Azerbaijan announces squad

Azeri national team coach Qurban Qurbanov summoned 24 players for the upcoming friendlies against Macedonia and Belarus.

photo by the Azeri team in September 2017


Azerbaijan will first welcome Belarus on the 23rd in Baku, but than will head to Belek in Turkey where Macedonia will be stationed.

Of the 24 players, 5 are debutants (Əzizli, R. Məmmədov, Axundov, Rəhimov and A. Məmmədov). Three of them are defenders and if we add the fact that other two defenders like Yunuszadə and Abbasov have only 3 and 2 caps, definitelt the biggest flaw in the Azeri squad will be the back line.

Experienced midfielders Rahid Əmirquliyev, Cavid Hüseynov and Əfran İsmayılov as well as central defender Bədavi Hüseynov got left out.

The squad is compiled of mostly domestic based players featuring only 3 internationals.

Kamran Ağayev – Keşlə Azerbaijan
Səlahət Ağayev – Neftçi Azerbaijan
Rəşad Əzizli – Neftçi Azerbaijan

Ruslan Abışov – Neftçi Azerbaijan
Maksim Medvedev – Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Pavel Paşayev – Oleksandriya Ukraine
Elvin Yunuszadə – Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Ürfan Abbasov – Qəbələ Azerbaijan
Rahib Məmmədov – Səbail Azerbaijan
Tural Axundov – Sumqayıt Azerbaijan
Şəhriyar Rəhimov – Kəpəz Azerbaijan

Qara Qarayev – Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Araz Abdullayev – Anorthosis Cyprus
Namik Ələskərov – Neftçi Azerbaijan
Richard Almeida de Oliveira – Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Rəhman Hacıyev – Neftçi Azerbaijan
Coşqun Diniyev – Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Emin Mahmudov – Neftçi Azerbaijan
Cavid İmamverdiyev – Sumqayıt Azerbaijan
Rəşad Eyyubov – Sumqayıt Azerbaijan
Asif Məmmədov – Qəbələ Azerbaijan

Dmitri Nazarov – Erzgebirge Aue Germany
Ruslan Qurbanov – Qəbələ Azerbaijan
Amil Yunanov – Sumqayıt Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan will match Macedonia on the 27th this month. The last encounter between the two was played two years ago in Austria and ended with a 3:1 win for Macedonia.

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