FC Kairat

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FC Kairat
FC Kairat's logo
Full name Football Club Kairat
Nickname(s) The People's Team
Founded 1954; 61 years ago (1954)
as Dinamo Alma-Ata[1]
Ground Central Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,804[2]
Chairman Kairat Boranbayev
Manager Vladimír Weiss
League Kazakhstan Premier League
2014 Kazakhstan Premier League, 3rd
Website Club home page

Football Club Kairat (Kazakh: Қайрат Футбол Клубы) is a Kazakh association football club based in Almaty that plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Founded in 1954 as Dinamo Alma-Ata, they became Urozhai in 1955 and Kairat in 1956.[1] The club's home ground is the Central Stadium, which has a capacity of 23,804.

They were the leading Kazakh team during the Soviet era, the only ever club to compete at the Soviet Top League, and to win the Soviet First League (second tier of competition) in both 1976 and 1983. The team achieved an all-time high Soviet Top League finish of 7th in 1986 and altogether spent 24 seasons in the Soviet Top League, a record for a Central Asian team. During the existence of the Soviet Union, Kairat was a part of the Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR.


At the end of 2006 season, the main sponsor of the club, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (National railways company), withdrew. This precipitated a financial crisis which lasted until the start of 2007 season. Consequently, most of the club's players switched to other teams. The club entered the 2007 season with an inexperienced, young team. In July 2007, a group of private investors took over the club and invested around U.S. $4 million in it. The club progressed to the quarter-final of the National Cup of Kazakhstan but was very close to relegation, finishing in thirteenth position that season. At the beginning of 2009, the club declared itself bankrupt and was relegated to the First Division. In November 2009, Kairat became the champion of the First Division and was promoted to the Kazakhstani Premier League.

Logo used from 60's to 70's.
Logo used from 70's to 80's.

League results[edit]

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Kazakhstan Premier League Kazakhstan First Division Kazakhstan Premier League Kazakhstan First Division Kazakhstan Premier League Soviet First League Soviet Top League


1992, 2004
1992, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2014
1976, 1983
Runners-up (1)2015

European stage[edit]

FC Kairat Almaty was the first Soviet Team to win a European Cup. It happened in 1971 in Almaty, when Kairat beat FC Rapid Bucharest with 2–1 and clinched European Railworks Cup, a defunct club tournament now. After the Football Union of Kazakhstan joined UEFA, Kairat played in qualifying rounds of European cups four times, but only advanced to second qualifying round in 2014–15 season.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–2 0–3 0–5
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–0 1–4 (aet) 3–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Fehérvár 2–1 (a) 0–1 2–2
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Kukësi 1–0 0–0 1–0
2Q Denmark Esbjerg fB 1–1 0–1 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q

Current Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Kazakhstan GK Vladimir Plotnikov
2 Kazakhstan DF Timur Rudoselskiy
3 Russia DF Zaurbek Pliyev
5 Kazakhstan DF Mark Gurman
6 Serbia DF Žarko Marković
7 Kazakhstan MF Zhambyl Kukeyev
8 Russia MF Mikhail Bakayev
9 Kazakhstan MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan
10 Brazil MF Isael
11 Ivory Coast FW Gerard Gohou
13 Kazakhstan DF Ermek Kuantayev
14 Kazakhstan MF Bauyrzhan Baytana
No. Position Player
15 Spain FW Sito Riera
16 Kazakhstan GK Serhiy Tkachuk
17 Kazakhstan MF Aslan Darabayev
18 Kazakhstan MF Vitali Lee
19 Kazakhstan FW Stanislav Lunin
20 Kazakhstan MF Islambek Kuat
21 The Gambia FW Momodou Ceesay
22 Brazil MF Serginho
23 Kazakhstan MF Ilya Kalinin
24 Kazakhstan MF Rifat Nurmugamet
25 Kazakhstan MF Oybek Baltabayev
26 Kazakhstan DF Bauyrzhan Tanirbergenov
Brazil MF Paulo César (loan from Corinthians)

Notable past managers[edit]

Notable past players[edit]

Affiliated clubs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Стадион [Stadium] (in Russian). FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Кайрат и Спортинг стали партнерами". http://www.fckairat.kz/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 

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