Uzbekistan national football team

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Uzbekistan
Nickname(s) Oq Boʻrilar/Oқ бўpилap
(White Wolves)
Association Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Samvel Babayan
Captain Odil Akhmedov
Most caps Timur Kapadze (119)
Top scorer Maksim Shatskikh (34)
FIFA code UZB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 71 Increase 3 (5 November 2015)
Highest 45 (November 2006)
Lowest 119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 61 (June 2015)
Highest 45 (12 December 2012)
Lowest 95 (February 2001)
First international
Flag of Tajikistan 1991-1992.svg Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia 
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 5, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Sidon, Lebanon; October 17, 2000)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Fourth place; 2011

The Uzbekistan national football team represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Samvel Babayan. Uzbekistan have never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but they had been in AFC Asian Cup since the independence.

History[edit]

After the split from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Tajikistan on June 17, 1992. Uzbekistan have consistently been the strongest team out of the new Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan). Some medias, especially from Russia, Croatia and the Balkans, referred to them as "Croatia of Asia" due to their skills and tactics with so many talent players and managers same like Croatia[citation needed].

1994 Asian Games[edit]

1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on October 16, 1994, in Hiroshima, Japan).

Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.

2004 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Uzbekistan failed to make further impact on the continental stage until they reached the last eight of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup, where they were beaten by Bahrain after a penalty shoot-out.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

That performance was followed by victory over Iraq in the second qualifying round for World Cup 2006 in Germany, with goals from Maksim Shatskikh and Alexander Geynrikh sending them through to the last eight.

They were knocked out in the final stage of Asian qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup after losing on the away goals rule to Bahrain. The result was subject to controversy as actually three games were played; the first, a 1–0 win for Uzbekistan, was wiped out after FIFA declared the result void after a mistake by Toshimitsu Yoshida, a Japanese referee. The replay ended 1–1, and after the return finished 0–0, Uzbekistan were eliminated.

2007 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–1 and China PR 4–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals stage by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Supporters of national team during qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Japan, at Pakhtakor Stadium, in Tashkent

After having three foreign coaches (German Hans-Jürgen Gede, Englishman Bob Houghton and Russian Valeri Nepomniachi) in three years, Uzbekistan turned to former Uzbekistan Olympic team coach Rauf Inileev. In the qualifying series for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their first four matches, but in the final round of qualifying finished last in Group A behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.

2011 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Uzbekistan national football team in 2011.

Four years later, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarterfinals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 their semifinal game. Some days later they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.[1]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

In the qualifying series for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their group in the third round over perennial favorites Japan. Uzbekistan finished with 16 points (5 wins and 1 draw), which was more than any other team in the third round, including an impressive 1-0 away win against Japan.

In the fourth round of qualifying, Uzbekistan finished third in Group A behind Iran and South Korea. Uzbekistan had the same amount of points as South Korea (14 points), who had a better goal difference by one goal.

The two teams who finished third in the fourth round groups (Jordan and Uzbekistan) played each other to determine the AFC participant in the intercontinental play-off. The games took place on 6 and 10 September 2013. With the two teams still evenly matched at full-time in the second leg, Jordan eventually progressed to the intercontinental playoff after winning 9–8 on penalties.

2015 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Uzbekistan advanced to the quarterfinals stage after finishing as runners-up in the tough Group B, which was won by China while Saudi Arabia and North Korea were eliminated. However, the team was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals stage after losing 2-0 in extra time to South Korea.

2015 and beyond[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1990 Was part of USSR - - - - - - -
1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total - 0/0 - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations[edit]

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against  North Korea and  Yemen on 12 and 17 November 2015[2]
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2015, after the game against  Yemen

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Murod Zukhurov (1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 32) 2 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
12 1GK Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 32) 92 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
21 1GK Aleksandr Lobanov (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 30) 5 0 Iran Persepolis
2 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 24) 14 0 China Beijing Guoan
3 2DF Kamoliddin Tajiev (1983-05-03) 3 May 1983 (age 32) 9 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
5 2DF Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 30) 73 1 China Changchun Yatai
13 2DF Davron Khashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 23) 5 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
19 2DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 28) 61 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
20 2DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 26) 47 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
6 3MF Jasur Hasanov (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 (age 32) 47 2 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
7 3MF Azizbek Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 30) 73 10 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
8 3MF Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 33) 112 24 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
9 3MF Odil Ahmedov (Captain) (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 28) 75 15 Russia FC Krasnodar
10 3MF Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 24) 29 10 Qatar El-Jaish
14 3MF Javokhir Sokhibov (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
16 3MF Stanislav Andreev (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 27) 31 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
17 3MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 29) 48 5 Qatar Umm Salal
18 3MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 27) 21 0 Iran Sepahan
22 3MF Sanjar Shaakhmedov (1990-09-23) 23 September 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
4 4FW Marat Bikmaev (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 30) 33 2 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
11 4FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 22) 24 10 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
15 4FW Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 31) 87 30 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
23 4FW Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 20) 2 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called for the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 24) 11 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Bahrain, 8 October 2015
GK Akbar Turaev (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
GK Abdukarim Mukhamedov (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Shavkat Mullajanov (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 (age 30) 39 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Shaab v.  Bahrain, 8 October 2015
DF Shukhrat Mukhammadiev (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 26) 12 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Bahrain, 8 October 2015
DF Vladimir Kozak (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Philippines, 8 September 2015
DF Akmal Shorakhmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 29) 24 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
DF Artyom Filiposyan (1988-01-06) 6 January 1988 (age 28) 13 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 29) 4 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Boburbek Yuldashov (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 22) 6 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
DF Salim Mustafoev (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Dilshod Juraev (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 23) 2 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Sherzod Fayziev (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Uzbekistan Mashʼal Mubarek v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
MF Lutfulla Turaev (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 27) 18 0 Malaysia Felda United v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Shohruh Gadoev (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 24) 14 1 Bahrain Al-Muharraq v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Farrukh Sayfiev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 25) 13 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Ikram Alibaev (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Vokhid Shodiev (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 29) 14 3 Malaysia Perak FA v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Shavkat Salomov (1985-11-13) 13 November 1985 (age 30) 12 1 Uzbekistan Olmaliq v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Sardor Mirzayev (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 24) 2 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Timur Kapadze (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 34) 119 10 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 2015 AFC Asian Cup
MF Jamshid Iskanderov (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 22) 17 1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent 2015 AFC Asian Cup
MF Jovlon Ibrokhimov (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 25) 8 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Philippines, 8 September 2015
FW Bahodir Nasimov (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 28) 20 5 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
FW Zokhir Kuziboyev (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 29) 3 1 Uzbekistan Mashʼal Mubarek v.  Iran, 12 June 2015
FW Shahzodbek Nurmatov (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
FW Navruzbek Olimov (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 (age 23) 11 2 Uzbekistan Qizilqum Zarafshon v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
FW Farhod Tadjiyev (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 (age 29) 20 7 Malaysia T–Team v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014

Coaches[edit]

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win%
Rustam Akramov Uzbekistan June 1992– October 1994 18 13 3 2 72%
Alexander Ivankov Uzbekistan July 1995– November 1995 4 0 1 3 0%
Bakhodir Ibragimov Uzbekistan 1996 8 2 0 6 25%
Rustam Mirsodiqov Uzbekistan May 1997– October 1997 12 5 3 4 42%
Ubirajara Veiga da Silva Brazil October 1997– December 1998 11 5 4 2 45%
Makhmud Rakhimov Uzbekistan July 1999– November 1999 7 6 0 1 86%
Viktor Borisov Uzbekistan February 2000 1 1 0 0 100%
Pavel Sadyrin Russia April 2000– May 2000 1 0 0 1 0%
Yuriy Sarkisyan Uzbekistan July 2000– October 2000 6 1 1 4 17%
Vladimir Salkov Russia December 2000– October 2001 21 12 3 6 57%
Leonid Ostorushko Russia October 2001 1 1 0 1 100%
Ravshan Khaydarov Uzbekistan January 2002– November 2004
June–July 2005
25 13 6 6 52%
Hans-Jürgen Gede Germany February 2005– April 2005 3 0 1 2 0%
Bobby Houghton England July 2005– December 2005 4 2 2 0 50%
Valeri Nepomniachi Russia January 2006– December 2006 6 3 2 1 50%
Rauf Inileev Uzbekistan January 2007– September 2008 27 13 4 10 46%
Mirjalol Qosimov Uzbekistan September 2008– April 2010 15 4 3 8 27%
Vadim Abramov Uzbekistan April 2010– June 2012 28 11 5 12 39%
Mirjalol Qosimov Uzbekistan June 2012–June 2015 40 19 9 12 48%
Samvel Babayan Uzbekistan June 2015– 5 5 0 0 100%
  • Coach statistics. Last update: 17 November 2015

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

The list of the 10 players with the most caps for Uzbekistan.

Alexander Geynrikh
As of 17 November 2015
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Timur Kapadze 2002–present 119 10
2 Server Djeparov 2002–present 112 24
3 Ignatiy Nesterov 2002–present 92 0
4 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 87 30
5 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 75 14
6 Azizbek Haydarov 2007–present 73 1
Anzur Ismailov 2007–present 73 1
8 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 67 31
9 Andrey Fyodorov 1994–2006 65 7
10 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 64 13

Top goalscorers[edit]

Maksim Shatskikh

As of 17 November 2015, the twelve highest scorers are:

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Maksim Shatskikh 1999–2014 34 61
2 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 31 67
3 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 30 87
4 Server Djeparov 2002–present 24 112
5 Igor Shkvyrin 1992–2000 20 31
6 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 15 75
Jafar Irismetov 1997–2007 15 36
8 Ulugbek Bakayev 2001–2014 14 53
9 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 13 64
10 Shukhrat Maqsudov 1992–1997 11 21
Azamat Abduraimov 1992–1997 11 22
Vladimir Shishelov 2000–2012 11 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uzbekistan 2–3 South Korea". Goal.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ "http://the-uff.com/ru/news/sections/national/8917" (in Russian). the-uff.com. 2015-11-02.  External link in |title= (help)

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