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The Azerbaijan national football team is the national football team of Azerbaijanmarker and is controlled by Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. It represents Azerbaijan in international football competitions.

The Azerbaijan national football team has attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 96 onwards, but has never achieved to take part in finals tournament of the World Cup, or the European Championships.

History

Early years

  • First Azerbaijani football clubs started to function in 1905. Generally they represented the main oil companies of Bakumarker.
  • The Azerbaijan national football team held her first friendly matches against Georgia and Armenia in 1927 for the Trans-Caucasian Championship in Georgia.
  • During the Soviet Era the team did not play any international matches


'60s to '90s

1960s considered Golden Age for Azerbaijani football as it produced great players like Anatoliy Banishevskiy, Alakbar Mammadov and football referee Tofik Bakhramov, most famous for being a linesman who helped to award a goal for England in the 1966 World Cup Final between England and West Germany.

1990s–present day

After Azerbaijanmarker 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 FIFAmarker and UEFA.

Because of security issues, the team played all of its home Euro 96 qualifers in Trabzonmarker, Turkeymarker.

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. Shakhin 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.

World Cup 2010

In April 2008 famous 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.

Euro 2012

In November 2009, AFFA extended Berti Vogts contract to further 2 years, which going to make Vogts as the first manager to manage Azerbaijani national team in two qualification cycles.

Stadium

Most of Azerbaijan's home matches are played at the Tofik Bakhramov Stadiummarker in the capital Baku. It has been Azerbaijan's principal home stadium ever since country's independence from Soviet Unionmarker.

Today, some qualifying matches are hosted at the Lankaran City Stadiummarker in Lankaranmarker after it met UEFA stadium criteria.

Record in major tournaments

World Cup



Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2002 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - -


European Championship



Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2004 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2008 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
2012 2 - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - -


Notes2 Qualification not yet begun

World Cup 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Azerbaijan have been drawn alongside Germany, Russia, Wales, Finland and Liechtenstein in Group 4 and kicked off their qualifying campaign playing away to Wales on 6 September. Vogts replaces Gjoko Hadžievski who was dismissed after the Azeris failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2008. Vogts has said that the qualifying group is difficult, stating that "We want to learn some things from Germany and try to upset Russia."

Euro 2008 qualifications

Azerbaijan was competing in Group A in qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, together with Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Belgium, Armenia, Finland and Kazakhstan.

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly vs Czech, that took place on 18 November, 2009.







Recent call-ups

Fixtures and results

Forthcoming fixtures



Recent results

Date
Tournament
Location
Opponent
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Date
Tournament
Location
Home Team
Score
Away Team
Azerbaijan Scorers
February 1, 2009
Friendly
Dubaimarker
Uzbekistan
1:1
Azerbaijan
Fabio Luis Ramim
February 11, 2009
Friendly
Kuwait Citymarker
Kuwait
1:1
Azerbaijan
Vagif Javadov
March 28, 2009
WCQ 2010
Moscowmarker
Russia
2:0
Azerbaijan
June 2, 2009
Friendly
Kayserimarker
Turkey
2:0
Azerbaijan
June 6, 2009
WCQ 2010
Bakumarker
Azerbaijan
0:1
Wales
June 9, 2009
Friendly
Bakumarker
Azerbaijan
0:6
Spain
August 12, 2009
WCQ 2010
Bakumarker
Azerbaijan
0:2
Germany
September 5, 2009
WCQ 2010
Lankaranmarker
Azerbaijan
1:2
Finland
Elvin Mammadov
September 9, 2009
WCQ 2010
Hannovermarker
Germany
4:0
Azerbaijan
October 10, 2009
WCQ 2010
Vaduzmarker
Liechtenstein
0:2
Azerbaijan
Vagif Javadov
Elvin Mammadov
October 14, 2009
WCQ 2010
Bakumarker
Azerbaijan
1:1
Russia
Vagif Javadov
November 15, 2009
Friendly
Al Ainmarker
Azerbaijan
0:1
Iraq


Most appearances (caps)



Top 10 goalscorers



Past managers



Last updated November 18, 2009

References

  1. Euro 2008 homepage, UEFA
  2. FIFA World Cup News and Features, UEFA
  3. fifa.com: Vogts' contract extended
  4. Фогтс увидел перспективу
  5. Матч Азербайджан-Финляндия пройдет в Лянкяране
  6. German Vogts named as new Azerbaijan coach, Agence France Presse


External links



November 18, 2009
Friendly
Al Ainmarker
Czech Republic
0:2
Azerbaijan
Vagif Javadov
Ruslan Abushev
#
Player
Career period
Caps
Goals
1
Aslan Kerimov
1994–Present
76
0
2
Tarlan Akhmedov
1992–2005
73
0
3
Makhmud Gurbanov
1994–Present
69
1
4
Emin Agaev
1994–2005
65
1
5
Gurban Gurbanov
1992–2006
65
12
6
Rashad Sadygov
2001–Present
56
3
7
Emin Guliyev
2000–Present
49
3
8
Emin Imamaliev
2000–Present
46
1
9
Kamal Guliyev
1999-2005
46
0
10
Vyacheslav Lichkin
1995–2001
45
4
#
Player
Career period
Goals
Caps
1
Gurban Gurbanov
1992–2006
12
65
2
Zaur Tagizade
1997–Present
6
40
3
Branimir Subašić
2004-2008
6
26
4
Vidadi Rzayev
1992–2001
5
35
5
Farrukh Ismailov
1998–2006
5
32
6
Nazim Suleymanov
1992–1999
5
24
7
Vagif Javadov
2006–Present
5
25
8
Samir Aliyev
1997–2007
4
33
9
Vyacheslav Lichkin
1995–2001
4
45
Manager
Azerbaijan career
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
Win %
1992-1993
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995-1997
1997-1998
1998-2000
2000-2001
2002
2003-2004
2
1
1
2004-2005
18
2
6
10
11.11
2005
5
0
1
4
0.00
2005-2007
20
4
7
9
20
2007-2008
3
0
1
2
0.00
2008–present
22
4
6
12
18.18

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