|Full name||Football Club Kairat Almaty
Қайрат Алматы Футбол Клубы
|League||Kazakhstan Premier League|
Like many clubs in the Soviet Union they went through a number of name changes in their history. They were known Lokomotiv Almaty when founded in 1954, and later Urozhai Almaty, before settling on Kairat. 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 Super League finish of 7th in 1986 and altogether spent 24 seasons in the Soviet top division, a record for a Central Asian team. During the existence of the USSR Kairat Almaty was a part of the Voluntary Sports Society Kairat.
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 three times, but never progressed a single round.
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||QR||Red Star Belgrade||0–2||0–3||0–5|
|2005–06||UEFA Champions League||1Q||FC Artmedia Petržalka||2–0||1–4(aet)||3–4|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1Q||FC Fehérvár||2–1(a)||0–1||2–2|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q|
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.
- 1954 : Founded as Lokomotiv Almaty
- 1955 : Renamed Urozhai Almaty
- 1956 : Renamed Kairat Almaty
1992, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003
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