Azerbaijan national football team
|Nickname(s)||Milli (The National Team)|
|Head coach||Robert Prosinečki|
|Most caps||Rashad Sadygov (105)|
|Top scorer||Gurban Gurbanov (14)|
|Home stadium||Baku Olympic Stadium|
|Current||88 45 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||73 (July 2014)|
|Lowest||170 (June 1994)|
|Current||100 (12 October 2016)|
|Highest||73 (14 August 2014)|
|Lowest||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, Baku National 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 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C
- 6 Players
- 7 Fixtures and results
- 8 All time record against other states
- 9 Managers
- 10 Player statistics
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Early period (before the 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" 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 from Iran in Baku. In 1929 there were played three matches 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 Tofiq Bahramov, 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 the 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 2010, 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 extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, until end of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle. Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had some poor results, not being able to win 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, team's best ever finish. In December 2013, Vogts being granted a new two-year contract, with aim to lead Azerbaijan through EURO 2016 qualifying. On July 2014, Azerbaijan beat its ranking record by reaching 73rd place in FIFA World Rankings. Following three straight losses, Vogts has resigned from his post after spending six years in charge of Azerbaijan.
As of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round, Azerbaijan's home colours are all-red kit. The team wears an all-blue kit for away games. 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 the 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.
Since 2006, Azerbaijan's kit have been supplied by Umbro. They took over from Puma who were Azerbaijan's kit suppliers between 2004 and 2006. Before that Umbro were Azerbaijan's kit suppliers between 2002 and 2004.
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
Most of Azerbaijan's home matches are played at the new Baku National Stadium in Baku. It has been Azerbaijan's primary home stadium ever since the move from Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in 2015. Today, some qualifying matches and friendly matches are still hosted at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, whereas others are hosted at the Lankaran City Stadium, Bakcell Arena and Dalga Arena after it met UEFA stadium criteria.
FIFA World Cup records
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||1||0||7||3||22||5/5|
|2018||Qualification campaign in progress||3||2||1||0||2||0|
UEFA European Championship records
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA Euro Championship qualification record|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Soviet Union||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||0||1||9||2||29||6/6|
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C
|1||Germany||3||3||0||0||8||0||+8||9||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||8 Oct '17||2–0||4 Sep '17||3–0||10 Jun '17|
|2||Azerbaijan||3||2||1||0||2||0||+2||7||Possible second round[a]||26 Mar '17||—||10 Jun '17||1–0||5 Oct '17||4 Sep '17|
|3||Northern Ireland||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||4||5 Oct '17||11 Nov '16||—||26 Mar '17||4 Sep '17||4–0|
|4||Norway||3||1||0||2||4||5||−1||3||0–3||1 Sep '17||8 Oct '17||—||10 Jun '17||4–1|
|5||Czech Republic||3||0||2||1||0||3||−3||2||1 Sep '17||0–0||0–0||11 Nov '16||—||8 Oct '17|
|6||San Marino||3||0||0||3||1||9||−8||0||11 Nov '16||0–1||1 Sep '17||5 Oct '17||26 Mar '17||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
The following squad was called up for the 2018 World Cup qualifier matches against Norway on 8 October and Czech Republic on October 11, 2016.
Caps and goals as of 11 October 2016 after the match against Czech Republic.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Kamran Aghayev||9 February 1986||63||0||Boavista|
|12||GK||Anar Nazirov||8 September 1985||4||0||Zira|
|23||GK||Salahat Aghayev||4 January 1991||9||0||Inter Baku|
|3||DF||Magomed Mirzabekov||16 November 1990||12||0||Gabala|
|4||DF||Pavlo Pashayev||4 January 1988||3||0||Stal Kamianske|
|5||DF||Maksim Medvedev (Vice-captain)||29 September 1989||39||1||Qarabağ|
|6||DF||Badavi Guseynov||11 July 1991||27||0||Qarabağ|
|14||DF||Rashad Sadygov (Captain)||16 June 1982||105||4||Qarabağ|
|15||DF||Ruslan Abışov||10 October 1987||49||4||Inter Baku|
|21||DF||Arif Dashdemirov||10 February 1987||13||0||Qarabağ|
|22||DF||Tarlan Guliyev||19 April 1992||6||0||Inter Baku|
|2||MF||Gara Garayev||12 October 1992||27||0||Qarabağ|
|7||MF||Araz Abdullayev||18 April 1992||19||0||Neftchi Baku|
|8||MF||Eddi İsrafilov||2 August 1992||7||0||Cádiz|
|9||MF||Namig Alasgarov||3 February 1995||6||0||Qarabağ|
|13||MF||Dimitrij Nazarov||4 April 1990||21||5||Erzgebirge Aue|
|16||MF||Emin Makhmudov||27 April 1992||1||0||Boavista|
|17||MF||Rahman Hajiyev||25 July 1993||3||0||Neftchi Baku|
|19||MF||Rahid Amirguliyev||1 September 1989||51||3||Qarabağ|
|10||FW||Ruslan Qurbanov||12 September 1991||14||1||Gabala|
|11||FW||Rauf Aliyev||12 February 1989||44||7||Inter Baku|
|18||FW||Aghabala Ramazanov||20 January 1993||9||1||Inter Baku|
|20||FW||Ramil Sheydayev||15 March 1996||3||0||Trabzonspor|
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||Aqil Mammadov||1 May 1989||2||0||AZAL||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2016|
|DF||Ufuk Budak||26 May 1990||17||0||Kayserispor||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|DF||Adil Naghiyev||11 September 1995||1||0||Zira||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|DF||Urfan Abbasov||14 October 1992||1||0||Gabala||v. Moldova, 17 November 2015|
|MF||Elvin Mammadov||18 July 1988||37||7||Zira||v. San Marino, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Afran Ismayilov||8 October 1988||31||2||Qarabağ||v. San Marino, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Joshgun Diniyev||13 September 1995||3||0||Qarabağ||v. Canada, 3 June 2016|
|MF||Vugar Mustafayev||5 August 1994||1||0||Zira||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|MF||Budag Nasirov||15 July 1996||1||0||Sporting CP B||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|MF||Murad Sattarli||9 May 1992||1||0||Zira||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|MF||Elvin Jamalov||4 February 1995||0||0||Gabala||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016 INJ|
|MF||Tuğrul Erat||17 June 1992||4||0||MSV Duisburg||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2016|
|MF||Javid Taghiyev||22 July 1992||2||0||Zira||v. Kazakhstan, 26 March 2016|
|MF||Elshan Rzazade||11 September 1993||1||0||Mil-Muğan||v. Moldova, 17 November 2015|
|MF||Rashad Sadiqov||8 October 1983||26||1||Gabala||v. Bulgaria, 10 October 2015|
|FW||Mahir Madatov||1 July 1997||0||0||Qarabağ||v. San Marino, 4 September 2016|
|FW||Rashad Eyyubov||3 December 1992||2||0||Gabala||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|FW||Amil Yunanov||1 June 1993||1||0||Sumgayit||v. Andorra, 26 May 2016|
|FW||Elnur Jafarov||28 March 1997||1||0||Dugopolje||v. Bulgaria, 10 October 2015|
- INJ = Withdrew because of injury
- PRE = Preliminary squad
Fixtures and results
Recent results within last 12 months.
|October 11, 2016||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Ostrava||Czech Republic||0-0||Azerbaijan|
|October 8, 2016||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Baku||Azerbaijan||1–0||Norway||Maksim Medvedev 11'|
|September 4, 2016||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Serravalle||San Marino||0–1||Azerbaijan||Ruslan Qurbanov 45'|
|June 3, 2016||Friendly||Vienna||Azerbaijan||1–1||Canada||Dimitrij Nazarov 58' (pen.)|
|May 29, 2016||Friendly||Vienna||Azerbaijan||1–3||Macedonia||Afran Ismayilov 72' (pen.)|
|May 26, 2016||Friendly||Vienna||Azerbaijan||0–0||Andorra|
|March 26, 2016||Friendly||Antalya||Azerbaijan||0–1||Kazakhstan|
|November 17, 2015||Friendly||Baku||Azerbaijan||2–1||Moldova||Cătălin Carp 32' (o.g.)
Aghabala Ramazanov 49'
|October 13, 2015||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Sofia||Bulgaria||2–0||Azerbaijan|
|October 10, 2015||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying||Baku||Azerbaijan||1–3||Italy||Dimitrij Nazarov 31'|
All time record against other states
Statistics correct as of 8 October 2016, after the match against Norway.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1|
- As of 14 October 2015
|Manager||Azerbaijan career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Alaskarov, AhmadAhmad Alaskarov||17 September 1992||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Mammadov, AlakbarAlakbar Mammadov||25 May 1993 – 08 June 1993||4||3||1||0||75.00|
| Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker)
Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov (caretaker)
|19 April 1994||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Mirjavadov, AgaselimAgaselim Mirjavadov||02 September 1994 – 06 September 1995||9||0||0||9||0.00|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev||11 October 1995 – 10 November 1996||11||3||3||5||27.27|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||01 March 1997 – 28 November 1998||20||6||3||11||30.00|
|Alaskarov, AhmadAhmad Alaskarov||06 March 1999 – 09 October 1999||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev (caretaker)||06 February 2000 - 04 June 2000||4||0||2||2||0.00|
|Ponomaryov, IgorIgor Ponomaryov||26 July 2000 – 07 October 2001||15||2||2||11||13.33|
|Tuayev, KazbekKazbek Tuayev (caretaker)||20 February 2002 – 27 March 2002||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov||17 April 2002 - 12 October 2002||8||1||4||3||12.50|
|Abdullayev, AsgarAsgar Abdullayev||20 November 2002 – 20 December 2003||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Torres, Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto Torres||18 February 2004 – 04 June 2005||18||2||6||10||11.11|
|Sadygov, VagifVagif Sadygov (caretaker)||17 August 2005 - 12 October 2005||4||0||1||3||0.00|
|Diniyev, ShahinShahin Diniyev||28 February 2006 – 17 October 2007||20||4||7||9||20.00|
|Hadžievski, GjokoGjoko Hadžievski (caretaker)||17 November 2007 – 03 February 2008||3||0||1||2||0.00|
|Suleymanov, NazimNazim Suleymanov (caretaker)||26 March 2008||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Vogts, BertiBerti Vogts||01 June 2008 – 13 October 2014||71||15||22||34||21.13|
|Gurbanov, MahmudMahmud Gurbanov (caretaker)||16 November 2014||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Prosinečki, RobertRobert Prosinečki||28 March 2015 – ...||15||4||6||5||26.67|
Lists of the players with the most caps and top goalscorers for Azerbaijan, as of 26 March 2016 (players in bold are still available for selection):
- Azerbaijan national under-21 football team
- Azerbaijan national under-20 football team
- Azerbaijan national under-19 football team
- Azerbaijan national under-18 football team
- Azerbaijan national under-17 football team
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