Uzbekistan national football team

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Uzbekistan
Nickname(s)White Wolves
Turanians
Asian Italy
Huma birds
AssociationUzbekistan Football Association (UFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran)
Head coachHéctor Cúper
CaptainOdil Ahmedov
Most capsServer Djeparov (126)
Top scorerMaksim Shatskikh (34)
Home stadiumMilliy Stadium
Pakhtakor Stadium
FIFA codeUZB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 95 Steady (20 December 2018)[1]
Highest45 (November 2006–January 2007)
Lowest119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 57 Increase 2 (9 January 2019)[2]
Highest43 (November 2016)
Lowest95 (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; 5 December 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Sidon, Lebanon; 17 October 2000)
Asian Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultFourth place, 2011
Uzbekistan in the 2019 Asian Cup

The Uzbekistan national football team (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston milliy futbol terma jamoasi) represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Milliy Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Hector Cúper. Uzbekistan has never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but the team have qualified to every AFC Asian Cup since its declaration of independence. In the Asian Cup in 2011, the Uzbekistan national team reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Uzbekistan won the Gold Medal in the football tournament at the Asian Games 1994 in Japan, and was runner-up in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995.

History[edit]

The year of birth of football in Uzbekistan is 1912 (read more in this article), since it was then that football teams were created in Kokand, a little later in Ferghana, Andijan, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Urganch, between which began to be held long-distance matches. The first championship of Ferghana valley was held in 1914, the Championship of the Uzbekistan SSR began to be played since 1926, and the drawing of the Uzbekistan SSR Cup began to be carried out since 1939. From 1924 to 1991 Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union (USSR) as the Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic (UzSSR).

In 1928, the national team of Uzbekistan was created for the first time, which took part in the Spartakiade, which included representatives of some European countries. At this tournament, the national team of Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic held its first international match against team of jobs Switzerland and won with a score of 8:4. Until mid-1991, Uzbekistan was part of the USSR and had its own national team as well as the rest of the Union republics, which mostly played matches within teams and teams of the USSR, in particular in football tournaments of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR. The national team of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in all draws of the football tournament of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR, and in the 1986 tournament reached the final, lost to the Ukrainian SSR (modern Ukraine) team with a score of 0:1, thereby winning the silver medal of the tournament.

The most powerful football clubs, as well as semi-professional and professional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the USSR Football League (Higher League, First League, Second League and Second League B) and USSR Cup. Nonprofessional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the Uzbekistan SSR Championship and the Uzbekistan SSR Cup.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Uzbekistan gained independence, the national team of Uzbekistan of the new convocation was organized. The national team held its first matches in 1992. The first game of the national team of Uzbekistan was a match against Tajikistan, in the framework of the Central Asian Cup 1992 (the tournament was held once) initiated by FIFA. These matches are officially registered by FIFA on the basis of the fact that the national team of Uzbekistan has been allowed since 1992 to participate in tournaments held under the auspices of FIFA. At the drawing of this tournament in the format of the League, the national team of Uzbekistan was the second after the national team of Kazakhstan. In the first year of existence, the national team of Uzbekistan held matches only with the teams of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In 1993, the team has not played a single match.

In 1994, the Uzbekistan Football Federation was officially adopted by the AFC and FIFA. In the same year Uzbekistan won in the international tournament the Cup of Independence of Uzbekistan, and at the end of the year the national team won in the ending the national team of China with the score 4:2, became the winner of football tournament of the Asian Games of 1994 which took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

1994 Asian Games[edit]

1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on 16 October 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 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 the Asian qualification to the 2006 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.[3] The replay ended 1–1, and after the return finished 0–0, Uzbekistan were eliminated.

2007 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

In the 2007 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–0 and China PR 3–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals 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 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their first four matches, but finished last in Group A of the final round 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 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarter-finals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 in their semi-final game. Some days later, they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.[4]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

In the qualifying series for the 2014 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their group in the third round over perennial favorites Japan. Uzbekistan finished with 16 points (five wins and one 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 the qualifiers, 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 in the fifth round 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 play-off after winning 9–8 on penalties.

2015 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

In the 2015 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the quarter-finals 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 quarter-finals after losing 2–0 in extra time to South Korea.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Uzbekistan continued their quest to head to the World Cup during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification in Russia, but their campaign had been shattered with a humiliating 2–4 defeat to North Korea. However, the Uzbeks soon bounced back and won the last remaining matches to top the group and qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as well as last round. Once again, Uzbekistan in the last round, missed opportunity when they finished fourth, behind Iran, South Korea and Syria, when Uzbekistan could only manage a 0–0 draw to the South Koreans last match.[5]. Uzbekistan started their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Oman continued with a 4-0 win over Turkmenistan.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Italy 1990 Was part of  Soviet Union Was part of  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 14 6 4 4 33 21
South Korea Japan 2002 14 7 3 4 33 19
Germany 2006 13 6 5 3 24 15
South Africa 2010 16 8 1 7 33 26
Brazil 2014 18 11 4 3 28 9
Russia 2018 18 11 1 6 26 14
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total - 0/7 - - - - - - 93 49 18 27 177 124

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Hosts / Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
United Arab Emirates 1996 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6 - - - - - -
Lebanon 2000 Group Stage 12th 3 0 1 2 2 14 - - - - - -
China 2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 1 0 5 2 - - - - - -
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 10 4 - - - - - -
Qatar 2011 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 13 - - - - - -
Australia 2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 5 5 - - - - - -
United Arab Emirates 2019 Qualified - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 7/7 4th 24 11 3 10 35 44 - - - - - -

Asian Games record[edit]

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1951 Was part of USSR - - - - - -
1994 Champions 7 7 0 0 23 7
1998 Quarter-finals 6 3 2 1 25 8
2002–present See Uzbekistan national under-23 football team
Total 2/13 13 10 2 1 48 15

Central Asian Championship record[edit]

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
Uzbekistan 2018 - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - -

FIFA ranking[edit]

Last updated 9 January 2019

Key to FIFA World Rankings table
Highest position
Lowest position
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2018 77 72 72 88 88 95 95 96 94 95 95
2019

Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations[edit]

Detailes: Uzbekistan national football team head to head

As of 13 January 2018
Nations P W D L GF GA GD Winning % Confederation
 Albania 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 UEFA
 Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00 UEFA
 Australia 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 000.00 AFC
 Azerbaijan 9 2 3 4 10 11 −1 022.22 UEFA
 Bahrain 11 4 5 2 15 8 +7 036.36 AFC
 Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15 100.00 AFC
 Belarus 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 000.00 UEFA
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00 UEFA
 Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 CAF
 Cambodia 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 100.00 AFC
 Canada 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00 CONCACAF
 China PR 12 6 1 5 18 14 +4 050.00 AFC
 Chinese Taipei 7 7 0 0 30 1 +29 100.00 AFC
 Estonia 2 0 2 0 3 3 +0 000.00 UEFA
 Georgia 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00 UEFA
 Hong Kong 7 4 3 0 10 3 +7 057.14 AFC
 India 5 4 1 0 11 3 +8 080.00 AFC
 Indonesia 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 050.00 AFC
 Iran 11 1 1 9 2 14 −12 009.09 AFC
 Iraq 7 4 2 1 7 4 +3 057.14 AFC
 Israel 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00 UEFA
 Japan 10 1 3 6 9 28 −19 010.00 AFC
 Jordan 12 6 5 1 19 12 +7 050.00 AFC
 Kazakhstan 6 2 3 1 8 4 +4 033.33 UEFA
 Kuwait 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 050.00 AFC
 Kyrgyzstan 6 6 0 0 25 2 +23 100.00 AFC
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00 UEFA
 Lebanon 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7 066.67 AFC
 Malaysia 5 5 0 0 19 2 +17 100.00 AFC
 Mongolia 2 2 0 0 23 1 +22 100.00 AFC
 Montenegro 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 UEFA
 Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00 CAF
 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00 OFC
 Nigeria 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00 CAF
 North Korea 9 6 2 1 16 7 +9 066.67 AFC
 Oman 6 2 0 4 9 9 +0 033.33 AFC
 Palestine 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 100.00 AFC
 Philippines 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00 AFC
 Qatar 14 9 2 3 24 13 +11 064.29 AFC
 Saudi Arabia 10 4 1 5 13 21 −8 040.00 AFC
 Senegal 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00 CAF
 Singapore 2 2 0 0 10 3 +7 100.00 AFC
 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00 UEFA
 South Korea 16 1 4 11 14 34 −20 006.25 AFC
 Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 100.00 AFC
 Syria 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 025.00 AFC
 Tajikistan 8 4 3 1 16 8 +8 050.00 AFC
 Thailand 8 3 0 5 15 18 −3 037.50 AFC
 Turkmenistan 10 8 1 1 24 5 +19 080.00 AFC
 Ukraine 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 000.00 UEFA
 United Arab Emirates 16 3 4 9 17 24 −7 018.75 AFC
 Uruguay 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 000.00 CONMEBOL
 Vietnam 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00 AFC
 Yemen 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8 100.00 AFC
Total 272 126 56 90 476 320 +156 046.32
Uzbekistan national football team opponents. 55 countries.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The final squad for 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[6]
Caps and goals correct as of: 13 January 2019, after the match against Turkmenistan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ignatiy Nesterov (vice-captain) (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 35) 104 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
12 1GK Sanjar Quvvatov (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 29) 0 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
21 1GK Utkir Yusupov (1991-01-04) 4 January 1991 (age 28) 1 0 Uzbekistan Kokand 1912

2 2DF Akmal Shorahmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 32) 33 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
3 2DF Dostonbek Tursunov (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Japan Renofa Yamaguchi
4 2DF Farrukh Sayfiyev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 27) 15 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
5 2DF Anzur Ismailov (vice-captain) (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 33) 94 3 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
6 2DF Davron Hashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 26) 19 0 Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan
13 2DF Oleg Zoteev (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 29) 19 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
15 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 26) 32 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
20 2DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 29) 60 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent

8 3MF Ikromjon Alibaev (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 25) 11 0 South Korea Seoul
9 3MF Odil Ahmedov (captain) (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 92 17 China Shanghai SIPG
11 3MF Jaloliddin Masharipov (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 25) 16 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent
16 3MF Azizbek Turgunbaev (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan
18 3MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 30) 23 0 Japan Júbilo Iwata
17 3MF Dostonbek Khamdamov (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 22) 9 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
19 3MF Otabek Shukurov (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 22) 23 2 United Arab Emirates Al-Sharjah
22 3MF Javokhir Sidikov (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 22) 9 1 Uzbekistan Kokand 1912
23 3MF Odiljon Hamrobekov (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 22) 9 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi

7 4FW Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 27) 46 13 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
10 4FW Marat Bikmaev (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 33) 52 9 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent
14 4FW Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 23) 30 9 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 Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 27) 15 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  South Korea, 20 November 2018
GK Roman Abdulov (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 31) 0 0 Uzbekistan AGMK v.  Qatar, 16 October 2018
GK Botirali Ergashev (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Uzbekistan Navbahor Namangan v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
GK Umidjon Ergashev (1999-03-20) 20 March 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
GK Rahimjon Davronov (1996-10-03) 3 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Uzbekistan Mash'al Mubarek v.  Iran, 19 May 2018

DF Vladimir Kozak (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 25) 7 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  South Korea, 20 November 2018
DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 31) 72 1 Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
DF Sanat Shikhov (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Uzbekistan Buxoro v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
DF Shukhrat Mukhammadiev (1989-06-24) 24 June 1989 (age 29) 17 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Akramjon Komilov (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Rustamjon Ashurmatov (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 22) 4 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Sherzod Azamov (1990-01-14) 14 January 1990 (age 29) 4 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Khursid Giyosov (1995-04-13) 13 April 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Abbos Otakhonov (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Islom Kobilov (1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
DF Khozhiakbar Alidzhanov (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Iran, 19 May 2018

MF Azizbek Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 33) 86 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Qatar, 16 October 2018
MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 32) 49 5 South Korea Daejeon Citizen v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Shohrux Gadoyev (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 27) 14 1 South Korea Daejeon Citizen v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Sardor Mirzaev (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 27) 7 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Sardor Sabirkhodjaev (1994-11-06) 6 November 1994 (age 24) 3 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Jovlon Ibrokhimov (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 28) 9 0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor v.  Syria, 6 September 2018
MF Azizjon Ganiev (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 20) 3 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
MF Jasur Jakhshibaev (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
MF Islom Kenjabaev (1999-09-01) 1 September 1999 (age 19) 1 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
MF Donier Narzullaev (1995-04-11) 11 April 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Iran, 19 May 2018
MF Javokhir Sokhibov (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  Senegal, 23 March 2018

FW Husniddin Gafurov (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  South Korea, 20 November 2018
FW Ivan Nagaev (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 29) 15 0 Uzbekistan Qizilqum Zarafshon v.  North Korea, 13 October 2018
FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 25) 43 11 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 27) 8 1 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Iran, 11 September 2018
FW Zabikhillo Urinboev (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Uzbekistan Metallurg Bekabad v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
FW Bobir Abdikholikov (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi v.  Uruguay, 7 June 2018
FW Andrey Sidorov (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Fergana v.  Iran, 19 May 2018

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.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Current coach: Héctor Cúper

In November 2018.

Position Name
Head coach Argentina Héctor Cúper
Assistant coach Argentina José Fantaguzzi
Fitness coach Greece Antonios Sarioglou
Assistant Coach & Analyst Egypt Mahmoud Fayez
Goalkeeper coach Uzbekistan Denis Ivankov

Coaches[edit]

Coach in 2010—2012: Vadim Abramov
Coach in 2006: Valery Nepomnyashchy

As of 13 January 2019

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%
Bahadir Ibrahimov Uzbekistan 1996 8 2 0 6 25%
Rustam Mirsadiqov Uzbekistan May 1997 — October 1997 12 5 3 4 42%
Ubirajara Veiga da Silva Brazil October 1997 — December 1998 11 5 4 2 45%
Mahmud Rahimov 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 Ostroushko Kazakhstan October 2001 1 1 0 1 100%
Ravshan Haydarov 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%
Valery Nepomnyashchy Russia January 2006 — December 2006 6 3 2 1 50%
Rauf Inileev Uzbekistan January 2007 — September 2008 27 13 4 10 46%
Mirjalal Qasimov Uzbekistan September 2008 — April 2010 15 4 3 8 27%
Vadim Abramov Uzbekistan April 2010 — June 2012 28 11 5 12 39%
Mirjalal Qasimov Uzbekistan June 2012– June 2015 40 19 9 12 48%
Samvel Babayan Uzbekistan June 2015 — September 2017 24 16 1 7 66%
Ruziqul Berdyev Uzbekistan October 2017 1 0 0 1 0%
Timur Kapadze Uzbekistan February 2018 — June 2018 4 0 1 3 0%
Héctor Cúper Argentina August 2018 — 8 4 2 2 50%

Home Stadium[edit]

From the moment of its formation (1992) until the end of 2012, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national football team was the Pakhtakor Central Stadium in Tashkent, built and opened in 1956. This stadium is also the venue for home matches of Pakhtakor Football Club. During the USSR, this stadium was home for the Uzbekistan SSR national team. Was reconstructed in 1996, 2008 and 2012 and currently holds 35,000 spectators (before this capacity was 55,000 spectators). For today's time the national team of Uzbekistan holds only some of the matches at Pakhtakor Stadium.

From 2013 to the present, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national team is the Milliy Stadium (until 2018 was named Bunyodkor Stadium), built in 2008-2012 and accommodating 34,000 spectators. This stadium is also a home for the Bunyodkor Football Club.

The national team of Uzbekistan in different years held their home matches also in other cities and stadiums of Uzbekistan. So, at the MHSK Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 1996 and 5 matches in 2008), at the NBU Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2000), at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2012 and 1 match in 2014), at the Dinamo Stadium in Samarkand (2 matches in 1999), at the Markaziy Stadium in Qarshi (1 match in 2007), at the Metallurg Stadium in Almalyk (1 match in 2014).

Individual all-time records[edit]

As of 13 January 2019.

Most capped players[edit]

Server Djeparov
Player Date of birth Matches Goals First match Last match
Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 36) 126 25 14 May 2002 -
Timur Kapadze (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 37) 119 10 14 May 2002 22 January 2015
Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 35) 104 0 21 August 2002 -
Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 34) 98 32 14 May 2002 5 September 2017
Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 33) 94 3 2 July 2007 -
Odil Ahmedov (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 92 17 13 October 2007 -
Aziz Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 33) 85 1 2 July 2007 -
Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 31) 72 1 22 February 2006 -
Mirjalal Qasimov (1970-09-17) 17 September 1970 (age 48) 66 30 17 June 1992 12 October 2005
Nikolay Shirshov (1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 44) 64 13 19 November 1996 17 August 2005
Andrey Fyodorov (1971-04-10) 10 April 1971 (age 47) 63 6 11 April 1994 15 November 2006
Asror Aliqulov (1978-10-12) 12 October 1978 (age 40) 61 0 11 April 1994 1 July 2008

Top goalscorers[edit]

Maxim Shatskikh
Player Date of birth Goals Matches First match Last match
Maxim Shatskikh (1978-08-30) 30 August 1978 (age 40) 34 60 18 August 1999 29 May 2014
Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 34) 32 98 14 May 2002 5 September 2017
Mirjalal Qasimov (1970-09-17) 17 September 1970 (age 48) 30 66 17 June 1992 12 October 2005
Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 36) 25 126 14 May 2002 -
Igor Shkvyrin (1963-04-29) 29 April 1963 (age 55) 20 31 17 June 1992 17 October 2000
Odil Ahmedov (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 17 92 13 October 2007 -
Jafar Irismetov (1976-08-23) 23 August 1976 (age 42) 15 36 25 May 1997 21 November 2007
Ulughbek Bakayev (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 40) 14 52 25 April 2001 29 May 2014
Nikolay Shirshov (1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 44) 13 64 19 November 1996 17 August 2005
Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 27) 13 46 15 October 2013 -

P.S.

Current team players

Nicknames[edit]

Uzbekistan vs. Bahrain. Pakhtakor Central Stadium, 2009.

The Uzbekistan national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used is "The White Wolwes" (Uzbek Oq boʻrilar / Оқ бўрилар; Russian Белые волки / Beliye volki)[7][8][9][10]. The wolf is a revered animal of the Turkic peoples. The main part of the population of Uzbekistan belongs to the Turkic peoples. Also in the country live Iranian peoples, Russian and others. White color refers to the basic form of the Uzbekistan national team.

Also, the Uzbekistan national football team is called "Asian Italy"[11] (Uzbek Osiyo Italiyasi / Осиё Италияси; Russian Азиатская Италия / Aziatskaya Italiya). This is due to the similarity of colors (white and blue) clothing teams of Italy and Uzbekistan, as well as similar tactics (defensive football) of these teams[12]. The Uzbekistan Super League is often considered to be similar to Italian Serie A. Also, the history of Uzbekistan is as rich and ancient as the history of Italy[13].

Also the team of Uzbekistan is called "Huma birds" (Uzbek Humo qushlari / Ҳумо қушлари; Russian Птицы Хума / Ptitsi Khuma). The mythical Huma bird is the national bird of Uzbekistan, and is depicted on the state emblem of Uzbekistan. The Huma bird is depicted on the emblem of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Sometimes the Uzbekistan national football is called "Turanians"[14] (Uzbek Turonliklar / Туронликлар; Russian Туранцы / Turantsi), because the current country of Uzbekistan is located in the center of this ancient region Turan, and all the ancient and major cities of this region are located in this country, and therefore Uzbekistan is considered by some to be the successor of the Turan[15][16].

Rivalries[edit]

Uzbekistani fans in the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE

The main rivals of the Uzbekistan national team are the countries of Central Asia, the national teams of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. The main and most important rival of the national team of Uzbekistan are the national teams of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The matches between the countries of Central Asia have always aroused great interest among fans of Central Asia. Football is one of the instruments of rivalry between the states of Central Asia. This rivalry comes from Soviet times.

Also in recent years, Uzbekistan has been competing with the Iran ("Rivalry between Iran and Turan" in Shahnameh), China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia national football teams. The Uzbekistan national football team also has rivalry with other countries of the former USSR, for example with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Uzbekistan national team has a lot of fans, not only in Uzbekistan itself, but also in other countries of Central Asia and in other countries of the former Soviet Union (Post-Soviet states). For example, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian fans always support Uzbekistan national team in Asian Cups and in other tournaments[17]. There are also a lot of fans of the national team of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and in Afghanistan.

Kit[edit]

Years Suppliers[18][19]
1992—1997 Germany Adidas
1998
United Kingdom Admiral
1999
Thailand Grand Sport
2000
Germany Adidas
2001—2002 Denmark Hummel
2003
United Kingdom Umbro
2004—2012 Germany Puma
2013—2018 Spain Joma
2018 Germany Adidas
2019—present Germany Jako

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Uzbekistan and Bahrain to play it again". ESPN. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Uzbekistan 2–3 South Korea". Goal.com. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=20590948
  6. ^ "Эктор Купер объявил окончательный список игроков, которые примут участие в Кубке Азии-2019". ufa.uz (in Russian). 24 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Cuper ready to power Uzbekistan". AFC. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Uzbekistan 1-0 Qatar - White Wolves pile further misery on the Maroons". Goal.com. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Uzbekistan Football Federation President Mirabror Usmanov Met With Junior White Wolves". Championat.asia. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  10. ^ "James Minahan. The Complete Guide to National Symbols and Emblems". Google Books. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Кубок Азии – 2019. Группа F. Сборная Узбекистана. Белые волки Турана". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Кубок Азии – 2019. Группа F. Сборная Узбекистана. Белые волки Турана". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  13. ^ Marko PoloNational Encyclopedia of Uzbekistan, 2000—2005
  14. ^ "Кубок Азии – 2019. Группа F. Сборная Узбекистана. Белые волки Турана". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  15. ^ TuronNational Encyclopedia of Uzbekistan, 2000—2005
  16. ^ Бартольд В. В. Работы по истории и филологии тюркских и монгольских народов / В. В. Бартольд; — Перепеч. с изд. 1968 г. — М. — ISBN 5-02-018639-3 Parameter error in {{ISBN}}: Invalid ISBN. (в пер.)
  17. ^ "Блогеры Трибуны написали лучший гайд по Кубку Азии. Здесь Липпи, Сон, Купер и сборная Сирии". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  18. ^ sports.ru — Узбекская кухня: Swag. Хипстеры. Adidas. Модный показ сборной Узбекистана
  19. ^ stadion.uz — Терма жамоаларимизда либос масаласи

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