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2011–12 Azerbaijan Premier League

The 2011–12 Azerbaijan Premier League (known as the Unibank Premyer Liqası for sponsorship reasons) was the twentieth season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. Neftchi Baku was the defending champions, having won their second Azerbaijani championship the previous season.

Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2011–12
ChampionsNeftchi (7th title)
Champions LeagueNeftchi
Europa LeagueBaku
Khazar
Inter Baku
Matches played192
Goals scored448 (2.33 per match)
Top goalscorerBahodir Nasimov
(16 goals)
Biggest home winNeftchi 7-1 AZAL
Biggest away winRavan 0-4 Gabala
Highest scoringAZAL 6-3 Sumgayit
Highest attendance15,000[1]
Kəpəz 3–1 AZAL
Lowest attendance300[2] FK Baku 0–3 Kəpəz
FK Baku 3–2 Ravan
Average attendance3,581[2]

A total of twelve teams participated in the league, the ten sides remaining of the 2010–11 season, one promoted club from the 2010–11 Azerbaijan First Division and a totally new club instead of defunct First Division champions FC Absheron.[3] The format of the league was same as 2010–11 season.

There is only one change in season's regulation as only champion of 2011–12 Azerbaijan First Division was directly promoted, while runners up of first division played play-off game with the team that finished 11th in Azerbaijan Premier League.[3]

Contents

TeamsEdit

MOIK Baku were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division after finishing 12th and last, at the end of last season. They were replaced by First Division champions FC Absheron and runners-up Ravan Baku. However, due sponsorship problems Absheron became defunct and replaced by Sumgayit City F.C..[4]

On 31 May 2011, it was announced that FK Ganja changed their name to FC Kəpəz.[5] On 18 July 2011, FK Mughan also ruled out to participate in this season due sponsorship reasons and replaced by Simurq PFC.[6][7]

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2011-12 Azerbaijan Premier League
Team Location Venue Capacity[8]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 3,000
FK Baku Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,150
Kəpəz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Qarabağ Agdam Guzanli Olympic Stadium 2,000
Ravan Baku Baku Dalga Arena 6,500
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Sumgayit Sumqayit Mehdi Huseynzade Stadium 16,000
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 6,800

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Manager Team captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
AZAL   Vagif Sadygov   Agil Nabiyev Umbro Silk Way
FC Baku   Novruz Azimov   Jamshid Maharramov Macron
Gabala   Fatih Kavlak   Mahir Shukurov Erreà Hyundai
Inter   Kakhaber Tskhadadze   Vladimir Levin Umbro IBA
Kəpəz   Fuad Ismayilov   Azer Mammadov Adidas Nakhchivan Car Factory
Khazar   Yunis Hüseynov   Rahid Amirguliev Puma Palmali
Neftchi   Boyukagha Hajiyev   Rail Malikov Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ   Gurban Gurbanov   Rashad Sadigov Kappa Azersun
Ravan Baku   Bahman Hasanov   Miloš Zečević Legea Nissan
Simurq   Giorgi Chikhradze   Rasim Ramaldanov Kappa
Sumgayit   Bernhard Raab   Samir Abbasov Kappa Azerkimya
Turan   Asgar Abdullayev   Aftandil Hajiyev Kappa SivArt TV PLUS

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
AZAL   Nazim Suleymanov Resigned 7 July 2011[9] Pre-season   Elkhan Abdullayev 12 July 2011[10]
Neftchi   Arif Asadov Resigned 29 July 2011[11] Pre-season   Boyukagha Hajiyev 2 August 2011[12]
Ravan Baku   Bahman Hasanov Resigned 20 September 2011[13] 11th   Vladislav Kadyrov 20 September 2011[13]
AZAL   Elkhan Abdullayev Resigned 31 October 2011[14] 10th   Rafig Mirzayev 1 November 2011
Gabala   Tony Adams Resigned 16 November 2011[15] 6th   Fatih Kavlak 16 November 2011[16]
Kapaz   Mehman Allahverdiyev Resigned 21 November 2011[17] 10th   Mirbaghir Isayev 21 November 2011[18]
Khazar Lankaran   Mircea Rednic Sacked 4 December 2011[19] 3rd   Cüneyt Biçer 5 December 2011[20]
Kapaz   Mirbaghir Isayev Resigned 24 December 2011[21] 10th   Fuad Ismayilov 1 January 2012[22]
Ravan Baku   Vladislav Kadyrov Sacked 5 February 2012[23] 8th   Bahman Hasanov 6 February 2012[23]
Simurq   Sergey Yuran Mutually terminated 5 March 2012[24] 10th   Igor Getman 5 March 2012[24]
Simurq   Igor Getman End of tenure as caretaker 11 March 2012[25] 10th   Giorgi Chikhradze 11 March 2012[25]
FC Baku   Aleksandrs Starkovs Mutually terminated 11 March 2012[26] 5th   Novruz Azimov 11 March 2012[26]
Khazar Lankaran   Cüneyt Biçer Sacked 15 March 2012[27] 4th   Yunis Hüseynov 15 March 2012[28]
AZAL   Rafig Mirzayev Mutually terminated 2 April 2012[29] 7th   Mais Azimov 2 April 2012[29]
AZAL   Mais Azimov End of tenure as caretaker 6 April 2012[30] 7th   Vagif Sadygov 6 April 2012[30]

Season eventsEdit

Inter Baku scandalEdit

On 21 August 2011, Inter Baku - FK Baku game was suspended during last minutes due referee scandal, therefore game's fate decided after Professional Football League of Azerbaijan's decision.[31][32] On 23 August 2011, PFL awarded 3-0 technical victory to FK Baku and announced the following punishments were given to Inter Baku's individuals:

Furthermore, Inter Baku fined additional 13,000 AZN for breaching security regulations.[33][34]

Khazar Lankaran and Turan controversyEdit

On 6 August 2011, the Disciplinary Committee of AFFA imposed the punishment on the scandal that took place in two matches. Khazar Lankaran fined 10,000 AZN after club's fans threw alien objects to the court, injuring the head of Inter Baku's coach Kakhaber Tskhadadze. Khazar also must play its next two league home matches in an empty stadium because of its fans' aggressive behavior.[35]

AFFA fined Turan Tovuz 26,000 AZN and moved its next two league home matches on a neutral ground for injuring referees, breaking PFL camera as well as for refusing to play at the second half of 2011–12 Azerbaijan Cup.[35][36] The club's president Musa Suleymanov has been disqualified for five matches and club received technical defeat of 0-3.[37]

First roundEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Neftçi Baku 22 16 1 5 45 17 +28 49 Qualification for championship group
2 Inter Baku 22 13 6 3 21 10 +11 45
3 Khazar Lankaran 22 13 5 4 33 19 +14 44
4 Qarabağ 22 12 5 5 27 14 +13 41
5 Baku 22 10 5 7 27 22 +5 35
6 Gabala 22 10 5 7 27 23 +4 35
7 AZAL 22 8 5 9 35 35 0 29 Qualification for relegation group
8 Ravan Baku 22 6 7 9 23 29 −6 25
9 Kapaz 22 6 4 12 26 38 −12 22
10 Simurq 22 5 4 13 18 34 −16 19
11 Sumgayit 22 4 3 15 16 37 −21 15
12 Turan 22 3 2 17 13 33 −20 11
Source: Soccerway: Azerbaijan Premier League Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AZL BAK KAP INT KHA SIM NEF QAR GAB RAV SUM TUR
AZAL 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 5–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 1–2 6–3 3–2
Baku 0–0 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 0–3 2–1 3–2 1–0 5–0
Kapaz 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Inter Baku 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Khazar Lankaran 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1
Simurq 0–3 0–2 4–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Neftçi Baku 7–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 5–0 4–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–0
Qarabağ 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–1
Gabala 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–3 3–1 2–1
Ravan Baku 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–4 0–0 2–1
Sumgayit 2–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–0
Turan 0–0 0–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–0
Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second roundEdit

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 2012–13 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.

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Neftçi Baku (C) 32 20 3 9 55 30 +25 63 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Khazar Lankaran 32 17 8 7 44 28 +16 59 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[a]
3 Inter Baku 32 16 8 8 29 21 +8 56
4 Qarabağ 32 15 8 9 37 28 +9 53
5 Gabala 32 15 7 10 43 32 +11 52
6 Baku 32 15 5 12 42 37 +5 50 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[a]
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2012. Source: Soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Baku qualified for the first qualifiying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League as winner of the 2011–12 Azerbaijan Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAK INT KHA NEF QAR GAB
Baku 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Inter Baku 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1
Khazar Lankaran 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–1
Neftçi Baku 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1
Qarabağ 2–4 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Gabala 4–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 5 May 2012. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation groupEdit

The bottom six teams of the first phase will determine the teams to be relegated to the 2012–13 Azerbaijan First Division. The bottom team of this group will be directly relegated, while the fifth-placed team will have to compete in relegation/promotion playoffs with the second-placed teams of the 2011–12 Azerbaijan First Division. On April 30, due decision of Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, no clubs from Azerbaijan First Division will be promoted which means all clubs from this season will be remaining in the league.[38]

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
7 AZAL 32 12 8 12 44 44 0 44
8 Ravan Baku 32 10 11 11 39 39 0 41
9 Simurq 32 8 10 14 27 41 −14 34
10 Kapaz 32 9 5 18 35 55 −20 32
11 Turan 32 6 7 19 26 42 −16 25 Qualification for relegation playoffs
12 Sumgayit 32 6 6 20 27 52 −25 24 Relegation to 2012–13 Azerbaijan First Division
Updated to match(es) played on 18 May 2012. Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AZL KAP RAV SIM SUM TUR
AZAL 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0
Kapaz 0–2 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1
Ravan Baku 2–0 5–1 0–0 3–2 2–2
Simurq 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Sumgayit 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1
Turan 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 15 April 2012. Source: Soccerway
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 11 May 2012
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Bahodir Nasimov 16 Neftchi
2   Yuriy Fomenko 11 Kapaz
3   Tales Schutz 10 AZAL
  Flavinho 10 Neftchi
  Zouhir Benouahi 10 AZAL
4   Dodô 9 Gabala
5   Robertas Poškus 8 Simurq
  Branimir Subašić 8 Khazar Lankaran
  Yannick Kamanan 8 Gabala

Last updated: 11 May 2012
Source: Azerbaijan Premier League

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku AZAL 7–1[39] 11 December 2011
  Deividas Česnauskis FK Baku Khazar Lankaran 4–1[40] 14 April 2012

ScoringEdit

Clean sheetsEdit

Discipline[47]Edit

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Azerbaijan Professional Football League Awards
Player Club
August   Ceyhun Sultanov Kəpəz[48]
September   Rashad Abdullayev Neftchi
October   Winston Parks Baku[49]
November   Flavinho Neftchi[49]
December   Bachana Tskhadadze Inter Baku
February   Afran Ismayilov Qarabağ
March   Yannick Kamanan Gabala
April   Deividas Česnauskis Baku
May   Eder Bonfim Khazar

Annual awardsEdit

Award PFL Seasonal Awards[50]
Player Club
Best Goalkeeper   Kamran Agayev Khazar
Best Defender   Ruslan Abishov Khazar
Best Midfielder   Adrian Piț Khazar
Best Forward   Rauf Aliyev Qarabağ
Player of the Year   Flavinho Neftchi
Young Player of the Year   Nurlan Novruzov Baku
Manager of the Year   Boyukagha Hajiyev Neftchi

See alsoEdit

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