Kazakhstan national football team

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Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Қаршығалар (The Hawks)
Association Football Federation of Kazakhstan (FFK)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Talgat Baysufinov
Captain Samat Smakov
Most caps Samat Smakov (74)
Top scorer Ruslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadium Astana Arena
FIFA code KAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 83 Increase 13 (15 September 2016)
Highest 83 (September 2016)
Lowest 166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 125 (9 September 2015)
Highest 70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest 136 (September 2005)
First international
 Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan 
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan 
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)

The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрама командасы, Qazaqstan ulttıq fwtbol qurama komandası) 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.[1]

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.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Was part of USSR
United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify (AFC Member from 1998 to 2002)
South KoreaJapan 2002
Germany 2006 Did not qualify (UEFA Member since 2002)
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018 TBD
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
England 1996 Not a member of UEFA
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 to Portugal 2004 Candidate member of UEFA[n 1]
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify
PolandUkraine 2012
France 2016
European Union 2020 TBD
Total 0/15
  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
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Japan 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
United Arab Emirates 1996 to Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify
China 2004 Not a member of AFC
Total 0/12

Coaches[edit]

as of 30 August 2016

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic|Kazakhstan Bakhtiyar Baiseitov 1992 7 4 3 0 57.14%
Kazakhstan Bauyrzhan Baimukhammedov 1994 4 1 2 1 25%
Kazakhstan Serik Berdalin 1995–1997 20 6 4 10 30%
Kazakhstan Sergei Gorokhovadatskiy 1998 5 2 1 2 40%
Kazakhstan Voit Talgaev 2000 9 5 0 4 55.56%
Kazakhstan Vladimir Fomichev (caretaker) 2000 1 0 0 1 0%
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov 2001–2002 9 4 4 1 44.44%
Russia Leonid Pakhomov 2003–2004 9 0 2 7 0%
Kazakhstan Sergey Timofeev 2004–2005 13 0 1 12 0%
Netherlands Arno Pijpers 2006–2008 36 7 11 18 19.44%
Germany Bernd Storck 2008–2010 9 2 0 7 22.22%
Czech Republic Miroslav Beránek 2011–2013 24 5 6 13 20.83%
Russia Yuri Krasnozhan 2014–2015 11 2 4 5 18.18%
Kazakhstan Talgat Baysufinov 2016 3 2 1 1 50%

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]


2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Poland on September 4, 2016.
Caps and goals are correct as of September 4 2016, after the game against Poland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK David Loria (1981-10-31) 31 October 1981 (age 34) 40 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
1GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 23) 10 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
1GK Samat Otarbayev (1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe

2DF Renat Abdulin (1982-04-14) 14 April 1982 (age 34) 30 2 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 26) 26 2 Kazakhstan Astana
2DF Aleksandr Kislitsyn (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 30) 24 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 26) 17 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
2DF Viktor Dmitrenko (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 25) 15 1 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 26) 13 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Kazakhstan Astana
2DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
2DF Ilyas Amirseitov (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Kazakhstan Zhetysu

3MF Samat Smakov (Captain) (1978-12-08) 8 December 1978 (age 37) 74 2 Kazakhstan Aktobe
3MF Azat Nurgaliev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 30) 31 3 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
3MF Maksat Baizhanov (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 32) 25 1 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 23) 23 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
3MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 26) 10 0 Kazakhstan Astana
3MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-06-17) 17 June 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Kazakhstan Astana
3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 23) 8 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
3MF Almir Mukhutdinov (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 31) 1 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay

4FW Sergey Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 25) 39 8 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
4FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
4FW Zhasulan Moldakaraev (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 29) 1 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes Kokshetau

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 Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 30) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
GK Andrei Sidelnikov (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 36) 29 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015
GK Sergey Boychenko (1977-09-27) 27 September 1977 (age 39) 3 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015

DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 28) 37 4 Kazakhstan Astana v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
DF Yermek Kuantayev (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
DF Mukhtar Mukhtarov (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 30) 15 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Georgia, 29 March 2016
DF Mark Gorman (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 27) 26 0 Kazakhstan Tobol v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015
DF Konstantin Engel (1988-07-27) 27 July 1988 (age 28) 11 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015
DF Berik Aytbayev (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Kazakhstan Atyrau v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015

MF Ulan Konysbayev (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 27) 32 3 Kazakhstan Atyrau v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
MF Timur Dosmagambetov (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 27) 5 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
MF Zhakyp Kozhamberdy (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes Kokshetau v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
MF Mardan Tolebek (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
MF Zhambyl Kukeyev (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 28) 29 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015
MF Kazbek Geteriev (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 31) 7 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015

FW Tanat Nusserbayev (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 29) 25 2 Kazakhstan Astana v.  China PR, 7 June 2016
FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 25) 18 2 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Georgia, 29 March 2016
FW Bauyrzhan Dzholchiev (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 26) 14 3 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Latvia, 14 October 2015

PRE Preliminary squad.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Samat Smakov 2000-present 74 2
2 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 73 13
3 Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–Present 57 6
4 Andrei Karpovich 2001–Present 55 3
5 Sergei Ostapenko 2007–Present 42 6
6 David Loria 2000–Present 40 0
7 Sergey Khizhnichenko 2009–present 37 6
Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 37 4
Alexandr Kuchma 2005-2008 37 2
8 Aleksandr Familtsev 1997–2006 35 1
Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 35 4
Farkhadbek Irismetov 2004–2011 35 0

Top Scorers[edit]

Players listed in bold are still active at national level.

Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 13 73 0.17
2 Viktor Zubarev 1997-2002 12 18 0.66
3 Dmitriy Byakov 2000-2008 8 33 0.24
Sergei Khizhnichenko 2009–Present 8 39 0.21
4 Igor Avdeyev 1996-2005 7 27 0.26
5 Oleg Litvinenko 1996–2006 6 28 0.21
Sergei Ostapenko 2007–Present 6 42 0.18
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–present 6 57 0.10
9 Askhat Kadyrkulov 1997-2002 4 15 0.26
Andrei Finonchenko 2003–Present 4 21 0.19
Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–Present 4 37 0.11
Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 4 35 0.11

Kits[edit]

Kit evolution[edit]

Home

2004-2005
2005-2007
2008 (against Russia)
2008
2008 (against Ukraine)
2008 (against England)
2009-2011
2012
2014
2015
2016 (against China)
2016

Away

2004-2005
2005-2007
2008 (against Andorra)
2008 (against Croatia),
2009-2011
2009 (against Belarus)
2012
2014
2015
2016

Kit suppilers[2][edit]

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996 Germany Adidas
1996–1998 Germany Puma
1998-1999 Thailand Grand Sport[3] [4] [5]
1999–2000 Germany Adidas
2000–2002 United States Nike
2002–2003 United Kingdom Umbro
2003-2004 United States Nike
2004–2005 Germany Puma
2005–2007 Italy Diadora
2008 Republic of Ireland Masita[6]
2008 Germany Adidas[7] [8]
2008–2012 United Kingdom Umbro
2012–present Germany Adidas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesk/kaz-intres.html
  2. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/archives/20080717-1.html
  3. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/Kazakhstan-98-GRAND20SPORT-home-kit-yellow-yellow-yellow.jpg.html
  4. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/Kazakhstan-98-GRAND20SPORT-home-kit-yellow-yellow-yellow-line-up.jpg.html
  5. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/Kazakhstan-99-GRAND20SPORT-home-kit-yellow-yellow-yellow.jpg.html
  6. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/8EB68EBB8EDE8ECC8EBD8EC08EDD088ED28EB08EB68EB0C9D4CCC0C0C4C0C4C7F2.JPG.html
  7. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/Kazakhstan-08-adidas-home-kit-blue-blue-blue.jpg.html
  8. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/upload/detail/image/Kazakhstan-08-adidas-home-yellow-yellow-yellow.JPG.html

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