Uzbekistan national football team

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Uzbekistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oq boʻrilar
(White Wolves)
Association Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation CAFA (Central Asia)
Head coach Samvel Babayan
Captain Odil Ahmedov
Most caps Server Djeparov (121)
Top scorer Maksim Shatskikh (34)
Home stadium Bunyodkor Stadium,
Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium
FIFA code UZB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 64 Increase 1 (10 August 2017)
Highest 45 (November 2006–January 2007)
Lowest 119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 52 (29 March 2017)
Highest 43 (November 2016)
Lowest 95 (February 2001)
First international
Tajikistan 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 7 (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 have qualified to every AFC Asian Cup since their 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 (but they joined UEFA in 2006), Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan). Some media outlets, especially from Russia, Croatia and the Balkans, refer to them as the "Croatia of Asia" due to their high levels of talent, similar to that of the Croatian national football team.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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 - - - - - - -
2018 To be determined
Total - 0/0 - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]


FIFA ranking[edit]

Last updated 9 March 2017

Key to FIFA World Rankings table
Highest position
Lowest position
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2016 73 71 74 66 66 66 56 55 49 48 62
2017 63 63


Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations[edit]

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

  • The following 23 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iran  on 13 June 2017:[3]
  • Match date: 13 June 2017
  • Opposition:  Iran
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 13 June 2017, after the match against  Iran.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 26) 11 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
12 1GK Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 34) 94 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
21 1GK Aleksandr Lobanov (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 (age 31) 20 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent

2 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 25) 28 3 China Beijing Guoan
3 2DF Rustamjon Ashurmatov (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Uzbekistan Kokand 1912
5 2DF Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 32) 84 2 China Changchun Yatai
19 2DF Murod Khalmukhamedov (1990-12-23) 23 December 1990 (age 26) 25 0 Uzbekistan Kokand 1912
20 2DF Akmal Shorakhmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 31) 26 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
22 2DF Davron Khashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 24) 16 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent

4 3MF Otabek Shukurov (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 21) 11 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
6 3MF Jaloliddin Masharipov (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 23) 6 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
7 3MF Azizbek Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 32) 83 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab
8 3MF Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 34) 124 25 Iran Esteghlal
9 3MF Odil Ahmedov Captain sports.svg (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 29) 85 16 China Shanghai SIPG
10 3MF Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 26) 40 12 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
13 3MF Farrukh Sayfiev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 26) 11 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
16 3MF Stanislav Andreev (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 29) 38 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
17 3MF Vadim Afonin (1987-09-29) 29 September 1987 (age 29) 5 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
18 3MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 28) 21 0 Japan Júbilo Iwata

11 4FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 24) 40 11 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
14 4FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 25) 13 4 Qatar Al-Sailiya
15 4FW Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 32) 95 31 Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
23 4FW Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 22) 19 6 Russia Rostov

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 Murod Zukhurov (1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 34) 4 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Qatar, 28 March 2017

DF Oleg Zoteev (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 28) 12 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Qatar, 28 March 2017
DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 30) 6 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Qatar, 28 March 2017
DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 27) 53 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Syria, 23 March 2017
DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 30) 69 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  South Korea, 15 November 2016
DF Ruslan Melziddinov (1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 32) 4 0 Uzbekistan Bukhoro v.  Burkina Faso, 24 August 2016
DF Kamoliddin Tajiev (1983-05-03) 3 May 1983 (age 34) 9 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Bahrain, 29 March 2016
DF Akram Komilov (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Philippines, 24 March 2016
DF Shukhrat Mukhammadiev (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Philippines, 24 March 2016

MF Jamshid Iskanderov (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 23) 19 1 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Qatar, 28 March 2017
MF Salamat Kutiboev (1986-05-21) 21 May 1986 (age 31) 0 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Syria, 23 March 2017
MF Jamshid Boltaboev (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  South Korea, 15 November 2016
MF Javokhir Sokhibov (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 22) 13 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  South Korea, 15 November 2016
MF Odiljon Khamrobekov (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf v.  Jordan, 10 November 2016
MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 30) 48 5 Qatar Al Kharaitiyat v.  Iran, 6 October 2016
MF Dostonbek Khamdamov (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Qatar, 6 September 2016
MF Shohruz Norkhonov (1993-04-13) 13 April 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Uzbekistan Obod v.  Burkina Faso, 24 August 2016
MF Sardor Mirzayev (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Bahrain, 29 March 2016

FW Marat Bikmaev (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 31) 41 5 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Thailand, 6 June 2017
FW Zokhid Abdullaev (1984-05-25) 25 May 1984 (age 33) 0 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  Burkina Faso, 24 August 2016

Notes:

  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

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 Ukraine Russia December 2000– October 2001 21 12 3 6 57%
Leonid Ostrushko 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– 22 16 1 5 72%
  • Coach statistics. Last update: 14 June 2017

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 14 June 2017
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Server Djeparov 2002–present 124 25
2 Timur Kapadze 2002–2015 119 10
3 Ignatiy Nesterov 2002–present 94 0
4 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 95 31
5 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 85 16
6 Anzur Ismailov 2007–present 84 2
7 Azizbek Haydarov 2007–present 83 1
8 Vitaliy Denisov 2007–present 69 1
9 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 66 30
10 Andrey Fyodorov 1994–2006 65 7

Top goalscorers[edit]

Maksim Shatskikh

As of 14 June 2017, the fifteen highest scorers are:

# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Maksim Shatskikh 1999–2014 34 61
2 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 31 95
3 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 30 66
4 Server Djeparov 2002–present 25 124
5 Igor Shkvyrin 1992–2000 20 31
6 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 16 85
7 Jafar Irismetov 1997–2007 15 36
8 Ulugbek Bakayev 2001–2014 14 53
9 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 13 64
10 Sardor Rashidov 2013–present 11 40
Igor Sergeev 2013–present 11 40
Shukhrat Maqsudov 1992–1997 11 21
Azamat Abduraimov 1992–1997 11 22
Vladimir Shishelov 2000–2012 11 28
11 Timur Kapadze 2002–2015 10 119

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uzbekistan and Bahrain to play it again". ESPN. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Uzbekistan 2–3 South Korea". Goal.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Iran vs Uzbekistan, 2017-06-13". 2017-06-13. 
  1. ^ Syria play their home matches outside Syria due to security concerns from the Syrian Civil War.

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