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2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League

Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2010–11
Champions Neftchi Baku
Relegated Simurq Zaqatala
MOIK Baku
Champions League Neftchi Baku
Europa League Khazar Lankaran
Qarabağ
AZAL Baku
Matches played 192
Goals scored 302 (1.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Georgi Adamia (18)
Biggest home win AZAL 5–0 Inter
Biggest away win MOIK 0–5 Ganja
Highest scoring Neftchi 6–2 Ganja
2009–10
2011–12

The 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League (known as the Unibank Premyer Liqası for sponsorship reasons) is the nineteenth season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The fixtures were announced on 29 July 2010; the season began on 7 August 2010 and ended on 28 May 2011.[1] Neftchi Baku were the eventual champions, winning their first Azerbaijani championship since 2005.

The league was competed over two stages. The first stage consisted of a regular home-and-away round-robin schedule for a total of 22 matches per team. The competition was then be split in half, with the teams ranked first through sixth playing out the championship and the European spots while the bottom six teams having to avoid one of the two relegation places.[2] In contrast to the previous season, each team transferred their full record from the first to the second stage.[3]

Adidas provided their Jabulani match ball for the season.[4]

Teams

Standard Sumgayit and Karvan were relegated to the Azerbaijan First Division after finishing 11th and 12th, respectively, at the end of last season. They were replaced by First Division champions Ganja and runners-up MOIK Baku.

Olimpik-Shuvalan Baku were renamed AZAL Baku prior to the start of the season.[5][6]

Stadia and locations

Location of teams in Azerbaijan Premier League 2010-11
Team Location Venue Capacity[7]
AZAL Baku AZAL Stadium 3,000
FK Baku Baku Tofig Bahramov Stadium 30,000
Ganja Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Inter Baku Shafa Stadium 8,150
Khazar Lankaran Lankaran City Stadium 15,000
MOIK Baku Baku MOIK Stadium 1,000
Mughan Salyan Salyany Olympic Stadium 2,000
Neftchi Baku Ismat Gayibov Stadium 5,000
Qarabağ Agdam Guzanli Olympic Stadium 2,000
Gabala FC Gabala Gabala City Stadium 2,000
Simurq Zaqatala Zaqatala City Stadium 3,500
Turan Tovuz Tovuz City Stadium 10,000

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Head coach Team captain Kitmaker Shirt sponsor
AZAL Nazim Suleymanov Agil Nabiyev Umbro Silk Way
FK Baku Aleksandrs Starkovs Jamshid Maharramov Kappa
FK Ganja Mehman Allahverdiyev Azer Mammadov Adidas
Inter Kakhaber Tskhadadze Vladimir Levin Adidas IBA
Khazar Mircea Rednic Kamran Agaev Puma Palmali
MOIK Baku Gahraman Aliyev Farid Hashimzadeh Umbro
Mughan Bahman Hasanov Elnur Abdullayev Olympikus Nissan
Neftchi Arif Asadov Rail Malikov Adidas SOCAR
Qarabağ Gurban Gurbanov Aslan Kerimov Adidas Azersun Holding
Qabala Tony Adams Kanan Karimov Erreà Hyundai
Simurq Gjoko Hadžievski Rasim Ramaldanov Umbro
Turan Asgar Abdullayev Vurgun Huseynov Umbro

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Gabala Ramiz Mammadov End of contract 10 May 2010 Tony Adams[8] 12 May 2010
FK Baku Cüneyt Biçer End of contract 10 June 2010 Winfried Schäfer[9] 10 June 2010
Simurq PFC Roman Pokora Sacked 18 June 2010 Gjoko Hadžievski[10] 18 June 2010
Turan Tovuz Nizami Sadygov Sacked 29 June 2010 Sakit Aliyev[11] 29 June 2010
Khazar Lankaran Agaselim Mirjavadov[12] Resigned 8 July 2010 Mircea Rednic[13] 15 July 2010
Turan Tovuz Sakit Aliyev[14] Sacked 30 September 2010 Revaz Dzodzuashvili[14] 30 September 2010
FK Mughan Almir Hurtić[15] Resigned 13 November 2010 Bahman Hasanov 13 November
Turan Tovuz Revaz Dzodzuashvili End of contract 23 December 2010 Naci Şensoy[16] 25 December 2010
FK Baku Winfried Schäfer[17] Sacked 6 January 2011 Aleksandrs Starkovs[18] 16 January 2011
FK Ganja Fuad Ismayilov Resigned 17 March 2011 Mehman Allahverdiyev[19] 18 March 2011
Turan Tovuz Naci Şensoy Sacked 6 May 2011 Asgar Abdullayev 6 May 2011

First round

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku 22 14 6 2 40 9 +31 48 Qualification to Championship Group
2 Khazar Lankaran 22 14 5 3 28 12 +16 47
3 Qarabağ 22 13 3 6 30 14 +16 42
4 Inter Baku 22 12 4 6 24 16 +8 40
5 AZAL 22 9 9 4 27 16 +11 36
6 Baku 22 9 6 7 28 21 +7 33
7 Gabala 22 8 7 7 19 14 +5 31 Qualification to Relegation Group
8 Mughan 22 7 6 9 14 23 −9 27
9 Ganja 22 5 9 8 23 27 −4 24
10 Turan 22 3 6 13 17 35 −18 15
11 Simurq 22 2 6 14 12 34 −22 12
12 MOIK Baku 22 1 3 18 6 47 −41 6

Updated to games played on 27 February 2011.
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results

Home \ Away[1] AZL BAK GAN INT KHA MOI MUG NEF QAR GAB SIM TUR
AZAL 0–0 0–0 5–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0
Baku 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–1
Ganja 1–1 1–3 1–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–4 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Inter Baku 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0
Khazar Lankaran 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
MOIK Baku 1–1 0–4 0–5 0–4 0–2 3–2 0–4 0–1 0–3 0–2 0–2
Mughan 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Neftchi Baku 1–0 0–2 6–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0
Qarabağ 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–2 5–1
Gabala 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–0
Simurq 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–2 2–2
Turan 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1
Updated to games played on 27 February 2011.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second round

The league was split into two groups; however, each team retained its record from the first round.[3]

Championship group

The top six teams of the first phase participate in this group, which will decide which team will win the championship. Additionally, teams in this group compete for one 2011–12 Champions League and two Europa League spots.

The winners will qualify for the Champions League Second qualifying round, with the runners-up and third place team earning a spot in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Neftchi Baku (C) 32 19 10 3 53 17 +36 67 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Khazar Lankaran 32 16 12 4 38 18 +20 60 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Qarabağ 32 17 7 8 41 22 +19 58 2011–12 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 AZAL 32 13 10 9 36 28 +8 49
5 Inter Baku 32 13 10 9 29 24 +5 49
6 Baku 32 10 10 12 33 32 +1 40

Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Khazar Lankaran won the 2010–11 Azerbaijan Cup and therefore qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation group

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Gabala 32 13 12 7 31 18 +13 51
8 Mughan 32 13 8 11 29 31 −2 47
9 Ganja 32 8 12 12 33 37 −4 36
10 Turan 32 7 6 19 24 47 −23 27
11 Simurq (R) 32 4 7 21 20 52 −32 19 Relegation to Azerbaijan First Division
12 MOIK Baku (R) 32 4 6 22 14 55 −41 18

Updated to games played on 12 May 2011.
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1The winners of the 2010–11 Azerbaijan Cup will qualify for the second qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
(C)=Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q)=Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results of both groups

Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 18 May 2011[20]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Georgi Adamia Qarabağ 18
2 Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku 15
3 Flavinho Neftchi Baku 11
4 Rauf Aliyev Qarabağ 10
Gvidas Juška AZAL 10
Junivan Gence 10
5 Deon Burton Gabala 9
Sabir Allahquliyev FK Gence 9
6 Winston Parks Khazar 8
7 Rashad Abdullayev Neftchi Baku 7
Jabá FK Baku 7

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku Simurq 4–0[21] 21 August 2010
Giorgi Adamia Qarabağ Neftchi Baku 3–0[22] 13 May 2011

Scoring

Clean sheets

Discipline

Monthly awards

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
September Bahodir Nasimov Neftchi Baku[29]
October Flavinho Neftchi Baku[30]
November Zouhir Benouahi AZAL[31]
December Samir Aliyev Simurg[31]
February Flavinho Neftchi Baku
March Rauf Aliyev FK Qarabag
April Winston Parks Khazar
May Giorgi Adamia Qarabağ

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