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 Yuri Krasnozhan
Captain Samat Smakov
Most caps Ruslan Baltiev (73)
Top scorer Ruslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadium Astana Arena
FIFA code KAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 131 Increase 1 (4 February 2016)
Highest 98 (December 2001)
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 ulttyq fwtbol qurama qomandasy) 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.

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–)[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. The team played UEFA opposition for the first time on November 14, 2001, and drew 0–0 away to Estonia.[2]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Was part of USSR
United States 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)
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
1996 to 2004 Not a member of UEFA
2008 to 2016 Did not qualify
European Union 2020
Total 0/15

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1956 to 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
1996 to 2000 Did not qualify
Total 0/12

Coaches[edit]

as of April 25, 2015

Manager Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
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– 11 2 4 5 18.18%

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]


2015[edit]

2016[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Netherlands on October 10, and Latvia on October 14, 2015.
Caps and goals are correct as of 13 October 2015, after the game against Latvia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Andrei Sidelnikov (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 35) 29 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
1 1GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe
12 1GK Sergey Boychenko (1977-09-27) 27 September 1977 (age 38) 3 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
8 2DF Samat Smakov (Captain) (1978-12-08) 8 December 1978 (age 37) 71 2 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
23 2DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 27) 34 4 Kazakhstan Aktobe
3 2DF Mark Gorman (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 27) 26 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 25) 21 2 Kazakhstan Astana
2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
2DF Konstantin Engel (1988-07-27) 27 July 1988 (age 27) 11 0 Germany Ingolstadt 04
16 2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 25) 9 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
4 2DF Yermek Kuantayev (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
15 2DF Berik Aytbayev (1991-06-26) 26 June 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Kazakhstan Atyrau
7 3MF Ulan Konysbayev (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 26) 29 3 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
10 3MF Zhambyl Kukeyev (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 27) 29 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
3MF Azat Nurgaliev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 29) 26 1 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
9 3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 22) 19 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
3MF Kazbek Geteriev (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 30) 7 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar
5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 23) 4 2 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
21 3MF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Kazakhstan Astana
13 3MF Timur Dosmagambetov (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Kazakhstan Taraz
3MF Almir Mukhutdinov (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 30) 0 0 Kazakhstan Taraz
20 4FW Sergei Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 24) 34 6 Kazakhstan Aktobe
17 4FW Tanat Nusserbayev (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 29) 24 2 Kazakhstan Astana
11 4FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 24) 16 1 Kazakhstan Astana
19 4FW Bauyrzhan Dzholchiev (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 25) 14 3 Kazakhstan Astana

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 Anton Tsirin (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes Kokshetau v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015
GK Nenad Erić (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 (age 33) 1 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 29) 0 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
GK Vladimir Loginovsky (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 30) 2 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Iceland, 27 March 2015
GK Aleksandr Mokin (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 34) 20 0 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
GK Aleksandr Petukhov (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 31) 0 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Iceland, 6 September 2015
DF Rinat Abdulin (1982-04-14) 14 April 1982 (age 33) 29 2 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015
DF Heinrich Schmidtgal (1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 (age 30) 15 1 Germany FSV Frankfurt v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015
DF Ilya Vorotnikov (1986-02-01) 1 February 1986 (age 30) 6 0 Kazakhstan Taraz v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Russia, 31 March 2015
DF Viktor Dmitrenko (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 24) 14 1 Kazakhstan Aktobe v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
MF Aslan Darabayev (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  Iceland, 6 September 2015
MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Roda JC v.  Iceland, 6 September 2015
MF Alexander Merkel INJ (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Udinese v.  Iceland, 6 September 2015
MF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015
MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Kazakhstan Aktobe v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015
MF Zhakyp Kozhamberdy (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
MF Anatoli Bogdanov (1981-06-07) 7 June 1981 (age 34) 14 0 Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
MF Marat Shakhmetov (1989-02-06) 6 February 1989 (age 27) 10 0 Kazakhstan Zhetysu Taldykorgan v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
MF Piraliy Aliev (1984-01-13) 13 January 1984 (age 32) 5 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
MF Bauyrzhan Baytana (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  Moldova, 22 February 2015
FW Alibek Buleshev (1981-04-09) 9 April 1981 (age 34) 9 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes Kokshetau v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
FW Stanislav Lunin (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
FW Toktar Zhangylyshbay (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Turkey, 12 June 2015 PRE
FW Daurenbek Tazhimbetov (1985-05-02) 2 May 1985 (age 30) 5 3 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Russia, 31 March 2015

PRE Preliminary squad.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 73 13
2 Samat Smakov 2000–Present 71 2
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 38 0
7 Aleksandr 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
4 Igor Avdeyev 1996-2005 7 27 0.26
5 Oleg Litvinenko 1996–2006 6 28 0.21
Sergei Khizhnichenko 2009–Present 6 34 0.18
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 34 0.12
Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 4 35 0.11

Kits[edit]

Kit evolution[edit]

Home

2013
2014

Away

2013
2014

Kit suppilers [3][edit]

Period Kit Provider
1994-1996 Germany Adidas
1996–1997 Germany Puma
1998 Thailand Grand Sport
1998-1998 Germany Puma
1999-2000 Germany Adidas
2000–2002 United States Nike
2002-2004 Germany Puma
2004-2008 Italy Diadora
2008 Republic of Ireland Masita
2008 Germany Adidas
2008–2012 England Umbro
2012–present Germany Adidas

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesk/kaz-intres.html
  2. ^ http://rsssf.com/tablesk/kaz-intres.html
  3. ^ http://football-uniform.seesaa.net/archives/20080717-1.html

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