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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: 17/02/14 18.13CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/12/2014 23:48 CET
Azerbaijan1-1Israel
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
04/18/2013 20:04:42
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
Portugal3-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) – Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
04/18/2013 20:49:36
Russia1-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
04/18/2013 20:50:05
Northern Ireland1-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR) – Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
04/18/2013 20:49:36
Luxembourg0-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Padraig Sutton (IRL) – Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
11/10/2014 18:03:20
Azerbaijan0-2Portugal
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG) – Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
05/28/2013 11:07:36
Azerbaijan1-1Luxembourg
Referee: Mihaly Fabian (HUN) – Stadium: Dalga Stadium, Baku (AZE)
12/16/2014 09:36:16
Israel1-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE) – Stadium: Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR)
09/07/2013 20:38:17
Azerbaijan2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Andrea De Marco (ITA) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
11/10/2014 18:06:14
Azerbaijan1-1Russia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
11/10/2014 18:06:19
20 August 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Azerbaijan0-0Uzbekistan Football Federation
Referee: not available
11/03/2014 14:24:51
3 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Russia4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: not available
11/03/2014 14:24:52
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan1-2Bulgaria
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
11/10/2014 18:06:19
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy2-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) – Stadium: Renzo Barbera, Palermo (ITA)
10/13/2014 19:02:36
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia6-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) – Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
10/17/2014 10:27:42
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-1Norway
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR) – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
12/04/2014 19:12:55
AzerbaijanMalta
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
12/01/2014 10:21:14
NorwayAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:29
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanCroatia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:09
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:50
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanItaly
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:11
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:50

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