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Pakhtakor Tashkent Football Club
Pakhtakor.gif
Nickname(s) Sherlar (The Lions)
Founded 1956
Ground Pakhtakor Stadium
Ground Capacity 35,000
Owner Abduqahhor Tuhtaev
Co-chairmen Samvel Babayan
Manager Uzbekistan Samvel Babayan
League Uzbek League
2013 4th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (Uzbek: Paxtakor futbol klubi (Toshkent), Russian: Футбольный клуб Пахтакор Ташкент) is an Uzbek professional football club, based in the capital Tashkent. Pakhtakor literally means "cotton-grower" in English.

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek club to play in the top-level Soviet football league and was the only Central Asian club to appear in a Soviet Cup final. Playing in the Uzbek League since 1992, the club has been the undisputed powerhouse in Uzbekistan since the fall of the Soviet Union, winning eight Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002–2007.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001–2007, winning eleven cups in total.[2] Players for the club have won Uzbek footballer of the Year honours eight times, and Pakhtakor teammates swept the top three spots in 2002. Club managers have been named Uzbek coach of the year twice.[3]

The team is also a perennial competitor in the AFC Champions League, having reached the semi-finals of the competition twice in 2003 and 2004.[4]

History[edit]

The early Soviet period[edit]

Pakhtakor's first official match was on April 8, 1956, and is considered to be the club's "birthday". Its first match was played against a team from the city of Perm, Russia (then called Molotov city), presumably FC Zvezda Perm. The first goal in Pakhtakor history was scored by Laziz Maksudov on a penalty shot and Maksudov's goal was the only and game-winning strike.[5]

The team was formed in three months, and the government invited the senior trainer Valentin Bekhtenev from Moscow to recruit the best Tashkent players for the new Pakhtakor. At the time, the club was to represent Uzbekistan in Soviet football.[6]

In 1959, the club was promoted to the Soviet Top League for the first time. During the 1960s, Pakhtakor's squad was anchored by the striker Gennadiy Krasnitskiy, who led it to a 6th place finish in 1962. After periods back and forth between the Top League and the Soviet First League, the club reached the final of the Soviet Cup competition in 1968 – the only Central Asian club to reach a Soviet Cup final – losing to FC Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[5][6]

In 1971, Pakhtakor again departed into the First League, but was not long detained in the lower division as it gained promotion the following year.[5]

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek side to appear in the history of the USSR Championship during the Soviet era, appearing the highest echelon 22 times, and recording 212 wins, 211 draws, and 299 loses. Their best league finish was 6th place, which they achieved twice, in 1962 and 1982.

Aircrash 1979[edit]

In August 1979, Pakhtakor made it back to the Soviet Top League, but shortly thereafter disaster struck the club and Soviet football. During a flight to play Dinamo Minsk, Pakhtakor's plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine.[7] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[8]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[9]

  • Idgay Borisovich Tazetdinov (Trainer), (13.01.1933)
  • Mikhail Ivanovich An (Half-back), (19.11.1952)
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Fedorov (Forward), (05.01.1956)
  • Alim Masalievich Ashirov (Defender), (25.01.1955)
  • Ravil Rustamovich Agishev (Defender), (14.03.1959)
  • Constantine Alexandrovich Bakanov (Half-back), (25.05.1954)
  • Yuri Timofeevich Zagumennykh (Defender), (07.06.1947)
  • Alexander Ivanovich Korchenov (Half-back), (04.05.1949)
  • Nikolai Borisovich Kulikov (Defender), (25.04.1953)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Makarov (Half-back), (09.03.1947)
  • Sergey Constantinovich Pokatilov (Goalkeeper), (20.12.1950)
  • Victor Nikolayevich Churkin (Forward), (25.01.1952)
  • Sirozhiddin Akhmedovich Bazarov (Forward), (10.08.1961)
  • Shukhrat Musinovich Ishbutaev (Forward), (08.02.1959)
  • Vladimir Valievich Sabirov (Forward), (14.01.1958)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Chumaks (Manager), (08.12.1932)
  • Mansur Inamdzhanovich Talibdzhanov (Club administrator), (04.04.1944)

Annually, in August, the club sponsors a youth tournament in memory of the lives lost in the disaster.[10]

Following the tragedy in 1979 and spurred on by its prolific goalscorer Andrei Yakubik a few years later, Pakhtakor had its best record in 1982, finishing sixth and in front of several Russian and Ukrainian football powerhouses such as Zenit Saint Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, and Shakhtar Donetsk amongst the few. Pakhtakor had a point deducted that season due to exceeding the allowed limit for the games tied (drawn), but it did not influence the club's final standings.[8]

The lean years: 1984–1990[edit]

After leading Pakhtakor to its best finish, age finally caught up with Yakubik and he moved back to his hometown of Moscow to continue his football career.[11] With the departure of their great forward, the club struggled and spent six years in the Soviet First League. Although the discontent of their fans grew, Pakhtakor's reemergence as a major footballing force followed fast upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union.[5]

Modern period, since 1992[edit]

After the USSR collapsed, a new page began in the club's history. 1992 saw Pakhtakor participate in the first season of the Uzbek Oliy League. Since 1992 Pakhtakor have become the most successful Uzbek club with 9 Uzbek League titles, and 11 Uzbek Cups. Until 2014 the club is the only team to have participated in all seasons of the AFC Champions League since its inauguration in 2002. Since 2002 the club participated 11 times in AFC Champions League.

The participation in the AFC Champions League Season 2011 was not successful. On 4 May 2011 in match against Al Nassr Pakhtakor lost and the end of Asian campaign for the club in this year. In this match, because of many injured players, Pakhtakor's coach Ravshan Khaydarov formed starting squad from youth team players and club made record in the AFC Champions League history as the youngest team of the tournament with average players age of 21,8. The average age of club players for season 2011 is 23,3.[12]

Stadium[edit]

Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium was built in 1956 with capacity of 55.000 spectators. Stadium renovated in 1996. In July 2007 club management announced next renovation of stadium. Reconstruction works were finished in 2009, the amount of capacity was reduced to 35.000 and stadium became all-seater stadium. In January 2010, the stadium was chosen as best sporting facility 2009 of Uzbekistan.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

The famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda and Bojalar dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 march 2014[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Nikita Ribkin
2 Uzbekistan DF Egor Krimets
4 Serbia DF Bojan Miladinović
5 Uzbekistan DF Akbar Ismatullaev
6 Uzbekistan DF Murod Khalmukhamedov
7 Georgia (country) MF Kakhi Makharadze
8 Uzbekistan MF Sherzod Karimov
9 Uzbekistan FW Timur Khakimov
10 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Iskanderov
11 Uzbekistan FW Igor Sergeev
12 Uzbekistan GK Alexander Lobanov
14 Uzbekistan DF Jamshid Boltaboev
17 Uzbekistan MF Aram Babayan
19 Uzbekistan DF Temur Tolipov
No. Position Player
20 Uzbekistan FW Anvarjon Soliev
21 Uzbekistan DF Kamoliddin Tajiev
22 Uzbekistan FW Abdul Aziz Yusupov
23 Uzbekistan DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov
24 Uzbekistan DF Davron Khashimov
26 Uzbekistan DF Ibrokhim Abdullaev
27 Uzbekistan FW Igor Rogovanov
28 Uzbekistan MF Stanislav Andreev
29 Uzbekistan DF Vladimir Kozak
30 Uzbekistan GK Akmal Tursunboev
36 Uzbekistan DF Jaloliddin Masharipov
38 Uzbekistan MF Abbosbek Makhstaliev
50 Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Sokhibov
51 Uzbekistan DF Mukhsinjon Ubaydullaev

Out on loan[edit]

As of 19 March 2014[17]

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

No. Position Player
Uzbekistan MF Bobur Iskandarov (at Uzbekistan Qizilqum Zarafshon)
Uzbekistan DF Abdulaziz Juraboev (at Uzbekistan Qizilqum Zarafshon)
Uzbekistan FW Alisher Azizov (at Uzbekistan FK Andijan)
Uzbekistan GK Sergey Smorodin (at Uzbekistan FK Andijan)
55 Uzbekistan DF Anvar Rajabov (at Uzbekistan FK Andijan)
3 Uzbekistan DF Gulom Urunov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
18 Uzbekistan FW Sanat Shikhov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan DF Akmal Kholmurodov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan FW Farrukh Shotursunov (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
No. Position Player
Uzbekistan DF Ildar Mamatkazin (at Uzbekistan FK Dinamo Samarqand)
Uzbekistan GK Nodir Ashurmatov (at Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh)
Uzbekistan FW Jasur Khakimov (at Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh)
Uzbekistan GK Abdumavlon Abduljalilov (at Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona)
37 Uzbekistan MF Abdulloh Olimov (at Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona)
45 Uzbekistan DF Maksimilian Fomin (at Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona)
Uzbekistan Muzaffar Muzaffarov (at Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona)
Uzbekistan DF Tokhir Shamshitdinov (at Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan)

Youth squad[edit]

The following players are listed as reserve players to play in 2014 Uzbek Youth League. They are registered for 2014 Uzbek League and are eligible to play for the first team.[16]

As of 17 March 2014

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

No. Position Player
Uzbekistan GK Shohruh Raimov
Uzbekistan DF Abbos Otakhonov
Uzbekistan DF Viktor Grigoriev
Uzbekistan DF Khumoyun Azamov
Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Siddiqov
Uzbekistan MF Doston Ibrokhimov
Uzbekistan MF Saidjamol Davlatjonov
Uzbekistan MF Izzatilla Abdullaev
No. Position Player
Uzbekistan MF Alisher Mirzaev
Uzbekistan MF Abdurasul Komilov
Uzbekistan MF Ravshan Khursanov
Uzbekistan FW Abdurakhman Abdulkhakov
Uzbekistan FW Jamshid Yusupov
Uzbekistan FW Islom Karimov
Uzbekistan FW Andrey Sidorov

Former players[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

As of March 2014
Position Name
Manager Uzbekistan Samvel Babayan
Assistant coach Uzbekistan Grigoriy Kolosovskiy
Consultant coach Uzbekistan Viktor Djalilov
Goalkeeping coach Uzbekistan Anvar Rashidov
Doctor Uzbekistan Barat Elmuratov
Fitness coach Uzbekistan Andrey Shipilov
Masseur Uzbekistan Anvar Biserov
Masseur Uzbekistan Pavel Davidov
Administrator Uzbekistan Davron Saidov
Team manager Uzbekistan Ravshan Salimov

Management[edit]

Current Board of Directors[edit]

Office Name
President Botir Rakhimov
Vice-president Samvel Babayan
Head Director Rustam Kupaysinov
Reserve Team Director Asqar Tolibjonov
Reserve Team Assistant Director Oybek Qosimov
Sport Director Grigoriy Tseytlin

League and cup history[edit]

^ 1999 Uzbekistan Cup did not take place

Uzbek El Classico[edit]

The match between Pakhtakor and Neftchi Farg'ona is held since 1992. The first match between the two clubs was played on May 25, 1992 in Tashkent.

IFFHS World Club Ranking[edit]

Pakhtakor is listed in Top 400 club by IFFHS. In the newest annual list of Top 400 club of 2011 published on January 13, 2012, Pakhatkor is placed on 267th position.[18]

Last updated list: 1 January 2011 - 31 December 2011

Date of issue Type of ranking Position Points
November 2008 monthly 121
5 December 2008 monthly 125
4 February 2009 monthly 159 93.0
5 October 2009 monthly 102 117.0
7 January 2010 monthly 98
3 February 2010 monthly 98
March 2010 monthly 87
7 April 2010 monthly 108
May 2010 monthly 122
3 June 2010 monthly 165
1 December 2009 – 29 November 2010 annual 313
September 2011 monthly 332
4 October 2011 monthly 375
4 December 2011 monthly 253
1 January 2011 – 31 December 2011 annual 267

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (9): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972
Runners-up: 1967

International[edit]

Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1993
4th place: 2002–03
Semi-Final: 2004

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2008-02-28). "Uzbekistan – List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2008-03-19). "Uzbekistan Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ Yusupov, Sardorbek (2008-05-16). "Uzbekistan – Footballer and Coach of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Foolad thumped by Esteghlal". Iran Sports Press. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Generations (Founded 1956)" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ a b История Ф.К. Пахтакор (Узбекистан), 30.03.2008 (Russian).
  7. ^ Yuldashev, Mavlyan (2004-08-11). "Двадцать пять лет назад в авиакатастрофе погибли футболисты ташкентской команды "Пахтакор" (Twenty Five Years Have Passed Since the Deadly Air Disaster Involving Pakhtakor Tashkent)" (in Russian). Ferghana.Ru. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  8. ^ a b Hogstrom, Erik (2008-07-06). "A soccer movie idea to pitch". Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Pakhtakor '79: The Wings of Memory" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Memorial Tournament Will Be Played 6–10 August". Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Andrei A. Yakubik" (in Russian). Peoples.ru. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  12. ^ Championat.uz: «Пахтакор» ОЧЛ рекордини ўрнатди, 05.05.2011 (Uzbek).
  13. ^ Стадион "Пахтакор" признан лучшим спортивным сооружением Узбекистана. 19 Января 2010
  14. ^ Video: Shahzoda - Pakhtakor
  15. ^ Video: Bojalar - Pakhtakor
  16. ^ a b "Pakhtakor players list for 2014 season". FC Pakhtakor. 2014-03-17. 
  17. ^ "List of loan players" (in Russian). FC Pakhtakor. 2014-03-19. 
  18. ^ Three Uzbek clubs are among world top clubs. UzDaily.com, 13 November 2012.

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