Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year

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Rashad Sadygov has already been chosen as the Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year four times and has the most number of awards.

Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year is an annual title awarded to the best Azerbaijani football (soccer) player of the year. The award has been given since 1991, and the winner is elected by authorized journalists from the leading Azerbaijani sport media. On the same occasion, an award is also given for Azerbaijani Football Goalkeeper of the Year since 2009. However, this award is not always given annually.[1][2]

History[edit]

The same year the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan was founded, an award for the best Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year began being annually given. The first award was given to former Azerbaijan national football team striker Samir Alakbarov in 1991, and was further awarded in succession in 1992 and 1993. The Azerbaijan national football team captain Rashad Sadygov has the most number of awards at four. The striker Vagif Javadov became the youngest player to win the award in 2009 at the age of 20. The midfielder Mahmud Gurbanov became the oldest player to win the award in 2007 at the age of 34. The award was not given in 1995.

The first Azerbaijani Football Goalkeeper of the Year award was given to Kamran Agayev in 2009, and was further awarded in succession in 2011 and 2012. Both awards are given at the end of the football season.

List of Azerbaijani Footballer of the Year recipients[edit]

Season Winner Runner-up Third place
1991[3] Samir Alakbarov
1992[3] Samir Alakbarov
1993 Samir Alakbarov
1994 Yunis Huseinov
1995 Not awarded
1996 Vidadi Rzayev
1997 Faig Jabbarov
1998 Yunis Huseynov
1999 Tarlan Ahmadov Zaur Tagizade Gurban Gurbanov
2000 Emin Agayev Tarlan Ahmadov Emin Guliyev
2001 Zaur Tagizade Jahangir Hasanzade Mahmud Gurbanov
2002 Samir Aliyev Kamal Quliyev Tarlan Ahmadov
2003 Gurban Gurbanov Farrukh Ismayilov Kamal Quliyev
2004[4] Rashad Sadygov Zaur Ramazanov Emin Guliyev
2005[5] Rashad Sadygov Zaur Tagizade Anatoli Ponomarev
2006[6] Jeyhun Sultanov Farhad Veliyev André Luiz Ladaga
2007 Mahmud Gurbanov Zaur Ramazanov Branimir Subašić
2008[7] Kamran Agayev Rashad Sadygov Zaur Ramazanov
2009[8] Vagif Javadov Rashad Sadygov Mahir Shukurov
2010[9] Rashad Sadygov Kamran Agayev Ruslan Abishov
2011[10] Rauf Aliyev Afran Ismayilov Ruslan Abishov
2012[11] Ruslan Abishov Javid Imamverdiyev Vugar Nadirov
2013[12] Rashad Sadygov Rauf Aliyev Kamran Agayev, Ruslan Abishov, Mahir Shukurov

Number of awards per player[edit]

Player Number Years
Rashad Sadygov 4 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
Samir Alakbarov 3 1992, 1992, 2003
Yunis Huseinov 2 1994, 1998
Vidadi Rzayev 1 1996
Faig Jabbarov 1 1997
Tarlan Ahmadov 1 1999
Emin Agayev 1 2000
Zaur Tagizade 1 2001
Samir Aliyev 1 2002
Gurban Gurbanov 1 2003
Jeyhun Sultanov 1 2006
Mahmud Gurbanov 1 2007
Kamran Agayev 1 2008
Vagif Javadov 1 2009
Rauf Aliyev 1 2011
Ruslan Abishov 1 2012

List of Azerbaijani Football Goalkeeper of the Year recipients[edit]

Year Player Club
2009  Kamran Agayev (AZE) Khazar Lankaran
2011  Kamran Agayev (AZE) Khazar Lankaran
2012  Kamran Agayev (AZE) Khazar Lankaran[13]

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