FC Kairat

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Full name Football Club Kairat
Nickname(s) Халық командасы (The People's Team)
Founded 1954; 61 years ago (1954)
as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata[1]
Ground Central Stadium
Ground Capacity 23,804[2]
Chairman Kairat Boranbayev
Manager Vladimír Weiss
League Kazakhstan Premier League
2014 Kazakhstan Premier League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Football Club Kairat (Kazakh: «Қайрат» футбол клубы) is a professional football club based in Almaty, which plays in the Kazakhstan Premier League, the highest level of Kazakh football. Founded in 1954 as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata on the basis of the football club Dinamo Alma-Ata,[3] they were renamed to Urozhai in 1955 and Kairat in 1956.[1] The club's home ground is the Central Stadium which has a capacity of 23,804.

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 Top League finish of 7th in 1986 and altogether spent 24 seasons in the Soviet Top League, a record for a Central Asian team. During the existence of the Soviet Union, Kairat was a part of the Voluntary Sports Societies of the USSR. Kairat is considered to be one of the most popular football clubs in Kazakhstan.


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.

Logo used from 60's to 70's.
Logo used from 70's to 80's.

League results[edit]

Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League Soviet Top League Soviet First League

Kazakhstan Premier League Kazakhstan First Division Kazakhstan Premier League Kazakhstan First Division Kazakhstan Premier League Soviet First League Soviet Top League



Winners1992, 2004
Winners – 1992, 1996, 1999–00, 2001, 2003, 2014
Runners-up – 2004, 2005


Winners – 1976, 1983
Winners – 1988


Winners – 1971

In Europe[edit]

Kairat was the first Soviet Team to win a European cup. It happened in 1971 in Almaty, when Kairat beat 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 five times and twice times advanced to second qualifying round in 2014–15 and 2015–16 season.


Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Serbia Red Star Belgrade 0–2 0–3 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–0 1–4 (aet) 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Hungary Fehérvár 2–1 (a) 0–1 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Albania Kukësi 1–0 0–0 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Denmark Esbjerg fB 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–1 2–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Armenia Alashkert 3–0 1–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Scotland Aberdeen 2–1 1–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO France Bordeaux 2–1 (a) 0–1 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

UEFA club ranking[edit]

For more details on this topic, see UEFA coefficient.

The following list ranks the currient position of Kairat in UEFA club ranking:

Rank Team Points
350 Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka 2.575
351 Republic of Ireland Dundalk 2.570
352 Kazakhstan Kairat 2.550
353 Azerbaijan Baku 2.500
354 Azerbaijan Gabala 2.500

As of 17 July 2015.[4]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Kazakhstan GK Vladimir Plotnikov
2 Kazakhstan DF Timur Rudoselskiy
3 Russia DF Zaurbek Pliyev
4 Brazil DF Bruno Soares
5 Kazakhstan DF Mark Gurman
6 Serbia DF Žarko Marković
7 Kazakhstan MF Zhambyl Kukeyev
8 Russia MF Mikhail Bakayev
9 Kazakhstan MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan
10 Brazil MF Isael
11 Ivory Coast FW Gerard Gohou
13 Kazakhstan DF Ermek Kuantayev
14 Kazakhstan FW Bauyrzhan Baytana
No. Position Player
15 Spain FW Sito Riera
16 Kazakhstan GK Serhiy Tkachuk
17 Kazakhstan MF Aslan Darabayev
18 Kazakhstan MF Vitali Li
19 Kazakhstan FW Stanislav Lunin
20 Kazakhstan DF Islambek Kuat
22 Brazil MF Serginho
24 Kazakhstan MF Rifat Nurmugamet
27 Kazakhstan MF Ulan Konysbayev (on loan from Astana)
28 Serbia FW Đorđe Despotović (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
29 Kazakhstan FW Toktar Zhangylyshbay (on loan from Astana)
44 Ukraine MF Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

For recent transfers, see 2015 FC Kairat season.

Notable managers[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of FC Kairat managers.

The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Kairat:

Name Period Trophies
Soviet Union Viktor Korolkov 1971–1972 European Railworks Cup
Soviet Union Stanislav Kaminsky 1976–1978 Soviet First League
Soviet Union Leonid Ostroushko 1983–1986 Soviet First League
Kazakhstan Bakhtiyar Baiseitov 1992–1993 Kazakhstan Premier League, Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 1996–1998 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vladimir Nikitenko 1999–2000 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 2001 Kazakhstan Cup
Kazakhstan Leonid Ostroushko 2003 Kazakhstan Cup
Russia Aleksei Petrushin 2004–2004 Kazakhstan Premier League
Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 2014– Kazakhstan Cup



  1. ^ a b "History". FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Стадион [Stadium] (in Russian). FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Кайрат (футбольный клуб)" (in Russian). 
  4. ^ "UEFA rankings for club competitions". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Кайрат и Спортинг стали партнерами. http://www.fckairat.kz/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 

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