Kazakhstan national football team

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Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationKazakh Football Federation (KFF)
Қазақстанның
Футбол Федерациясы
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRussia Yuri Krasnozhan
CaptainKairat Nurdauletov
Most capsRuslan Baltiev (73)
Top scorerRuslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadiumAstana Arena
FIFA codeKAZ
FIFA ranking127 Decrease 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking98 (December 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking125
Highest Elo ranking70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking136 (September 2005)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)
 
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Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationKazakh Football Federation (KFF)
Қазақстанның
Футбол Федерациясы
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRussia Yuri Krasnozhan
CaptainKairat Nurdauletov
Most capsRuslan Baltiev (73)
Top scorerRuslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadiumAstana Arena
FIFA codeKAZ
FIFA ranking127 Decrease 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking98 (December 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking125
Highest Elo ranking70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest Elo ranking136 (September 2005)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)

The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Футболдан Қазақстан Ұлттық құрамасы; Russian: Сборная Казахстана по футболу) represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central and South Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a World Cup or UEFA European Championship.

History[edit]

AFC Member (1992–2002)[edit]

Debut[edit]

The country of Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union on December 16, 1991. Its national team then split from the Soviet Union national football team (a UEFA member) and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central and South Asian Football Federation.

The team played their first match against another former-Soviet debutant, Turkmenistan, on June 1, 1992, as part of a Central Asian Tournament. Kazakhstan won 1–0. The tournament also saw the footballing debuts of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. After beating Libya in a friendly in North Korea on July 3, Kazakhstan played the remainder of its Central Asian fixtures and avoided defeat in all of them. They beat Uzbekistan 1–0 at home on July 16, then drew 1–1 away in Turkmenistan on September 14, in Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and Uzbekistan on October 14. The final match was a 2–0 home victory over Kyrgyzstan on October 25.[1]

1998 World Cup Qualification[edit]

RankTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1 Kazakhstan44001521312
2 Iraq420214866
3 Pakistan4004322−190

Kazakhstan entered qualification for the first time, in the attempt to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the first round they were placed in Group 9 alongside Pakistan and Iraq. Kazakhstan's first qualifying match was won 3–0 at home in Almaty on May 11, 1997, against Pakistan. On June 6 they travelled to Baghdad to face Iraq and won 2–1, then five days later won an away match against Pakistan, 7–0 in Lahore. The result in Lahore remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained the 100% start to World Cup football by beating Iraq at home 3–1 on June 29.

RankTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1 South Korea86111971219
2 Japan8341179813
3 United Arab Emirates8233912−39
4 Uzbekistan81341318−56
5 Kazakhstan8134719−126

In the second and final round of qualification, Kazakhstan came last in the group. Their only victory was on October 18, 1997, when they beat the United Arab Emirates 3–0 at home. Kazakhstan drew three other games – all at home (versus Uzbekistan, Japan and South Korea).

2002 World Cup Qualification[edit]

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Iraq6420285+2314
 Kazakhstan6420202+1814
   Nepal62041325−126
 Macau6006231−290

In the first round of Asian qualifying, Kazakhstan were placed in Group 6 alongside Iraq, Nepal and Macau. All games in the group were to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after Nepal failed to organise matches in Kathmandu in March 2001. After an Iraqi protest, the first three games by each team were moved to Baghdad, Iraq.

Kazakhstan started off well in Baghdad by beating Nepal 6–0 with two goals by Oleg Litvinenko on April 12, and Macau 3–0 two days later. On April 16 they held Iraq to a 1–1 draw in front of 50,000. Ruslan Baltiev put the Kazakhs in front in the 6th minute and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail equalised with a penalty in the 31st.

In Almaty Central Stadium, Kazakhstan beat Nepal 3–0 with two goals by Maksim Igorevich Shevchenko on April 21. Two days later they beat Macau 5–0, Dmitriy Byakov and Igor Avdeyev scored two each after a goalless first half. The final game on April 25 saw a 1–1 draw against Iraq in front of 25,000. Litvinenko put Kazakhstan ahead in the 32nd but Iraq equalised ten minutes later. Despite being level on points, Iraq advanced on goal difference mainly due to a 9–1 victory over Nepal.

UEFA Member (2002–)[edit]

Kazakhstan joined UEFA in 2002. They had to wait until the 2002 FIFA World Cup finished on June 30 before making the switch, as they had entered the tournament as an AFC member. Kazakhstan therefore could not enter qualification for UEFA Euro 2004, as the draw had been made on January 25. The team played UEFA opposition for the first time on November 14, 2001, and drew 0–0 away to Estonia.[2]

World Cup record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

Coaches[edit]

as of February 7, 2014

ManagerPeriodPlayedWonDrawnLostWin %
Kazakhstan Bakhtiar Baiseitov1992743057.14%
Kazakhstan Baurzhan Baimukhammedov1994412125%
Kazakhstan Serik Berdalin1995–199720641030%
Kazakhstan Sergei Gorokhovadatskiy1998521240%
Kazakhstan Voit Talgaev2000950455.56%
Kazakhstan Vladimir Fomichev (caretaker)200010010%
Kazakhstan Vakhid Masudov2001–2002944144.44%
Russia Leonid Pakhomov2003–200490270%
Kazakhstan Sergey Timofeev2004–20051301120%
Netherlands Arno Pijpers2006–2008367111819.44%
Germany Bernd Storck2008–2010920722.22%
Czech Republic Miroslav Beránek2011–201324561320.83%
Russia Yuri Krasnozhan2014–

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Hungary on 7 June 2014.
Caps and goals are correct as of 7 June 2014 after the game against Hungary.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKAleksandr Mokin(1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 33)170Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
121GKStas Pokatilov(1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 21)00Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
221GKAndrei Sidelnikov(1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 34)220Kazakhstan Aktobe
32DFSerhiy Malyi(1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 24)20Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
42DFMukhtar Mukhtarov(1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 28)120Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
52DFRinat Abdulin(1982-04-14) 14 April 1982 (age 32)191Kazakhstan Atyrau
82DFAleksandr Kislitsyn(1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 28)220Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
132DFGafurzhan Suyumbayev(1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 23)10Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkent
152DFDmitri Miroshnichenko(1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 22)00Kazakhstan Aktobe
202DFKonstantin Engel(1988-07-27) 27 July 1988 (age 25)80Germany Ingolstadt 04
23MFAndrei Karpovich(1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 33)533Kazakhstan Atyrau
63MFKairat Nurdauletov(1982-11-06) 6 November 1982 (age 31)345Kazakhstan Astana
73MFUlan Konysbayev(1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 25)91Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
103MFMarat Khairullin(1984-04-26) 26 April 1984 (age 30)130Kazakhstan Aktobe
113MFBauyrzhan Islamkhan(1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 21)60Kazakhstan Kairat Almaty
173MFAskhat Tagybergen(1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 23)10Kazakhstan Aktobe
193MFAnatoli Bogdanov(1981-06-07) 7 June 1981 (age 33)90Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanay
213MFValeri Korobkin(1984-07-02) 2 July 1984 (age 30)120Kazakhstan Aktobe
233MFStanislav Lunin(1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 21)10Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
94FWSergei Khizhnichenko(1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 23)244Poland Korona Kielce
144FWAndrei Finonchenko(1982-06-21) 21 June 1982 (age 32)214Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
164FWAleksey Shchetkin(1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23)70Kazakhstan Taraz
254FWToktar Zhangylyshbai(1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 21)00Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Kazakhstan's squad in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKVyacheslav Kotlyar(1982-03-03) 3 March 1982 (age 32)00Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodarv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
GKSamat Otarbaev(1990-02-18) 18 February 1990 (age 24)00Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkentv.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2014
GKAnton Tsirin(1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 26)20Kazakhstan Zhetysu Taldykorganv.  Sweden, 10 September 2013
DFYuri Logvinenko(1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 25)211Kazakhstan Aktobev.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFViktor Dmitrenko(1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 23)121Kazakhstan Astanav.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFDmitri Shomko(1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 24)92Kazakhstan Astanav.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFAleksei Muldarov(1984-04-24) 24 April 1984 (age 30)30Kazakhstan Aktobev.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFZakhar Korobov(1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26)00Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodarv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFYermek Kuantayev(1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 23)00Kazakhstan Kairat Almatyv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
DFMark Gorman(1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 25)160Kazakhstan Kairat Almatyv.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2014
DFYeldos Akhmetov(1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 24)10Kazakhstan Astanav.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2014
MFBaurzhan Dzholchiev(1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 24)62Kazakhstan Astanav.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
MFPavel Shabalin(1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 25)30Kazakhstan Aktobev.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
MFBauyrzhan Baitana(1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 22)00Kazakhstan Tarazv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
MFAslan Darabayev(1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 25)00Kazakhstan Kairat Almatyv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
MFRoman Murtazayev(1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 20)00Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandyv.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
MFNurbol Zhumaskaliyev(1981-05-11) 11 May 1981 (age 33)587Kazakhstan Tobol Kostanayv.  Lithuania, 5 March 2014
MFMaksat Baizhanov(1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 29)200Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandyv.  Lithuania, 5 March 2014
MFAzat Nurgaliev(1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 28)160Kazakhstan Ordabasy Shymkentv.  Lithuania, 5 March 2014
MFHeinrich Schmidtgal(1985-11-20) 20 November 1985 (age 28)120Germany Fortuna Düsseldorfv.  Lithuania, 5 March 2014
MFIgor Yurin(1982-07-03) 3 July 1982 (age 32)20Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodarv.  Republic of Ireland, 15 October 2014
MFAndrey Paryvaew(1982-01-03) 3 January 1982 (age 32)00Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandyv.  Sweden, 10 September 2013
FWTanat Nusserbayev(1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 27)81Kazakhstan Astanav.  Hungary, 7 June 2014 (preliminary)
FWSergei Ostapenko(1986-02-23) 23 February 1986 (age 28)336Kazakhstan Astanav.  Lithuania, 5 March 2014

Fixtures[edit]

Recently played[edit]

DateTournamentLocationOpponentResultScorers
August 14, 2013International FriendlyKazakhstan Almaty Georgia1-0Sergey Khizhnichenko
June 4, 2013International FriendlyKazakhstan Almaty Bulgaria1-2Dmitri Shomko
March 26, 20132014 World Cup qualificationGermany Nuremberg Germany1-4Heinrich Schmidtgal
March 22, 20132014 World Cup qualificationKazakhstan Astana Germany0–3 
February 6, 2013International FriendlyTurkey Antalya Moldova3–1Viktor Dmitrenko, Baurzhan Dzholchiyev (2 goals)
October 16, 20122014 World Cup qualificationAustria Vienna Austria0–4 
October 12, 20122014 World Cup qualificationKazakhstan Astana Austria0–0 
September 12, 20122014 World Cup qualificationSweden Malmö Sweden0–2 
September 7, 20122014 World Cup qualificationKazakhstan Astana Republic of Ireland1–2Kairat Nurdauletov
June 5, 2012International FriendlyArmenia Yerevan Armenia0–3 
June 1, 2012International FriendlyKazakhstan Almaty Kyrgyzstan5–2Yuri Logvinenko, Daurenbek Tazhimbetov (3 goals), Kairat Nurdauletov (PG)
February 29, 2012International FriendlyTurkey Antalya Latvia0–0 

Kit suppilers[edit]

The Kazakhstan's official kit suppiler is currently produced by German company Adidas, Also sponsoring the team are KazakhTelecom a telecommunication company from Astana.

PeriodKit Provider
1992–1995Italy Lotto
1995–1997United States Nike
1997–2005Germany Puma
2005–2008Italy Diadora
2008 Friendly against RussiaRepublic of Ireland Masita
2008–2012United Kingdom Umbro
2012–presentGermany Adidas

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesk/kaz-intres.html
  2. ^ http://rsssf.com/tablesk/kaz-intres.html

External links[edit]