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Azerbaijan team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.05CET
A former Soviet republic, Azerbaijan entered international competition in the EURO '96 qualifiers and finished in the bottom two in every campaign thereafter until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.05CET

Azerbaijan team profile

A former Soviet republic, Azerbaijan entered international competition in the EURO '96 qualifiers and finished in the bottom two in every campaign thereafter until the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Berti Vogts
Leading scorers: all-time – Gurban Gurbanov (14); current – Vagif Javadov (9)
Most appearances: all-time – Rashad F Sadygov (87); current – Rashad F Sadygov (87)
Association formed: 1992
Nickname: none
Where they play: Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku

A former Soviet republic, Azerbaijan first entered international competition in the EURO '96 qualifiers. They finished bottom of their group in that campaign and five of their next six attempts to reach a major tournament. Indeed, Azerbaijan failed to finish outside the bottom two until the qualification series for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when, in ex-Germany player and coach Berti Vogts' third campaign in charge, they ended fourth in a six-team group – albeit with just one win in their ten matches, 2-0 at home to Northern Ireland. Their history has nevertheless been punctuated with a number of notable victories, notably against Switzerland and Turkey.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P50 W5 D6 L39 F29 A129
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P50 W5 D6 L39 F29 A129

Azerbaijan came of age as an independent nation when they held Poland to a goalless draw during EURO '96 qualification, where they lost nine of ten fixtures. In each of the next three campaigns the team recorded one win, the most famous against Serbia in 2003.

However, in UEFA EURO 2012, Azerbaijan accumulated a record-high seven points from ten games, the highlight a stunning 1-0 victory over Turkey. Vogts' side also claimed a 1-1 draw with Belgium and flexed their goalscoring muscles in a 3-2 defeat of Kazakhstan, though they failed to pick up a point on their travels.

Memorable EURO matches
12/10/10: Azerbaijan 1-0 Turkey, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Captain Rashad F Sadygov's 38th-minute goal gave Azerbaijan a defining victory in Baku.

11/06/03: Azerbaijan 2-1 Serbia, UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying
Trailing with five minutes remaining, Zaur Tagizade came on to inspire a stunning comeback.

04/09/99: Azerbaijan 1-1 Portugal, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Azerbaijan were on the brink of a famous win until Luís Figo's late equaliser.

Did you know?
Andre Ladaga's goal 16 minutes into Azerbaijan's 1-1 draw with Kazakhstan in their second UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier ended the team's scoring drought that had lasted for 951 minutes of competitive football.

* Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/11/2016 15:21 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/26/2016 11:27:43
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
05/31/2016 10:40:06
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia6-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
06/10/2016 16:47:32
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-1Norway
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/26/2016 11:27:43
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan2-0Malta
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
05/31/2016 19:05:15
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway0-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:43
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-0Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/26/2016 11:27:43
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta2-2Azerbaijan
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:27
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-3Italy
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
09/05/2016 10:21:56
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria2-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/25/2016 10:25:46
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
San Marino0-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
09/15/2016 09:46:51
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan1-0Norway
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
11/01/2016 08:18:18
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech Republic0-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) Stadium: Městský Stadion, Ostrava (CZE)
10/12/2016 16:19:15
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
11/12/2016 14:22:40
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanGermany
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
11/22/2016 14:13:19
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
NorwayAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:30
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanSan Marino
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1992
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    05/06/1999, Azerbaijan 4-0 Liechtenstein, Baku
  • Biggest defeat:
    06/09/1995, France 10-0 Azerbaijan, Auxerre
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 29
    Rashad F. Sadygov (AZE)
  • Top scorers: 5
    Gurban Gurbanov (AZE)