||13||1||6||6||7.69|
|Ponomaryov, IgorIgor Ponomaryov||2000–2001||15||2||3||10||13.33|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||2002||8||0||2||6||0.00|
|Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev||2003–2004||5||1||1||3||20|
|Torres, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Torres||2004–2005||18||2||6||10||11.11|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||2005||5||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|
|Vogts, BertiBerti Vogts||2008–present||64||15||21||28||23.44|
Last updated 6 march 2013
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):
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