FC Astana

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Not to be confused with FC Astana-1964.
Astana
FC Astana's logo
Full name Football Club Astana
Founded 1 January 2009; 5 years ago (2009-01-01)
as FC Lokomotiv Astana[1]
Ground Astana Arena
Ground Capacity 30,000[2]
Chairman Kaisar Bekenov
Manager Stanimir Stoilov
League Kazakhstan Premier League
2013 Kazakhstan Premier League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Astana (Kazakh: Астана Футбол Клубы) is a Kazakh association football club based in Astana that plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League. The club's home ground is the 30,000-seat Astana Arena stadium, where they have played since 2009 mid-season. The club colours, reflected in their badge and kit, are sky blue, yellow and white. Founded as FC Lokomotiv Astana in 2009, the club changed its name to FC Astana in 2011.[3] They are members of the Astana Presidential Sports Club.[4]

The short history of the club already boasts two Kazakhstan Cups that were clinched in 2010 and 2012 and the 2011 Kazakhstan Super Cup. The highest result of the team in the Kazakhstan Premier League are the second places in 2009 and 2013.

History[edit]

The club formed as the result of a merger between FC Alma-Ata and FC Megasport in the beginning of 2009 as FC Lokomotiv Astana.[5] Later they moved to newly built Astana Arena. The club has benefited from a high salary role which has enabled them to attract players of status to the club. Andrei Tikhonov and Yegor Titov first of all came from the Russian Football Premier League.[6] Several more followed such as Patrick Ovie and Baffour Gyan. Maxim Shatskikh later arrived from Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian Premier League which is again a very high profile capture for the club.[7] The majority of their other players have arrived from other clubs of the Kazakhstan Premier League, mostly on free transfers from the clubs which were absorbed to make the club and several which last year went into bankruptcy. The club earned silver medals in their first season of play.

In 2010, Holger Fach guided Lokomotiv to their first Kazakhstan Cup success.[8] However, they were ineligible for a UEFA license since they had not yet existed for at least three years.[9] So they were not able to start in 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. On 2 March 2011, Lokomotiv beat Tobol 2–1 and won the Kazakhstan Super Cup for the first time.[10] On 20 May 2011, the club was renamed to FC Astana.[3] In 2012, Miroslav Beránek led Astana to win their second Kazakhstan Cup.[11] In July 2013, the club played in the First qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League against Botev Plovdiv. Astana lost both matches, 0-1 at home and 0-5 away.[12][13] On 4 July 2013, Astana officially joined to newly created Astana Presidential Sports Club, the organization supported by Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna to combine the main sports teams in Astana.[4][14] On 22 June 2014, the club announced that former Botev's manager Stanimir Stoilov appointed as a new head coach.[15]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Astana Arena
Astana Arena interior

FC Astana's first stadium was Almaty Central Stadium, which was shared with FC Kairat. The team played here in its founding year in 2009, until they moved to Kazhimukan Munaitpasov Stadium in mid-season. In July 2009, they moved to newly built Astana Arena.[16] The stadium holds 30,000 and has a retractable roof. Astana Arena was building from 2006 to 2009 and opened on 3 July 2009 with the game between FC Lokomotiv Astana and Kazakhstan national under-21 football team. Match judged famous Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, the symbolic first blow at the ball under his whistle struck the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. As part of each team, in addition to their regular players, were invited on two “stars”: in the under-21 national team of Kazakhstan – Georgian defender Kakha Kaladze and Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko, and in the Lokomotiv – Turkish players Hasan Şaş and Hakan Şükür. The construction of the stadium costed $185 million.[17] The stadium designed on on an elliptic form by leading sports architects Populous in association with Tabanlioglu Architects.[18] On 31 January 2011, it hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games.[19] It is also serves as the national stadium for Kazakhstan national football team. Astana Arena is one of the venues bidded to host UEFA Euro 2020 matches.[20]

Colors and badge[edit]

FC Lokomotiv's first home kit used until 2011 season.
Logo used from 2009 to 2011 as FC Lokomotiv.

Blue and white were the club's primary colors, though the team's nickname was the "Blue-and-White". Blue was used to accent the home jersey while white was the main color of the team's away kit. During the 2012 season, Astana wore yellow and blue striped shirts and blue shorts as home kit and wholly blue away kit. In 2013, they retrieved original colors used from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, the club joined to Astana Presidential Sports Club and adopted its colors. The present club colors are sky blue, yellow and white.

The team's original logo was implemented in 2009 consisting of the team's name, Footbal Club Lokomotiv Astana, on a blue round frame and a blue colored letter L in the center, meaning railway track. As the result of renaming in 2011, the club adopted a new badge. The badge consisted team's name with an uppercase letters on an image of the ball. This was accompanied by the words "football club" in Kazakh and Russian languages on the top and bottom of the badge respectively. On 23 January 2013, the club presented a new badge, which was replicated the style and colors of the FC Lokomotiv Astana logo. The logo consisted an image of the ball in the shanyrak style and two kazakh national patterns on each side.[21] The present club badge was introduced on 10 March 2014, and incorporating the Astana Presidential Sports Club badge's style and colors as well as the BC Astana, Astana Pro Team and Astana Dakar Team.[22] The badge consisting of the team's name, Astana Football Club, under a flying ball.

The Astana's current shirt sponsor is Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna.[23] The club's first kit sponsorship was from national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy who sponsored the club for a total of 4 years before ending the deal in 2013. The team's kit supplier is Adidas who supplying the club kits since their inception.[23]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2009–2014 Adidas Kazakhstan Temir Zholy
2014– Samruk-Kazyna

Achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Kazakhstan Premier League

Kazakhstan Cup[1]

Kazakhstan Super Cup[1]

  • Winners (1):2011
  • Runners-up (1)2013

League and cup history[edit]

Season Level Pos Pld W D L Goals Points Domestic Cup
2009 1st 2 26 20 0 6 54–24 60 Round 2
2010 1st 4 32 14 8 10 41–28 50 Winners
2011 1st 4 32 16 7 9 50–37 33 Round 2
2012 1st 5 26 13 7 6 34–24 46 Winners
2013 1st 2 22 12 5 5 35–24 41 Quarterfinals

League results[edit]

Kazakhstan Premier League

European record[edit]

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 0–1 0–5 0–6
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Armenia Pyunik 2–0 4–1 6–1
2Q Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 3–0 0–1 3–1
3Q Sweden AIK 1–1 3–0 4–1
PO Spain Villarreal 0–3

Notes[edit]

  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA Team rank[edit]

The following list ranks the currient position of FC Astana in UEFA ranking:

Rank Team Points
380 Georgia (country) FC Gagra 2.375
381 Georgia (country) FC WIT Georgia 2.375
382 Kazakhstan FC Astana 2.325
383 Albania KS Flamurtari 2.325
384 Kazakhstan FC Zhetysu 2.325

As of 22 August 2014. Source

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 August 2014.[24]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Nenad Erić
2 Kazakhstan DF Yeldos Akhmetov
4 Kazakhstan DF Viktor Dmitrenko
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Marin Aničić
6 Kazakhstan MF Kairat Nurdauletov
7 Montenegro MF Damir Kojašević
10 Central African Republic MF Foxi Kéthévoama
12 Kazakhstan DF Igor Pikalkin
13 Kazakhstan MF Serikzhan Muzhikov
15 Kazakhstan MF Abzal Beisebekov
16 Kazakhstan DF Evgeni Goryachi
17 Kazakhstan FW Tanat Nusserbayev
No. Position Player
18 Ghana FW Patrick Twumasi (on loan from Spartaks Jūrmala)
19 Belgium MF Georgy Zhukov (on loan from Standard Liège)
22 Kazakhstan FW Bauyrzhan Dzholchiev
24 Kazakhstan GK Denis Tolebayev
25 Cameroon MF Guy Essame (loan from Atyrau)
31 Kazakhstan MF Azat Smagulov
44 Russia DF Evgeni Postnikov
76 Bulgaria FW Atanas Kurdov
77 Kazakhstan DF Dmitri Shomko
85 Kazakhstan GK Vladimir Loginovskiy
88 Colombia MF Roger Cañas

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Kazakhstan MF Marat Shakhmetov (at Atyrau)

Management[edit]

Organisation[edit]

Role Name
President Kazakhstan Kaisar Bekenov
Sporting Director Kazakhstan Alexander Konochkin

Last updated: 15 August 2014
Source: FC Astana Official Website

Current backroom staff[edit]

Current FC Astana manager, Stanimir Stoilov
Position Staff
Manager Bulgaria Stanimir Stoilov
Assistant Manager Kazakhstan Grigori Babayan
First Team Coach Bulgaria Tsanko Tsvetanov
First Team Coach Bulgaria Said Ibraimov
First Team Coach Kazakhstan Arkadi Bakulin
First Team Goalkeeping Coach Kazakhstan Nikolai Rodionov
First Team Fitness Coach Ukraine Evgeni Stukalov
First Team Doctor Belarus Tadeush Perekhod
First Team Physiotherapist Kazakhstan Sergei Babikov
First Massagist Kazakhstan Sergei Larin
First Team Administrator Kazakhstan Alexander Zhitkov

Last updated: 15 August 2014
Source: FC Astana Official Website

Managerial history[edit]

Head Coach Years Coached
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 1 January 2009 – 16 February 2009
Russia Sergei Yuran 16 February 2009 – 24 January 2010
Germany Holger Fach 24 January 2010 – 11 November 2011
Ukraine Oleh Protasov 12 November 2011 – 27 April 2012
Czech Republic Miroslav Beránek 4 May 2012 – 13 July 2013
Kazakhstan Grigori Babayan[nb 1] 13 July 2013 – 21 July 2013
Romania Ioan Andone 22 July 2013 – 27 November 2013
Uzbekistan Vadim Abramov 28 November – 13 December 2013
Kazakhstan Grigori Babayan[nb 1] 1 January 2014 – 23 June 2014
Bulgaria Stanimir Stoilov 24 June 2014 – present

Affiliated clubs[edit]

On 11 November 2013 it was announced that FC Astana had partnered with the La Liga team Real Sociedad to cooperate in terms of exchange of skills and knowledge, organization of friendly matches, training camps for youth development and grassroots football.
On 29 April 2014 it was announced that Astana Presidential Sports Club had signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Galatasaray Sports Club. The memorandum chiefly provides for cooperation between the FC Astana and Galatasaray S.K..

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caretaker or interim manager

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FC Astana .:. Steckbrief". Worldfootball. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "First Division Clubs in Europe" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "FC Lokomotiv renamed to FC Astana". Football Federation of Kazakhstan. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Ilyas Omarov (11 March 2011). "Astana Presidential Sports Club launched". The Astana Times. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Richard Orange (4 July 2013). "Kazakh president's grandson joins Astana football team". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Mikhail Kozachkov (2 May 2009). "Tikhonov and Titov happy in Kazakhstan". UEFA. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Mikhail Kozachkov (22 June 2009). "Shatskikh aiming to go far with Lokomotiv". UEFA. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Mikhail Kozachkov (14 November 2010). "Lokomotiv win Kazakh Cup for first time". UEFA. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "The European Club Footballing Landscape; Club Licensing Benchmarking Report Financial Year 2010" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Mikhail Kozachkov (4 March 2011). "Lokomotiv Astana ready for Kazakh openers". UEFA. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Astana FC is going to replace Beranek". TengriNews.kz. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Astana 0-1 Botev Plovdiv". UEFA. 4 July 200913. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Botev Plovdiv 5-0 Astana". UEFA. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "In Astana, there was presented a new multi-sport club "Astana"". Samruk-Kazyna. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "New coach of FC Astana named". inform.kz. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Astana Arena". stadiumguide.com. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sembol’s $185m Astana stadium opens". kazworld.info. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Astana Arena – Kazakhstan Stadium Building". e-architect.co.uk. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Astana’s new stadium ready to host games". hurriyet.com.tr. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  20. ^ "Astana bidding to host UEFA matches in 2020". TengriNews.kz. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "У футбольного клуба «Астана» изменилась эмблема" [FC Astana changed its emblem] (in Russian). zakon.kz. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "ФК «Астана» презентовал новый состав, форму и логотип" [FC Astana presented new squad, kits and logo] (in Russian). inform.kz. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "Спонсоры и партнеры" [Sponsors and partners] (in Russian). FC Astana. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Основной состав" [First Team Squad]. FC Astana. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  25. ^ "Real Sociedad y FC Astana firman un acuerdo de colaboración" [Real Sociedad and FC Astana signed a collaboration agreement] (in Spanish). Real Sociedad. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Galatasaray, Astana sports clubs plan to step up cooperation". inform.kz. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 

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