Following the continuing conflict between almost all clubs and the president of the Azerbaijan FA, no league championship has started so far. In the beginning of December, a "Neftci-65" tournament was organized devoted to the 65th anniversary of FC Neftci, the first tournament since the last championship. All matches were played at Ismet Gaibov Stadium, Baki. Group A Round 1 [Nov 29] Sahdag 1-5 Dinamo [Valeh Kerimov 6 - Ramazan Abbasov 3, Ziya Nurmamedov 38, Dmitriy Yeremeyev 60, Yasar Abuzarov 60, 79] Neftci 3-1 Ulduz [Vadim Vasilyev 20 pen, 38, Ismail Mamedov 88 - Elsad Kerimov 41] Round 2 [Dec 3] Neftci 5-0 Sahdag [Igor Getman, Emin Guliyev, Agil Mamedov, Fuad Aliyev, Ismail Mamedov] Dinamo 1-0 Ulduz [Tarlan Mahmudov] Round 3 [Dec 6] Neftci 2-2 Dinamo [Agil Mamedov 40, ? - Dmitriy Yeremeyev 30, Rasad Sadigov(N) 50 og] Ulduz 5-4 Sahdag Final Table: 1.Neftci Baki 2 1 0 10- 3 7 2.Dinamo-Bakili Baki 2 1 0 8- 3 7 3.Ulduz Mingacevir 1 0 2 6- 8 3 4.Sahdag Qusar 0 0 3 5-15 0 Group B Round 1 [Dec 1] MOIK 1-0 Xazar [Zaur Ramazanov-pen] Qarabag 2-0 Turan [Pasa Aliyev, Tarlan Ahmedov] Round 2 [Dec 4] MOIK 0-1 Qarabag [Dmitriy Kudinov 56 pen] Turan 2-2 Xazar [Kamal Alekperov 11, 70 - Rasad Muradov 33, Sahmar Abdullayev 46] Round 3 [Dec 7] Qarabag 1-0 Xazar [Dmitriy Kudinov 22] MOIK 0-0 Turan 1.Qarabag-Azersun Agdam 3 0 0 4-0 9 2.MOIK Baki 1 1 1 1-1 4 3.Turan Tovuz 0 2 1 2-4 2 4.Xazar Sumgayit 0 1 2 2-4 1 Third Place Match [Dec 13] Dinamo 3-1 MOIK Final [Dec 13] Neftci 1-1 Qarabag [pen 4-5] [Vadim Vasilyev 47 - Arif Asadov 46] Chronology of conflict clubs versus AFFA On Dec 17, FIFA banned Azeri clubs from taking part in international competitions due to the unstable situation in Azeri football. The AFFA was entitled to decide the term of the ban. In fact it means that now only Fuad Musayev, AFFA President, who is the deadly enemy of most Azeri clubs, has the right to decide when the situation is stable and when the ban can be lifted. On Dec 19, 9 clubs - namely Neftci, Samkir, Qarabag, MOIK, Dinamo, Xazar Uni, Xazar Sumgayit, Kapaz, and Turan - decided to take out a process against AFFA. The clubs insist on liquidation of the AFFA as an illegal organisation that has been preventing Azeri football from developing for several years. The clubs also announced that they will withdraw their action if the AFFA members vote non-confidence in President Musayev. On Dec 24, Fuad Musayev said that now that his authorities are prolonged by FIFA, no AFFA presidential elections are possible until the championship is recommenced. And finally, on Dec 25, the AFFA Executive Committee decided to begin the 12th Azeri championship on March 1st, 2003. Jan 13: 6 regional football federations and 11 clubs bring an action against AFFA. They demand the dissolution of AFFA and creation of a new football association. Jan 22: Another action against AFFA is brought by Zaur Tagiyev who illegally tried to establish a Professional Footbal League in 1994 to run the championship under PFL. He claims that the AFFA is unconstitutional because it does not consist of regional federations as is stated in its charter. He also claims the reinstatement of the PFL. Feb 5: Qarabag-Azersun, Neftci and Dinamo doesn't let their players go to the Azeri national team before the match vs. Serbia-Montenegro. The AFFA disqualifies the 7 players for 5 matches and bans them from the national team. The 3 clubs are fined. Feb 24: The Ministry of Taxes initiates proceedings against AFFA claiming grand tax evasion (~$500,000), while AFFA is only agrees to pay $100,000. AFFA's property and Safa stadium are arrested, the apartment of the Director General of AFFA Oktay Zeynalov is searched. President Musayev announces that the AFFA functioning is paralysed, and the national team won't be able to travel to Wales because the documents are confiscated. The Ministry states that all the necessary documents will be provided. Mar 4: Representatives of 11 clubs (Samkir, Neftci, Qarabag, Kapaz, Turan, Xazar Uni, MOIK, Sahdag, Umid, Dinamo, Xazar) decide to resume competitions under AFFA. Their only requirement is giving their Organizing Committee a possibility to control. The assembly announces the championship may start as soon as March 22, if not objected by AFFA. Mar 19: The Ministry of Justice initiates proceedings against AFFA claiming AFFA violates the law of the state and charters of the international football federations and insisting that AFFA has been invalid since May 2002 when the elections of a new president had to be held. AFFA's reaction is that the Ministry apparently oversteps its authority. Mar 24: The AFFA opponents' assembly arrives at a decision to send a letter to AFFA, UEFA and FIFA explaining that it was decided to resume the championship on March 4, but AFFA debarred it. AFFA issued a list of 14 requirements for resuming championship, many of which were impossible to fulfil (for example, the participation fee was ~$7,340 which was too high). The clubs propose their own four requirements: a) AFFA and clubs should meet to agree on the championship, b) AFFA should cancel its strict requirements, c) AFFA should reduce the participation fee, and d) the terms of championship should be set. Apr 1: Oktay Zeynalov, who is also the paymaster-general of AFFA, is arrested. He admits that Fuad Musayev and Asef Cavadli (chairman of the AFFA Auditing and Control Committee) are accessorial to the abusive financial practices within AFFA. Minister of Taxes Fazil Mammadov says that Mr. Zeynalov can only avoid imprisonment if the AFFA compensates the tax delinquency of ~$265,000. Apr 4: Mr. Blatter and Mr. Johansson announce their intention to visit Azerbaijan on May 6 and meet the President of Azerbaijan to make the last attempt to settle the situation. Apr 7: Members of the Executive Committee of AFFA hold Fuad Musayev to convene an extraordinary meeting of EC immediately. Apparently, they are going to exercise their powers at long last and demand Musayev's resignation. The president must resign if 14 out of 21 members vote for it. The members are forced to hold their meeting outside AFFA as Mr. Musayev orders to turn them away. The assembly adopts another 'historical' resolution - to start the championship on April 20 and hold an election conference on April 30. Apr 8: Fuad Musayev declares the EC resolution to be null and void as the quorum was not reached (11 members instead of minimum 14) and the president was not present. He also states that all the AFFA's attempts to start the championship were blocked by the clubs, so AFFA cannot do anything about it now. Apr 9: According to the EC resolution, representatives of Neftci, Sahdag, Dinamo, and Umid come to AFFA to demonstarte their wish to start the championship, but they are not let it. Later this day, Musayev dismisses Fatulla Guseynov and Togrul Gaciyev (EC meeting organizers) from their posts of vice-presidents, thus overriding AFFA's own Charter (according to it, vice-presidents can only be dismissed by the Conference of AFFA). Apr 14: The club representatives and AFFA reaches a long-awaited consensus and make the following mutual decisions: a) the championship is to start on April 25; b) it will be a 4-leg round-robin if 8 or less teams participate, and a 2-leg tournament if more than 8 teams participate; c) matches of Azeri Cup will be 2-legged except for the final; d) team rosters will include at least 22 players; e) each club will pay a participation fee of ~$5,000 plus ~$200 for each player; f) all the previous fines are cancelled. Apr 15: A shock for Azerbaijan - AFFA is disqualified by FIFA. Apparently, Musayev didn't like the mutual decision and sent another letter to FIFA where he described the situation as emergency, and the sanctions has followed without investigating the newly reached agreement. A very strange decision, especially in the light of their intention to visit Azerbaijan (see Apr 4). Apr 16: UEFA disqualifies AFFA. Apr 18: Members of the EC publish a letter to Fuad Musayev, in which they kindly ask Musayev to forget all personal offences, call a meeting, initiate dialogue and make every effort to find the way out of the crisis. Apr 21: 13 members of the EC appeal to FIFA President Blatter, UEFA President Johansson, and Russian FU President Koloskov to say that an unfair information has been submitted to their organizations. The whole situation is described, and correspondence attached that shows, among other things, all the refusals and go-bys of Mr. Musayev. Apr 22: Five clubs (Samkir, Neftci, Qarabag, Turan, MOIK) report they are ready to start. Three more clubs (Dinamo, Xazar S, Kapaz) announce their rosters to be filled up in a few days. The roster submission deadline is cancelled. F.Musayev answers that he is going to call the EC meeting in the nearest future. Supposedly, Musayev is going to set the following conditions of his voluntary retirement: 1) Oktay Zeynalov must be released, 2) Safa must be made his own property, 3) He must be awarded an order, 4) He must be declared a honorary president of AFFA. Apr 26: Tired of waiting for Musayev's answer, the Executive Committee fixes the meeting for April 29, at the AFFA headquarters. The EC members ask Cingiz Ismayilov, General Secretary of AFFA, not to close doors on that day, and ask Fuad Musayev to preside at the meeting. May 11 or 12: A meeting at AFFA’s headquarters with participation of clubs’ representatives was held with General Secretary Chingiz Ismaylov being chairman. Some crucial decisions concerning the implementation of Zurich agreement were taken during the meeting. The main one is that the league will finally resume at May 17. The league’s draw procedure was scheduled for May 14 (but postponed to May 15). Clubs will have to pay only 5 million manats at first. The remaining 17 millions should be paid until the end of the first half of the season. On Shafa football club it was agreed that the Shafa stadium should be separated from the club and Shafa has to pay an entrance fee as an independent club. AFFA Executive Committee’s next meeting set to be held May 13 and Musayev finally agreed to chair the meeting. Round 1 [May 17] Xazar Sum - Dinamo Neftci - Samkir Turan - Umid Qarabag - Sahdag MOIK - Adliye Xazar Uni - Lokomotiv Safa - Kapaz In addition to 2001/02 participants, the two best clubs from the First League (Lokomotiv Imisli and Xazar Sumqayit) will take part. Just before the championship draw, Adliye Baki were surprisingly added by AFFA. The club was only 5th in First League 01/02. Later, Xazar Universiteti refused to participate in the long-awaited championship in protest against the sudden admittance of Adliye. The final decision regarding Adliye's participation is to be made next week. Apparently, they will stay in. Xazar Uni's berth may be given to Bakili Baki. See 2003 season for further developments. Hemreylik Kuboku (Unity Cup) Played on Sport Academy Stadium, Baki. Group A Round 1 [Feb 4] Neftci 4-0 Turan [Agil Mammadov 38, Ismayil Mammadov 70, Elnur Abdullayev 86, Zaur Ismayilov 90 pen] [Feb 5] Umid 0-0 Sahdag Round 2 [Feb 9] Neftci 1-0 Sahdag [Ismayil Mammadov 57] [Feb 10] Umid 1-1 Ulduz [Yasar Abuzarov 85 - Samir Mammadov 45] 1.Neftci Baki 2.Turan Tovuz ... Sahdag Qusar Ulduz Mingacevir Umid Baki Group B Round 1 [Feb 7] Qarabag 3-1 Kapaz [Azer Cabbarov 12, Namig Hasanov 26, Samir Musayev 75 - Fazil Parvarov 16] 1.Qarabag-Azersun Agdam 2.Adliye Baki ... Kapaz Ganca MOIK Baki Xazar Sumgayit Other results unknown. Semifinals [Mar 13] Qarabag-Azersun 3-0 Turan [Elmir Xankisiyev 25, 90, Namig Hasanov 53] Neftci 2-0 Adliye [Igor Getman 22, Agil Mammadov 48] Third place match [Mar 14] Adliye beat Turan on penalties Final [Mar 15] Neftci 2-1 Qarabag-Azersun [Rasad Sadihov 8, Sabuhi Sadihov 68 - Samir Musayev 65]
list of champions.
list of cup winners.
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