Kazakhstan national football team

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Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Қаршығалар (The Hawks)
AssociationKazakhstan Football Federation (KFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachStanimir Stoilov
CaptainBauyrzhan Islamkhan
Most capsSamat Smakov (76)
Top scorerRuslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadiumAstana Arena
FIFA codeKAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current117 Increase 1 (25 October 2018)[1]
Highest83 (September 2016)
Lowest166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current121 Steady (13 November 2018)[2]
Highest70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest136 (September 2005)
First international
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)

The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы) represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.

History[edit]

AFC Member (1992–2002)[edit]

The country of Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union on December 16, 1991. Its national team then split from the Soviet Union national football team (a UEFA member) and joined the Asian Football Confederation. At the time, they were one of strongest teams in Central Asia, and one of the most improving teams in Asia.

The team played their first match against another former-Soviet debutant, Turkmenistan, on June 1, 1992, as part of a Central Asian tournament. Kazakhstan won 1–0. The tournament also saw the footballing debuts of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. After beating Libya in a friendly in North Korea on July 3, Kazakhstan played the remainder of its Central Asian fixtures and avoided defeat in all of them. They beat Uzbekistan 1–0 at home on July 16, then drew 1–1 away in Turkmenistan on September 14, in Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and Uzbekistan on October 14. The final match was a 2–0 home victory over Kyrgyzstan on October 25.[3]

Kazakhstan entered qualification for the first time, in the attempt to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the first round they were placed in Group 9 alongside Pakistan and Iraq. Kazakhstan's first qualifying match was won 3–0 at home in Almaty on May 11, 1997, against Pakistan. On June 6 they travelled to Baghdad to face Iraq and won 2–1, then five days later won an away match against Pakistan, 7–0 in Lahore. The result in Lahore remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained the 100% start to World Cup football by beating Iraq at home 3–1 on June 29.

In the second and final round of qualification, Kazakhstan came last in the group. Their only victory was on October 18, 1997, when they beat the United Arab Emirates 3–0 at home. Kazakhstan drew three other games – all at home (versus Uzbekistan, Japan and South Korea).

In the first round of Asian qualifying, Kazakhstan were placed in Group 6 alongside Iraq, Nepal and Macau. All games in the group were to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after Nepal failed to organise matches in Kathmandu in March 2001. After an Iraqi protest, the first three games for each team were moved to Baghdad, Iraq.

Kazakhstan started off well in Baghdad by beating Nepal 6–0 with two goals by Oleg Litvinenko on April 12, and Macau 3–0 two days later. On April 16 they held Iraq to a 1–1 draw in front of 50,000. Ruslan Baltiev put the Kazakhs in front in the 6th minute and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail equalised with a penalty in the 31st.

In Almaty Central Stadium, Kazakhstan beat Nepal 3–0 with two goals by Maksim Igorevich Shevchenko on April 21. Two days later they beat Macau 5–0, Dmitriy Byakov and Igor Avdeyev scored two each after a goalless first half. The final game on April 25 saw a 1–1 draw against Iraq in front of 25,000. Litvinenko put Kazakhstan ahead in the 32nd but Iraq equalised ten minutes later. Despite being level on points, Iraq advanced on goal difference mainly due to a 9–1 victory over Nepal.

UEFA Member (2002–present)[edit]

Kazakhstan joined UEFA in 2002. They had to wait until the 2002 FIFA World Cup finished on June 30 before making the switch, as they had entered the tournament as an AFC member. Kazakhstan therefore could not enter qualification for UEFA Euro 2004, as the draw had been made on January 25, 2002.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not enter - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify 12 5 3 4 22 21
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 2 0 20 2
Germany 2006 12 0 1 11 6 29
South Africa 2010 10 2 0 8 11 29
Brazil 2014 10 1 2 7 6 21
Russia 2018 10 0 3 7 6 26
Qatar 2022 To be determined - - - - - -
Canada Mexico United States 2026 - - - - - -
Total 0/21 - 60 12 11 37 71 128

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member) - - - - - -
England 1996 Not a member of UEFA - - - - - -
Belgium Netherlands 2000 to Portugal 2004 Candidate member of UEFA[n 1] - - - - - -
Austria Switzerland 2008 Did not qualify 14 2 4 8 11 21
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 1 1 8 6 24
France 2016 10 1 2 7 7 18
European Union 2020 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany 2024 - - - - - -
Total 0/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 4 7 23 24 63
  1. ^ In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Japan 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member) - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 1 0 3 1 6
Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 3 0 1 8 3
China 2004 Not a member of AFC - - - - - -
Total 0/12 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4 0 4 9 9

Asian Games record[edit]

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
India 1951 Did not exist
Philippines 1954
Japan 1958
Indonesia 1962
Thailand 1966
Thailand 1970
Iran 1974
Thailand 1978
India 1982
South Korea 1986
China 1990
Japan 1994 Did not enter
Thailand 1998 10th place 5 2 1 2 8 6
2002–present See Kazakhstan national under-23 football team
Total 1/13 5 2 1 2 8 6

Coaches[edit]

As of 8 October 2017
Manager Nat. Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Bakhtiyar Baiseitov Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic 1992 7 4 3 0 057.14
Bauyrzhan Baimukhammedov Kazakhstan 1994 4 1 2 1 025.00
Serik Berdalin Kazakhstan 1995–1997 20 6 4 10 030.00
Sergei Gorokhovadatskiy Kazakhstan 1998 5 2 1 2 040.00
Vait Talgayev Kazakhstan 2000 9 5 0 4 055.56
Vladimir Fomichyov Kazakhstan 2000 1 0 0 1 000.00
Vakhid Masudov Kazakhstan 2001–2002 9 4 4 1 044.44
Leonid Pakhomov Russia 2003–2004 9 0 2 7 000.00
Sergey Timofeev Kazakhstan 2004–2005 13 0 1 12 000.00
Arno Pijpers Netherlands 2006–2008 36 7 11 18 019.44
Bernd Storck Germany 2008–2010 9 2 0 7 022.22
Miroslav Beránek Czech Republic 2011–2013 24 5 6 13 020.83
Yuri Krasnozhan Russia 2014–2015 11 2 4 5 018.18
Talgat Baysufinov Kazakhstan 2016–2017 8 2 3 3 025.00
Aleksandr Borodyuk Russia 2017–2018 7 0 1 6 000.00
Stanimir Stoilov Bulgaria 2018– 5 2 1 2 040.00

Results and fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Latvia and Andorra on 13 October and 16 October 2018.[4]
Caps and goals are correct as of 16 October 2018, after the game against Andorra.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nenad Erić (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 (age 36) 7 0 Kazakhstan Astana
12 1GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 32) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
22 1GK Dmytro Nepohodov (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 30) 0 0 Kazakhstan Tobol

23 2DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 30) 47 5 Kazakhstan Astana
18 2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 28) 39 2 Kazakhstan Astana
2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 28) 28 0 Kazakhstan Astana
16 2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 28) 24 1 Kazakhstan Kairat
21 2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 25) 22 0 Kazakhstan Astana
4 2DF Yevgeny Postnikov (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 32) 7 0 Kazakhstan Astana
6 2DF Yan Vorogovskiy (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
2DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat

9 3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 25) 35 2 Kazakhstan Kairat
5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 25) 22 3 Kazakhstan Kairat
7 3MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 29) 19 1 Kazakhstan Astana
11 3MF Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 23) 9 1 Kazakhstan Ordabasy
10 3MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
19 3MF Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 20) 6 3 Kazakhstan Astana
3MF Magomed Paragulgov (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
4FW Maxim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Kazakhstan Tobol
8 3MF Duman Narzildayev (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Kazakhstan Kaysar Kyzylorda

13 4FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 27) 24 2 Kazakhstan Astana
14 4FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 25) 18 3 Kazakhstan Astana
15 4FW Bauyrzhan Turysbek (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 27) 7 3 Kazakhstan Tobol
17 4FW Yerkebulan Seidakhmet (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 18) 5 2 Russia Ufa

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Kazakhstan's squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 25) 15 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
GK Aleksandr Mokin (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 37) 20 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018

DF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Kazakhstan Tobol v.  Andorra, 10 September 2018
DF Aybol Abiken (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Andorra, 10 September 2018
DF Stanislav Lunin INJ (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Georgia, 6 September 2018 WD
DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 28) 14 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018

FW Vyacheslav Shvyrev (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 (age 17) 0 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
FW Sergei Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 27) 47 8 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018
FW Yuriy Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Kazakhstan Atyrau v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018

PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Head to head records[edit]

As of 5 June 2018.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

As of September 6, 2018. Players in bold are still active at international level.

Top scorers[edit]

Players listed in bold are still active at international level. Brandon Allen is the all time top scorer with 15 goals in 10 caps

Kits[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996 Germany Adidas
1996–1998 Germany Puma
1998–1999 Thailand Grand Sport
1999–2000 Germany Adidas
2000–2002 United States Nike
2002–2003 United Kingdom Umbro
2003–2004 United States Nike
2004–2005 Germany Puma
2005–2008 Italy Diadora
2008–2012 United Kingdom Umbro
2012–present Germany Adidas

Source: FootballShirtsVoltage.com[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Kazakhstan - List of International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ "KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD FOR THE MATCHES AGAINST LATVIA AND ANDORRA". Kazakhstan Football Federation (KFF). 2 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Kazakhstan National Football Team Kit". FootballShirtsVoltage.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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