Kazakhstan national football team

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Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Qarşığalar (The Hawks)
Association Football Federation of Kazakhstan (FFK)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Stanimir Stoilov
Captain Bauyrzhan Islamkhan
Most caps Samat Smakov (76)
Top scorer Ruslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadium Astana Arena
FIFA code KAZ
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 119 Increase 17 (12 April 2018)
Highest 83 (September 2016)
Lowest 166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 121 Steady (20 March 2018)
Highest 70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest 136 (September 2005)
First international
Kazakhstan 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: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы, Qazaqstan ulttıq fwtbol quraması) 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 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 FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.

History[edit]

AFC Member (1992–2002)[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. At the time, they were one of strongest teams in Central Asia, and one of the most improving teams in Asia.

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]

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.

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).

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 for 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–present)[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, 2002.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did not enter - - - - - -
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 12 5 3 4 22 21
South Korea Japan 2002 6 4 2 0 20 2
Germany 2006 12 0 1 11 6 29
South Africa 2010 10 2 0 8 11 29
Brazil 2014 10 1 2 7 6 21
Russia 2018 10 0 3 7 6 26
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined - - - - - -
Total 0/21 - 60 12 11 37 71 128

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
England 1996 Not a member of UEFA
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 to Portugal 2004 Candidate member of UEFA[n 1]
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify
PolandUkraine 2012
France 2016
European Union 2020 TBD
European Union 2024
Total 0/15
  1. ^ In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

AFC Asian Cup record[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 to Japan 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)
United Arab Emirates 1996 to Lebanon 2000 Did not qualify
China 2004 Not a member of AFC
Total 0/12

Coaches[edit]

As of 8 October 2017
Manager Nat. Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Baiseitov, BakhtiyarBakhtiyar Baiseitov Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic 1992 7 4 3 0 057.14
Baimukhammedov, BauyrzhanBauyrzhan Baimukhammedov Kazakhstan 1994 4 1 2 1 025.00
Berdalin, SerikSerik Berdalin Kazakhstan 1995–1997 20 6 4 10 030.00
Gorokhovadatskiy, SergeiSergei Gorokhovadatskiy Kazakhstan 1998 5 2 1 2 040.00
Talgayev, VaitVait Talgayev Kazakhstan 2000 9 5 0 4 055.56
Fomichyov, VladimirVladimir Fomichyov Kazakhstan 2000 1 0 0 1 000.00
Masudov, VakhidVakhid Masudov Kazakhstan 2001–2002 9 4 4 1 044.44
Pakhomov, LeonidLeonid Pakhomov Russia 2003–2004 9 0 2 7 000.00
Timofeev, SergeySergey Timofeev Kazakhstan 2004–2005 13 0 1 12 000.00
Pijpers, ArnoArno Pijpers Netherlands 2006–2008 36 7 11 18 019.44
Storck, BerndBernd Storck Germany 2008–2010 9 2 0 7 022.22
Beránek, MiroslavMiroslav Beránek Czech Republic 2011–2013 24 5 6 13 020.83
Krasnozhan, YuriYuri Krasnozhan Russia 2014–2015 11 2 4 5 018.18
Baysufinov, TalgatTalgat Baysufinov Kazakhstan 2016–2017 8 2 3 3 025.00
Borodyuk, AleksandrAleksandr Borodyuk Russia 2017–2018 7 0 1 6 000.00

Results and fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Hungary on 23 March and Bulgaria on 26 March 2018.
Caps and goals are correct as of 26 March 2018, after the game against Bulgaria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nenad Erić (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 (age 35) 2 0 Kazakhstan Astana
12 1GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 32) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
22 1GK Aleksandr Mokin (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 36) 20 0 Kazakhstan Astana

2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 27) 25 0 Kazakhstan Astana
3 2DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 18) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
4 2DF Yevgeny Postnikov (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 32) 2 0 Kazakhstan Astana
6 2DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 27) 14 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
16 2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 27) 22 1 Kazakhstan Kairat
17 2DF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 26) 8 0 Kazakhstan Tobol
18 2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 28) 35 2 Kazakhstan Astana
21 2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 25) 17 0 Kazakhstan Astana

5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 25) 18 3 Kazakhstan Kairat
8 3MF Magomed Paragulgov (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat
9 3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 25) 30 2 Kazakhstan Kairat
10 3MF Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 20) 2 1 Kazakhstan Astana

11 4FW Yerkebulan Seidakhmet (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 18) 2 1 Russia Ufa
13 4FW Yuriy Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Kazakhstan Astana
14 4FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 24) 12 1 Kazakhstan Astana
15 4FW Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 23) 7 1 Kazakhstan Ordabasy
20 4FW Sergei Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 26) 47 8 Kazakhstan Ordabasy

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David Loria (1981-10-31) 31 October 1981 (age 36) 46 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 25) 15 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
GK Igor Shatsky (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 28) 0 0 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
GK Almat Bekbaev (1984-06-14) 14 June 1984 (age 33) 1 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017

DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 29) 44 4 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Hungary, 23 March 2018 PRE/INJ
DF Stanislav Lunin (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Hungary, 23 March 2018 PRE/INJ
DF Viktor Dmitrenko (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 27) 19 1 Kazakhstan Tobol v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
DF Aleksandr Marochkin (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
DF Temirlan Erlanov (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Poland, 4 September 2017
DF Aleksandr Kislitsyn (1986-03-08) 8 March 1986 (age 32) 25 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017
DF Grigori Sartakov (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Kazakhstan Tobol v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017

MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 28) 15 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Hungary, 23 March 2018 PRE
MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 23) 5 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Hungary, 23 March 2018 PRE/INJ
MF Azat Nurgaliev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 31) 39 3 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Maksat Baizhanov (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 (age 33) 31 1 Kazakhstan Kaysar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 27) 18 0 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Aslan Darabayev (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 29) 6 0 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Bauyrzhan Turysbek (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 26) 3 2 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Yan Vorogovskiy (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Kazakhstan Kairat v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017
MF Mardan Tolebek (1990-12-18) 18 December 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017

FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 26) 21 2 Kazakhstan Astana v.  Hungary, 23 March 2018 PRE
FW Tanat Nusserbayev (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 31) 28 3 Kazakhstan Ordabasy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
FW Maxim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes v.  Denmark, 10 June 2017

PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Top 10 most capped players[edit]

As of March 27, 2018. Players in bold are still active at international level.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Samat Smakov 2000–2017 76 2
2 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 73 13
3 Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 58 8
4 Andrei Karpovich 2001–2014 55 3
5 Sergey Khizhnichenko 2009–Present 47 8
6 David Loria 2000–Present 46 0
7 Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–Present 44 4
8 Sergei Ostapenko 2007–Present 42 6
9 Azat Nurgaliev 2009–Present 39 3
10 Alexandr Kuchma 2005–2008 37 2

Top scorers[edit]

Players listed in bold are still active at international level.

Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 13 73 0.17
2 Viktor Zubarev 1997–2002 12 18 0.66
3 Dmitriy Byakov 2000–2008 8 33 0.24
Sergei Khizhnichenko 2009–Present 8 47 0.18
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 8 58 0.15
6 Igor Avdeyev 1996–2005 6 27 0.22
Oleg Litvinenko 1996–2006 6 28 0.21
Sergei Ostapenko 2007–Present 6 42 0.18
9 Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 5 35 0.14
Andrei Finonchenko 2003–2014 5 21 0.23

Kits[edit]

Kit suppilers[2][edit]

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996 Germany Adidas
1996–1998 Germany Puma
1998–1999 Thailand Grand Sport[3][4][5]
1999–2000 Germany Adidas
2000–2002 United States Nike
2002–2003 United Kingdom Umbro
2003–2004 United States Nike
2004–2005 Germany Puma
2005–2008 Italy Diadora
2008–2012 United Kingdom Umbro
2012–present Germany Adidas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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