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 Olympic Stadium, with friendly matches sometimes hosted at club stadiums.
|Nickname(s)||Milli komanda (The national team)|
|Association||Azərbaycan Futbol Federasiyaları Assosiasiyası (AFFA)|
|Head coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Most caps||Rashad Sadygov (111)|
|Top scorer||Gurban Gurbanov (14)|
|Home stadium||Baku Olympic Stadium|
|Current||121 2 (22 December 2022)|
|Highest||73 (July 2014)|
|Lowest||170 (June 1994)|
Georgia 6–3 Azerbaijan
(Gurjaani, Georgia; 17 September 1992)
| Azerbaijan 4–0 Liechtenstein |
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 5 June 1999)
Azerbaijan 5–1 San Marino
(Baku, Azerbaijan; 4 September 2017)
| France 10–0 Azerbaijan |
(Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995)
The Azerbaijan national football team has taken part in qualification for each major tournament since Euro 1996, but has never qualified for the finals tournament of any World Cup or European Championships. Despite this, Azerbaijan was the first Caucasus country to host a major tournament, the UEFA Euro 2020, even though the national side was the only host to be eliminated in the first round of qualifying.
Early period (before the 1920s)Edit
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)Edit
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, football 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 Azerbaijani 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, Azerbaijani football federation 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 November 2009, AFFA extended Berti Vogts' contract a further two years, making him the first manager to manage the weak Azerbaijani national team in two qualification cycles.
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 the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification cycle. Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had some poor results, not being able to defeat second-string sides. Vogts faced major criticism, protest and demonstration from local supporters and the media. However, Azerbaijan managed to finish qualification cycle in fourth place, the 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. In July 2014, Azerbaijan beat its ranking record by reaching 73rd place in FIFA World Rankings. Following three straight losses, Vogts resigned from his post after spending six years in charge of Azerbaijan.
Succeeding Vogts as full-time manager was former Croatia international Robert Prosinečki. He guided the Azerbaijani team to another record points haul (10) in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, but the team still finished fifth in the six-team Group C. Prosinečki resigned after deciding not to extend his contract with the Azerbaijan Football Federation and was succeeded by fellow countryman Nikola Jurčević.
The UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying proved to be a disaster for Azerbaijan as the team finished in bottom with a complete seven defeats and only one draw, which surprisingly, a draw against 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up Croatia, the home of the manager. Nikola Jurčević departed following the poor performance 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 is traditional for the national team since their first game. At the beginning of 90s, the team wore a white shirt, but towards the end of the decade it was transformed into blue-white striped shirts. At the beginning of the 2000s, the kit was replaced by the white shirt with a vertical tricolour stripe, formed of the colors 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 2017, Azerbaijan's kit has been supplied by Nike. 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), 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.
Most of Azerbaijan's home matches are played at the new Baku Olympic 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.
Media coverage and public relationsEdit
Azerbaijan's matches are presently covered by the public channel İTV. 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match rights were held by AZTV and Idman Azerbaijan TV.
AZTV, Idman Azerbaijan TV and Lider TV are among other networks that have previously shown live fixtures.
Results and fixturesEdit
|25 March 2022 Friendly||Malta||1–0||Azerbaijan||Ta' Qali, Malta|
||Report||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: César Soto Grado (Spain)
|29 March 2022 Friendly||Azerbaijan||0–1||Latvia||Ta' Qali, Malta|
||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (Malta)
|3 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Kazakhstan||2–0||Azerbaijan||Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan|
||Report||Stadium: Astana Arena|
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|6 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Belarus||0–0||Azerbaijan||Novi Sad, Serbia|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Karađorđe Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
|10 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Azerbaijan||0–1||Slovakia||Baku, Azerbaijan|
||Stadium: Dalga Arena|
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|13 June 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Azerbaijan||2–0||Belarus||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Dalga Arena|
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
|22 September 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Slovakia||1–2||Azerbaijan||Trnava, Slovakia|
|20:45 UTC+2||Jirka 90+3' (pen.)||Report||Dadashov 44'
|Stadium: Anton Malatinský Stadium|
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|25 September 2022 2022-23 Nations League||Azerbaijan||3–0||Kazakhstan||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Dalga Arena|
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
|16 November 2022 Friendly||Moldova||1–2||Azerbaijan||Chişinău, Moldova|
|Moțpan 90'||Stadium: Zimbru Stadium|
|20 November 2022 Friendly||North Macedonia||1–3||Azerbaijan||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|Bardhi 25' (pen.)||
||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
|24 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Austria||4–1||Azerbaijan||Linz, Austria|
||Stadium: Raiffeisen Arena|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|27 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Sweden||v||Azerbaijan||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Friends Arena|
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
|17 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Azerbaijan||v||Estonia||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium|
|9 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Azerbaijan||v||Belgium||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|17:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium|
|12 September 2023 Friendly||Azerbaijan||v||Jordan||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|19:00 UTC+4||Stadium: Dalga Arena|
|13 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Estonia||v||Azerbaijan||Tallinn, Estonia|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium|
|16 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Azerbaijan||v||Austria||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium|
|16 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Azerbaijan||v||Sweden||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|21:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium|
|19 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Belgium||v||Azerbaijan||Brussels, Belgium|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium|
|Head coach||Gianni De Biasi|
|Assistant coach|| Arif Asadov |
|Goalkeeper coach||Kamran Agayev|
|Fitness coach||Alessandro Scaia|
- As of 17 November 2020
|Manager||Azerbaijan career||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Win %|
|Ahmad Alaskarov||17 September 1992||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Alakbar Mammadov||25 May 1993 – 8 June 1993||4||3||1||0||75.00|
| Kazbek Tuayev (caretaker)
Agaselim Mirjavadov (caretaker)
|19 April 1994||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Agaselim Mirjavadov||2 September 1994 – 6 September 1995||9||0||0||9||0.00|
|Kazbek Tuayev||11 October 1995 – 10 November 1996||11||3||3||5||27.27|
|Vagif Sadygov||1 March 1997 – 28 November 1998||20||6||3||11||30.00|
|Ahmad Alaskarov||6 March 1999 – 9 October 1999||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Asgar Abdullayev (caretaker)||6 February 2000 – 4 June 2000||4||0||2||2||0.00|
|Igor Ponomaryov||26 July 2000 – 7 October 2001||15||2||2||11||13.33|
|Kazbek Tuayev (caretaker)||20 February 2002 – 27 March 2002||2||0||0||2||0.00|
|Vagif Sadygov||17 April 2002 – 12 October 2002||8||1||4||3||12.50|
|Asgar Abdullayev||20 November 2002 – 20 December 2003||9||1||2||6||11.11|
|Carlos Alberto Torres||18 February 2004 – 4 June 2005||18||2||6||10||11.11|
|Vagif Sadygov (caretaker)||17 August 2005 – 12 October 2005||4||0||1||3||0.00|
|Shahin Diniyev||28 February 2006 – 17 October 2007||20||4||7||9||20.00|
|Gjoko Hadžievski (caretaker)||17 November 2007 – 3 February 2008||3||0||1||2||0.00|
|Nazim Suleymanov (caretaker)||26 March 2008||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Berti Vogts||1 June 2008 – 13 October 2014||71||15||22||34||21.13|
|Mahmud Gurbanov (caretaker)||16 November 2014||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Robert Prosinečki||28 March 2015 – 8 October 2017||23||6||6||11||26.09|
|Gurban Gurbanov||30 January 2018 – 20 November 2018||12||4||5||3||33.33|
|Nikola Jurčević||11 February 2019 – 13 December 2019||10||1||2||7||10.00|
|Gianni De Biasi||10 July 2020 –||29||6||7||16||20.69|
- The following players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
- Match dates: 24 and 27 March 2023
- Opposition: Austria and Sweden
- Caps and goals correct as of: 24 March 2023, after the match against Austria
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Emil Balayev||17 April 1994||13||0||Sabail|
|12||GK||Yusif Imanov||27 March 2002||1||0||Sabah|
|23||GK||Salahat Aghayev||4 January 1991||19||0||Gabala|
|3||DF||Elvin Jafarguliyev||26 October 2000||9||1||Qarabağ|
|4||DF||Bahlul Mustafazade||27 February 1997||22||0||Qarabağ|
|5||DF||Jalal Huseynov||2 January 2003||4||0||Shamakhi|
|6||DF||Hojjat Haghverdi||3 February 1993||18||1||Neftçi|
|13||DF||Tellur Mutallimov||8 April 1995||7||0||Sabah|
|15||DF||Bakhtiyar Hasanalizade||29 December 1992||3||0||Sabah|
|17||DF||Toral Bayramov||23 February 2001||11||0||Qarabağ|
|18||DF||Anton Krivotsyuk||20 August 1998||28||0||Daejeon Hana Citizen|
|DF||Azer Salahlı||11 April 1994||24||1||Neftçi|
|2||MF||Azer Aliyev||12 May 1994||1||0||Neftçi|
|7||MF||Namik Alaskarov||3 February 1995||38||0||Sabah|
|8||MF||Emin Mahmudov||27 April 1992||37||10||Neftçi|
|10||MF||Aleksey Isayev||9 November 1995||12||1||Sabah|
|14||MF||Eddy Israfilov||2 August 1992||22||0||Neftçi|
|16||MF||Elvin Jamalov||4 February 1995||10||0||Sabah|
|19||MF||Filip Ozobić||8 April 1991||10||1||Qarabağ|
|20||MF||Richard Almeida||20 March 1989||30||3||Qarabağ|
|21||MF||Ozan Kökçü||8 August 1998||5||0||Eindhoven|
|MF||Jeyhun Nuriyev||30 March 2001||1||0||Sabah|
|9||FW||Renat Dadashov||17 May 1999||20||1||Grasshopper|
|11||FW||Ramil Sheydayev||15 March 1996||53||9||Qarabağ|
|22||FW||Musa Gurbanli||13 April 2002||5||1||Qarabağ|
|FW||Rustam Akhmedzade||25 December 2000||6||0||Zira|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Şahruddin Mahammadaliyev||12 June 1994||19||0||Qarabağ||v. North Macedonia, 20 November 2022|
|GK||Mehdi Jannatov||26 January 1992||1||0||Zira||v. Latvia, 29 March 2022|
|GK||Nijat Mehbaliyev||11 September 2000||0||0||Sabah||v. Latvia, 29 March 2022|
|DF||Amin Seydiyev||15 November 1998||7||0||Sabah||v. North Macedonia, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Badavi Huseynov||11 July 1991||64||1||Qarabağ||v. Moldova, 16 November 2022INJ|
|DF||Abbas Huseynov||13 June 1995||21||0||Qarabağ||v. Kazakhstan, 25 September 2022|
|DF||Maksim Medvedev||29 September 1989||81||4||Qarabağ||v. Belarus, 13 June 2022|
|DF||Tamkin Khalilzade||6 August 1993||25||3||Free agent||v. Latvia, 29 March 2022|
|MF||Anatoliy Nuriyev||20 May 1996||13||1||Sabah||v. North Macedonia, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Gismat Aliyev||24 October 1996||2||0||Zira||v. North Macedonia, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Rovlan Muradov||28 March 1998||0||0||Gabala||v. North Macedonia, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Gara Garayev||12 October 1992||76||0||Qarabağ||v. Belarus, 13 June 2022|
|MF||Dimitrij Nazarov||4 April 1990||46||7||Erzgebirge Aue||v. Belarus, 13 June 2022|
|MF||Joshgun Diniyev||13 September 1995||14||0||Zira||v. Belarus, 13 June 2022|
|FW||Mahir Emreli||1 July 1997||39||5||Konyaspor||v. Austria, 24 March 2023INJ|
|FW||Aghabala Ramazanov||20 January 1993||18||1||Sabail||v. Latvia, 29 March 2022|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
- As of 17 June 2022
- Players in bold are still active with Azerbaijan.
FIFA World CupEdit
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||8||1||0||7||3||22||5/5|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960 to 1988||Part of Soviet Union||Part of Soviet Union|
|1992||Part of CIS||Part of CIS|
|1996||Did not qualify||10||0||1||9||2||29||6/6|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2024–25||C||To be determined|
|Total||Group stage (C)||3/3||18||6||7||5||16||14||38th|
- ECO Cup 1993 – Bronze
- 2009 UAE International Cup – Bronze
- Alma TV Cup – 2nd Place
- UEFA Nations League C
- 2nd place: 2022–23
- Azerbaijan national under-23 football team
- 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
- Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan
- Azerbaijan Premier League
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