Azerbaijani Premier League
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.
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.
|1||Nazim Aliyev||1992–1999||Neftchi Baku||183|
|2||Mushfig Huseynov||1992–2007||FK Qarabağ||125|
|4||Gurban Gurbanov||1990–2006||Neftchi Baku||115|
|5||Samir Alakbarov||1992–2001||Neftchi Baku||115|
|6||Alay Bahramov||1992–1999||FK Masallı||108|
|7||Vadim Vasilyev||1994–2007||Baki Fehlesi||102|
|8||Khagani Mammadov||1994–2012||Inter Baku||102|
|9||Kanan Karimov||1995–2012||FK Shamkir||101|
|10||Nadir Nabiyev||1995–2012||Turan Tovuz||100|
|2||Aslan Kerimov||1992–2011||FK Qarabağ||382|
|4||Agil Mammadov||1992–2011||Turan Tovuz||364|
|5||Ismayil Mammadov||1992–2009||FK Shamkir||351|
|6||Kanan Karimov||1995–2012||FK Shamkir||327|
|7||Nadir Nabiyev||1995–2012||Turan Tovuz||316|
|8||Mubariz Orujov||1992–2008||Khazar Lankaran||311|
|9||Mushfig Huseynov||1992–2007||FK Qarabağ||305|
|10||Adahim Niftaliyev||1995–2011||Khazar Lankaran||303|
- 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 championsEdit"
Champions and top scorersEdit
Performance by clubEdit
|Neftchi Baku||1992, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2010–11, 2011–12|
|Kapaz||1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99|
|Shamkir||1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02|
|FC Baku||2005–06, 2008–09|
|Inter Baku||2007–08, 2009–10|
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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