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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 21/09/2017 14:11 CET
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
San Marino0-1Azerbaijan
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
09/21/2017 13:12:04
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan1-0Norway
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
09/11/2017 06:40:45
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)
06/02/2017 12:57:19
9 March 2017 09 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Qatar1-2Azerbaijan
Referee: not available
03/10/2017 15:30:07
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan1-4Germany
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/11/2017 09:43:22
Azerbaijan0-1Northern Ireland
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/11/2017 09:43:21
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Norway2-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/02/2017 12:21:47
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Azerbaijan5-1San Marino
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
09/05/2017 08:36:40
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanCzech Republic
Referee: TBD Stadium: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku (AZE)
09/22/2017 18:52:20
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD Stadium: Fritz-Walter, Kaiserslautern (GER)
09/22/2017 19:00:31

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)
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