|Full name||Bunyodkor Professional Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Qaldirgʻochlar (The Swallows)|
|Founded||6 July 2005|
|Head Coach||Mirjalol Qosimov|
Bunyodkor Professional Football Club (Uzbek: Bunyodkor Professional futbol klubi, Uzbek Cyrillic: Бунёдкор футбол клуби; Russian: футбольный клуб Бунёдкор) is an Uzbek football club based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The club finished second in the 2007 Uzbek League season and made the semi-finals of the 2008 AFC Champions League. In August 2008, the club changed its name to Bunyodkor from PFC Kuruvchi to reflect the club's success on the pitch and its increasing professionalism off the pitch.
The relatively unknown club made international headlines when it claimed to be close to signing world-famous Internazionale striker Samuel Eto'o, although he did not sign with them. On 25 August 2008, AEK Athens Brazilian superstar Rivaldo announced to the Greek press that he was joining Bunyodkor on a reported $14 million two-year contract.
Bunyodkor, which means "creator" in Uzbek, was created on 6 July 2005, with the name "Neftgazmontaj-Quruvchi," which was typically abbreviated "Kuruvchi” (the Uzbek word for "builder"). In 2005, the club played initially in the championship of Tashkent region and played its way into the playoff for promotion into the First League, the second level of Uzbek football. Kuruvchi gained promotion that year, its first, and under the management of Khikmat Irgashev, Kuruvchi won the First League in its first attempt, winning 27 of 38 matches with 5 draws and 6 defeats.
With its victory in the second level of Uzbek football in 2006, the 2007 season was Kuruvchi's debut in the Uzbek League. Never before had a club moved with such alacrity from the lower reaches of Uzbek competition into the top league. In club's first season Bunyodkor finishe runner-up after FC Pakhtakor.
Famous signings 
On 14 July 2008, the club, then called Kuruvchi, announced through their official website that they had signed FC Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o on a six-month contract. The story was confirmed by Bahtier Babayev, the club's Sporting Director, stating that it was a performance-related contract. He also went on to say that the Cameroonian football star would sign on 17 July, and that the transfer had taken place due to the good relationship enjoyed between both clubs' presidents. Despite this, FC Barcelona official spokesperson denied any knowledge of such a transfer, stating 'I don't think it's very likely'.
On 16 July 2008, the Uzbek radio Maxima reported that Davut Kivrak and Barcelona managers are expected to arrive to Tashkent to hold talks with the Uzbek Football Federation and to promote youth football (Barcelona and Bunyodkor have a yearly renewable deal to help in youth football). The following day, Eto'o confirmed that he was thinking of joining Kuruvchi – the team stated that they would have confirmation on whether Eto'o would join the team on 23 July 2008.
As of 31 July 2008, Eto'o's status had become no clearer, as Bunyodkor was still in the running to obtain the services of the Cameroonian international, but he was also being sought by Milanese powerhouses A.C. Milan and Internazionale.
Although unsuccessful in obtaining Eto'o's services by September 2008, Bunyodkor brought two famous Brazilians to Tashkent: Rivaldo as a midfielder and Zico as manager. Rivaldo signed a contract that he termed "very good for the end of my career" to play for Bunyodkor. Three weeks later, his countryman Zico signed on to manage the club on a one-year deal. Mirjalol Kasymov became adviser-coach to Brazilian Zico. Rivaldo recently extended his deal with a 4-year contract.
On 8 June 2009 Luiz Felipe Scolari was announced as Bunyodkor's new head coach. but resigned on 6 June 2010. Also Rivaldo unexpectedly terminated his multi-million contract and was released from the club on 12 August 2010. In May 2010, after Luiz Felippe Scolari resigned, Mirjalol Kasymov became coach of the club again.
On 26 February 2011 Bunyodkor unveiled 11 new players for the 2011 season.
In 2012 season club was unable to defend their League title, although Bunyodkor won its third Uzbek Cup in history. The club finished runner-up after Pakhtakor in League. In 2012 AFC Champions League club repeated its 2008 achievements, qualifying to semifinal of tournament. In semifinal club lost to Ulsan Hyundai in two leg competition.
Bunyodkor played its first years at the MHSK Stadium. After the end of the Uzbek League season 2008 it was announced that MHSK stadium would have been closed for longtime reconstruction. Season 2008 was the last season at the MHSK stadium, for 2009 season club moved to 8,460-seater JAR Stadium. The old MHSK Stadium was completely demolished with plans to build a new and modern 34.000-all-seater stadium, Bunyodkor Stadium and football academy for youth. The construction works were finished in August 2012.
The stadium was opened on 28 September 2012 and originally was one of the proposed venues to host the matches of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 in Uzbekistan. The festive opening ceremony of the stadium marking the 100th anniversary of football in Uzbekistan was held on 28 September 2012 with an exhibition match between Bunyodkor and Pakhtakor with the scoreline ending 3:3.
League finishing positions 
Records and statistics 
Viktor Karpenko presently holds the team record for number of total matches played in League – 113, to the end of season 2011. He is also player with the most caps in all competitions, 202 matches, as end of 2012 season.
Capital Derby 
Since Bunyodkor's promotion to the Uzbek Top League matches between club and their other rival from capital, football powerhouse FC Pakhtakor, considered by supporters of both sides and specialists as Uzbek capital derby or "Toshkent derby". With former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Bunyodkor faced four derby matches: three Uzbek League and one Uzbekistans Cup matches. His first derby match took place on 12 July 2009 at JAR Stadium where Bunyodkor won Pakhtakor with 2:1. The Supercup match between champion and Cup winner originally scheduled for 11 March 2012 was postponed. The new date for the game was officially not announced. On 26 June 2012, in League match Bunyodkor won Pakhtakor for the second time with two goal difference (2:0). In semifinal 2nd leg match of Uzbekistan Cup on 25 November 2012, Bunyodkor won Pakhtakor with 3:1 for the second time, qualifying to cup final.
|Season||Date||Home team||Away team||Score||Competition||Home goal scorers||Away goal scorers|
|2007||18 May 2007||Quruvchi||Pakhtakor||
||League||Lushan 39' pen||Magdeev 85'|
|22 September 2007||Pakhtakor||Quruvchi||
|9 December 2007||Pakhtakor||Quruvchi||
|2008||10 July 2008||Pakhtakor||Quruvchi||
||League||Geynrikh 57'||Villanueva 31'|
|16 August 2008||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||League||Villanueva 8'||Z.Tadjiyev 90+2'|
|31 October 2008||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||Cup||J.Hasanov 40', Soliev 101', Soliev 114'||Ahmedov 45'|
|2009||12 July 2009||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||League||Aliqulov 21' (o.g.), J.Hasanov 58'||Geynrikh 71'|
|14 October 2009||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
|8 August 2009||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
|2010||14 March 2010||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||League||Rivaldo 18', Ristic 69'||Miladinovic 78'|
|31 October 2010||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
|2011||7 July 2011||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
|21 August 2011||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||League||Karpenko 70', Trifunović 72'||A.Azizov 88'|
|2012||11 March 2012||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
|26 June 2012||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||League||Salomov 52', Kozák 64'||-|
|9 August 2012||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
||League||Andreev 70' pen||Salomov 15'|
|22 August 2012||Bunyodkor||Pakhtakor||
||Cup||Soliev 42'||Andreev 21' pen|
|25 November 2012||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
||Cup||Shorahmedov 53', Salomov 54',78'||Abdukholiqov 73'|
|2013||30 June 2013||Pakhtakor||Bunyodkor||
All-time top scorers 
|3||José Luis Villanueva||Bunyodkor||2|
Current squad 
- As of 21 February 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Uzbek football transfers 2013
Current technical staff 
|Assistant Coach||Hikmat Irgashev|
|Assistant Coach||Murod Otajonov|
|Fitness coach||Alexander Volkov|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Abdusattar Rakhimov|
|Club doctor||Qakhramon Nurmukhammedov|
Notable players 
||This list of "famous" or "notable" sporting persons has no clear inclusion or exclusion criteria. Please help to define clear inclusion criteria and edit the list to contain only subjects that fit those criteria. (April 2013)|
This list of former players includes those who made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the club. Players whose name is listed in bold are still playing for Bunyodkor.
Managerial history 
|Mirjalol Qosimov||Dec 2007 – Sep 2008|
|Zico||Sept 2008 – Jan 2009|
Jan – March 2009
|Hikmat Irgashev||March – June 2009|
|Luiz Felipe Scolari||June 2009 – May 2010|
|Mirjalol Qosimov||May 2010–|
- Uzbek League: 4
- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Uzbek Cup: 3
- AFC Champions League: Semifinal
Performance in AFC competitions 
- AFC Champions League: 6 appearances
|2008||AFC Champions League||Group||Al-Ittihad||2–0||0–1|
|2009||AFC Champions League||Group||Al-Ettifaq||2–1||0–4|
|Round of 16||Persepolis F.C.||not held||1–0|
|2010||AFC Champions League||Group||Al-Ittihad||3–0||1–1|
|Group||Zob Ahan Isfahan||0–1||0–3|
|Round of 16||Al-Hilal||not held||0–3|
|2011||AFC Champions League||Group||Al Wahda||3–2||1–1|
|Round of 16||Sepahan||not held||1–3|
|2012||AFC Champions League||Group||Gamba Osaka||3–2||1–3|
|Round of 16||Seongnam||not held||1–0|
|QuarterFinal||Adelaide United||3–2 (aet)||2–2|
|2013||AFC Champions League||Group||Pohang Steelers||2–2||1–1|
|Round of 16||Buriram United||1–2|
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