|Full name||Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov|
|Date of birth||17 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Tashkent, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||Uzbekistan / Bunyodkor (manager)|
|2000–2001||Krylia Sovetov Samara||48||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov (Uzbek: Mirjalol Qoʻshoqovich Qosimov, Russian: Мирджалол Кушакович Касымов; in English also Mirjalol Kasimov or Kasymov) (born 17 September 1970) is head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team and Bunyodkor. He played for the national team as a midfielder.
Kasimov finished his career in 2005 with FK Mash'al Mubarek, which plays in Uzbek League (Uzbek: O'zbekiston Oliy Ligasi). He played a vital role in Mash'al becoming runner-ups during 2005 Uzbek national football club championship, which was the club's best ever finish. 2005 he decided to finish his career. Kasimov previously starred for Pakhtakor and Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia. With 210 goals in playing career he is member of Club 200 of Berador Abduraimov and Gennadi Krasnitsky club. He is one of the most successful and famous players of Uzbek football of modern period.
Kasimov is first Uzbekistani and the second Asian player after South Korean Cha Bum-Kun to have scored in UEFA competitions, UEFA Cup. On 12 September 1995 in 1995-1996 UEFA Cup he scored in match Alania - Liverpool.
In 1987, Kasimov got his first international experience as a member of the Soviet U-17 football team and won with national USSR team FIFA U-16 championship in Canada, becoming one of the rising stars of tournament. One year later, 1988 Mirdjalol with USSR U-18 won European U-18 Football championship title
In 1994 Uzbekistan won Asian Games and he was selected to the best midfield player in Asia; in 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2004 he was named the best football player in Uzbekistan. Kasimov captained Uzbek national team for a long time in the 2000s. His last international match in national team was against the Bahrain national football team in World Cup 2006 qualifiers in Tashkent.
He played his final match in professional football on 2 June 2007 at MHSK Stadium in Tashkent against a combined team of European and Asian stars. The match, brought together famous players such as Iranian Ali Daei, his counterpart Alireza Mansurian, and ex-Qatar international Mubarak Mustapha, his former trainer from Alania, Valeri Gazzaev, Russian footballers Viktor Onopko and Andrei Karyaka. It was the last match in his bright career that lasted more than 20 years and 67 appearances in the uniform of the national team and 31 goals.
He started his trainer career as coach of Mash'al Mubarek, his last player station, where he retired as player. In 2006, he became co-trainer to Rauf Inileev of the Uzbekistan national and Uzbekistan Olympic football team. In December 2007 Kasymov was appointed as coach of Bunyodkor. In 2008 he managed to bring his club to semi-final of AFC Champions League in club's first appearance in this tournament which is considered to be best international performance of Bunyodkor's history actually. Bunyodkor won in quarterfinal of tournament in two leg matches Saipa. On 25 September 2008 Brazilian legend, Zico was appointed as new coach of Bunyodkor, Kasimov remained adviser-coach at club side.
On 16 September 2008, he became head coach of Uzbekistan national football team for qualification stage of 2010 World cup. On 6 April 2010 he was replaced by Vadim Abramov as national team trainer. After Luiz Felipe Scolari left Bunyodkor as Bunyodkor trainer in Mai 2010, Mirjalol Kasymov was named coach of the club again.
On 3 January 2013 IFFHS published list of The Worlds best National Coach 2012. Kasimov ranked 14th in the list among 17 coaches with 6 points, followed by Oleg Blokhin and current coach of Switzerland, Ottmar Hitzfeld. In monthly survey Coach of the Month by Football Federation over the 2012 Kasymov was named best coach 6 times. UFF named Kasymov Coach of the Year on 21 January 2013.
- Russian Premier League champion: 1995
- Russian Premier League runner-up (2): 1992, 1996
- Uzbek League champion (3): 1998, 2002, 2003
- Uzbek League runner-up (2): 1993, 2005
- Uzbek Cup winner (4): 1993, 1997, 2002, 2003
- Uzbekistan Coach of the Year (1): 2012
- AFC Champions League semi-final (2): 2008, 2012
- Uzbek League champion (3): 2010, 2011, 2013
- Uzbek League runner-up: 2012
- Uzbek Cup winner (3): 2010, 2012, 2013
Mirjalol Kasymov as Alania Vladikavkaz player performed 3 international appearances in UEFA tournaments. In the UEFA Cup season 1995-1996 Kasymov played twice in match against FC Liverpool won by albion team with 2:1 and scored an only goal of his team. In UEFA Champions League season 1996-1997 qualifying round he played in match against Rangers F.C. on 7 August 1996 won by Rangers with 3:1.
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- "Goal.com's Asian Best XI for May". Goal.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
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- "IFFHS: The Worlds best National Coach 2012". IFFHS. 2013-01-03.
- "Миржалол Касымов — в списке лучших тренеров мира". gazeta.uz. 2013-01-04.
- "Санджар Турсунов и Мирджалол Касымов названы лучшими в 2012 году" (in Russian). gazeta.uz. 2013-01-21.
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- "Mirjalol Kasymov Profile and Statistics". Sport Express. (Russian)
- Mirjalol Qosimov at National-Football-Teams.com