Kazakhstan national football team
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|Nickname(s)||Қаршығалар (The Hawks)|
|Association||Football Federation of Kazakhstan (FFK)|
|Head coach||Yuri Krasnozhan|
|Most caps||Ruslan Baltiev (73)|
|Top scorer||Ruslan Baltiev (13)|
|Home stadium||Astana Arena|
|FIFA ranking||142 9 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||98 (December 2001)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||166 (May 1996)|
|Highest Elo ranking||70 (18 October 1997)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||136 (September 2005)|
| Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
| Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
| 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) 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 World Cup or UEFA European Championship.
AFC Member (1992–2002)
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.
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–)
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. The team played UEFA opposition for the first time on November 14, 2001, and drew 0–0 away to Estonia.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of USSR|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1998 to 2002||Did not qualify (AFC Member from 1998 to 2002)|
|2006 to 2014||Did not qualify (UEFA Member since 2002)|
|2018||To be determined|
UEFA European Championship record
|European Championship record|
|1960 to 1992||Was part of USSR (UEFA member)|
|1996 to 2004||Not a member of UEFA|
|2008 to 2012||Did not qualify|
|2016||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup record
|AFC Asian Cup record|
|1956 to 1992||Was part of USSR (UEFA member)|
|1996 to 2000||Did not qualify|
as of April 25, 2015
|Vladimir Fomichev (caretaker)||2000||1||0||0||1||0%|
The following players have also been called up to the Kazakhstan's squad in the last 12 months.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Results and fixtures
|Friendly 8 June 2014||Hungary||3 – 0||Kazakhstan||Budapest, Hungary|
|00:30 KZT (UTC+6)||Priskin 26'
R. Varga 63'
Engel 90+1' (o.g.)
|Report||Korobkin 25', 62'||Stadium: Ferenc Puskás Stadium
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (Belgian)
|Friendly 12 August 2014||Kazakhstan||2 – 1||Tajikistan||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|19:30 KZT (UTC+6)||Dzholchiev 37'
|Report||Asrorov 57'||Stadium: Central Stadium
|Friendly 5 September 2014||Kazakhstan||7 – 1||Kyrgyzstan||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|19:00 KZT (UTC+6)||Khizhnichenko 27', 43'
|Summary||Zhyrgalbek Uulu 72'||Stadium: Astana Arena
|Euro 2016 Q 9 September 2014||Kazakhstan||0 – 0||Latvia||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|22:00 KZT (UTC+6)||Report||Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|Euro 2016 Q 11 October 2014||Netherlands||3 – 1||Kazakhstan||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|00:45 KZT (UTC+6)||Huntelaar 62'
Van Persie 89' (pen.)
|Report||Abdulin 17'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
|Euro 2016 Q 13 October 2014||Kazakhstan||2 – 4||Czech Republic||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|22:00 KZT (UTC+6)||Logvinenko 84', 90+1'||Report||Dočkal 13'
|Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
|Euro 2016 Q 17 November 2014||Turkey||3 – 1||Kazakhstan||Istanbul, Turkey|
|01:45 KZT (UTC+6)||Yılmaz 26' (pen.), 29'
|Report||Smakov 87' (pen.)||Stadium: Türk Telekom Arena
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (Russia)
|Friendly 18 February 2015||Kazakhstan||1 – 1||Moldova||Antalya, Turkey|
|18:00 UTC+2||Shchetkin 48'||Report
|54' Gațcan||Stadium: Mardan Spor Kompleksi
Referee: Aleksey Nikolaev (Russia)
|Euro 2016 Q 28 March 2015||Kazakhstan||0 – 3||Iceland||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|21:00 KZT (UTC+6)||Report||Guðjohnsen 20'
B. Bjarnason 32', 90+1'
|Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|Friendly 31 March 2015||Russia||0 – 0||Kazakhstan||Moscow, Russia|
|Report||Stadium: Arena Khimki
Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (Belarus)
|Euro 2016 Q 12 June 2015||Kazakhstan||0 – 1||Turkey||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Report||Turan 83'||Stadium: Almaty Ortalyk Stadion
Referee: Michael Oliver(England)
|Friendly 16 June 2015||Kazakhstan||–||Cape Verde||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|Stadium: Astana Arena