Uzbekistan national football team

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Uzbekistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oq Boʻrilar/Oқ бўpилap
(White Wolves)
Association Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)
Sub-confederation CAFF (Central Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Mirjalol Qosimov
Captain Server Djeparov
Most caps Timur Kapadze (119)
Top scorer Maksim Shatskikh (34)
FIFA code UZB
FIFA ranking 71 Steady (12 February 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking 54 (6 February 2015)
Highest Elo ranking 45 (12 December 2012)
Lowest Elo ranking 95 (February 2001)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Flag of Tajikistan 1991-1992.svg Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia 
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 5, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Saida, Lebanon; October 17, 2000)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Fourth place; 2011

The Uzbekistan national football team represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Mirjalol Qosimov. Uzbekistan have never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but they had been in AFC Asian Cup since the independence.

History[edit]

After the split from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Tajikistan on June 17, 1992. Uzbekistan have consistently been the strongest team out of the new Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan). Some medias, especially from Russia, Croatia and the Balkans, referred to them as "Croatia of Asia" due to their skills and tactics with so many talent players and managers same like Croatia.

1994 Asian Games[edit]

1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on October 16, 1994, in Hiroshima, Japan).

Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.

2004 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Uzbekistan failed to make further impact on the continental stage until they reached the last eight of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, where they were beaten by Bahrain after a penalty shoot-out.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

That performance was followed by victory over Iraq in the second qualifying round for World Cup 2006 in Germany, with goals from Maksim Shatskikh and Alexander Geynrikh sending them through to the last eight.

They were knocked out in the final stage of Asian qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup after losing on the away goals rule to Bahrain. The result was subject to controversy as actually three games were played; the first, a 1–0 win for Uzbekistan, was wiped out after FIFA declared the result void after a mistake by Toshimitsu Yoshida, a Japanese referee. The replay ended 1–1, and after the return finished 0–0, Uzbekistan were eliminated.

2007 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–1 and China PR 4–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals stage by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Supporters of national team during qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Japan, at Pakhtakor Stadium, in Tashkent

After having three foreign coaches (German Hans-Jürgen Gede, Englishman Bob Houghton and Russian Valeri Nepomniachi) in three years, Uzbekistan turned to former Uzbekistan Olympic team coach Rauf Inileev. In the qualifying series for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their first four matches, but in the final round of qualifying finished last in Group A behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Uzbekistan national football team in 2011.

Four years later, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarterfinals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 their semifinal game. Some days later they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.[1]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals World Cup Qualifications
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1990 Was part of USSR - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total - 0/20 - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations[edit]

Recent results[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for 2015 AFC Asian Cup which will be held from 9 to 31 January 2015.[2]
Caps and goals as of 22 January 2015 after the game against South Korea.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 23) 10 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
12 1GK Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 31) 90 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
21 1GK Akbar Turaev (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
2 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 23) 9 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
3 2DF Shavkat Mullajanov (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 29) 35 0 Uzbekistan Olmaliq
5 2DF Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 29) 64 1 China Changchun Yatai
19 2DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 28) 55 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
20 2DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 25) 40 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
23 2DF Akmal Shorakhmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 28) 21 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
7 3MF Azizbek Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 29) 65 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
8 3MF Server Djeparov (Captain) (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 32) 106 23 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
9 3MF Odil Ahmedov (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 27) 67 12 Russia Krasnodar
10 3MF Jamshid Iskanderov (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 21) 16 1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
13 3MF Lutfulla Turaev (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 26) 15 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
14 3MF Shukhrat Mukhammadiev (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 25) 9 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
15 3MF Jasur Hasanov (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 (age 31) 42 2 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
16 3MF Vokhid Shodiev (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 28) 12 3 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
17 3MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 28) 43 5 Ukraine Vorskla Poltava
18 3MF Timur Kapadze (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 33) 119 10 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
22 3MF Farrukh Sayfiev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 24) 9 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
4 4FW Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 23) 20 6 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
6 4FW Bahodir Nasimov (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 27) 17 5 Iran Padideh
11 4FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 21) 11 5 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called for the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nikita Ribkin (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
GK Aleksandr Lobanov (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 29) 0 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
GK Abdumavlon Abdujalilov (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona Training camp, 16–18 August 2014
GK Murod Zukhurov (1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 32) 4 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
DF Boburbek Yuldashov (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 21) 6 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
DF Salim Mustafoev (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Dilshod Juraev (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 22) 2 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Sherzod Fayziev (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Uzbekistan Mash'al Mubarek v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Akbar Ismatullaev (1991-01-10) 10 January 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
DF Davron Khashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
DF Vladimir Kozak (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 21) 3 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
DF Azamat Isroilov (1991-10-29) 29 October 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Uzbekistan Olmaliq v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
DF Nikolay Markov (1985-04-20) 20 April 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Russia Krasnodar Training camp, July 2014
DF Dilshod Juraev (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  United Arab Emirates, 5 March 2014
MF Jovlon Ibrokhimov (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 24) 8 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 26) 19 0 Iran Sepahan v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
MF Azimjon Akhmedov (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan v.  Jordan, 4 September 2014
MF Pavel Smolyachenko (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona v.  Azerbaijan, 20 August 2014
MF Diyorjon Turapov (1994-07-09) 9 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Uzbekistan Olmaliq Training camp, 16–18 August 2014
MF Victor Karpenko (1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 37) 61 4 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
MF Oleg Zoteev (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 25) 12 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
MF Sardor Sabirkhodjaev (1994-11-06) 6 November 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
MF Sanzhar Shaakhmedov (1990-09-23) 23 September 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Uzbekistan Olmaliq v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
FW Navruzbek Olimov (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 22) 11 2 Uzbekistan Qizilqum Zarafshon v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
FW Farhod Tadjiyev (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 28) 20 7 Malaysia T–Team v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
FW Shahzodbek Nurmatov (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
FW Ivan Nagaev (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 24) 7 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Azerbaijan, 20 August 2014
FW Maksim Shatskikh (1978-08-30) 30 August 1978 (age 36) 61 34 Ukraine Hoverla Uzhhorod v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
FW Ulugbek Bakayev (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 36) 53 14 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Oman, 29 May 2014
FW Husniddin Gafurov (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Serbia Javor Ivanjica v.  Oman, 29 May 2014

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win%
Rustam Akramov Uzbekistan June 1992– October 1994 18 13 3 2 72%
Alexander Ivankov Uzbekistan July 1995– November 1995 2 0 0 2 0%
Bakhodir Ibragimov Uzbekistan 1996 8 2 0 6 25%
Rustam Mirsodiqov Uzbekistan May 1997– October 1997 12 5 3 4 42%
Ubirajara Veiga da Silva Brazil October 1997– December 1998 11 5 4 2 45%
Makhmud Rakhimov Uzbekistan July 1999– November 1999 7 6 0 1 86%
Viktor Borisov Uzbekistan February 2000 1 1 0 0 100%
Pavel Sadyrin Russia April 2000– May 2000 1 0 0 1 0%
Yuriy Sarkisyan Uzbekistan July 2000– October 2000 6 1 1 4 17%
Vladimir Salkov Russia December 2000– October 2001 19 10 3 6 53%
Leonid Ostorushko Russia October 2001 1 1 0 1 100%
Ravshan Khaydarov Uzbekistan January 2002– November 2004
June–July 2005
25 13 6 6 52%
Hans-Jürgen Gede Germany February 2005– April 2005 3 0 1 2 0%
Bobby Houghton England July 2005– December 2005 4 2 2 0 50%
Valeri Nepomniachi Russia January 2006– December 2006 6 3 2 1 50%
Rauf Inileev Uzbekistan January 2007– September 2008 27 13 4 10 46%
Mirjalol Qosimov Uzbekistan September 2008– April 2010 15 4 3 8 27%
Vadim Abramov Uzbekistan April 2010– June 2012 28 11 5 12 39%
Mirjalol Qosimov Uzbekistan June 2012– 35 19 8 8 54%
  • Coach statistics. Last update: 18 January 2015

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

The list of the 11 players with the most caps for Uzbekistan.

Alexander Geynrikh
As of 22 January 2015
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Timur Kapadze 2002–present 119 10
2 Server Djeparov 2002–present 106 23
3 Ignatiy Nesterov 2002–present 90 0
4 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–2013 84 28
5 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 67 31
Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 67 12
7 Andrey Fyodorov 1994–2006 64 6
Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 64 13
Anzur Ismailov 2007-present 64 1
10 Asror Aliqulov 1999–2008 63 0

Top goalscorers[edit]

Maksim Shatskikh

As of 22 January 2015, the twelve highest scorers are:

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Maksim Shatskikh 1999–2014 34 61
2 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 31 67
3 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 28 84
4 Server Djeparov 2002–present 23 106
5 Igor Shkvyrin 1992–2000 20 31
6 Jafar Irismetov 1997–2007 15 36
7 Ulugbek Bakayev 2001–2014 14 53
8 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 13 64
9 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 12 66
10 Shukhrat Maqsudov 1992–1997 11 21
Azamat Abduraimov 1992–1997 11 22
Vladimir Shishelov 2000–2012 11 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uzbekistan 2–3 South Korea". Goal.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ Мирджалол Касымов назвал состав на матч против Иордании (in Russian). the-uff.com. 2014-09-02. 

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