Azerbaijani Premier League facts for kids
The Azerbaijan Premier League was created in 2007 and replaced the Top Division (Azerbaijani: Yüksək Liqa) which existed between 1992 and 2007. The Azerbaijan Premier League is run by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. The Top Division was run by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan. The creation of the Premier League gave the football clubs more independence.
Since 1992, a total of 8 football clubs have become champions of the top Azerbaijani football competition. Neftchi Baku are the current Azerbaijan Premier League champions.
Players in the Premier League compete for the trophy "Azerbaijan Premier League Golden Boot", awarded to the top goalscorer at the end of each football season. Nazim Aliyev is the league's all-time top scorer with 183 goals, including 39 in the 1992 season. During the 1995–96 season he became the first player to score 100 Premier League goals. Since then, 10 other players have reached the 100-goal mark.
- As of 14 August 2011
- All-time top scorer: Nazim Aliyev (183 goals)
- Top scorer in one season: 1992 Nazim Aliyev (39 goals)
- Most league titles won: Mahmud Qurbanov, he has won Azerbaijani championship record 10 times.
- Oldest player: Nadir Shukurov, for Karvan vs Mughan, 42 years, 19 April 2009
- Youngest goalscorer: Ramal Huseynov, for Shahdag vs Kimyachi Sumgayit, 13 years old, 333 days
- First appearance and goal scored by foreign player: Otar Korghalidze (1995)
- Most appearances by foreign player: Georgi Adamia (133 matches by 9 August 2010)
- Highest transfer fee (money) paid: Oktay Derelioğlu, from Akçaabat Sebatspor to Khazar Lankaran, €200,000, 9 December 2004
- Highest transfer fee (money) received: Vagif Javadov, from FK Qarabağ to FC Twente, €1,500,000, January 5, 2010
- As of 19 August 2012
- Most titles won: Neftchi Baku, 7
- Most unbeaten teams: Kəpəz, 30 games, 1997-98
- Biggest home win: Neftchi Baku 11–0 Shahdag (1999–00)
Soviet time champions
Champions and top scorers
|Season||Champion||2nd position||3rd position||Top scorer|
|1992||Neftchi Baku||Khazar Sumgayit||Turan||Nazim Aliyev (Khazar Sumgayit, 39 goals)|
|1993||Qarabağ||Khazar Sumgayit||Turan||Samir Alakbarov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)|
|1993-94||Turan Tovuz||Qarabağ||Kapaz||Musa Gurbanov (Turan, 35 goals)|
|1994-95||Kapaz||Turan||Neftchi Baku||Nazim Aliyev (Neftchi Baku, 27 goals)|
|1995-96||Neftchi Baku||Khazri Buzovna||Kapaz||Nazim Aliyev (Neftchi Baku/Qarabağ, 23 goals)|
|1996-97||Neftchi Baku||Qarabağ||Khazri Buzovna||Gurban Gurbanov (Neftchi Baku, 25 goals)|
|1997-98||Kapaz||FC Baku||Shamkir||Nazim Aliyev (FC Baku, 23 goals)|
|1998-99||Kapaz||Shamkir||Neftchi Baku||Alay Bahramov (Vilash Masalli, 24 goals)|
|1999-00||Shamkir||Kapaz||Neftchi Baku||Badri Kvaratskhelia (Shakmir, 16 goals)|
|2000-01||Shamkir||Neftchi Baku||Vilash Masalli||Pasha Aliyev (Bakili Baku, 12 goals)|
|2001-02||Shamkir||Neftchi Baku||Qarabağ|| Kanan Karimov (Kapaz, 14 goals)
Dmitri Kudinov (Qarabağ, 14 goals)
|2002-03||Due to conflict between almost all clubs and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, no league championship was held.|
|2003-04||Neftchi Baku||Shamkir||Qarabağ||Samir Musayev (Qarabağ, 20 goals)|
|2004-05||Neftchi Baku||Khazar Lankaran||Karvan||Zaur Ramazanov (Karvan, 21 goals)|
|2005-06||FC Baku||Karvan||Neftchi Baku||Yacouba Bamba (Karvan, 16 goals)|
|2006-07||Khazar Lankaran||Neftchi Baku||FC Baku||Zaur Ramazanov (Khazar Lankaran, 20 goals)|
|2007-08||Inter Baku||AZAL||Neftchi Baku||Khagani Mammadov (Inter Baku, 19 goals)|
|2008-09||FC Baku||Inter Baku||Simurq||Walter Guglielmone (Inter Baku, 17 goals)|
|2009-10||Inter Baku||FC Baku||Qarabağ||Farid Guliyev (Standard Baku, 16 goals)|
|2010-11||Neftchi Baku||Khazar Lankaran||Qarabağ||Georgi Adamia (Qarabağ, 18 goals)|
|2011-12||Neftchi Baku||Khazar Lankaran||Inter Baku||Bahodir Nasimov (Neftchi Baku, 16 goals)|
Performance by club
||1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12|
||1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99|
||1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02|
The current Azerbaijan Premier League trophy was developed by the Professional Football League of Azerbaijan and the trophy has been awarded to the champion of Azerbaijan since the end of the 2009–10 season, replacing the previous Premier League trophy that had existed for only few years.
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