Kurban Berdyev

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Kurban Berdyev
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Berdyev managing Rubin Kazan in 2017
Personal information
Full name Kurban Bekiyevich Berdyev
Date of birth (1952-08-25) 25 August 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Ashgabat, Turkmen SSR, USSR
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1977 Kolhozçy Aşgabat 134 (16)
1977–1978 FC Kairat 20 (5)
1978–1979 Kolhozçy Aşgabat 38 (3)
1979–1980 FC SKA Rostov-on-Don 35 (3)
1980–1981 FC Rostselmash Rostov-on-Don 30 (5)
1981–1985 FC Kairat 139 (28)
Total 396 (60)
Teams managed
1986–1989 FC Khimik Dzhambul
1991–1993 FC Taraz
1993–1994 Gençlerbirliği
1994–1995 FC Kairat
1996–1997 FC Caspiy
1997–1999 Nisa Aşgabat
1999 Turkmenistan
2000–2001 FC Kristall Smolensk
2001–2013 FC Rubin Kazan
2014–2016 FC Rostov
2016–2017 FC Rostov (vice-president / coach)
2017–2019 FC Rubin Kazan
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kurban Bekiyevich Berdyev (Turkmen: Gurban Bekiýewiç Berdiýew, Russian: Курбан Бекиевич Бердыев; born 25 August 1952) is a Turkmen football manager, and a former Soviet footballer. He holds Russian citizenship. In 2017 he was shown among top 50 managers in the world by fourfourtwo.com, at the 36th place, ahead of Brendan Rodgers.[1]


Playing career[edit]

Berdyev grew up with Kolhozçy Aşgabat where he played in cadet and junior teams since 1966. He joined the professional team in 1971.

Coaching career[edit]

It was in Rubin Kazan where Berdyev made his name as a coach getting the team promoted to Russian Premier League in 2002, and grabbing the bronze medals there in their debut year (2003).

On 18 December 2014, Berdyev was appointed as a manager of FC Rostov.[2] In the end of 2014-15 season, Rostov stayed up in the Russian Football Premier League by winning the relegation play-offs. In the 2015–16 season, Rostov unexpectedly qualified the Champions League spot, taking the 2nd spot in the league. Berdyev resigned from Rostov on 6 August 2016.[3] On 9 September 2016, he returned to FC Rostov to the position of vice-president/coach.[4] On 1 June 2017, he left FC Rostov once more.[5]

On 9 June 2017, he returned to FC Rubin Kazan.[6] On 5 June 2019, he left Rubin once again.[7]

Managerial honours[edit]

Kurban Berdyev and Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiev with the Russian Premier League Champions Cup during the ceremony of awarding FC Rubin with the Russian Premier League gold medals





Highest advances in the continental club competitions[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Berdyev has never appeared in public without his beads.

Berdyev always carries his pray beads with him. He never appears without them. " I don’t consider it a token or a tradition. It’s just something I need. I just feel that I have to keep them in my hands when I’m watching a game. I don’t feel well without them. There were a couple of times when I accidentally forgot to take them to matches, even though it wasn’t my fault. And I was feeling uncomfortable through the game, as if I was missing something. Thus this is just a need I feel. I think Muslims will understand me."[8]

Education – Ashgabat Railroads Vocational School (1967–71), Turkmen State University (1971–1975), Moscow Higher Coaching School (1989–1991). In the Soviet Army 1979 - 80, first lieutenant.[9]

Berdyev is known as a very introverted person.[10]

Wife Roza Berdyeva.[11] Berdyev has two sons and a daughter. The eldest son from his first marriage Marat Berdyyev (born 23.09.1975) is a British actor, musician and producer. Junior Alaberdy Berdyev (born 5.8.1996) - schoolboy, plays football in the "FC Rubin Kazan" youth academy.[12] Daughter Aylar — a student. Kurban Berdyev brother is Batyr Berdyev (born 1956), a coach of football club Fenix, Ashgabat. Another brother, Murad Berdyev (born 1954) died in 2003.

In 2012, he was decorated by the Russian Federation with the Order of Friendship Medal.[13]


  1. ^ "FourFourTwo's 50 Best Football Managers in the World 2017: 40-36". FourFourTwo. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. ^ КУРБАН БЕРДЫЕВ ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР «РОСТОВА» (in Russian). FC Rostov. 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ Курбан Бердыев попрощался с командой (in Russian). FC Rostov. 6 August 2016.
  4. ^ Курбан Бердыев назначен вице-президентом – тренером «Ростова» (in Russian). FC Rostov. 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ Курбан Бердыев покинул «Ростов» (in Russian). FC Rostov. 1 June 2017.
  6. ^ Курбан Бердыев возглавит «Рубин» (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 9 June 2017.
  7. ^ Спасибо за все, Курбан Бекиевич! [Thank you for everything, Kurban Berdiyevich!] (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 5 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Interview with Kurban Berdyev". rt.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Пазл "Курбан Бердыев"". gorodn.ru. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  10. ^ Роман ШАРОНОВ: "В "РУБИНЕ" Я ПОЛУЧАЛ МЕНЬШЕ ВСЕХ" (in Russian). Sport Express. 16 February 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2009. A Professional, with a capital letter. Keeps football in his head for 24 hours a day. If I thought about football so much, I would probably lose my mind... ...A reserved coach, one can't see him, – will you really want to talk with such a man? (Roman Sharonov)
  11. ^ Игнатов, Данила. "Бердыев, которого вы не знали. 13 историй о тренере "Ростова"". www.championat.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Чемпион.ру". sovsport.ru. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации". pravo.gov.ru. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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