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Football Club Bunyodkor (Uzbek: Bunyodkor futbol klubi) is a professional football club based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Bunyodkor
Bunyodkor logo.png
Full nameFootball Club Bunyodkor
Nickname(s)Uzbek: Qaldirg'ochlar
The Swallows
Uzbek: Osiyo Barselonasi
Asian Barcelona
Founded2005; 14 years ago (2005)
GroundBunyodkor Stadium
Capacity34,000
Head coachVadim Abramov
LeagueUzbekistan Super League
20184th
Current season

Bunyodkor, a relatively obscure club at the time, made international headlines when it claimed to be close to signing world-famous Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o,[1][2][3] although he did not sign with them.[4] On 25 August 2008, AEK Athens Brazilian superstar Rivaldo announced to the Greek press that he was joining Bunyodkor on a reported $14 million two-year contract.[5]

The club finished second in the 2007 Uzbek League season and made the semi-finals of the 2008 AFC Champions League. In the beginning of August 2008, the club changed its name to Bunyodkor from PFC Kuruvchi to reflect the club's success on the pitch and its increasing professionalism off the pitch.[6]

HistoryEdit

 
The club's old logo as Kuruvchi
 
The club's logo in 2008–2013

Bunyodkor, which means "creator" in Uzbek, was created on 6 July 2005, with the name Neftgazmontaj-Quruvchi, which was typically abbreviated "Kuruvchi" (the Uzbek word for "builder"). In 2005, the club played initially in the championship of Tashkent region and played its way into the playoff for promotion into the First League, the second level of Uzbek football.[7] Kuruvchi gained promotion that year, its first, and under the management of Khikmat Irgashev, Kuruvchi won the First League in its first attempt, winning 27 of 38 matches with 5 draws and 6 defeats.

With its victory in the second level of Uzbek football in 2006, the 2007 season was Kuruvchi's debut in the Uzbek League. Never before had a club moved with such alacrity from the lower reaches of Uzbek competition into the top league. In club's first season Bunyodkor finished runner-up after Pakhtakor Tashkent.

In December 2007 Mirjalol Kasymov was appointed as head coach of Bunyodkor, replacing Hikmat Irgashev.[8]

2008 was debut year of Bunyodkor in AFC Champions League where they qualified to the semi-final of tournament. In semi-final they were beaten over two legs by Adelaide United 3–1 on aggregate.

Famous signingsEdit

 
The ticket for Uzbek league match on 18 October 2008 against Olmaliq FK

On 14 July 2008, the club, then called Kuruvchi, announced through their official website that they had signed Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o on a six-month contract. The story was confirmed by Bakhtiyor Babaev, the club's sporting director, stating that it was a performance-related contract. He also went on to say that the Cameroonian football star would sign on 17 July, and that the transfer had taken place due to the good relationship enjoyed between both clubs' presidents. Despite this, Barcelona official spokesperson denied any knowledge of the transfer, stating "I don't think it's very likely".[9][10]

On 16 July 2008, the Uzbek radio Maxima reported that Davut Kivrak and Barcelona managers are expected to arrive in Tashkent to hold talks with the Uzbek Football Federation and to promote youth football (Barcelona and Bunyodkor have a yearly renewable deal to help in youth football). The following day, Eto'o confirmed that he was thinking of joining Kuruvchi – the team stated that they would have confirmation on whether Eto'o would join the team on 23 July 2008.[11]

Shortly thereafter, Bunyodkor and Barcelona managements announced that the two clubs had reached an agreement to play a friendly in Tashkent and the Uzbek side will be able to train at Camp Nou.[12]

As of 31 July 2008, Eto'o's status had become no clearer, as Bunyodkor was still in the running to obtain the services of the Cameroonian international, but he was also being sought by Milanese powerhouses A.C. Milan and Internazionale.[13]

Just a couple of days after Eto'o's visit to Tashkent, two other players from Barcelona visited the team – Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol, as well as Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas.[14]

Although unsuccessful in obtaining Eto'o's services by September 2008, Bunyodkor brought two famous Brazilians to Tashkent: Rivaldo as a midfielder and Zico as manager. Rivaldo signed a contract that he termed "very good for the end of my career" to play for Bunyodkor.[15] Three weeks later, his countryman Zico signed on to manage the club on a one-year deal.[16][17] Mirjalol Qosimov became adviser-coach to Brazilian Zico. On 17 November 2008 Rivaldo extended his contact with club until December 2011.[18]

Zico left Bunyodkor in January 2009 after he was signed by PFC CSKA Moscow as head coach.[19] On 8 June 2009 Luiz Felipe Scolari was announced as Bunyodkor's new head coach.[20][21] In 2010 AFC Champions League, Bunyodkor failed to reach the quarter-final after losing on 12 May 2010 in Round of 16 to Al-Hilal FC 3–0. Scolari resigned from his post on 28 May 2010 and Mirjalol Qosimov was named as his successor.[22] Qosimov became head coach of Bunyodkor again. Also Rivaldo unexpectedly terminated his multi-million contract and was released from the club on 12 August 2010.[23]

2011–presentEdit

On 26 February 2011 Bunyodkor unveiled 11 new players for the 2011 season.[24]

In the 2012 season, Bunyodkor was unable to defend its league title, despite winning its third Uzbek Cup; the club finished runner-up to Pakhtakor in the league. In the 2012 AFC Champions League, the club repeated its 2008 achievements, reaching the semi-final of the tournament. In the semi-final, Bunyodkor lost to Ulsan Hyundai over two legs.

Bunyodkor made play-off of AFC Champions League for the 6th successive season in 2013, winning the group stage of tournament. The club renewed its own previous record and record of AFC Champions League history.[25] On 7 March 2014 Bunyodkor won Lokomotiv Tashkent with 2:1 in Uzbekistan Super Cup match, match between League champion and Uzbek Cup winner.[26][27] The Super Cup was held for the second time since 1999.

On 6 June 2014, Sergey Lushan succeeded Mirjalol Kasymov to become the manager of Bunyodkor after Kasymov resigned his post at club in April 2014. During his time as head coach in club Lushan brought many talents from Bunyodkor academy to main squad. 2014 season club finished only 4th after Nasaf Qarshi. In 2015 AFC Champions League group stage Bunyodkor failed to qualify to play-off for the first time. After match Neftchi Farg'ona- Bunyodkor on 20 September 2015 he resigned his post on 23 September.

On 5 May 2017, Sergey Lushan was sacked,[28] with Mirjalol Qosimov being appointed as the club's new manager the same day.[29]

On 12 January 2019, Vadim Abramov was appointed as manager of Bunyodkor.[30]

Competitions historyEdit

DomesticEdit

Uzbek LeagueUzbekistan First League 
Season League Uzbek Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
2006 2nd 1st 38 27 5 6 94 32 86 Round of 32 Ravshan Teshaboev 21   M.Umarkhojaev
2007 1st 2nd 30 22 5 3 62 16 71 Runner-up Ilkhom Muminjonov 16   H.Irgashev
2008 1st 1st 30 25 4 1 75 13 79 Winner Server Djeparov 19   Qosimov /   Zico
2009 1st 1st 30 28 2 0 85 13 86 Runner up Rivaldo 20   A.Memet /   H.Irgashev /   Scolari
2010 1st 1st 26 20 5 1 45 10 65 Winner Stevica Ristić 11   Scolari /   Qosimov
2011 1st 1st 26 19 4 3 51 14 61 Semi-final Miloš Trifunović 17   Qosimov
2012 1st 2nd 26 17 6 3 42 16 57 Winner Anvarjon Soliev 7   Qosimov
2013 1st 1st 26 19 4 3 59 13 61 Winner Oleksandr Pyschur 19   Qosimov
2014 1st 4th 26 15 6 5 44 20 51 Runner-up Sardor Rashidov 10   Qosimov /   A.Volkov /   S.Lushan
2015 1st 4th 30 18 5 7 44 19 59 Runner-up Dostonbek Khamdamov 10   S.Lushan /   B.Babaev
2016 1st 2nd 30 18 9 3 46 13 63 Semi-final Eldor Shomurodov 10   B.Babaev /   S.Lushan
2017 1st 4th 30 14 10 6 47 29 52 Runner-up Dostonbek Khamdamov 14   S.Lushan /   M.Qosimov
2018 1st 4th 32 16 5 11 46 38 27 Semi-final Jovlon Ibrokhimov 11   M.Qosimov

ContinentalEdit

StadiumEdit

 
Bunyodkor Stadium, 26 March 2013

Bunyodkor played its first years at the MHSK Stadium. After the end of the Uzbek League season 2008 it was announced that MHSK stadium would have been closed for longtime reconstruction. Season 2008 was the last season at the MHSK stadium, for 2009 season club moved to 8,460-seater JAR Stadium. The old MHSK Stadium was completely demolished with plans to build a new and modern 34.000-all-seater stadium, Bunyodkor Stadium and football academy for youth. The construction works were finished in August 2012.

The stadium was opened on 28 September 2012 and originally was one of the proposed venues to host the matches of FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 in Uzbekistan. The festive opening ceremony of the stadium marking the 100th anniversary of football in Uzbekistan was held on 28 September 2012 with an exhibition match between Bunyodkor and Pakhtakor with the scoreline ending 3:3.

The first official football match was played on 26 March 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC qualifying round 4 match between Uzbekistan and Lebanon ended with a 1–0.

Records and statisticsEdit

Anvar Gafurov presently holds the team record for number of matches played for the club. He made 232 appearances ahead of Hayrulla Karimov with 224 caps (4 December 2017)[31]

Bunyodkor's all-time top goalscorers in all competitions is Anvar Soliev with 65 goals, 46 of them in league matches, 2nd is Rivaldo with 43 goals followed by Viktor Karpenko with 39 goals.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of Match played 12 June 2018
 
José Luis Villanueva scored 28 goals during his two seasons at Bunyodkor.
Name Years League Uzbek Cup Super Cup AFC Total
1   Anvarjon Soliev 2008–2013 46 (100) 11 (17+) - (-) 8 (35) 65 (152+)
2   Dostonbek Khamdamov 2014–2018 37 (93) 9 (21) 0 (0) 3 (20) 49 (134)
3   Rivaldo 2008–2010 33 (53) 5 (10+) - (-) 5 (18) 43 (81+)
4   Server Djeparov 2007–2010 33 (65) 2 (10+) - (-) 3 (26) 38 (101+)
4   Victor Karpenko 2007–2012, 2015–2016 32 (151) 3 (30+) - (-) 3 (36) 38 (217+)
6   Oleksandr Pyschur 2013–2014 25 (44) 5 (8) 1 (1) 4 (16) 35 (69)
7   Shavkat Salomov 2007–2012 20 (104) 8 (22+) - (-) 2 (28) 30 (154)
8   José Luis Villanueva 2008–2009 19 (35) 5 (5+) - (-) 4 (4) 28 (44+)
9   Eldor Shomurodov 2015–2017 18 (66) 1 (13) 2 (1) 5 (17) 26 (97)
10   Miloš Trifunović 2009–2015 17 (25) 2 (3) - (-) 3 (7) 22 (35)
10   Sardor Rashidov 2009–2015 15 (48) 4 (11) 0 (1) 3 (17) 22 (77)

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

The current main shirt sponsor of Bunyodkor is the state natural gas transport company "Uztransgaz". Uztransgaz became largest shareholder of Bunyodkor in March 2011 and head club sponsor. Bunyodkors shirts had been made by manufacturer Nike until 2012. In March 2012 club announced Jako as the club's new kit manufacturer,[32] extending the deal in December 2017.[33]

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsor
2005–2006   Nike Neftgazmontaj
2006–2011 UzGazOil
2011– Uztransgaz
2012–2018 Jako
2019–now   Nike

Capital derbyEdit

Since Bunyodkor's promotion to the Uzbek League matches between club and their other rival from capital, football powerhouse Pakhtakor, considered by supporters of both sides and football journalists as Uzbek capital derby or Toshkent derby. With former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Bunyodkor faced four derby matches: three Uzbek League and one Uzbekistan Cup matches. His first derby match took place on 12 July 2009 at JAR Stadium where Bunyodkor won against Pakhtakor with 2:1.[34][35] The Supercup match between the champion and the Cup winner originally scheduled for 11 March 2012 was postponed. The new date for the game was officially not announced.

On 26 June 2012, in League match Bunyodkor won Pakhtakor for the second time with two goal difference (2:0). In semi-final 2nd leg match of Uzbekistan Cup on 25 November 2012, Bunyodkor won Pakhtakor with 3:1 for the second time, qualifying to cup final. On 30 June 2013 Bunyodkor played away League match won with 2:0. This defeat was Pakhtakor's first home match loss in Uzbek League against Bunyodkor.

In the second leg of 2013 League season on 8 August 2013 Bunyodkor faced Pakhtakor at home JAR ground and lost against the Lions with 1:2. The loss was Bunyodkor's first since 2009 Cup match and first ever in League matches.

Match statisticsEdit

Statistics as of 31 March 2019

Matches Bunyodkor wins Draws Pakhtakor wins Bunyodkor goals Pakhtakor goals
Uzbek League 27 8 9 10 27 29
Uzbek Cup 7 4 1 2 10 6
Total matches 34 12 10 12 37 35

Derby all-time top scorersEdit

As of 31 March 2019
# Scorer Club Goals
1   Tiago Bezerra Pakhtakor 6
  Igor Sergeev
2   Dostonbek Khamdamov Bunyodkor Pakhtakor 5
3   Shavkat Salomov Bunyodkor 4
  Stanislav Andreev Pakhtakor
4   Anvar Soliev Bunyodkor 3
  Kakhi Makharadze Pakhtakor

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2019[37]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Abdumavlon Abdujalilov
2   DF Kemran Najafaliev
3   DF Islom Kobilov
5   DF Bobur Farhodov
6   DF Anvar Gafurov
7   DF Dilshodbek Axmadaliev
8   MF Jasur Jalollidinov
10   MF Khursid Giyosov
11   DF Javohir Kakhramanov
13   MF Lutfulla Turaev
14   FW Buronbek Mirzasalimov
15   DF Burhan Usmanov
17   MF Sanjar Qodirqulov
18   FW Vladislav Nuriev
19   MF Nurillo Tukhtasinov
20   FW Jamshid Bakhshulloev
23   MF Sanjar Rikhsiboev
25   GK Murod Zukhurov
26   DF Ulugbek Abdullayev
27   DF Abubakir Muydinov
28   MF Hasan Yuldashev
29   DF Sardorbek Khursandov
No. Position Player
30   MF Abdulla Abdullaev
31   MF Abdulhay Ismoilov
32   MF Islam Karimov
33   MF Diyor Rahimkulov
34   MF Suhrob Izzatov
35   MF Ibrahim Ibrahimov
36   FW Jahongir Abdusalomov
37   DF Muhammadodil Kahramonov
38   DF Jasur Holdorov
39   FW Mirjahon Mirahmadov
41   MF Habib Karimov
42   MF Muzaffar Olimjonov
44   MF Ziyovuddin Ahadov
45   DF Mardon Abdullaev
47   MF Oybek Hamidov
48   MF Valeriy Akopov
49   MF Farrukh Ikromov
50   GK Jasurbek Umrzoqov
74   GK Eldor Adhamov
  MF Yevhen Chumak
  MF Shohrux Gadoyev
  FW Dmitri Ostrovski

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
9   MF Sardor Azimov (at Andijon)
No. Position Player
  MF Abbos Zhumakulov (at Buxoro)

Reserves squadEdit

Former playersEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Mirjalol Qosimov
Assistant coach   Yuriy Sarkisyan
Assistant coach   Alexander Gennadievich Volkov
Assistant coach   Hikmat Irgashev
Fitness coach   Augustin Chiriță[38]
Goalkeeping coach   Pavel Bugalo
Coach   Khairullo Karimov
Coach   Victor Karpenko

Managerial historyEdit

As of match played 22 March 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.
Name Nat. From To P W D L GS GA %W Honours Notes
Mavzurkhoja Umarkhojaev   Uzbekistan 2005 2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 ! Tashkent Region Championship (1)
Uzbekistan Second League (1)
Uzbekistan First League (1)
Hikmat Irgashev   Uzbekistan 2007 2007 38 28 7 3 76 18 073.68
Mirjalol Qosimov   Uzbekistan 4 December 2007 24 September 2008 34 28 5 1 86 13 082.35
Zico   Brazil 26 September 2008 8 January 2009 13 10 1 2 24 10 076.92 Uzbek League (1)
Uzbekistan Cup (1)
Amet Memet (interim)   Ukraine 8 January 2009 15 March 2009 3 3 0 0 7 1 100.00
Hikmat Irgashev   Uzbekistan 15 March 2009 8 June 2009 15 11 2 2 26 11 073.33
Luiz Felipe Scolari   Brazil 8 June 2009 28 May 2010 44 33 5 6 99 32 075.00 Uzbek League (1)
Mirjalol Qosimov   Uzbekistan 28 May 2010 4 April 2014 155 99 36 20 281 102 063.87 Uzbek League (3)
Uzbekistan Cup (3)
Uzbekistan Super Cup (1)
Alexander Volkov (interim)   Uzbekistan 4 April 2014 6 June 2014 12 6 3 3 17 12 050.00
Sergey Lushan   Russia 6 June 2014 22 September 2015 27 12 5 10 39 25 044.44
Bahtiyor Babaev (interim)   Uzbekistan 23 September 2015 February 2016 9 4 3 2 18 7 044.44
Sergey Lushan   Russia February 2016 5 May 2017[28] 51 24 15 12 80 47 047.06
Mirjalol Qosimov   Uzbekistan 5 May 2017[29] January 2019 30 17 7 6 49 27 056.67
Vadim Abramov   Uzbekistan January 2019 1 0 0 1 1 2 000.00
  • Notes:

P – Total of played matches W – Won matches D – Drawn matches L – Lost matches GS – Goal scored GA – Goals against
%W – Percentage of matches won

Nationality is indicated by the corresponding FIFA country code(s).

HonoursEdit

UzbekistanEdit

InternationalEdit

Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 25 September 2016.[39]
Rank Team
29   Yokohama F. Marinos
30   Chonburi FC
31   Bunyodkor
32   Shanghai SIPG
33   Ulsan Hyundai
34   Persipura Jayapura
35   Beijing Guoan

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