PFC Navbahor Namangan
|Full name||Navbahor Professional Football Club|
Navbahor Namangan (Uzbek: Navbahor Namangan Futbol Klubi, Persian: نوبهار) is an Uzbekistani football club based in Namangan. The club's name means New Spring as it can be depicted from its logo, Nav bahor. They play in the top division in Uzbekistan football league, Uzbek League.
Navbahor origins from Persian word No-Bahaar which means early spring.
Name change history
- 1978–80: Tekstilshchik
- 1980–83: Navbahor
- 1983–87: Avtomobilist
- 1988–: Navbahor
Navbahor Namangan was founded 1978 under name Tekstilshchik and played in first league of Uzbekistan. Since 1978 club participated in one of regional zones of Soviet Second League. In 1990 season Navbahor finished runner-up in Soviet Second League, East conference and promoted to Soviet First League. 1991 Soviet First League season Navbahor Namangan finished at 9th place.
Since 1992 Navbahor plays in Uzbek League. The club is one of three clubs among Pakhtakor, Neftchi Farg'ona continuously participating in all seasons of Uzbek League. In 1996 Navbahor Namangan became champion of Uzbekistan, finishing league from 1993 to 1995 three times in a row at 3rd position. Navbahor is also winner of the Uzbekistan Supercup in 1999, a match between champion and Uzbek Cup winner.
2004 season Navbahor finished 3rd, the recent best achievement of club. The club was unsuccessful in 2008–13 years. In 2009 season club ranked 14th in the League, close to relegation to First League and it is actually the lowest ranking of the club in its history.
In January 2014 Bakhtiyor Ashurmatov was appointed as new head coach of the club.
Clubs home ground is Markaziy Stadium with original capacity of 35,000. The stadium which was built in 1989 was one of the biggest football stadiums by capacity in the country. In 2011, the club have announced their intention to renovate the stadium and it was closed for long time reconstruction. The rehabilitation works were finished in spring 2014. The festive opening of the renovated all-seater stadium was held on 29 May 2014 with Barkamol avlod 2014 annual sporting games opening ceremony. The capacity of the new venue is 22,000.
In 2012–14 seasons club played home matches in Kosonsoy Stadium. The first official match in renovated stadium was held on 14 June 2014 with League match Navbahor – Olmaliq FK with 3–1 victory of host team.
- Uzbek League: 1
- Winner: 1996
- 3rd place: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004
- Uzbek Cup: 3
- 1992, 1995, 1998
- Uzbekistan Super Cup: 1
- 1999–00: 4th place
Performance in AFC competitions
- Asian Club Championship: 1 appearance
- 1998: Group stage
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances
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