Uzbek League

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Uzbek League
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Country  Uzbekistan
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 1992
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Uzbekistan First League
Domestic cup(s) Uzbekistan Cup
League cup(s) AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
Current champions Pakhtakor Tashkent
(2014)
Most championships Pakhtakor Tashkent (10)
TV partners O'zbekiston Sport Telekanali
Website PFL.Uz
2015 Uzbek League

The Uzbekistan Professional Football League (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Professional Futbol Ligasi, formerly the Uzbek Oliy League), is the top division of football in Uzbekistan, and is operated under the auspices of the Uzbekistan Football Federation. It was founded in 1992 and is contested by 16 teams (since 2015). The top three teams get a chance to compete in the AFC Champions League, while the two last ranked teams are relegated to the Uzbekistan First League.

History[edit]

The Uzbek League was founded in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and it's domestic league, the Soviet Top League. The league is known locally as the Higher League with relegation to the First League.

17 clubs took part in the inaugural campaign. Before the league was formed, there was a domestic competition, but top club sides playing in the Soviet Union league system did not take part and therefore could not be crowned Uzbek champions.

The first season in 1992 saw the title shared by Pakhtakor Tashkent and Neftchi.

League winners between 1992 and 2011 were invited to play in the Russian hosted Commonwealth of Independent States Cup. League champions also qualified for the AFC Champions League from the 1994–95 Asian Club Championship onwards. This competition from 2008 on would feature the Uzbekistan Cup winners and possibly more teams from the league system depending on the allocation granted by the Asian Football Confederation at the time. This also had the possibility that members club could play in the AFC Cup which is generally a competition for developing nations. Participation in the Asian Cup Winner's Cup was also played between 1993 and the last competition in 2001–02.

Thus far, only Nasaf Qarshi have won any silverware, winning the 2011 AFC Cup in which they also hosted the final. Pakhtakor Tashkent did however win the IFA Shield when invited by India in 1993 and also later went on to win the 2007 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, the first and only victory for a club side from Uzbekistan.

League System[edit]

The league is generally played between March to November in the calendar year and has occasionally had the Super Cup as a curtain raiser to the domestic campaign. Teams play each other on a home and away basis. Two or three teams can be relegated depending on the number of sides participating which has in the past been between 17 and 14 sides. Occasionally no sides would be promoted from the First League, due to reserve teams winning the championships. Reserve clubs are not allowed to feature in the top flight but can play at any level up to First League. On these occasions, clubs can be relegated without any promoted sides making the next campaign feature less sides than before.

League winners enter the next edition of the AFC Champions League along with the winners of the Uzbekistan Cup.

Clubs (2015)[edit]

Club Coach Location Stadium Capacity
FK Andijan Germany Edgar Gess Andijan Soghlom Avlod Stadium 18,360
Bunyodkor Russia Uzbekistan Sergey Lushan Tashkent Bunyodkor Stadium 34,000
Bukhoro Uzbekistan Shukhrat Fayziev Bukhoro Buxoro Arena 22,700
Dinamo Turkmenistan Tachmurad Agamuradov Samarqand Dinamo Stadium 16,000
Kokand 1912 Uzbekistan Rustam Abdullaev Tashkent Kokand Stadium 10,500
Lokomotiv Uzbekistan Vadim Abramov Tashkent Lokomotiv Stadium 8,000
Mash'al Uzbekistan Alexander Khomyakov Muborak Bahrom Vafoev Stadium 10,000
Metallurg Uzbekistan Rustam Mirsodiqov Bekabad Metallurg Stadium 15,000
Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Ruziqul Berdiev Qarshi Qarshi Stadium 14,750
Navbahor Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Ashurmatov Namangan Navbahor Stadium 22,000
Neftchi Uzbekistan Murod Ismoilov Farghona Istiqlol Stadium 20,000
Olmaliq FK Uzbekistan Igor Shkvyrin Olmaliq Olmaliq SM Stadium 12,000
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan Samvel Babayan Tashkent Pakhtakor Stadium 35,000
Qizilqum Uzbekistan Yuriy Lukin Zarafshon Yoshlar Stadium 12,500
Sogdiana Uzbekistan Davron Fayziev Jizzakh Jizzakh SC 11,650
Shurtan Guzar Uzbekistan Mukhtor Kurbonov Ghuzor Ghuzor Stadium 7,000

Champions[edit]

Soviet time champions[edit]

Since independence[edit]

Champions and top scorers[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up 3rd position Top scorer
1992* Pakhtakor
Neftchi Farg'ona
Sogdiana Jizzakh Uzbekistan Valeriy Kechinov (Pakhtakor, 24 goals)
1993 Neftchi Farg'ona Pakhtakor Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Rustam Durmonov (Neftchi, 24 goals)
1994 Neftchi Farg'ona Nurafshon Buxoro Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Ravshan Bozorov (Neftchi, 26 goals)
1995 Neftchi Farg'ona MHSK Tashkent Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Oleg Shatskikh (Navbahor, 23 goals)
1996 Navbahor Namangan Neftchi Farg'ona MHSK Tashkent Uzbekistan Jafar Irismetov (Do'stlik, 23 goals)
Uzbekistan Oleg Shatskikh (Navbahor, 23 goals)
1997 MHSK Tashkent Neftchi Farg'ona Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Jafar Irismetov (Do'stlik, 34 goals)
1998 Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Mirjalol Kasymov (Pakhtakor, 22 goals)
Uzbekistan Igor Shkvyrin (Pakhtakor, 22 goals)
1999 Do'stlik Neftchi Farg'ona Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Umid Isoqov (Neftchi, 24 goals)
Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Hamidullaev (FK Andijan, 24 goals)
2000 Do'stlik Neftchi Farg'ona Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Jafar Irismetov (Do'stlik, 45 goals)
2001 Neftchi Farg'ona Pakhtakor Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Umid Isoqov (Neftchi, 28 goals)
2002 Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Qizilqum Zarafshon Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Hamidullaev (FK Andijan, 22 goals)
2003 Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Marsel Idiatullin (Qizilqum, 26 goals)
2004 Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Navbahor Namangan Uzbekistan Shuhrat Mirkholdirshoev (Navbahor, 31 goals)
2005 Pakhtakor Mash'al Mubarek Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Anvar Soliev (Pakhtakor, 29 goals)
2006 Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Pavel Solomin (Traktor Tashkent, 21 goals)
2007 Pakhtakor Kuruvchi Mash'al Mubarek Uzbekistan Ilhom Mo'minjonov (Kuruvchi, 21 goals)
2008** Bunyodkor Pakhtakor Neftchi Farg'ona Uzbekistan Server Djeparov (Bunyodkor, 19 goals)
2009 Bunyodkor Pakhtakor Nasaf Qarshi Brazil Rivaldo (Bunyodkor, 20 goals)
2010 Bunyodkor Pakhtakor Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Alisher Kholiqov (Neftchi, 13 goals)
Uzbekistan Nosirbek Otakuziev (Olmaliq FK, 13 goals)
2011 Bunyodkor Nasaf Qarshi Pakhtakor Serbia Miloš Trifunović (Bunyodkor, 17 goals)
2012 Pakhtakor Bunyodkor Lokomotiv Tashkent Uzbekistan Anvar Berdiev (Neftchi, 19 goals)
2013 Bunyodkor Lokomotiv Tashkent Nasaf Qarshi Ukraine Oleksandr Pyschur (Bunyodkor, 19 goals)
2014 Pakhtakor Lokomotiv Tashkent Nasaf Qarshi Turkmenistan Artur Gevorkyan (Nasaf, 18 goals)
* The league was named Oliy Liga
** The league was named O'zbekiston PFL

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons
Pakhtakor Tashkent 10 5 1992*, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014
Neftchi Farg'ona 5 9 1992*, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001
Bunyodkor Tashkent 5 2 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Do'stlik 2 0 1999, 2000
Navbahor Namangan 1 0 1996
MHSK Tashkent 1 1 1997
Lokomotiv Tashkent 0 2
Buxoro 0 1
Mash'al Mubarek 0 1
Nasaf Qarshi 0 1

* Both teams were awarded with the title.

All time table[edit]

All time table of league, as of end of the season 2011[1]

Pos Team Seasons Points Played Won Drawn Lost G.F. G.A. 1 2 3 Best
1 Pakhtakor 20 1318 602 407 97 98 1413 521 8 5 3 1
2 Neftchi Farg'ona 20 1314 602 411 81 110 1360 607 5 9 1 1
3 Navbahor Namangan 20 1053 602 314 111 177 1112 673 1 0 8 1
4 Nasaf Qarshi 15 815 450 244 83 123 817 553 0 1 6 2
5 FK Buxoro 19 803 576 239 86 251 847 885 0 1 0 2
6 FK Andijan 19 733 576 205 118 253 849 934 0 1 0 5
7 FK Dinamo Samarqand 18 678 542 196 90 256 699 800 0 0 0 4
8 Sogdiana Jizzakh 17 634 516 182 88 246 694 857 0 0 1 3
9 Traktor Tashkent 16 621 490 178 87 225 684 814 0 0 0 4
10 Do'stlik 11 559 346 169 52 125 669 532 2 0 0 1
11 Mash'al Mubarek 12 512 344 151 59 134 461 460 0 1 1 2
12 Qizilqum Zarafshon 12 492 356 141 69 146 482 506 0 0 1 3
13 Metallurg Bekabad 14 482 416 131 89 196 494 674 0 0 0 5
14 Surkhon Termez 12 393 374 109 66 199 461 726 0 0 0 9
15 Bunyodkor 5 362 142 114 20 8 318 66 4 1 0 1
16 MHSK Tashkent 7 362 216 106 44 66 420 335 1 1 1 1
17 Temiryo'lchi Qo'qon 9 351 280 106 33 141 400 547 0 0 0 5
18 Lokomotiv Tashkent 7 232 198 63 43 92 235 297 0 0 0 6
19 Xorazm FK Urganch 8 230 248 62 44 142 281 518 0 0 0 7
20 Shurtan Guzar 7 226 198 65 31 102 220 325 0 0 0 4
21 Zarafshon Navoi 6 217 196 60 37 99 236 355 0 0 0 9
22 FK Yangiyer 7 205 216 56 37 123 266 385 0 0 0 10
23 Turon Nukus/Orol 5 155 164 44 23 97 171 329 0 0 0 11
24 FK Kosonsoy 5 145 156 40 25 91 171 305 0 0 0 8
25 Olmaliq FK 4 139 112 39 22 51 148 158 0 0 0 4
26 FK Atlaschi 4 118 124 34 16 74 149 280 0 0 0 7
27 FK Chirchiq 4 103 122 26 25 71 130 240 0 0 0 12
28 Topalang Sariosiyo 3 96 86 28 12 46 103 146 0 0 0 9
29 Kimyogar Chirchiq 3 104 96 25 21 58 113 193 0 0 0 14
30 FK Guliston 3 98 72 20 12 66 77 202 0 0 0 16
31 Akademiya Tashkent 1 59 34 16 11 7 72 45 0 0 0 -
32 Semurg Angren 2 57 72 15 12 45 99 200 0 0 0 12
33 Sementchi Kuvasoy 1 31 30 8 7 15 39 64 0 0 0 15
34 Chilonzor Tashkent 1 30 34 8 6 20 51 70 0 0 0 16
35 Shakhrikhon 1 28 32 7 7 18 25 67 0 0 0 -
36 Shifokor Guliston 1 27 30 8 3 19 37 76 0 0 0 14
37 Vobkent FK 1 15 30 3 6 21 23 70 0 0 0 16
38 Uz-Dong-Ju Andijon 1 13 30 2 7 21 17 65 0 0 0 16
2012 Uzbek League
relegated to Uzbek League Division One after season 2011
did not play in 2011 Uzbek League
Club disappeared
Promotion to the 2012 Uzbek League

All time topscorers[edit]

As of 27 June 2015
Rank Name Years Goals
1 Anvar Berdiev 1995–present 213
2 Zafar Kholmurodov 1997–12 200
3 Shuhrat Mirkholdirshoev 2000–14 195
4 Bakhtiyor Hamidullaev 1997–11 174
5 Umid Isoqov 1994–09 172
6 Ravshan Bozorov 1992–07 171
7 Jafar Irismetov 1993–12 164
8 Anvar Soliev 1996–present 160
9 Oybek Usmankhojaev 1992–05 157
10 Rustam Durmonov 1992–02 133
11 Mukhtor Kurbonov 1993–09 133
12 Farid Khabibullin 1992–04 130
12 Numon Khasanov 1992–09 126
13 Shuhrat Rahmonqulov 1992–05 108
14 Nagmetulla Kutibayev 1992–07 106
15 Server Djeparov 2000–present 104
16 Vali Keldiev 1992–06 104
17 Oleg Shatskikh 1993–03 104
18 Zayniddin Tadjiyev 2001-present 100

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