The Azerbaijan football team played their first ever match in 1927 against Georgia which ended as a 1-1 draw. However, during the Soviet era, they played no further international friendlys as an independent nation. In 1991, they gained their independence and the AFFA (Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan) was created. Several friendlys were played before the country was accepted into FIFA in 1994.
The nation's first qualification campaign was for Euro 96. However, they failed to qualify and have actually never qualified for a European Championships. They have been paired with Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium and Kazakhstan in qualifying for Euro 2012. The team has also never qualified for a World Cup.
Brazilian World Cup winner Carlos Alberto was the country's most famous manager and took charge of the team in February 2004. He led the nation to their first ever away victory when they beat Kazakhstan in April 2004. However, his tenure was ultimately unsuccessful and he resigned in June 2005.
Current manager Berti Vogts was appointed in time for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. The team only managed 5 points during the campaign and narrowly avoided bottom place. Vogts will take charge of the nation again during the Euro 2012 qualification campaign.