Azamat Abduraimov

Azamat Abduraimov (born 27 April 1966) is a former Uzbek professional football player, who represented Uzbekistan national football team on 22 occasions between 1992 and 1997.

Azamat Abduraimov
Personal information
Full name Azamat Abduraimov
Date of birth (1966-04-27) 27 April 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth Tashkent, Uzbek SSR
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 FShM Moscow 28 (1)
1984–1985 Spartak Moscow 0 (0)
1985 SKA Rostov-na-Donu 0 (0)
1986 CSKA Moskva 0 (0)
1987–1990 Pakhtakor 124 (25)
1990 Spartak Moscow 3 (0)
1991 Pamir Dushanbe 25 (4)
1991–1992 Mohammedan 11 (7)
1992–1993 Navbahor Namangan 16 (8)
1993 MHSK Tashkent 17 (10)
1994–1995 Pahang FA 28 (14)
1995 Navbahor Namangan 4 (1)
1995 Politotdel Tashkent 11 (2)
1995–1996 Al-Wahda Mecca 20 (10)
1996–1999 Pakhtakor 91 (37)
1999–2000 Salgaocar SC Goa
2000 Pakhtakor 22 (5)
2001 Dustlik Tashkent 33 (13)
National team
1992–1997 Uzbekistan 22 (11)
Teams managed
2002–2003 NBU Osiyo
2004 Uzbekistan futsal team
2005 FC Ardus (futsal)
2009–2010 FK Samarqand-Dinamo
2012 Uzbekistan U-22
2012–2014 FK Andijan
2018–2020 Uzbekistan U-17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early yearsEdit

Azamat Abduraimov was born in Tashkent in 1966. His father, Berador Abduraimov, is the best Uzbek goals scorer in the 20th century and one of the best FC Pakhtakor Tashkent players ever. When Azamat was three years old, his father moved to Moscow to play for CSKA.

Azamat started his football career in Spartak Moskva football youth academy (ФШМ). Being in the Soviet Army, he was playing for SKA Rostov-na-Donu and CSKA Moskva.

Personal lifeEdit

Azamat is a father of Alia Azamat Ashkenazi, American Screenwriter and Director who co-wrote a soccer documentary "Misha"[1] directed by Brian Song in which Azamat was featured as one of the characters.

Playing careerEdit

Pakhtakor TashkentEdit

Most of honours were achieved by Azamat while he played for Pakhtakor. He joined Pakhtakor three times and spent more than seven seasons of his playing career there (scored more than 60 goals).

First time he was playing for Pakhtakor from 1987 until 1990 in Soviet First League, scored 25 times. He left Pakhtakor in the middle of 1990 season to join Spartak Moskva.

Next time he returned to Pakhtakor in 1996, and spent three seasons in the team, scored 37 times and won Uzbek League in 1998 and Uzbekistani Cup in 1997.

Last season Azamat played for Pakhtakor was 2000 when he was already 34.

Spartak MoskvaEdit

During 1990 Azamat was the bench player of Spartak Moskva, gaining only three first team appearances. He scored a lot for reserve team during that time, however, he couldn't achieve a first team place and left to Pamir Dushanbe.

Foreign countriesEdit

During his career, Azamat Abduraimov become one of the first Uzbekistani players who began playing in foreign countries. He played for different teams in 4 non-ex USSR countries (Bangladesh, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, India). With National Football League (India) side Salgaocar SC,[2][3] he won the prestigious Durand Cup in 1999.

International careerEdit

Abduraimov made his international debut on 28 June 1992 against Turkmenistan in a 2-1 win match.[4] He achieved 22 caps for Uzbekistan national football team as player. Most notable of his international appearances was at the 1994 Asian Games football tournament in Hiroshima, where the Uzbekistan team won the gold medal.[5]

The most significant of his football career was the goal scored in the semifinal match at the Asian Games against South Korea. The decisive goal (South Korea lost to Uzbekistan 0:1) was considered The Best in the tournament, as well as the best and the "Golden Goal" in the history of Uzbek football.

Also, he played international futsal games as a member of Uzbekistan national futsal team at World 5's Futsal 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, and became a threat to team Japan, according to next year's Japanese futsal report of AFC Futsal Championship.[6]

Managing careerEdit

Azamat Abduraimov played his farewell match in 2002, which was the most incendiary sport show in Uzbekistan. In 2002–2003 season he was "playing coach" in NBU Osiyo (1st league). In 2003 played in Uzbekistan national futsal team at the Asian Championship in Indonesia. In 2004 season he worked as a head coach of Uzbekistan national futsal team, whish was playing in Asian Championship in Iran and Malaysia 2004 AFC Futsal Championship. Then in 2005 he spent some time managing Uzbek futsal club FC Ardus (gained Uzbek futsal championship title in 2005).[7]

In 2006–2007 he was G.M. at the Native football foundation[8] In 2006, he graduated from Russia High Coaches School.[9]

On 28 October 2008 he was appointed as sports director in FC Bunyodkor. During 2009–2010 season he was the head coach of FK Samarqand-Dinamo. In 2009 Azamat ranked the third place in the ranking of the Football Coach of the Year in Uzbekistan. In 2010, he received a coaching PRO license.

In January 2012 he was appointed by the Football Federation as assistant coach of Uzbekistan U-22. On 22 August 2012 he signed a contract with FK Andijan as head coach of the club. On 18 June 2014 he resigned from his post as Andijan coach. On 4 February 2020 he resigned his post as head coach of Uzbekistan U-17.



Mohammedan Sporting Club
Navbahor Namangan
Pahang FA
Al Wahda




  1. ^ Uzbekistan: The Koryo Saram's tragic Soviet soccer superstar Eurasinet - December 18 2020 - by Chris Rickleton
  2. ^ "Season ending transfers 1999". Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Season ending transfers 2000". Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ Azamat Abduraimov of Uzbekistan, senior international statistics National-Football-Teams. Retrieved 18 March 2021
  5. ^ "Formula of success. Azamat Abduraimov from record-breaker of Uzbek football". Time Out Tashkent. June 2004. Archived from the original on 3 May 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  6. ^ "アジア選手権 準々決勝日本vs中国戦レポート" [Report: AFC Futsal Championship Quarter final Japan vs China] (in Japanese). Futsal radio web. 24 April 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2012. "昨年6月のワールド5(3-2)で日本を脅かしたアブドゥライモフは出場しておらず(As Abduraimov, who threaten Japan to 3–2 at World 5 in June last year, is not participating...)"
  7. ^ Чемпион Узбекистана по мини-футболу намерен пригласить иностранного тренера [Champion of Uzbekistan in futsal is going to invite a foreign coach] (in Russian). 8 September 2008.
  8. ^ Отечественный футбольный фонд (in Russian). 1 September 2006. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008.
  9. ^ Немецкие "каникулы" Азамата Абдураимов (in Russian). 28 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011.
  10. ^ বাংলাদেশের ফুটবলে সেরা সাত বিদেশি তারকা. Prothom Alo (in Bengali). Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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