2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2014–15
ChampionsQarabağ
Champions LeagueQarabağ
Europa LeagueInter Baku
Gabala
Neftchi Baku
Matches played144
Goals scored354 (2.46 per match)
Top goalscorerNurlan Novruzov
(14 goals)
Biggest home winInter Baku 7–0 Baku
Biggest away winAZAL 0–4 Gabala
Highest scoringInter Baku 7–0 Baku
Simurq 5–2 Baku
Highest attendance7,500
Araz-Naxçıvan 3–0 Neftchi
(11 August 2014)[1]
Lowest attendance500
AZAL 1–1 Khazar Lankaran
(9 August 2014)[1]
All statistics correct as of 9 March 2015.

The 2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League was the 23rd season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Qarabağ are the defending champions, having won the previous season. The season started on 9 August 2014 and ended on 28 May 2015.

Teams[edit]

Ravan Baku were relegated to Azerbaijan First Division.

The format of the league not change as a total of 10 teams will contest the league, with the last club relegated and Araz-Naxçıvan promoted from the First Division.[2] The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games.[3]

On 3 November 2014, the Araz-Naxçıvan announced their withdrawal from the league due constant biased referee decisions, which meant that all of their results were annulled.[4][5] This also meant that no club will be relegated by end of the season.[6]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
Araz-Naxçıvan Nakhchivan Nakhchivan City Stadium 11,800
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 5,000
Baku Baku FC Baku's Training Base 2,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 8,000
Inter Baku Baku Inter Arena 10,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Ağdam Tofiq Bahramov Stadium 31,200
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 16,000

Personnel and kits[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
Araz-Naxçıvan Azerbaijan Asgar Abdullayev Azerbaijan Elmin Chobanov Joma
AZAL Azerbaijan Tarlan Ahmadov Azerbaijan Shahriyar Rahimov Umbro Silk Way
Baku Turkey Ibrahim Uzunca Azerbaijan Aqil Mammadov Kappa
Gabala Ukraine Roman Hryhorchuk Azerbaijan Volodimir Levin Joma Pepsi[8]
Inter Baku Georgia (country) Kakhaber Tskhadadze Azerbaijan Asif Mammadov Umbro IBA
Khazar Lankaran Azerbaijan Elbrus Mammadov Azerbaijan Rahid Amirguliyev Puma Palmali[9]
Neftçi Baku Azerbaijan Arif Asadov Brazil Flavinho Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov Azerbaijan Rashad Sadygov Adidas Azersun[10]
Simurq Georgia (country) Giorgi Chikhradze Azerbaijan Ilkin Qirtimov Joma
Sumgayit Azerbaijan Agil Mammadov Azerbaijan Ruslan Poladov Umbro Azerkimya[11]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Khazar Lankaran Turkey Mustafa Denizli Mutual consent 16 May 2014[12] Pre-season Turkey Oğuz Çetin 5 June 2014[13]
Gabala Russia Yuri Semin 23 May 2014 Romania Dorinel Munteanu 14 June 2014[14]
Baku Serbia Milinko Pantić 24 July 2014 Turkey Ibrahim Uzunca 12 August 2014
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Boyukagha Hajiyev Resigned 3 September 2014 6th Azerbaijan Arif Asadov 4 September 2014
Gabala Romania Dorinel Munteanu Sacked 8 December 2014[15] 6th Azerbaijan Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker) 8 December 2014[16]
Gabala Azerbaijan Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 21 December 2014 6th Ukraine Roman Hryhorchuk 21 December 2014[17]
Khazar Turkey Oğuz Çetin Resigned 22 December 2014[18] 5th Azerbaijan Elbrus Mammadov 23 December 2014[19]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Qarabağ (C) 32 20 8 4 51 28 +23 68 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Inter Baku 32 17 12 3 55 20 +35 63 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Gabala 32 15 9 8 46 35 +11 54
4 Neftchi Baku 32 13 10 9 38 33 +5 49
5 Simurq 32 11 6 15 41 39 +2 39
6 AZAL 32 10 9 13 37 42 −5 39
7 Khazar Lankaran 32 8 8 16 35 46 −11 32
8 Sumgayit 32 7 10 15 32 43 −11 31
9 Baku 32 3 8 21 19 68 −49 17
10 Araz-Naxçıvan[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Team withdrawn
Source: uefa.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5. head-to-head away goals (only if 2 teams are tied); 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored.[21]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Araz-Naxçıvan were officially withdrawn from the league on 17 November 2014[20]

Results[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 28 May 2015[26]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Azerbaijan Nurlan Novruzov Baku 15
Serbia Dragan Ćeran Simurq
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Freddy Mombongo-Dues AZAL 14
Azerbaijan Magomed Kurbanov Sumgayit
5 Azerbaijan Javid Huseynov Gabala 11
Chile Nicolás Canales Neftchi
7 Brazil Reynaldo Qarabağ 10
Netherlands Leroy George Qarabağ
9 Spain Mikel Álvaro Inter Baku 9
10 Brazil Nildo Inter Baku 8
Azerbaijan Rashad Eyyubov Simurq
Senegal Victor Mendy Gabala

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Democratic Republic of the Congo Freddy Mombongo-Dues4 AZAL Simurq 5–0[27] 22 May 2015
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Most yellow cards; 12[28]
Most red cards; 2[28]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

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  22. ^ Карабах получит техническое поражение в матче с Сумгайытом. www.azerisport.com (in Russian). Azerisport.com. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  23. ^ АЗАЛ спасается от поражения от ХЛ в дебютном матче сезона. www.azerisport.com (in Russian). Azerisport.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
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