Kyrgyzstan national football team

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Kyrgyzstan
Nickname(s)Ак шумкарлар
(The White Falcons)
AssociationFootball Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachAleksandr Krestinin
CaptainValery Kichin
Most capsVadim Kharchenko (51)
Top scorerAnton Zemlianukhin (12)
Home stadiumDolen Omurzakov Stadium
FIFA codeKGZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 95 Steady (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest75 (April-May 2018)
Lowest201 (March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 142 Increase 6 (13 September 2019)[2]
Highest136 (January 2019)
Lowest178 (February 2013)
First international
 Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)[3]
Biggest win
 Kyrgyzstan 6–0 Maldives 
(Tehran, Iran; 13 June 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)

The Kyrgyzstan national football team (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Республикасынын улуттук курама командасы (Kırgız Respublikasının uluttuk kurama komandası); Russian: Сборная Киргизии по футболу (Sbornaya Kirgizii po Futbolu)) represents Kyrgyzstan in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Central Asian Football Association.

History[edit]

1992 to 2010: struggle[edit]

After the breakup of the Soviet Union and declaration of its independence, Kyrgyzstan became a fully recognized FIFA and AFC member. They played their first match away in Tashkent, against Uzbekistan on 23 August 1992 in the Central Asia Tournament, losing 3–0.

In June 1993, Kyrgyzstan travelled to Tehran, Iran for the 1993 ECO Cup. They lost 3–2 on 6 June to Azerbaijan and then drew 1–1 two days later against Tajikistan.

In April 1994, Kyrgyzstan played other Central Asian teams in a tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On 13 April they lost 5–1 to Turkmenistan, then on 15 April 1–0 to Tajikistan. On 17 April they drew 0–0 against Kazakhstan before losing 3–0 to the hosts two days later.[3]

Kyrgyzstan continued to struggle, due to little interests of developing football in Kyrgyzstan. The national team often lacked basic developments to develop the national team, comparing to its Central Asian neighbors, making Kyrgyzstan remained backward behind Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the latter being the strongest team in the region. Despite this, Kyrgyzstan still managed to achieve some significant results, such as winning bronze in the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup.

Since 2010s: Rise of Kyrgyz football[edit]

With the arrival of Sergey Dvoryankov, the team had witnessed a significant resurgence. Dvoryankov had made a significant progress by calling and naturalizing a number of foreign players into the national team of Kyrgyzstan such as Ghana's David Tetteh, Elijah Ari and Daniel Tagoe; Cameroon's Claude Maka Kum; Germany's Viktor Maier, Vitalij Lux, Viktor Kelm and Edgar Bernhardt; as well as calling more Kyrgyz-born Russian players to play for the team. As for the result, Kyrgyzstan's football dramatically improved. The White Falcons had made up significantly good result during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, when Kyrgyzstan managed to defeat its long time neighbor-rival, Tajikistan, or defeating Jordan, which is regarded as a strong team who had also beaten Australia before, as well as managed to play well against Asian champions Australia despite losing both matches.

Under another Russian manager, Aleksandr Krestinin, Kyrgyzstan is heading to qualify for its first ever AFC Asian Cup since independence, when they placed themselves against India, Myanmar and Macau. On 22 March 2018, after thrashing Myanmar 5–1, Kyrgyzstan had finally qualified for their first ever AFC Asian Cup in the history.

2019 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Kyrgyzstan participated in their first ever Asian Cup edition, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Prior to the tournament, Kyrgyzstan was considered as an underdog, being grouped with South Korea, China and the Philippines, both have better head-to-head records against Kyrgyzstan. In spite of these hardship, Kyrgyzstan made an outstanding performance, losing to China and South Korea both by just one goal margin, before cruising against the Philippines 3–1 to progress as one of the best third-place team in their maiden debut. In the knockout stage, Kyrgyzstan faced host UAE, and despite facing the host, Kyrgyzstan performed with full fighting spirit, only to lose 2–3 after 120'.

Records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Was part of Soviet Union USSR
United States 1994 Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 5 3 0 2 12 11
South Korea Japan 2002 6 1 1 4 3 9
Germany 2006 8 3 1 4 11 12
South Africa 2010 2 1 0 1 2 2
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 0 7
Russia 2018 8 4 2 2 10 8
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/23 31 12 5 15 38 49

Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Hong Kong1956 Was part of  Soviet Union Did not enter
South Korea1960
Israel1964
Iran 1968
Thailand 1972
Iran 1976
Kuwait 1980
Singapore 1984
Qatar 1988
Japan 1992
United Arab Emirates 1996 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
Lebanon 2000 3 0 0 3 3 11
China 2004 2 1 0 1 3 2
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Did not enter
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify 2008 & 2010 AFC Challenge Cup was used to determine
qualification for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Australia 2015 2012 & 2014 AFC Challenge Cup are used to determine
qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
United Arab Emirates 2019 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 14 8 3 3 26 17
Total 1/17 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 23 10 3 10 35 37

Asian Games[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 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philippines 1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indonesia 1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iran 1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
India 1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Korea 1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
China 1990 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 1994 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand 1998 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Kyrgyzstan national under-23 football team
Total 0/13 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup record[edit]

Central Asian Championship[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Uzbekistan 2018 - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - -

West Asian Championship[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D L GS GA
Jordan 2000 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
Syria 2002 Did not enter
Iran 2004
Jordan 2007
Iran 2008
Jordan 2010
Kuwait 2012
Qatar 2014
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 0 8

ELF Cup[edit]

In 2006, Kyrgyzstan took part in the inaugural ELF Cup in Northern Cyprus. This competition was originally intended to be for teams that were not members of FIFA; however, the organisers extended invitations to both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, who were both represented by their national futsal teams.

Year Round Position Matches Wins Draws* Losses Goals Scored Goals Against
2006 Semi-Final 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 2 1 2 11 8

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup
2  Jordan 8 5 1 2 21 7 +14 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round
3  Kyrgyzstan 8 4 2 2 10 8 +2 14
4  Tajikistan 8 1 2 5 9 20 −11 5 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
5  Bangladesh 8 0 1 7 2 32 −30 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent fixtures and results[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

2020[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 10 January 2019[6]
Head coach Russia Aleksandr Krestinin
Assistant coach Russia Nikolai Yuzhanin
Kyrgyzstan Vladimir Salo
Kyrgyzstan Igor Kudrenko
Kyrgyzstan Talant Samsaliev
Goalkeeping coach Kyrgyzstan Zakir Jalilov
Fitness coach Russia Dmitry Gureev
Executive director Russia Yevgeniy Frolov
Administrator Kyrgyzstan Azamat Alykulov
Medical Kyrgyzstan Nurbek Ismailov

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The 35-man provisional squad was announced on 3 December 2018.[7] The final squad was announced on 27 December 2018.[8] Viktor Maier was replaced by Pavel Sidorenko on 2 January 2019 due to injury.[9]
Competition: 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Caps and goals updated as of 16 January 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pavel Matyash (1987-07-11)11 July 1987 (aged 31) 38 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
12 1GK Kutman Kadyrbekov (1997-06-13)13 June 1997 (aged 21) 2 0 Kyrgyzstan Ala-Too Naryn
16 1GK Valery Kashuba (1984-09-14)14 September 1984 (aged 34) 23 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek

2 2DF Valery Kichin (1992-10-12)12 October 1992 (aged 26) 28 1 Russia Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
3 2DF Tamirlan Kozubaev (1994-07-01)1 July 1994 (aged 24) 19 1 Malaysia PKNS
4 2DF Mustafa Iusupov (1995-07-01)1 July 1995 (aged 23) 7 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
5 2DF Aizar Akmatov (1998-08-24)24 August 1998 (aged 20) 4 0 Kyrgyzstan Alga Bishkek
17 2DF Daniel Tagoe (1986-03-03)3 March 1986 (aged 32) 21 0 Bangladesh Abahani Limited

6 3MF Pavel Sidorenko (1987-03-26)26 March 1987 (aged 31) 28 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
7 3MF Tursunali Rustamov (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 (aged 28) 13 2 Kyrgyzstan Alga Bishkek
8 3MF Aziz Sydykov (1992-06-23)23 June 1992 (aged 26) 27 1 Iran Sanat Naft
9 3MF Edgar Bernhardt (1986-03-30)30 March 1986 (aged 32) 31 1 Malaysia Kedah FA
11 3MF Bekzhan Sagynbaev (1994-09-11)11 September 1994 (aged 24) 12 3 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
12 3MF Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (1996-03-18)18 March 1996 (aged 22) 8 0 Kyrgyzstan Alay
13 3MF Murolimzhon Akhmedov (1992-01-05)5 January 1992 (aged 27) 7 0 Uzbekistan Andijon
18 3MF Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu (1993-06-13)13 June 1993 (aged 25) 34 2 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
20 3MF Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov (1995-06-03)3 June 1995 (aged 23) 25 1 Bangladesh Bashundhara Kings
21 3MF Farhat Musabekov (1994-01-03)3 January 1994 (aged 25) 29 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
22 3MF Anton Zemlianukhin (1988-12-11)11 December 1988 (aged 30) 29 13 Kyrgyzstan Ilbirs Bishkek
23 3MF Akhlidin Israilov (1994-09-16)16 September 1994 (aged 24) 26 3 Uzbekistan Andijon

10 4FW Mirlan Murzaev (1990-03-29)29 March 1990 (aged 28) 40 8 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
14 4FW Ernist Batyrkanov (1998-02-21)21 February 1998 (aged 20) 6 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
19 4FW Vitalij Lux (1989-02-27)27 February 1989 (aged 29) 25 8 Germany SSV Ulm

Recent call ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kalysbek Akimaliev (1992-11-16)16 November 1992 (aged 26) 1 0 Kyrgyzstan Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
GK Arstan Kudaiberdiev (1999-12-15)15 December 1999 (aged 19) 0 0 Kyrgyzstan Ilbirs Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

DF Viktor Maier (1990-05-16)16 May 1990 (aged 28) 18 1 Germany Wiedenbrück 2019 AFC Asian Cup INJ
DF Veniamin Shumeyko (1989-02-02)2 February 1989 (aged 29) 16 0 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Avazbek Otkeev (1993-12-04)4 December 1993 (aged 25) 5 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Amanbek Manybekov (1995-08-06)6 August 1995 (aged 23) 4 0 Kyrgyzstan Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Askarbek Saliev (1995-05-25)25 May 1995 (aged 23) 0 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Kamolidin Tashiev (2000-02-09)9 February 2000 (aged 18) 0 0 Kyrgyzstan Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

MF Islam Shamshiev (1991-03-01)1 March 1991 (aged 27) 19 1 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
MF Sherzod Shakirov (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 (aged 28) 14 0 Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
MF Alimardon Shukurov (1999-09-28)28 September 1999 (aged 19) 2 0 Kyrgyzstan Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

FW Kadyrbek Shaarbekov (1998-02-02)2 February 1998 (aged 20) 1 0 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squads[edit]

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Vadim Kharchenko is the most capped player in the history of Kyrgyzstan with 51 caps.
As of match played 22 March 2018, the 10 players with the most caps:
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Vadim Kharchenko 2003–2015 51 3
2 Ruslan Sydykov 1997–2013 43 1
3 Vyacheslav Amin 2000–2009 38 1
4 Davron Askarov 2006– 37 0
Ildar Amirov 2006– 37 2
6 Talant Samsaliev 2003–2015 35 1
7 Vladimir Salo 1994–2004 30 0
Mirlan Murzaev 2009– 30 6
Azamat Baymatov 2010– 30 4
10 Pavel Matyash 2009– 29 0

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Anton Zemlianukhin is the top scorer in the history of Kyrgyzstan with 12 goals

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2018
# Name Career Goals Caps Avg/game
1 Anton Zemlianukhin 2007– 12 25 0.46
2 Mirlan Murzaev 2009– 7 31 0.2
3 Vitalij Lux 2015– 5 20 0.25
4 Azamat Baymatov 2010– 4 31 0.13
5 Zamirbek Zhumagulov 1992–2003 3 18 0.17
Farhat Haitbaev 1994–2000 3 17 0.18
Sergey Kutsov 1996–2001 3 16 0.19
Sergey Chikishev 2003–2010 3 12 0.25
Vadim Kharchenko 2003–2015 3 51 0.06
Ruslan Jamshidov 2006– 3 28 0.11
Cholponbek Esenkul Uulu 2007– 3 9 0.33
David Tetteh 2013– 3 13 0.23

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Coaches[edit]

Manager From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kyrgyzstan Meklis Koshaliyev August 1992 February 1996 15 1 3 11 006.67
Kyrgyzstan Yevgeniy Novikov June 1997 February 2001 19 4 1 14 021.05
Kyrgyzstan Nematjan Zakirov March 2003 March 2006 12 4 2 6 033.33
Kyrgyzstan Boris Podkorytov March 2006 December 2006 6 3 0 3 050.00
Kyrgyzstan Nematjan Zakirov January 2007 December 2008 12 4 0 8 033.33
Kyrgyzstan Anarbek Ormonbekov January 2009 May 2011 13 3 3 7 023.08
Kyrgyzstan Murat Jumakeev May 2011 September 2012 3 0 0 3 000.00
Russia Sergey Dvoryankov September 2012 May 2014 6 3 1 2 050.00
Kyrgyzstan Mirlan Eshenov (Caretaker) May 2014 October 2014 3 0 0 3 000.00
Russia Aleksandr Krestinin October 2014 Presenta 23 11 4 8 047.83
Total 110 32 14 64 029.09

a Accurate up to and including 6 December 2017.

Rivalries[edit]

The principal rival of the Kyrgyzstan national football team is the culturally, as well as the northern geographical neighbor of Kyrgyzstan — Kazakhstan national football team. The matches between these two teams are of great importance for the fans of both teams, and the matches with the participation of these teams turn into a full house among the fans. Also, the matches with the Tajikistan national football team — with the southern neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, as well as with other Central Asian teams (national teams of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) have some principle.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On 24 November 2017, the AFC announced that the match will be played on 22 March 2018 at a neutral venue, with the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic covering all the costs of the Myanmar team and of the match organisation, including airfares and accommodation.[4] The two Member Associations will be requested to agree on the neutral venue, and if they fail to reach a consensus the AFC will make the appointment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hyung-Jin, Yoon (30 April 2006). "Kyrgyzstan International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee decisions". AFC. 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ Ooi Kin Fai (10 June 2018). "Malaysia line up 6 friendlies in lead up to AFF Championship". Sporting News. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. ^ Национальная сборная (in Russian). Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ Состав Национальной сборной КР на УТС в Катаре. FFKR (in Russian). 3 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Here are the 23 players selected to represent Kyrgyz Republic at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019". FFKR. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. ^ Виктор Майер не сыграет на Кубке Азии – 2019 из-за травмы. FFKR (in Russian). 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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