2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League


The 2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League was the 23rd season of Azerbaijan Premier League, the Azerbaijani professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. Qarabağ are the defending champions, having won the previous season. The season started on 9 August 2014 and ended on 28 May 2015.

Azerbaijan Premier League
Season2014–15
ChampionsQarabağ
Champions LeagueQarabağ
Europa LeagueInter Baku
Gabala
Neftchi Baku
Matches played144
Goals scored354 (2.46 per match)
Top goalscorerNurlan Novruzov
(14 goals)
Biggest home winInter Baku 7–0 Baku
Biggest away winAZAL 0–4 Gabala
Highest scoringInter Baku 7–0 Baku
Simurq 5–2 Baku
Highest attendance7,500
Araz-Naxçıvan 3–0 Neftchi
(11 August 2014)[1]
Lowest attendance500
AZAL 1–1 Khazar Lankaran
(9 August 2014)[1]
All statistics correct as of 9 March 2015.

Teams


Ravan Baku were relegated to Azerbaijan First Division.

The format of the league not change as a total of 10 teams will contest the league, with the last club relegated and Araz-Naxçıvan promoted from the First Division.[2] The competition format follows the usual double round-robin format. During the course of a season, which lasts from August to May, each club plays every other club four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games.[3]

On 3 November 2014, the Araz-Naxçıvan announced their withdrawal from the league due constant biased referee decisions, which meant that all of their results were annulled.[4][5] This also meant that no club will be relegated by end of the season.[6]

Stadia and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
Araz-Naxçıvan Nakhchivan Nakhchivan City Stadium 11,800
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 5,000
Baku Baku FC Baku's Training Base 2,000
Gabala Gabala Gabala City Stadium 8,000
Inter Baku Baku Inter Arena 10,000
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 11,000
Qarabağ Ağdam Tofiq Bahramov Stadium 31,200
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 16,000

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Team captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Araz-Naxçıvan Asgar Abdullayev Elmin Chobanov Joma
AZAL Tarlan Ahmadov Shahriyar Rahimov Umbro Silk Way
Baku Ibrahim Uzunca Aqil Mammadov Kappa
Gabala Roman Hryhorchuk Volodimir Levin Joma Pepsi[8]
Inter Baku Kakhaber Tskhadadze Asif Mammadov Umbro IBA
Khazar Lankaran Elbrus Mammadov Rahid Amirguliyev Puma Palmali[9]
Neftçi Baku Arif Asadov Flavinho Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Gurban Gurbanov Rashad Sadygov Adidas Azersun[10]
Simurq Giorgi Chikhradze Ilkin Qirtimov Joma
Sumgayit Agil Mammadov Ruslan Poladov Umbro Azerkimya[11]

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Khazar Lankaran Mustafa Denizli Mutual consent 16 May 2014[12] Pre-season Oğuz Çetin 5 June 2014[13]
Gabala Yuri Semin 23 May 2014 Dorinel Munteanu 14 June 2014[14]
Baku Milinko Pantić 24 July 2014 Ibrahim Uzunca 12 August 2014
Neftchi Baku Boyukagha Hajiyev Resigned 3 September 2014 6th Arif Asadov 4 September 2014
Gabala Dorinel Munteanu Sacked 8 December 2014[15] 6th Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker) 8 December 2014[16]
Gabala Sanan Gurbanov (caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 21 December 2014 6th Roman Hryhorchuk 21 December 2014[17]
Khazar Oğuz Çetin Resigned 22 December 2014[18] 5th Elbrus Mammadov 23 December 2014[19]

League table


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Qarabağ (C) 32 20 8 4 51 28 +23 68 Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 Inter Baku 32 17 12 3 55 20 +35 63 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
3 Gabala 32 15 9 8 46 35 +11 54
4 Neftchi Baku 32 13 10 9 38 33 +5 49
5 Simurq 32 11 6 15 41 39 +2 39
6 AZAL 32 10 9 13 37 42 5 39
7 Khazar Lankaran 32 8 8 16 35 46 11 32
8 Sumgayit 32 7 10 15 32 43 11 31
9 Baku 32 3 8 21 19 68 49 17
10 Araz-Naxçıvan[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Team withdrawn
Source: uefa.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5. head-to-head away goals (only if 2 teams are tied); 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored.[21]
(C) Champion
Notes:
  1. Araz-Naxçıvan were officially withdrawn from the league on 17 November 2014[20]

Results


Season statistics


Scoring

Top scorers

As of 28 May 2015[26]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Nurlan Novruzov Baku 15
Dragan Ćeran Simurq
3 Freddy Mombongo-Dues AZAL 14
Magomed Kurbanov Sumgayit
5 Javid Huseynov Gabala 11
Nicolás Canales Neftchi
7 Reynaldo Qarabağ 10
Leroy George Qarabağ
9 Mikel Álvaro Inter Baku 9
10 Nildo Inter Baku 8
Rashad Eyyubov Simurq
Victor Mendy Gabala

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Freddy Mombongo-Dues4AZALSimurq5–0[27]22 May 2015
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Discipline

Player
Most yellow cards; 12[28]
Most red cards; 2[28]
Club

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