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2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League

The 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League (known as the Unibank Premyer Liqası for sponsorship reasons) was the nineteenth season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The fixtures were announced on 29 July 2010; the season began on 7 August 2010 and ended on 28 May 2011.[1] Neftchi Baku were the eventual champions, winning their first Azerbaijani championship since 2005.

Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2010–11
ChampionsNeftchi Baku
RelegatedSimurq Zaqatala
MOIK Baku
Champions LeagueNeftchi Baku
Europa LeagueKhazar Lankaran
Qarabağ
AZAL Baku
Matches played192
Goals scored302 (1.57 per match)
Top goalscorerGeorgi Adamia (18)
Biggest home winAZAL 5–0 Inter
Biggest away winMOIK 0–5 Ganja
Highest scoringNeftchi 6–2 Ganja

The league was competed over two stages. The first stage consisted of a regular home-and-away round-robin schedule for a total of 22 matches per team. The competition was then split in half, with the teams ranked first through sixth playing out the championship and the European spots while the bottom six teams having to avoid one of the two relegation places.[2] In contrast to the previous season, each team transferred their full record from the first to the second stage.[3]

Adidas provided their Jabulani match ball for the season.[4]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Standard Sumgayit and Karvan were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division after finishing 11th and 12th, respectively, at the end of last season. They were replaced by First Division champions Ganja and runners-up MOIK Baku.

Olimpik-Shuvalan Baku were renamed AZAL Baku prior to the start of the season.[5][6]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in Azerbaijan Premier League 2010-11
Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 3,000
FK Baku Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Ganja Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,150
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
MOIK Baku Baku MOIK Stadium 1,000
Mughan Salyan Salyany Olympic Stadium 2,000
Neftchi Baku Ismat Gayibov Stadium 5,000
Qarabağ Agdam Guzanli Olympic Stadium 2,000
Gabala FC Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 10,000

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Head coach Team captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
AZAL   Nazim Suleymanov   Agil Nabiyev Umbro Silk Way
FK Baku   Aleksandrs Starkovs   Jamshid Maharramov Kappa
FK Ganja   Mehman Allahverdiyev   Azer Mammadov Adidas
Inter   Kakhaber Tskhadadze   Vladimir Levin Adidas IBA
Khazar   Mircea Rednic   Kamran Agaev Puma Palmali
MOIK Baku   Gahraman Aliyev   Farid Hashimzadeh Umbro
Mughan   Bahman Hasanov   Elnur Abdullayev Olympikus Nissan
Neftchi   Arif Asadov   Rail Malikov Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ   Gurban Gurbanov   Aslan Kerimov Adidas Azersun Holding
Qabala   Tony Adams   Kanan Karimov Erreà Hyundai
Simurq   Gjoko Hadžievski   Rasim Ramaldanov Umbro
Turan   Asgar Abdullayev   Vurgun Huseynov Umbro

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Gabala   Ramiz Mammadov End of contract 10 May 2010   Tony Adams[8] 12 May 2010
FK Baku   Cüneyt Biçer End of contract 10 June 2010   Winfried Schäfer[9] 10 June 2010
Simurq PFC   Roman Pokora Sacked 18 June 2010   Gjoko Hadžievski[10] 18 June 2010
Turan Tovuz   Nizami Sadygov Sacked 29 June 2010   Sakit Aliyev[11] 29 June 2010
Khazar Lankaran   Agaselim Mirjavadov[12] Resigned 8 July 2010   Mircea Rednic[13] 15 July 2010
Turan Tovuz   Sakit Aliyev[14] Sacked 30 September 2010   Revaz Dzodzuashvili[14] 30 September 2010
FK Mughan   Almir Hurtić[15] Resigned 13 November 2010   Bahman Hasanov 13 November
Turan Tovuz   Revaz Dzodzuashvili End of contract 23 December 2010   Naci Şensoy[16] 25 December 2010
FK Baku   Winfried Schäfer[17] Sacked 6 January 2011   Aleksandrs Starkovs[18] 16 January 2011
FK Ganja   Fuad Ismayilov Resigned 17 March 2011   Mehman Allahverdiyev[19] 18 March 2011
Turan Tovuz   Naci Şensoy Sacked 6 May 2011   Asgar Abdullayev 6 May 2011

First roundEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Neftçi Baku 22 14 6 2 40 9 +31 48 Qualification for Championship Group
2 Khazar Lankaran 22 14 5 3 28 12 +16 47
3 Qarabağ 22 13 3 6 30 14 +16 42
4 Inter Baku 22 12 4 6 24 16 +8 40
5 AZAL 22 9 9 4 27 16 +11 36
6 Baku 22 9 6 7 28 21 +7 33
7 Gabala 22 8 7 7 19 14 +5 31 Qualification for Relegation Group
8 Mughan 22 7 6 9 14 23 −9 27
9 Ganja 22 5 9 8 23 27 −4 24
10 Turan 22 3 6 13 17 35 −18 15
11 Simurq 22 2 6 14 12 34 −22 12
12 MOIK Baku 22 1 3 18 6 47 −41 6
Updated to match(es) played on 27 February 2011. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AZL BAK GAN INT KHA MOI MUG NEF QAR GAB SIM TUR
AZAL 0–0 0–0 5–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0
Baku 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–1
Ganja 1–1 1–3 1–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–4 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Inter Baku 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0
Khazar Lankaran 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
MOIK Baku 1–1 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–2 3–2 0–4 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–2
Mughan 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Neftçi Baku 1–0 0–2 6–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0
Qarabağ 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–2 5–1
Gabala 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–0
Simurq 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–2 2–2
Turan 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 27 February 2011. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second roundEdit

The league was split into two groups; however, each team retained its record from the first round.[3]

Championship groupEdit

The top six teams of the first phase participate in this group, which will decide which team will win the championship. Additionally, teams in this group compete for one 2011–12 Champions League and two Europa League spots.

The winners will qualify for the Champions League Second qualifying round, with the runners-up and third place team earning a spot in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NEF KHA QAR AZL INT BAK
1 Neftçi Baku (C) 32 19 10 3 53 17 +36 67 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0
2 Khazar Lankaran 32 16 12 4 38 18 +20 60 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[a] 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–0
3 Qarabağ 32 17 7 8 41 22 +19 58 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–2
4 AZAL 32 13 10 9 36 28 +8 49 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0
5 Inter Baku 32 13 10 9 29 24 +5 49 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1
6 Baku 32 10 10 12 33 32 +1 40 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 16 April 2011. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Khazar Lankaran won the 2010–11 Azerbaijan Cup and therefore qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation GAB MUG GAN TUR SIM MOI
7 Gabala 32 13 12 7 31 18 +13 51 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0
8 Mughan 32 13 8 11 29 31 −2 47 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0
9 Ganja 32 8 12 12 33 37 −4 36 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
10 Turan 32 7 6 19 24 47 −23 27 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
11 Simurq (R) 32 4 7 21 20 52 −32 19 Relegation to Azerbaijan First Division 0–0 1–3 4–3 0–1 1–2
12 MOIK Baku (R) 32 4 6 22 14 55 −41 18 1–1 0–0 0–2 4–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2011. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 18 May 2011[20]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Georgi Adamia Qarabağ 18
2   Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku 15
3   Flavinho Neftchi Baku 11
4   Rauf Aliyev Qarabağ 10
  Gvidas Juška AZAL 10
  Junivan Gence 10
5   Deon Burton Gabala 9
  Sabir Allahquliyev FK Gence 9
6   Winston Parks Khazar 8
7   Rashad Abdullayev Neftchi Baku 7
  Jabá FK Baku 7

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku Simurq 4–0[21] 21 August 2010
  Giorgi Adamia Qarabağ Neftchi Baku 3–0[22] 13 May 2011

ScoringEdit

Clean sheetsEdit

DisciplineEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
September   Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku[29]
October   Flavinho Neftchi Baku[30]
November   Zouhir Benouahi AZAL[31]
December   Samir Aliyev Simurg[31]
February   Flavinho Neftchi Baku
March   Rauf Aliyev FK Qarabag
April   Winston Parks Khazar
May   Giorgi Adamia Qarabağ

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ Смена тренера в клубе премьер-лиги ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
  12. ^ Агасалим Мирджавадов: Я ухожу из Хазар-Лянкярана ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)
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