|Full name||Football Club Kairat|
|Nickname(s)||Халық командасы (The People's Team)|
as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata
|League||Kazakhstan Premier League|
|2014||Kazakhstan Premier League, 3rd|
|Website||Club home page|
Football Club Kairat (Kazakh: «Қайрат» футбол клубы) are a professional football club based in Almaty, who play in the Kazakhstan Premier League, the highest level of Kazakh football. Founded in 1954 as Lokomotiv Alma-Ata, they became Urozhai in 1955 and Kairat in 1956. 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.
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.
- Winners – 1992, 1996, 1999–00, 2001, 2003, 2014
- Runners-up – 2004, 2005
- Runners-up – 2015
- Winners – 2009
- Winners – 1976, 1983
- Winners – 1988
- Winners – 1971
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.
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||QR||Red Star Belgrade||0–2||0–3||0–5|
|2005–06||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Artmedia Bratislava||2–0||1–4 (aet)||3–4|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||1Q||Fehérvár||2–1 (a)||0–1||2–2|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Kukësi||1–0||0–0||1–0|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Red Star Belgrade||2–1||2–0||4–1|
- 1Q: First qualifying round
- 2Q: Second qualifying round
- 3Q: Third qualifying round
- PO: Play-off round
UEFA club ranking
The following list ranks the currient position of Kairat in UEFA club ranking:
|350||Borac Banja Luka||2.575|
As of 17 July 2015.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see 2015 FC Kairat season.
The following managers won at least one trophy when in charge of Kairat:
|Viktor Korolkov||1971–1972||European Railworks Cup|
|Stanislav Kaminsky||1976–1978||Soviet First League|
|Leonid Ostroushko||1983–1986||Soviet First League|
|Bakhtiyar Baiseitov||1992–1993||Kazakhstan Premier League, Kazakhstan Cup|
|Vakhid Masudov||1996–1998||Kazakhstan Cup|
|Vladimir Nikitenko||1999–2000||Kazakhstan Cup|
|Vakhid Masudov||2001||Kazakhstan Cup|
|Leonid Ostroushko||2003||Kazakhstan Cup|
|Aleksei Petrushin||2004–2004||Kazakhstan Premier League|
|Vladimír Weiss||2014–||Kazakhstan Cup|
- "History". FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- Стадион [Stadium] (in Russian). FC Kairat. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
- "UEFA rankings for club competitions". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
- Кайрат и Спортинг стали партнерами. http://www.fckairat.kz/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
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