2007–08 Azerbaijan Premier League

The 2007–08 Azerbaijan Premier League is the 16th season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Khazar Lankaran were the defending champions, having won the previous season.

Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2007–08
ChampionsInter Baku
RelegatedGänclärbirliyi Sumqayit
ABN Bärdä
UEFA Champions LeagueInter Baku
UEFA CupOlimpik Baku
Khazar Lankaran
UEFA Intertoto CupNeftchi Baku
Matches played182
Goals scored437 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorerKhagani Mammadov (19)
Biggest home winStandard Baku 6-0 ABN Bärdä
Masallı 6-0 Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit
Biggest away winGänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 0-6 Gabala
Highest scoringGänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 2-6 Neftchi Baku

TeamsEdit

Shahdag Qusar were relegated after finishing the previous season in 13th. FK Gäncä, who were excluded from the league the previous season, also wouldn't take part in the 2007-08 season. On 13 August 2007 UEFA declared MKT Araz defunct and withdrew their participation from the league.

They were replaced by ABN Bärdä, Masallı and Standard Baku from the Azerbaijan First Division.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Venue Capacity
ABN Bärdä Barda City Stadium 10,000
FK Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium 15,350
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Karabakh Guzanli Olympic Stadium1 15,000
Karvan Yevlakh Stadium 5,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
FK Masallı Anatoliy Banishevskiy Stadium 7,500
Neftchi Baku Tofik Bakhramov Stadium 29,858
Olimpik Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 4,000
Standard Baku Shafa Stadium 8,200
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 10,000

1Karabakh played their home matches at Surakhani Stadium in Baku before moving to their current stadium on 3 May 2009.[1]

Personnel and kitsEdit

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
ABN Bärdä   Faig Jabbarov
Baku   Gjoko Hadžievski
Gabala   Ramiz Mammadov Erreà
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit   Sabir Aliyev
Inter Baku   Valentyn Khodukin
Karabakh   Rasim Kara
Karvan   Tabriz Hasanov
Khazar Lankaran   Agaselim Mirjavadov
FK Masallı   Gahraman Aliyev
Neftchi Baku   Anatoliy Demyanenko
Olimpik Baku   Asgar Abdullayev Umbro Silk Way Airlines
Simurq   Roman Pokora
Standard Baku   Yunis Huseynov
Turan Tovuz   Salahattin Darvand

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Neftchi Baku   Vlastimil Petržela Sacked 5 January 2008[2]   Anatoliy Demyanenko 5 January 2008[2]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Inter Baku (C) 26 18 4 4 55 18 +37 58 2008–09 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Olimpik Baku 26 17 7 2 29 7 +22 58 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round[a]
3 Neftçi Baku 26 16 7 3 42 18 +24 55 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Khazar Lankaran 26 14 10 2 44 16 +28 52 2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round[a]
5 Qarabağ 26 11 8 7 25 16 +9 41
6 Gabala 26 11 3 12 33 36 −3 36
7 Simurq 26 9 9 8 31 25 +6 36
8 Baku 26 8 11 7 35 26 +9 35
9 Standard Baku 26 8 8 10 36 26 +10 32
10 FK Masallı 26 8 6 12 30 40 −10 30
11 Karvan 26 6 5 15 23 36 −13 23
12 Turan 26 4 6 16 21 49 −28 18
13 Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 26 4 2 20 21 68 −47 14 Relegation to 2008-09 Azerbaijan First Division
14 ABN Bärdä 26 2 6 18 12 56 −44 12
Source: Azerbaijan Professional Football league
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Khazar Lankaran qualified for the first qualifiying round of the 1st qualifying round of the UEFA Cup as winners of the 2007–08 Azerbaijan Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ABB BAK GAB GAS INT KAR KHA MAS NEF OLI QAR SIM STA TUR
ABN Bärdä 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–4 2–0 0–4 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–0
Baku 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 3–3 2–2 2–1 5–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–2
Gabala 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1
Gänclärbirliyi Sumqayit 4–0 0–2 0–6 0–3 3–1 1–2 1–0 2–6 0–1 0–1 0–3 1–5 1–1
Inter Baku 4–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1
Karvan 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Khazar Lankaran 0–0 0–0 2–1 5–0 3–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0
FK Masallı 1–1 2–0 1–0 6–0 0–3 4–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Neftçi Baku 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–2
Olimpik Baku 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–0
Qarabağ 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Simurq 3–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–4 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0
Standard Baku 6–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–1
Turan 3–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 0–4 1–5 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 1–2 0–2
Source: soccerway.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[3]
1   Khagani Mammadov Inter 19
2   Branimir Subašić Neftchi 14
3   Walter Guglielmone Inter 11
  Junivan Olimpik-Shuvalan 11
  Zaur Ramazanov Khazar 11
6   Vladimir Mazyar Simurq 10
7   Roman Akhalkatsi Karvan 9
  Georgi Adamia Neftchi 9
9   Vitali Balamestny Gabala 8
  Léo Rocha Standard Baku 8

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Branimir Subašić Neftchi Gänclärbirliyi 6–2 18 August 2007[4]
  Roman Akhalkatsi Karvan Turan 5–1 1 September 2007[5]
  Khagani Mammadov Inter Turan 4–0 10 November 2007[6]
  Vitali Balamestny4 Gabala Gänclärbirliyi 0–6 11 November 2007[7]
  Anatolie Doroș Standard Gänclärbirliyi 5–1 1 December 2007[8]
  Nadir Nabiyev Khazar Gänclärbirliyi 5–0 29 March 2008[9]
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Стадион в Гузанлы одобрен ПФЛ (in Russian)
  2. ^ a b "Demyanenko returns with Neftchi". UEFA. 5 January 2008. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Top Goalscorers" (PDF). pfl.az. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 2-6 Neftchi". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Turan 1-5 Karvan". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Turan 0-4 Inter". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 0-6 Gabala". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Gänclärbirliyi 1-5 Standard". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Khazar Lankaran 5-0 Gänclärbirliyi". futbol24.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014.