FC Neftchi Fergana

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FC Neftchi
Neftchi Farg'ona.png
Full name Neftchi Fargʻona Futbol Klubi
Founded 1962
Ground Istiqlol Stadium
Capacity 20,000
Chairman Muysin Mekhmonov
Head coach Sergey Kovshov
League Uzbek League
2017 15th

FC Neftchi Fergana (Uzbek: Neftchi Fargʻona futbol klubi, Uzbek Cyrillic: Нефтчи Фарғона футбол клуби; Russian: футбольный клуб Нефтчи Фергана) is an Uzbek football club based in Fergana. They play in the top division in Uzbekistani football and are multiple champions of Uzbekistan.


Neftchi was founded 1962 and appeared in the Soviet Second League (Central Asian Division) from 1962 to 1991 under the name Neftyanik Fergana. In 1990, the club advanced to the Soviet First League, winning Soviet Second League, conference East. In 1991 Soviet First League Neftchi ranked at 7th place which was club's highest achievement in Soviet football history.[1] Since 1992, the club has been playing in the Uzbek League, and along with Pakhtakor Tashkent and Navbahor Namangan, continuously participated in all seasons of the Uzbek League without a break.


Uzbek El Classico[edit]

Traditionally there is always rivalry between two strongest teams in any League in club football. Since 1992 in Oliy League in Uzbekistan those two clubs were Neftchi and capital club Pakhtakor Tashkent. Already in first edition of Oliy League in 1992 bothe teams finished first with the same points and were recognised as champions. This competition goes on over the years. The match between Pakhtakor and Neftchi is held since 1992. The first match between the two clubs was played on 25 May 1992 in Tashkent. The match of two rivals became later the name O'zbek Classikosi by analogy with spanish Clasico.

Valley derbies[edit]

Neftchi's biggest local rival has always been Navbahor Namangan, club from Fergana Valley region. Like Neftchi also Navbahor along Pakhtakor continuously is playing in Uzbek League since 1992 without any break. This rivalry was always of enormous interest of both fans sides.

Another Neftchi's Valley rival is FK Andijan. Andijan was founded in 1964.


Neftchi played ist home matches initially at Fargona Stadium. Fargona Stadium was built in 1932 and was home ground of the club until 2012. The stadium was closed for reconstruction. The plans for construction of the new arena in another location were unveiled in 2011. The construction works for new 20,000 seater arena named Istiqlol Stadium in Fergana started in January 2012 and were finished at the end of 2014. It was planned Neftchi would play its home matches at new stadium in 2015. Neftchi played its home matches in 2012–14 and some matches of 2015 seasons at Kirguli SM Stadium and Kokand Stadium.

The opening match of the new Istiqlol stadium was held on 3 April 2015 with a friendly between Uzbekistan U-20 and New Zealand U-20 which ended with 1–0 victory of host team.[2] The first official League match at the new stadium was played on 18 April 2018 with match Neftchi – Mash'al Mubarek.

League history[edit]



1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001
1994, 1996



Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2002–03: Qualifying West – Fourth Round
2004: Group Stage
2005: Group Stage
2007: Group Stage
2012: Qualifying West – Final Round
1995: 3rd place
1996: First Round
1997: Second Round
1999: withdrew in First Round
2009: Quarter-finals
2012: Round of 16
1997–98: First Round


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 March 2015[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Uzbekistan GK Sergey Smorodin
3 Uzbekistan DF Shukurali Pulatov
4 Uzbekistan FW Oybek Nurboev
5 Uzbekistan DF Doston Tursunov
6 Uzbekistan MF Bakhtiyor Yakubov
7 Uzbekistan MF Mansur Saidov
8 Uzbekistan MF Akmal Kholmatov
9 Uzbekistan FW Sherzod Khakimov
10 Uzbekistan FW Murodbek Bobojonov
11 Uzbekistan MF Otabek Khaydarov
13 Uzbekistan MF Zokir Nurmatov
15 Uzbekistan MF Jakhongir Dadaboev
20 Uzbekistan DF Dilyorbek Irmatov
No. Position Player
22 Uzbekistan FW Ruzimboy Ahmedov
24 Uzbekistan DF Kamranbey Kapadze
30 Russia GK Evgeni Cheremisin
32 Uzbekistan DF Jakhongir Mekhmonov
44 Uzbekistan MF Umid Kodirov
Uzbekistan DF Sardor Rakhmanov
Uzbekistan MF Abbosbek Makhsatalliev
Uzbekistan MF Abdulloh Olimov
Uzbekistan MF Javokhir Rasulov
Uzbekistan MF Nodir Kamolov
Uzbekistan MF Mukhsin Ubaydullaev
Russia FW Vyacheslav Sushkin

Current technical staff[edit]

As of 28 January 2018
Position Name
Manager Uzbekistan Sergey Kovshov
Assistant coach Uzbekistan Abdumalik Khakimov
Assistant coach Uzbekistan Bakhrom Khaydarov
Fitness coach Uzbekistan Ilkhom Zaylobiddinov

Managerial history[edit]

  • Soviet Union Arkadi Alov (1969–70)
  • Soviet Union Uzbekistan Yuriy Sarkisyan (Jan 1987–May 16, 2013)
  • Ukraine Amet Memet (2013–14)
  • Uzbekistan Murod Ismoilov (May 16, 2013–Sept 14, 2015)
  • Russia Andrey Fyodorov (Sept 15, 2015– June 5, 2017)
  • Uzbekistan Vadim Abramov (June 5, 2017 – December 16, 2017)
  • Uzbekistan Sergey Kovshov (Januar 27, 2018 – )


  1. ^ СССР. Сезон – 1990. Вторая лига. Восток. (in Russian). Клуб любителей истории и статистики футбола. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Uzbekistan U-20 outplays New Zealand". UzDaily. 2015-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Uzbek League players list for 2014 season". pfl.uz (in Russian). 2014-03-24. 

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