2017–18 Azerbaijan Premier League

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Azerbaijan Premier League
Season 2017–18
Dates 11 August 2017 – 19 May 2018
Champions Qarabağ
Relegated Kapaz
Champions League Qarabağ
Europa League Gabala
Neftçi Baku
Keşla
Matches played 112
Goals scored 255 (2.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Bagaliy Dabo
(13 goals)
Biggest home win Qarabağ 4–1 Sumgayit
(22 September 2017)
Biggest away win Kapaz 1–6 Gabala
(25 November 2017)
Highest scoring Kapaz 1–6 Gabala
(25 November 2017)
Highest attendance 13,300
Kapaz 0–2 Qarabağ
(5 November 2017)[1]
All statistics correct as of 21 May 2018.

The 2017–18 Azerbaijan Premier League was the 26th season of the Azerbaijan Premier League. The season began on 11 August 2017 and ended on 19 May 2018. Qarabağ are the defending champions.[2]

Although unconfirmed by UEFA, it is expected that the winners of the league this season will earn a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2018–19 Champions League, and the second and third placed clubs would earn a place in the first qualifying round of the 2018–19 Europa League.[3]

Teams[edit]

Shuvalan was relegated at the conclusion of the previous season.[2] Sabail were promoted and will participate in the Premier League this season.[4]

Locations of the 2017–18 Azerbaijan Premier League teams.
Team in italics is from a zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and is playing its home games in Baku.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
Team Location Venue Capacity[5]
Gabala Qabala Gabala City Stadium 4,500
Keşla Keshla Inter Arena 8,125
Kapaz Ganja Ganja City Stadium 25,000
Neftchi Baku Baku Bakcell Arena 10,500
Qarabağ Baku Azersun Arena 5,800
Sabail Səbail Bayil Arena 5,000
Sumgayit Sumqayit Kapital Bank Arena 1,500
Zira Baku Zira Olympic Sport Complex Stadium 1,400

Stadiums[edit]

Gabala Keşla Kapaz Neftchi Baku
Gabala City Stadium Inter Arena Ganja City Stadium Bakcell Arena
Capacity: 4,500 Capacity: 8,125 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 10,500
Shefa atadium.jpg Ganja Stadium Tofiq Bahramov Stadium
Qarabağ Sabail Sumgayit Zira
Azersun Arena Bayil Arena Kapital Bank Arena Zira Olympic Sport Complex Stadium
Capacity: 5,800 Capacity: 5,000 Capacity: 1,500 Capacity: 1,400
AzersunArena.jpg Stadium

Personnel and kits[edit]

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
Gabala Ukraine Roman Hryhorchuk Azerbaijan Javid Huseynov Joma QafqaZ Hotels[6]
Keşla Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov Azerbaijan Kamran Aghayev Joma Samaya LTD
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Tarlan Ahmedov Azerbaijan Ruslan Abışov Kappa
Qarabağ Azerbaijan Gurban Gurbanov Azerbaijan Rashad Sadygov Adidas Azersun[7]
Sabail Azerbaijan Samir Aliyev Azerbaijan Eltun Yagublu Nike
Sumgayit Azerbaijan Samir Abbasov Azerbaijan Vurğun Hüseynov Joma Pasha Insurance
Zira Azerbaijan Aykhan Abbasov Azerbaijan Anar Nazirov Joma Santral Electric
Kapaz Azerbaijan Yunis Huseynov Azerbaijan Shahriyar Rahimov Nike Gəncə 4000

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointmentr
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Elkhan Abdullayev Resigned 21 August 2017[8] 7th Azerbaijan Elshad Ahmedov (Caretaker) 21 August 2017[9]
Neftchi Baku Azerbaijan Elshad Ahmedov (Caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 11 September 2017[10] 7th Azerbaijan Tarlan Ahmedov 11 September 2017[11]
Keşla Georgia (country) Zaur Svanadze Resigned 29 October 2017[12] 7th Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov (Caretaker) 30 October 2017[13]
Kapaz Azerbaijan Shahin Diniyev Resigned 18 November 2017[14] 8th Azerbaijan Yunis Huseynov 20 November 2017[15]
Keşla Azerbaijan Ramiz Mammadov (Caretaker) End of tenure as caretaker 25 December 2017 7th Ukraine Yuriy Maksymov 25 December 2017[16]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Qarabağ (C) 28 20 5 3 37 13 +24 65 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Gabala 28 14 7 7 43 26 +17 49 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Neftçi Baku 28 14 4 10 39 28 +11 46
4 Zira 28 12 8 8 36 30 +6 44
5 Sumgayit 28 11 7 10 34 33 +1 40
6 Keşla 28 8 7 13 29 39 −10 31 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
7 Səbail 28 6 5 17 19 39 −20 23
8 Kapaz (R) 28 3 5 20 18 47 −29 14 Relegation to the Azerbaijan First Division
Source: UEFA, Soccerway
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 scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored.[17]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Results[edit]

Clubs will play each other four times for a total of 28 matches each.[18]

Season statistics[edit]

Clean sheets[edit]

Updated to matches played on 21 May 2018.
Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ibrahim Šehić Qarabağ 13
2 Ukraine Dmytro Bezotosnyi Gabala 9
3 Azerbaijan Rashad Azizli Neftçi 6
Azerbaijan Farhad Valiyev Sumgayit

Scoring[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Preliminary Access List 2018/19". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
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  5. ^ Azərbaycan Peşəkar Liqası (in Azerbaijani)
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  13. ^ "Keşlə FK-nın məlumatı". Keşlafc.az (in Azerbaijani). Keşla FK. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Şahin Diniyev istefa verdi". kapazpfc.az (in Azerbaijani). Kapaz PFK. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  15. ^ "Yunis Hüseynov baş məşqçi təyin edildi". kapazpfc.az (in Azerbaijani). Kapaz PFK. 20 November 2017. 
  16. ^ "Müşahidə Şurasının iclası keçirildi". Keşlafc.az (in Azerbaijani). Keşla FK. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
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  18. ^ "Premyer Liqa: Season Rules". scoresway.com. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "KAPAZ VS. QABALA 1 - 6". soccerway.com/. Soccerway. 25 November 2017. 

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