Uzbekistan national football team
|Nickname(s)||Oq Boʻrilar/Oқ бўpилap
|Association||Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Samvel Babayan|
|Most caps||Timur Kapadze (119)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Shatskikh (34)|
|Current||71 3 (5 November 2015)|
|Highest||45 (November 2006)|
|Lowest||119 (November 1996)|
|Current||61 (June 2015)|
|Highest||45 (12 December 2012)|
|Lowest||95 (February 2001)|
| Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
| Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 5, 1998)
| Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan
(Sidon, Lebanon; October 17, 2000)
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations
- 4 Recent results and upcoming fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Individual all-time records
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
1994 Asian Games
|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
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
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
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
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
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.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
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
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
FIFA World Cup record
|World Cup Finals|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of USSR||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1994||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998 to 2014||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
AFC Asian Cup record
Asian Games record
Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1|
|United Arab Emirates||12||2||4||7||13||21||−8|
Recent results and upcoming fixtures
|10 Jan 2015 Asian Cup 2015||Uzbekistan||1 – 0||North Korea||Sydney, Australia|
|Group B||Igor Sergeev 62'||Report||Stadium: Stadium Australia
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla
|14 Jan 2015 Asian Cup 2015||China PR||2 – 1||Uzbekistan||Brisbane, Australia|
|Group B||Wu Xi 54'
Sun Ke 68'
|Report||Odil Ahmedov 23'||Stadium: Brisbane Stadium
Referee: Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
|18 Jan 2015 Asian Cup 2015||Uzbekistan||3 – 1||Saudi Arabia||Melbourne, Australia|
|Group B||Sardor Rashidov 2', 78'
Vokhid Shodiev 71'
|Report||Mohammad Al-Sahlawi 60' (pen.)||Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Referee: Ben Williams
|22 Jan 2015 Asian Cup 2015||South Korea||2 – 0 (aet)||Uzbekistan||Melbourne, Australia|
|Quarterfinal||Son Heung-min 104', 120'||Report||Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi
|27 Mar 2015 Friendly||South Korea||1 – 1||Uzbekistan||Daejeon, South Korea|
|Koo Ja-Cheol 15'||Report||Zokhir Kuziboyev 31'||Stadium: Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Referee: Ryuji Sato
|31 Mar 2015 Friendly||Japan||5 – 1||Uzbekistan||Tokyo, Japan|
|Toshihiro Aoyama 7'
Shinji Okazaki 55'
Gaku Shibasaki 79'
Takashi Usami 83'
Kengo Kawamata 90'
|Report||Islom Tukhtakhodjaev 82'||Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Referee: Strebre Delovski
|11 Jun 2015 Friendly||Uzbekistan||0 – 1||Iran||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Report||Mehdi Torabi 90+2'||Stadium: Bunyodkor
Referee: Vladislav Tseytlin
|16 Jun 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||North Korea||4 – 2||Uzbekistan||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Second Round. Group H||Pak Kwang-ryong 4'
Jang Kuk-chol 16'
Ro Hak-su 34'
Ri Hyok-chol 36'
|Igor Sergeev 53'
Sardor Rashidov 79'
|Stadium: Kim Il-sung Stadium
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Bin Yaacob
|3 Sep 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||Uzbekistan||1 – 0||Yemen||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Second Round. Group H||Alexander Geynrikh 51'||Report (FIFA)
Referee: Lee Min-hu
|8 Sep 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||Philippines||1 – 5||Uzbekistan||Bocaue, Philippine|
|Second Round. Group H||Stephan Schröck 68'||Report (FIFA)
|Odil Ahmedov 1'
Sardor Rashidov 14', 80'
Igor Sergeev 43', 65'
|Stadium: Philippine Sports Stadium
Referee: Peter Green
|8 Oct 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||Bahrain||0 - 4||Uzbekistan||Riffa, Bahrain|
|Second Round. Group H||Report (FIFA)
|Igor Sergeev 52'
Odil Ahmedov 56'
Sardor Rashidov 66'
Eldor Shomurodov 90+5'
|Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Minoru Tōjō
|12 Nov 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||Uzbekistan||3 - 1||North Korea||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Second Round. Group H||Igor Sergeev 23'
Alexander Geynrikh 65'
Odil Ahmedov 87'
|Ri Hyok-chol 2'||Stadium: Pakhtakor
Referee: Alireza Faghani
|17 Nov 2015 World Cup 2018 Q||Yemen||1 - 3||Uzbekistan||Doha, Qatar|
|Second Round. Group H||Ahmed Abdulhakim Al-Sarori 90+2'||Report (FIFA)
|Azizbek Haydarov 7'
Server Djeparov 31'
Stanislav Andreev 50'
|Stadium: Grand Hamad Stadium
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali
|24 March 2016||Uzbekistan||v||Philippines||Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent|
|29 March 2016||Uzbekistan||v||Bahrain||Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent|
|18:00 UTC+5||Report (FIFA)
The following players were called up for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against North Korea and Yemen on 12 and 17 November 2015
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2015, after the game against Yemen
The following players have been called for the last 12 months.
|Rustam Akramov||June 1992– October 1994||18||13||3||2||72%|
|Alexander Ivankov||July 1995– November 1995||4||0||1||3||0%|
|Rustam Mirsodiqov||May 1997– October 1997||12||5||3||4||42%|
|Ubirajara Veiga da Silva||October 1997– December 1998||11||5||4||2||45%|
|Makhmud Rakhimov||July 1999– November 1999||7||6||0||1||86%|
|Viktor Borisov||February 2000||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Pavel Sadyrin||April 2000– May 2000||1||0||0||1||0%|
|Yuriy Sarkisyan||July 2000– October 2000||6||1||1||4||17%|
|Vladimir Salkov||December 2000– October 2001||21||12||3||6||57%|
|Leonid Ostorushko||October 2001||1||1||0||1||100%|
|Ravshan Khaydarov||January 2002– November 2004
|Hans-Jürgen Gede||February 2005– April 2005||3||0||1||2||0%|
|Bobby Houghton||July 2005– December 2005||4||2||2||0||50%|
|Valeri Nepomniachi||January 2006– December 2006||6||3||2||1||50%|
|Rauf Inileev||January 2007– September 2008||27||13||4||10||46%|
|Mirjalol Qosimov||September 2008– April 2010||15||4||3||8||27%|
|Vadim Abramov||April 2010– June 2012||28||11||5||12||39%|
|Mirjalol Qosimov||June 2012–June 2015||40||19||9||12||48%|
|Samvel Babayan||June 2015–||5||5||0||0||100%|
- Coach statistics. Last update: 17 November 2015
Individual all-time records
Most capped players
The list of the 10 players with the most caps for Uzbekistan.
- As of 17 November 2015
As of 17 November 2015, the twelve highest scorers are:
- Uzbekistan national football team results
- Uzbekistan national football team head to head
- Uzbekistan national under-17 football team
- Uzbekistan national under-20 football team
- Uzbekistan national under-23 football team
- Uzbekistan national futsal team
- Football in Uzbekistan
- Sport in Uzbekistan
- "Uzbekistan 2–3 South Korea". Goal.com. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
- "http://the-uff.com/ru/news/sections/national/8917" (in Russian). the-uff.com. 2015-11-02. External link in
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