Uzbek League

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Uzbekistan Professional Football League
Uzbekistan «Oliy League»
Founded 1992
Country  Uzbekistan
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Uzbekistan First League
Domestic cup(s) Uzbekistan Cup
Uzbekistan Super Cup
League cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Lokomotiv Tashkent
(2016)
Most championships Pakhtakor Tashkent (11)
TV partners MTRK Sport
Regional MTRK Channels
Website pfl.uz
2017 Uzbek League

The Uzbekistan Professional Football League (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Professional Futbol Ligasi; also the Uzbek Oliy League, Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Oliy Ligasi), is the top division of football in Uzbekistan, and is operated under the auspices of the Uzbekistan Professional Football League and 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 (2017)[edit]

Location of teams in 2017 Uzbek League
Club Coach Location Stadium Capacity Kit sponsor
Bunyodkor Russia Sergey Lushan Tashkent Bunyodkor Stadium 34,000 Jako
Bukhoro Uzbekistan Jamshid Saidov Bukhoro Bukhoro Arena 22,700 Adidas
Dinamo Uzbekistan Ilkhom Sharipov Samarkand Dinamo Stadium 16,000 Nike
Kokand 1912 Uzbekistan Numon Khasanov Kokand Kokand Stadium 10,500 Nike
Lokomotiv Uzbekistan Andrey Miklyaev Tashkent Lokomotiv Stadium 8,000 Joma
Mash'al Uzbekistan Alexander Khomyakov Muborak Bahrom Vafoev Stadium 10,000 Patrick
Metallurg Uzbekistan Rustam Mirsodiqov Bekabad Metallurg Stadium 15,000 Joma
Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Ruziqul Berdiev Qarshi Qarshi Stadium 14,750 Adidas
Navbahor Uzbekistan Ilkhom Muminjonov Namangan Navbahor Stadium 22,000 Joma
Neftchi Russia Andrey Fyodorov Farghona Istiqlol Stadium 20,000 Joma
FC Obod Uzbekistan Jafar Irismetov Tashkent JAR Stadium 8,450 Nike
Olmaliq FK Russia Viktor Kumykov Olmaliq Olmaliq SM Stadium 12,000 Adidas
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan Grigory Kolosovsky Tashkent Pakhtakor Stadium 35,000 Adidas
Qizilqum Uzbekistan Yuriy Lukin Zarafshon Yoshlar Stadium 12,500 Adidas
Sogdiana Uzbekistan Davron Fayziev Jizzakh Sogdiana Stadium 11,650 Joma
Shurtan Uzbekistan Ikhtiyor Karimov Ghuzor Ghuzor Stadium 7,000 Joma

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)
2015 Pakhtakor Lokomotiv Tashkent Nasaf Qarshi Uzbekistan Igor Sergeev (Pakhtakor, 23 goals)
2016 Lokomotiv Tashkent Nasaf Qarshi Bunyodkor Uzbekistan Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (Lokomotiv Tashkent, 22 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 11 5 1992*, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015
Neftchi Farg'ona 5 9 1992*, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001
Bunyodkor Tashkent 5 2 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Do'stlik 2 - 1999, 2000
Lokomotiv Tashkent 1 3 2016
Navbahor Namangan 1 - 1996
MHSK Tashkent 1 1 1997
Nasaf Qarshi - 2
Buxoro - 1
Mash'al Mubarek - 1

* Both teams were awarded with the title.

All-time table[edit]

All-time table of league, as of end of the 2016 season[1]

Pos Team Seasons Points Played Won Drawn Lost G.F. G.A. 1 2 3 Best
1 Pakhtakor 25 1630 740 504 118 118 1678 629 11 5 1 1
2 Neftchi Farg'ona 25 1492 740 462 106 172 1522 766 5 9 1 1
3 Navbahor Namangan 25 1196 740 353 137 250 1275 913 1 0 8 1
4 Nasaf Qarshi 20 1102 588 330 112 146 1069 665 0 2 9 2
5 Bukhoro 24 1083 714 289 113 312 1000 1083 0 1 0 2
6 Andijan 23 812 688 226 134 328 942 1142 0 0 0 5
7 Dinamo Samarqand 21 792 650 227 111 312 807 952 0 0 0 4
8 Sogdiana Jizzakh 21 746 628 214 104 310 814 1061 0 0 1 3
9 Metallurg Bekabad 19 657 554 181 114 259 697 890 0 0 0 5
10 Qizilqum Zarafshon 17 655 494 186 97 211 634 710 0 0 1 3
11 Bunyodkor 10 653 280 201 50 29 553 147 5 2 1 1
12 Mashal 16 647 456 189 80 187 590 628 0 1 1 2
13 Traktor Tashkent 16 621 490 178 87 225 684 814 0 0 0 4
14 Dustlik 11 559 346 169 52 125 669 532 2 0 0 1
15 Lokomotiv Tashkent 12 553 336 162 67 107 542 408 1 3 1 1
16 Kokand 1912 11 411 340 123 42 175 462 654 0 0 0 5
17 Surkhon Termez 12 393 374 109 66 199 461 726 0 0 0 9
18 MHSK Tashkent 7 362 216 106 44 66 420 335 1 1 1 1
19 Shurtan Guzar 11 354 310 101 51 158 365 514 0 0 0 4
20 Olmaliq 9 311 250 87 50 113 359 391 0 0 0 4
21 Khorezm Urganch 8 230 248 62 44 142 281 518 0 0 0 7
22 Zarafshon Navoi 6 217 196 60 37 99 236 355 0 0 0 9
23 Yangiyer 7 205 216 56 37 123 266 385 0 0 0 10
24 Orol 5 155 164 44 23 97 171 329 0 0 0 11
25 Kosonsoy 5 145 156 40 25 91 171 305 0 0 0 8
26 Guliston 5 119 154 34 17 103 142 340 0 0 0 14
27 Atlaschi 4 118 124 34 16 74 149 280 0 0 0 7
28 Chirchiq 4 103 122 26 25 71 130 240 0 0 0 14
29 Topalang Sariosiyo 3 96 86 28 12 46 103 146 0 0 0 9
30 Kimyogar Chirchiq 3 96 104 25 21 58 113 193 0 0 0 14
31 Akademiya Tashkent 1 59 34 16 11 7 72 45 0 0 0 5
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 15
36 Obod 1 24 30 6 6 18 25 51 0 0 0 14
37 Vobkent 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
Teams of 2017 Uzbek League
relegated to Uzbekistan First League after season 2016
did not play in 2016 Uzbek League
Club disappeared
Promotion to the 2017 Uzbek League

All time topscorers[edit]

As of 30 November 2016
Rank Name Years Goals
1 Anvar Berdiev 1995–present 224
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 1996–2015 162
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 Server Djeparov 2000–present 111
14 Shuhrat Rahmonqulov 1992–05 108
15 Nagmetulla Kutibayev 1992–07 106
16 Vali Keldiev 1992–06 104
17 Oleg Shatskikh 1993–03 104
18 Zayniddin Tadjiyev 2001–present 100

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