Azerbaijan Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Odlar Yurdu (The Land of Fire)
Head coach: Berti Vogts
Captain: Rashad Sadygov
Most caps: Aslan Kerimov (75)
Top scorer: Gurban Gurbanov (12)
Home stadium: Tofig Bahramov Stadium
Football is the most popular sport in Azerbaijan, a country that gained independence in 1991. The national association takes part in all competitions organised by FIFA and UEFA at senior and youth level. Neftchi Baku used to be one of the leading teams in the top league in the Soviet Union, sometimes playing in European club competitions. The most famous player was Anatolii Banishevski, who was part of the Soviet Union team that reached the semi-finals in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. But another Azebaijani legend is also part of footballing history: Tofik Bakhramov was the linesman who played a crucial role in the 1966 Final, when uncertainty clouded England's third goal.
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.