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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 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. Founded as FC Lokomotiv Astana in 2009, the club changed its name to FC Astana in 2011.[3] The club's home ground is the 30,000-seat Astana Arena stadium, where they have played since their establishment. 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. 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.[9] On 20 May 2011, the club was renamed to FC Astana.[3] In 2012, Miroslav Beránek led Astana to win their second Kazakhstan Cup.[10] 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.[11][12] 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][13] On 22 June 2014, the club announced that former Botev's manager Stanimir Stoilov appointed as a new head coach.[14]

Stadium[edit]

Astana Arena interior
Main article: Astana Arena

FC Astana is based in Astana Arena.[15] 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 Sas and Hakan Shukur.

The construction of the stadium costed $185 million.[16] The stadium designed on on an elliptic form by leading sports architects Populous in association with Tabanlioglu Architects.[17] On 31 January 2011, it hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games.[18] 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.[19]

Colours and badge[edit]

Logo used from 2009 to 2011 as FC Lokomotiv Astana

The present club badge was introduced in 10 March 2014, and incorporating the Astana Presidential Sports Club badge's style and colours as well as the BC Astana, Astana Pro Team and Astana Dakar Team.[20] The Astana's shirt sponsor is Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna.[21] 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.[21] Goalkeepers usually distinguish themselves with a red-blue colored shirt.

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

Notes[edit]

  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 July 2014.[22]

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 Beysebekov
16 Kazakhstan DF Yevgeni 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)
20 Belarus MF Renan Bressan
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 Yevgeny 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]

Current backroom staff[edit]

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

Last updated: 1 July 2014
Source: FC Astana

Managerial history[edit]

Head Coach Years Coached
Russia Sergei Yuran Feb 16, 2009 – Jan 24, 2010
Germany Holger Fach Jan 24, 2010 – Nov 11, 2011
Ukraine Oleh Protasov Nov 12, 2011 – April 27, 2012
Czech Republic Miroslav Beránek May 4, 2012 – July 13, 2013
Kazakhstan Grigori Babayan (interim) July 13, 2013 – July 21, 2013
Romania Ioan Andone July 20, 2013 – Nov 27, 2013
Uzbekistan Vadim Abramov Nov 28, 2013 – Dec 13, 2013
Kazakhstan Grigori Babayan (interim) Jan 1, 2014 – June 23, 2014
Bulgaria Stanimir Stoilov June 23, 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]

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