|Full name||Araz Abdulla oğlu Abdullayev|
|Date of birth||18 April 1992|
|Place of birth||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2011||→ Neftchi Baku (loan)||7||(0)|
|2012||→ Panionios (loan)||8||(0)|
|2017–||→ Anorthosis (loan)||12||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2017
Born in Baku, Abdullayev played for Neftchi Baku's youth team from January 2007 to December 2008. He made his first team debut for Neftchi on 5 October 2008. In the November 2011, Neftchi Baku celebrated its 1000th goal, which is scored by Araz Abdullayev.
English Premier League club Everton agreed a deal on 4 July 2010 that gave them first option to sign Abdullayev over the next two years if a work permit could be attained. On 21 September, it was announced that he will start on an initial three-year contract, with the option for two more seasons, when the transfer window opens in January 2011. On 7 January 2011, it was announced that Everton signed long-term contract with Abdullayev subject to him being granted a work permit, even though the length of contract is not revealed and allowed him to play for the Neftchi until Azerbaijan Premier League's end. He returned to Everton for their 2011-12 Premier League campaign and featured in Everton Reserves first friendly of the season against Freiburg in the 2011 Lev Yashin Cup
Loan to Panionios
On 27 December 2011, Abdullayev joined Panionios on a season-long loan. He debuted in friendly match on 30 December 2011, against Koropi, Abdullayev played 61 minutes in the starting lineup, Panionios won 3–2. Abdullayev made his Greece Superleague debut for Panionios in a 2–0 home victory against Asteras Tripoli on 3 January 2012.
Return to Neftchi
Abdullayev returned to Neftchi Baku in the summer of 2012 and soon became the main squad player. During the 2012-13 season, he helped his team to become the first Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of UEFA Europe League. Neftchi was drawn in Group H alongside Internazionale, Rubin Kazan and Partizan. Araz made five appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stage. On 20 September 2012, Abdullayev made his debut for UEFA Europa League group stage game against Partizan, entering as a substitute for Flavinho in the 78th minute. The same season, Neftchi Baku won both the Azerbaijan Premier League and Azerbaijan Cup. Abdullayev won the National Cup with Neftchi once again in the 2013–14 season and became a runner-up in 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, losing to Qarabağ in the final match both times. During the 4.5 years spent at Neftchi, Araz Abdullayev played a total of 173 games in all tournaments and scored 25 goals.
On 31 December 2016, Abdullayev signed a two-year contract with Gabala. Abdullayev made his Azerbaijan Premier League debut for Gabala played 84 minutes in the starting lineup, in a 1–1 away draw against Kapaz on 28 February 2017.
Loan to Anorthosis
On 12 August 2017, Anorthosis announced the signing of Abdullayev on a season-long loan deal. Abdullayev made his Cypriot First Division debut for Anorthosis played 83 minutes in the starting lineup, in a 1–1 away draw against Nea Salamis on 20 August 2017. He scored his first goal for Anorthosis in the Cypriot First Division match against AEL Limassol in a 1–1 home draw on 25 November 2017.
After a string of impressive performances at club level, Abdullayev was called up to Azerbaijan squad for 2010 World Cup qualification match against Finland scheduled for 11 October 2008, which made him the youngest ever Azerbaijan international, making his debut at 16 years 4 months.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Neftchi Baku||2008–09||Azerbaijan Premier League||5||1||-||0||0||-||5||1|
|Neftchi Baku (loan)||2010–11||Azerbaijan Premier League||7||0||2||0||–||–||–||9||0|
|Panionios (loan)||2012–12||Superleague Greece||8||0||1||0||–||–||–||9||0|
|Neftchi Baku||2012–13||Azerbaijan Premier League||27||4||6||1||-||11||0||-||5||1|
|Gabala||2016–17||Azerbaijan Premier League||9||0||2||0||–||0||0||–||11||0|
|Anorthosis (loan)||2017–18||Cypriot First Division||12||2||1||0||–||0||0||–||13||2|
|Azerbaijan national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 4 September 2017
- Scores and results list Azerbaijan's goal tally first.
|1.||9 March 2017||Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||4 September 2017||Bakcell Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan||San Marino||2–0||5–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- Araz Abdullayev – UEFA competition record
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- Araz Abdullayev at Soccerway
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