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FC Pakhtakor Tashkent (Uzbek: Paxtakor Toshkent futbol klubi) is an Uzbek professional football club, based in the capital Tashkent. Pakhtakor literally means "cotton-grower" in English.

Pakhtakor Tashkent
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Nickname(s)Uzbek: Paxtakorlar
(The cotton growers)
Uzbek: Sherlar
(The Lions)
Uzbek: Xalq jamoasi
(People's team)
Founded1956
GroundPakhtakor Central Stadium
Capacity35,000
PresidentBobur Shodiev
ManagerShota Arveladze
LeagueUzbekistan Super League
20182nd
WebsiteClub website

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek club to play in the top-level Soviet football league and was the only Central Asian club to appear in a Soviet Cup final. Playing in the Uzbek League since 1992, the club has been the undisputed powerhouse in Uzbekistan since the fall of the Soviet Union, winning ten Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002 to 2007.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001 and 2007, winning eleven cups in total.[2] Players for the club have won Uzbek footballer of the Year honours eight times, and Pakhtakor teammates swept the top three spots in 2002. Club managers have been named Uzbek coach of the year twice.[3]

The team is also a perennial competitor in the AFC Champions League, having reached the semi-finals of the competition twice in 2003 and 2004. Pakhtakor currently holds the record in number of consecutive participations in the AFC Champions League, participating in 2002 to 2013 tournaments.

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NameEdit

The word Pakhta(پخته) in Persian means cotton and kor from kar-, kardan(کار، کردن) "to do, to make", produces a job name from a noun. So it literally means cotton maker.

HistoryEdit

The early Soviet periodEdit

Pakhtakor's first official match was on 8 April 1956, and is considered to be the club's "birthday". Its first match was played against a team from the city of Perm, Russia (then called Molotov city), presumably FC Zvezda Perm. The first goal in Pakhtakor history was scored by Laziz Maksudov on a penalty shot and Maksudov's goal was the only and game-winning strike.[4]

The team was formed in three months, and the government invited the senior trainer Valentin Bekhtenev from Moscow to recruit the best Tashkent players for the new Pakhtakor. At the time, the club was to represent Uzbekistan in Soviet football.[5]

In 1959, the club was promoted to the Soviet Top League for the first time. During the 1960s, Pakhtakor's squad was anchored by the striker Gennadiy Krasnitskiy, who led it to a 6th-place finish in 1962. After periods back and forth between the Top League and the Soviet First League, the club reached the final of the Soviet Cup competition in 1968 – the only Central Asian club to reach a Soviet Cup final – losing to Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[4][5]

In 1971, Pakhtakor again departed into the First League, but was not long detained in the lower division as it gained promotion the following year.[4]

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek side to appear in the history of the USSR Championship during the Soviet era, appearing the highest echelon 22 times, and recording 212 wins, 211 draws, and 299 loses. Their best league finish was 6th place, which they achieved twice, in 1962 and 1982.[citation needed]

Aircrash 1979Edit

 
Pakhtakor-79 monument near Kamianske (ex-Dniprodzerzhynsk), Ukraine

In August 1979, Pakhtakor made it back to the Soviet Top League, but shortly thereafter disaster struck the club and Soviet football. During a flight to play Dinamo Minsk, Pakhtakor's plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR.[6] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[7]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[8]

  • Idgay Borisovich Tazetdinov (Trainer), (13.01.1933)
  • Mikhail Ivanovich An (Half-back), (19.11.1952)
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Fedorov (Forward), (05.01.1956)
  • Alim Masalievich Ashirov (Defender), (25.01.1955)
  • Ravil Rustamovich Agishev (Defender), (14.03.1959)
  • Constantine Alexandrovich Bakanov (Half-back), (25.05.1954)
  • Yuri Timofeevich Zagumennykh (Defender), (07.06.1947)
  • Alexander Ivanovich Korchenov (Half-back), (04.05.1949)
  • Nikolai Borisovich Kulikov (Defender), (25.04.1953)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Makarov (Half-back), (09.03.1947)
  • Sergey Constantinovich Pokatilov (Goalkeeper), (20.12.1950)
  • Victor Nikolayevich Churkin (Forward), (25.01.1952)
  • Sirozhiddin Akhmedovich Bazarov (Forward), (10.08.1961)
  • Shukhrat Musinovich Ishbutaev (Forward), (08.02.1959)
  • Vladimir Valievich Sabirov (Forward), (14.01.1958)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Chumaks (Manager), (08.12.1932)
  • Mansur Inamdzhanovich Talibdzhanov (Club administrator), (04.04.1944)

Annually, in August, the club sponsors a youth tournament in memory of the lives lost in the disaster.[9]

Following the tragedy in 1979 and spurred on by its prolific goalscorer Andrei Yakubik a few years later, Pakhtakor had its best record in 1982, finishing sixth and in front of several Russian and Ukrainian football powerhouses such as Zenit Saint Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, and Shakhtar Donetsk amongst the few. Pakhtakor had a point deducted that season due to exceeding the allowed limit for the games tied (drawn), but it did not influence the club's final standings.[7]

The lean years: 1984–1990Edit

After leading Pakhtakor to its best finish, age finally caught up with Yakubik and he moved back to his hometown of Moscow to continue his football career.[10] With the departure of their great forward, the club struggled and spent six years in the Soviet First League. Although the discontent of their fans grew, Pakhtakor's reemergence as a major footballing force followed fast upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union.[4]

Modern period, since 1992Edit

After the USSR collapsed, a new page began in the club's history. 1992 saw Pakhtakor participate in the first season of the Uzbek Oliy League. Since 1992 Pakhtakor have become the most successful Uzbek club with 10 Uzbek League titles, and 11 Uzbek Cups. Until 2014 the club is the only team to have participated in all seasons of the AFC Champions League since its inauguration in 2002. Since 2002 the club participated 11 times in AFC Champions League.

The participation in the AFC Champions League season 2011 was not successful. On 4 May 2011 in a match against Al-Nassr Pakhtakor lost and finished its Asian campaign. In that match, because of many injured players, Pakhtakor's coach Ravshan Khaydarov formed starting squad from youth team players and club made record in the AFC Champions League history as the youngest team of the tournament with average players age of 21,8. The average age of club players for season 2011 was 23,3.[11] In 2014–15 seasons Pakhtakor won its 10th and 11th League champion titles.

Central matchEdit

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.

The match between Pakhtakor and Neftchi Farg'ona is one of the most popular rivalries in Uzbek League held since 1992. The first match between the two clubs was played on 25 May 1992 in Tashkent.

StadiumEdit

Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium was built in 1956 with capacity of 55.000 spectators. Stadium renovated in 1996. In July 2007 club management announced next renovation of stadium. Reconstruction works were finished in 2009, the amount of capacity was reduced to 35.000 and stadium became all-seater stadium. In January 2010, the stadium was chosen as best sporting facility 2009 of Uzbekistan.[12][13]

DomesticEdit

Season League Uzbekistan Cup Top goalscorer
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Name League
1992 1st 1st 32 24 3 5 94 40 51 First round Valery Kechinov 24
1993 1st 2nd 30 20 7 3 74 29 47 Winner Shukhrat Maqsudov 15
1994 1st 8th 30 13 9 8 56 37 35 Semi-final
1995 1st 4th 30 20 5 5 67 27 65 Quarter-final
1996 1st 6th 30 15 3 12 50 30 48 Runner-up Dilmurod Nazarov
Ravshan Bozorov
12
1997 1st 5th 34 18 7 9 65 35 61 Winner
1998 1st 1st 30 24 4 2 96 29 76 Semi-final Mirjalol Qosimov
Igor Shkvyrin
22
1999 1st 4th 30 18 4 8 69 42 58 N/A
2000 1st 7th 38 17 9 12 67 51 60 Quarter-final Igor Shkvyrin 20
2001 1st 2nd 34 23 3 8 72 32 72 Winner Nematullo Quttiboev 16
2002 1st 1st 30 24 2 4 85 22 74 Winner Goçguly Goçgulyýew 14
2003 1st 1st 30 25 2 3 82 23 77 Winner Zayniddin Tadjiyev 13
2004 1st 1st 26 22 3 1 81 15 69 Winner Leonid Koshelev 12
2005 1st 1st 26 21 2 3 78 15 65 Winner Anvarjon Soliev 29
2006 1st 1st 30 25 2 3 84 12 77 Winner Server Djeparov 18
2007 1st 1st 30 26 4 0 83 13 82 Winner Alexander Geynrikh 16
2008 1st 2nd 30 23 5 2 64 14 74 Runner-up Zayniddin Tadjiyev 17
2009 1st 2nd 30 18 10 2 69 16 64 Winner Odil Ahmedov 16
2010 1st 2nd 26 17 6 3 41 19 57 Quarter-final Alexander Geynrikh 11
2011 1st 3rd 26 15 6 5 33 17 51 Winner Dušan Savić 7
2012 1st 1st 26 18 5 3 51 16 59 Semi-final Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov 13
2013 1st 4th 26 17 3 6 45 25 54 Semi-final Kakhi Makharadze
Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov
Dilshod Sharofetdinov
6
2014 1st 1st 26 23 3 0 54 14 72 Semi-final Igor Sergeev 11
2015 1st 1st 30 24 3 3 66 23 75 Semi-final Igor Sergeev 23
2016 1st 5th 30 15 7 8 49 30 52 Third round Igor Sergeev 11
2017 1st 3rd 30 18 5 7 44 28 59 Round of 16 Igor Sergeev 13
2018 1st 2nd 20 11 4 5 38 17 46 Runner-up Tiago Bezerra 17

ContinentalEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round   Ravshan Kulob 10–0
  Taraz 0–3
  Alay-Osh-Pirim 5–1
  Merw 4–0
1998–99 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round   Khujand 4–1 1–1 5–2
Second round   Nisa Aşgabat 6–0 0–5 6–5
Third round   Al-Ittihad 0–1 0–3 0–4
1999–2000 Asian Club Championship First round   Irtysh Pavlodar 5–2 0–7 5–9
2001–02 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round   SKA-PVO Bishkek 3–1 1–2 4–3
Second round   Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda 2–2 1–3 3–5
2002–03 AFC Champions League Group stage   Persepolis 1–0 1st
  Al-Talaba 3–0
  Nisa Aşgabat 3–0
Semi-final   BEC Tero Sasana 1–0 1–3 2–3
2004 AFC Champions League Group stage   Zob Ahan 2–0 0–1 1st
  Qatar 1–0 0–0
  Riffa w/o w/o
Quarter-final   Al Wahda 4–0 1–1 5–1
Semi-final   Seongnam 0–0 0–2 0–2
2005 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Ahli 2–1 0–3 2nd
  Al-Zawra'a 1–2 0–1
  Al-Jaish 4–1 2–0
2006 AFC Champions League Group stage   Qadsia 2–2 1–2 2nd
  Foolad 2–0 3–1
  Al-Ittihad 2–0 1–2
2007 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Hilal 0–2 0–2 2nd
  Kuwait 2–1 1–0
  Esteghlal w/o w/o
2008 AFC Champions League Group stage   Qadsia 0–1 2–2 2nd
  Erbil 2–0 5–1
  Al-Gharafa 2–0 2–2
2009 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Hilal 1–1 0–2 2nd
  Saba Qom 2–1 2–0
  Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai 2–0 2–1
Round of 16   Ettifaq 2–1
Quarter-final   Al-Ittihad 1–1 0–4 1–5
2010 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Shabab 1–3 1–2 2nd
  Sepahan 2–1 0–2
  Al Ain 3–2 1–0
Round of 16   Al-Gharafa 0–1
2011 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al Sadd 1–1 1–2 4th
  Al-Nassr 2–2 0–4
  Esteghlal 2–1 2–4
2012 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Ittihad 1–2 0–4 3rd
  Baniyas 1–1 0–2
  Al-Arabi 3–1 1–0
2013 AFC Champions League Group stage   Lekhwiya 2–2 1–3 4th
  Al Shabab 1–2 1–0
  Ettifaq 1–0 0–2
2015 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al Ain 0–1 1–1 3rd
  Naft Tehran 2–1 1–1
  Al-Shabab 0–2 2–2
2016 AFC Champions League Group stage   Al-Hilal 2–2 1–4 3rd
  Tractor 1–0 0–2
  Al Jazira 3–0 3–1
2018 AFC Champions League play-off   Al-Gharafa 1–2
2019 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 2   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2–1
play-off   Al-Nasr 2–1
Group stage   Persepolis 1–0 1–1 3rd
  Al Ahli 1–0 1–2
  Al Sadd 2–2 1–2

In popular cultureEdit

The famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda, Rustam Gaipov, groups "Parvoz"(ex), "Quartet", "Bojalar" and "Ummon" dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 July 2019[16]

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 Botirali Ergashev
3   DF Khojiakbar Alijonov
4   DF Akramjon Komilov
7   MF Sadriddin Abdullaev
8   MF Dilshod Rakhmatullaev
9   MF Jaloliddin Masharipov
10   FW Dragan Ćeran
11   FW Igor Sergeev
15   DF Egor Krimets
16   MF Azizbek Turgunboev
17   MF Dostonbek Khamdamov
No. Position Player
18   MF Bakhrom Abdurakhimov
20   MF Odiljon Hamrobekov
21   FW Marat Bikmaev
22   MF Jasurbek Yakhshiboev
23   DF Sherzod Azamov
25   GK Eldorbek Suyunov
27   MF Sardor Sabirkhodjaev
29   DF Vladimir Kozak
34   DF Farrukh Sayfiev
35   GK Sanjar Kuvvatov
55   DF Marko Simić

Youth squadEdit

Former playersEdit

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

As of January 2019
Position Name
Head coach   Shota Arveladze
Assistant coach   Gocha Tkebuchava
Assistant coach   Archil Arveladze
Assistant coach   Pieter Huistra
Assistant coach   Laszlo Yambor
Goalkiper coach   Ibrahim Yilmaz

ManagementEdit

Office Name
President Bobur Shodiev
General director Dmitry Adisman
Director of General Affairs Qakhramon Tuychiev
Sporting director Jafar Irismetov
Technical director Sobir Khodiev

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Winners (11): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972
Runners-up: 1968

InternationalEdit

Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1993
Semi-finalists: 2002–03, 2004

Managerial historyEdit

Период Главный тренер
1956   Valentin Bakhtenev
1957   Yury Khodotov
1957—1959   Lev Olshansky
1960—1963   Alexander Keller
1963   Gavriil Kachalin
1964   Alexander Abramov
1965—1966   Mikhail Yakushin
1967   Boris Arkadyev
1968   Yevgeny Yeliseyev
1969—1970   Mikhail Yakushin
1971   Alexander Keller
1972—1975   Vyacheslav Solovyov
1975   Gavriil Kachalin
1976   Anatoly Bashashkin
1976   Gennady Krasnitsky
1977—1979   Alexander Kochetkov
1979   Oleh Bazylevych
1980   Sergey Mosyagin
1981—1985   Ishtvan Sekech
1986   Viktor Tikhonov
1987—1988   Beradar Abduraimov
1989   Viktor Nosov
1990—1991   Fyodor Novikov
1991—1992   Alexander Tarkhanov
1992   Ahral Inayatov
1993   Bahadir Ibrahimov
1994   Rustam Akramov
1994   Ahral Inayatov
1995—1996   Hans Verel
1996—1997   Alexander Ivankov
1998—1999   Ubirajara Veiga da Silva
2000   Alexander Ivankov
2001—2002   Sergey Butenko
2002   Viktor Djalilov
2002   Ravshan Haydarov
2003—2006   Tachmurad Aghamuradov
2006   Valery Nepomnyashchy
2006—2007   Ravshan Haydarov
2008—2009   Viktor Djalilov
2010   Miodrag Radulovic
2010—2011   Ravshan Haydarov
2011   Murad Ismailov
2012   Dejan Durdevic
2012—2014   Murad Ismailov
2014—2015   Samvel Babayan
2015   Alexander Grigoryan
2015—2016   Numan Hasanov
2016—2017   Grigory Kolosovsky
2017   Ravshan Haydarov
2017   Djasur Abduraimov
2017—now   Shota Arveladze

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ "Memorial Tournament Will Be Played 6–10 August". Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
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  15. ^ "Bojalar – Pakhtakor". Youtube.
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