|Full name||Odil Alimzhanovich Ahmedov|
|Date of birth||25 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Namangan, Uzbekistan|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Odil Ahmedov (born 25 November 1987) is an Uzbek international footballer, who plays for Anzhi Makhachkala. He usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but also played as a centre back during the 2011 Asian Cup, because of some injured defenders.
It was revealed by FC Pakhtakor Tashkent that Odil Ahmedov had received offers from foreign clubs such as the Russian Premier League members Krylia Sovetov Samara and FC Dynamo Moscow. But FC Pakhtakor Tashkent officials believe that Odil Ahmedov deserves a better offer referring to the top European clubs such as the ones from England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France.
After his stunning performance at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, a lot of clubs showed interest in him, for example the Russian teams such as Rubin Kazan, Anzhi Makhachkala, and Lokomotiv Moscow, Spanish side Málaga CF, English side Bolton Wanderers, French side AS Monaco, Saudi side Al-Ittihad, Ukrainian sides Dynamo Kiev and Metalist Kharkiv, and the Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K.. The highest prices are from the Saudi side Al-Shabab who have offered 8 million euros, and the Qatari side Al-Gharafa offering 12 million euros.
Since the European transfer window closed on 31 January, Odil Akhmedov cannot play in a European club till the summer transfer window opens. He still has the offer from Al-Shabab for 8 million euros, and Al-Gharafa for 12 million euros, he needs to decide his decision before the clubs cancel their offer, or else he might be left at his current club FC Pakhtakor Tashkent.
There are rumours that Odil Akhmedov was seen in front of the Jeonbuk's office.
On 4 February 2011 U.F.F. revealed that Odil Akhmedov moved to Russia where he would play his next season, but the name of the club was not revealed. According to unknown source Odil Akhmedov is going to play at Anzhi Makhachkala. Anzhi Makhachkala coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev revealed that the club didn't sign Odil Akhmedov, but according to www.transfermarkt.co.uk, Akhmedov is officially an Anzhi Makhachkala player. He went to Belek, Turkey with his current team Pakhtakor Tashkent, and this is the same place where Anzhi Makhachkala is training. Before he is officially an Anzhi Makhachkala, he is now having to pass some medical tests, which he is going through now. According to Pakhtakor, real offers only came from Al-Shabab and Anzhi Makhachkala, and rest was just rumours being spread. Pakhtakor also announced that Odil Akhmedov had been loaned to Anzhi Makhachkala for one year.
On 13 February 2011 Ahmedov scored his first goal in his first match for FC Anzhi in friendly match against Obolon (Ukraine) with 1-0 win. He made his official debut in Russia in 2010–11 Russian Cup Round of 16 match against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on 1 March 2011.
On December 29, 2011 FC Anzhi official website announced Odil Ahmedov was named as best player of the club over season 2011. The winner was determined with the survey conducted among official website visitors and finally by club managers and coaches. He collected more points than Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov.
He is known for his tough tackling style and thunderbolt shots. It is said that he 'releases the Kracken' almost like John Arne Riise and it may be true as he scored the goal and possibly goal of the tournament of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
Club career statistics
- As of 15 February 2013
|Total for Pakhtakor|
|Total for Anzhi||51||2||3||1||3||2||3||0||56||5|
- Other - Friendlies and National Super Cup
- Scores and results list Uzbekistan's goal tally first.
|1.||6 February 2008||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon||Lebanon||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||14 June 2008||MHSK Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Lebanon||1–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||12 October 2010||Al Ahli Stadium, Manama, Bahrain||Bahamas||3–1||4–2||Friendly|
|5.||7 January 2011||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||1–0||2–0||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|6.||16 January 2011||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||China PR||1–1||2–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|7.||15 November 2011||Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Tajikistan||2–0||3–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||18 June 2013||Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Qatar||4–1||5–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
4th on 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar
- "Uzbekistan – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- "Odil Ahmedov career stats". Uzfootball (in Uzbek).
- Tashhodzhaev, Zohir (29 April 2008). "Одил Ахмедов: "Наша цель – участие в чемпионате мира"" (in Russian). sportportal.uz.
- „Odil Ahmedov signs loan contract with Anzhi“Odil Ahmedov signs loan contract with Anzhi, 9 February 2011.
- „Arsenal make surprise move for Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov, 6 Jun 2011"
- „ESPN: Ahmedov claims Arsenal interest, 30 Jun 2011"
- „Ahmedov's first goal 13 February 2011.
- Одил Ахмедов – лучший игрок «Анжи» 2011 года, 29.12.2011, (Russian)
- "Odil Ahmedov: Player statistics at uzfootball.uz, 2011, (Uzbek)
- Odil Ahmedov player info at FIFA.com (English)
- Odil Ahmedov player info at national-football-teams.com (English)
- Ahmedov: Uzbekistan going for gold at FIFA.com (English)