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Pakhtakor Tashkent
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Nickname(s) Uzbek: Paxtakorlar
(The cotton growers)
Uzbek: Sherlar
(The Lions)
Uzbek: Xalq jamoasi
(People's team)
Founded 1956
Ground Pakhtakor Stadium
Ground Capacity 35,000
Manager Shota Arveladze
League Uzbek League
2016 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (Uzbek: Paxtakor Toshkent futbol klubi, 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 ten Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002–07.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001–07, 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. Pakhtakor currently holds record in number of consecutive participations in AFC Champions League, participating in 2002 to 2013 tournaments.

History[edit]

The early Soviet period[edit]

Pakhtakor's first official match was on 8 April 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.[4]

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.[5]

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 Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[4][5]

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.[4]

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.[citation needed]

Aircrash 1979[edit]

Pakhtakor-79 monument near Kamianske (ex-Dniprodzerzhynsk), Ukraine

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, Ukrainian SSR.[6] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[7]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[8]

  • 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.[9]

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.[7]

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.[10] 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.[4]

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 10 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 a match against Al-Nassr Pakhtakor lost and finished its Asian campaign. In that 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 was 23,3.[11] In 2014–15 seasons Pakhtakor won its 10th and 11th League champion titles.


Domestic history[edit]

Season League Uzbekistan Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st 1st 32 24 3 5 94 40 51 First Round Valery Kechinov 24
1993 1st 2nd 30 20 7 3 74 29 47 Winner Shukhrat Maqsudov 15
1994 1st 8th 30 13 9 8 56 37 35 Semi Final
1995 1st 4th 30 20 5 5 67 27 65 Quarter Final
1996 1st 6th 30 15 3 12 50 30 48 Runner-Up Dilmurod Nazarov
Ravshan Bozorov
12
1997 1st 5th 34 18 7 9 65 35 61 Winner
1998 1st 1st 30 24 4 2 96 29 76 Semi Final Mirjalol Qosimov
Igor Shkvyrin
22
1999 1st 4th 30 18 4 8 69 42 58 N/A
2000 1st 7th 38 17 9 12 67 51 60 Quarter Final Igor Shkvyrin 20
2001 1st 2nd 34 23 3 8 72 32 72 Winner Nematullo Quttiboev 16
2002 1st 1st 30 24 2 4 85 22 74 Winner Goçguly Goçgulyýew 14
2003 1st 1st 30 25 2 3 82 23 77 Winner Zayniddin Tadjiyev 13
2004 1st 1st 26 22 3 1 81 15 69 Winner Leonid Koshelev 12
2005 1st 1st 26 21 2 3 78 15 65 Winner Anvarjon Soliev 29
2006 1st 1st 30 25 2 3 84 12 77 Winner Server Djeparov 18
2007 1st 1st 30 26 4 0 83 13 82 Winner Alexander Geynrikh 16
2008 1st 2nd 30 23 5 2 64 14 74 Runner-Up Zayniddin Tadjiyev 17
2009 1st 2nd 30 18 10 2 69 16 64 Winner Odil Ahmedov 16
2010 1st 2nd 26 17 6 3 41 19 57 Quarter Final Alexander Geynrikh 11
2011 1st 3rd 26 15 6 5 33 17 51 Winner Dušan Savić 7
2012 1st 1st 26 18 5 3 51 16 59 Semi Final Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov 13
2013 1st 4th 26 17 3 6 45 25 54 Semi Final Kakhi Makharadze
Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov
Dilshod Sharofetdinov
6
2014 1st 1st 26 23 3 0 54 14 72 Semi Final Igor Sergeev 11
2015 1st 1st 30 24 3 3 66 23 75 Semi Final Igor Sergeev 23
2016 1st 5th 30 15 7 8 49 30 52 Third Round Igor Sergeev 11

Continental history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round Tajikistan Ravshan Kulob 10–0
Kazakhstan Taraz 0–3
Kyrgyzstan Alay-Osh-Pirim 5–1
Turkmenistan Merw 4–0
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Tajikistan Khujand 4–1 1–1 5–2
Second round Turkmenistan Nisa Aşgabat 6–0 0–5 6–5
Third round Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 0–1 0–3 0–4
1999–2000 Asian Club Championship First round Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 5–2 0–7 5–9
2001–02 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Kyrgyzstan SKA-PVO Bishkek 3–1 1–2 4–3
Second round Tajikistan Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda 2–2 1–3 3–5
2002–03 AFC Champions League Group Stage Iran Persepolis 1–0 1st
Iraq Al-Talaba 3–0
Turkmenistan Nisa Aşgabat 3–0
Semi Final Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 1–0 1–3 2–3
2004 AFC Champions League Group Stage Iran Zob Ahan 2–0 0–1 1st
Qatar Qatar 1–0 0–0
Bahrain Riffa w/o w/o
Quarter Final United Arab Emirates Al Wahda 4–0 1–1 5–1
Semi Final South Korea Seongnam 0–0 0–2 0–2
2005 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2–1 0–3 2nd
Iraq Al-Zawra'a 1–2 0–1
Syria Al-Jaish 4–1 2–0
2006 AFC Champions League Group Stage Kuwait Qadsia 2–2 1–2 2nd
Iran Foolad 2–0 3–1
Syria Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–2
2007 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–2 0–2 2nd
Kuwait Kuwait 2–1 1–0
Iran Esteghlal w/o w/o
2008 AFC Champions League Group Stage Kuwait Qadsia 0–1 2–2 2nd
Iraq Erbil 2–0 5–1
Qatar Al-Gharafa 2–0 2–2
2009 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–1 0–2 2nd
Iran Saba Qom 2–1 2–0
United Arab Emirates Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai 2–0 2–1
Round of 16 Saudi Arabia Ettifaq 2–1
Quarter Final Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1–1 0–4 1–5
2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1–3 1–2 2nd
Iran Sepahan 2–1 0–2
United Arab Emirates Al Ain 3–2 1–0
Round of 16 Qatar Al-Gharafa 0–1
2011 AFC Champions League Group Stage Qatar Al Sadd 1–1 1–2 4th
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2–2 0–4
Iran Esteghlal 2–1 2–4
2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1–2 0–4 3rd
United Arab Emirates Baniyas 1–1 0–2
Qatar Al-Arabi 3–1 1–0
2013 AFC Champions League Group Stage Qatar Lekhwiya 2–2 1–3 4th
United Arab Emirates Al Shabab 1–2 1–0
Saudi Arabia Ettifaq 1–0 0–2
2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage United Arab Emirates Al Ain 0–1 1–1 3rd
Iran Naft Tehran 2–1 1–1
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0–2 2–2
2016 AFC Champions League Group Stage Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4 3rd
Iran Tractor Sazi 1–0 0–2
United Arab Emirates Al Jazira 3–0 3–1

Uzbek El Clasico[edit]

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

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.[12][13]

In popular culture[edit]

The famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda, Rustam Gaipov, groups "Parvoz"(ex), "Quartet", "Bojalar" and "Ummon" dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2017[16]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Eldorbek Suyunov
5 Uzbekistan DF Akbar Ismatullaev
7 Uzbekistan MF Azim Akhmedov
8 Uzbekistan MF Sherzod Karimov
10 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Iskanderov
11 Uzbekistan FW Igor Sergeev
12 Uzbekistan GK Aleksandr Lobanov
14 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Boltaboev
15 Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Sokhibov
17 Uzbekistan MF Sukhrob Nurullaev
20 Uzbekistan FW Jasur Khakimov
21 Uzbekistan DF Kamoliddin Tajiev (Captain)
No. Position Player
22 Uzbekistan MF Jasur Yakhshibaev
24 Uzbekistan DF Davron Khashimov
28 Uzbekistan DF Stanislav Andreev
29 Uzbekistan DF Vladimir Kozak
31 Uzbekistan MF Jamshid Yusupov
52 Israel MF Gidi Kanyuk
55 Montenegro DF Marko Simić
70 Uzbekistan DF Sherzod Azamov
71 Uzbekistan FW Zabikhillo Urinboev
77 Brazil FW Tiago Bezerra
80 Australia MF Rostyn Griffiths

Out on loan[edit]

Youth squad[edit]

Former players[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 1 August 2017
Position Name
Head coach Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze
Assistant coach Georgia (country) Gocha Tkebuchava
Assistant coach Georgia (country) Archil Arveladze
Assistant coach Netherlands Pieter Huistra
Assistant coach Hungary Laszlo Yambor

Management[edit]

Office Name
President Botir Rakhimov
General director Rustam Kupaysinov
Deputy of General director Ravshan Salimov
Sport director Grigoriy Tseytlin
Head of the Youth Department Dilshod Nuraliev
Head of the department media service Nodir Abdukodirov
Head of the International Relations Fakhriddin Isamukhamedov

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (11): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015.
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011.
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972.
Runners-up: 1968

International[edit]

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

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

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  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. ^ a b c d "Generations (Founded 1956)" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b История Ф.К. Пахтакор (Узбекистан), 30.03.2008 (in Russian).
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b Hogstrom, Erik (2008-07-06). "A soccer movie idea to pitch". Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Pakhtakor '79: The Wings of Memory" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Memorial Tournament Will Be Played 6–10 August". Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Andrei A. Yakubik" (in Russian). Peoples.ru. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ Championat.uz: «Пахтакор» ОЧЛ рекордини ўрнатди, 05.05.2011 (in Uzbek).
  12. ^ "Стадион "Пахтакор" признан лучшим спортивным сооружением Узбекистана". CA-News. 2010-01-19. 
  13. ^ "Стадион "Пахтакор" признан лучшим спортивным сооружением Узбекистана". Sportportal. 2010-01-19. 
  14. ^ "Shahzoda – Pakhtakor". Youtube. 
  15. ^ "Bojalar – Pakhtakor". Youtube. 
  16. ^ . FC Pakhtakor. 2017-07-11 http://www.pakhtakor.uz/news/cnews/766.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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