Kazakhstan national football team
The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы, Qazaqstan Ulttyq Fýtbol Kuramasy) represents Kazakhstan in men's international football and it is governed by the 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 Cups, they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.
|Nickname(s)||Қаршығалар (The Hawks)|
|Association||Kazakhstan Football Federation (KFF)|
|Head coach||Michal Bílek|
|Most caps||Samat Smakov (76)|
|Top scorer||Ruslan Baltiev (13)|
|Home stadium||Astana Arena|
|Current||119 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||83 (September 2016)|
|Lowest||166 (May 1996)|
|Current||114 3 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||70 (18 October 1997)|
|Lowest||136 (September 2005)|
| Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan |
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
| Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan |
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
| Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey |
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (1 times)|
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.
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 remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained their 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
Being a transcontinental country, 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 25 January 2002. Since joining UEFA, Kazakhstan has been a relatively minnow force in the continent, with most of their qualifications being unsuccessful and often finish near dead last or bottom.
In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, now as members of UEFA, Kazakhstan was placed in the last drawing pot with Andorra and Luxembourg, being placed in Group 2 alongside Turkey, Denmark, future UEFA Euro 2004 winners Greece, Ukraine, Georgia and Albania.
Their first official UEFA match was on 8 September 2004 and ended in a home defeat by 2–1 against Ukraine. Kazakhstan lost their next 9 matches, including a 6–0 home defeat against Turkey, their tied-biggest defeat up to 2018 and conceding a home defeat to Greece into four minutes of the stoppage time. Their sole point of the qualifying came in the next match, on 8 October 2005, in a 0–0 away draw against Georgia played behind closed doors, before losing the last match at home against Denmark.
For the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Kazakhstan was once again placed in the last drawing pot. Their campaign started with two away draws against Belgium (0–0) and Azerbaijan (1–1). They lost the next three matches before getting their first official win as UEFA members in a 2–1 home triumph against Serbia with goals from Kairat Ashirbekov and Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev. After a home loss against Armenia, Kazakhstan got their sixth and seventh points after drawing again with Azerbaijan (1–1) and Belgium (2–2), both at home. Losses against Poland and Portugal were followed by their second win, this time away from home, with Sergei Ostapenko scoring the winning goal against Armenia. Their last match was a delayed game against Serbia, ending in defeat. In the end, Kazakhstan finished with 10 points and in 6th out of the 8 Group A teams.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification had Kazakhstan in the 5th of 6 drawing pots, drawn in Group 6 with Croatia, England, Ukraine, Belarus and Andorra. They started the campaign with a 3–0 home win against Andorra on 20 August 2008. However, that was the only opponent they managed to get points from, after they won the reverse fixture 3–1 on 9 September 2009 and losing all the other group matches. Kazakhstan finished in 5th, ahead only of Andorra, who lost all of their matches.
Kazakhstan was drawn in the Group A of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and lost the first five matches without managing to score a single goal before defeating Azerbaijan on 3 June 2011 by 2–1 with two goals from Sergey Gridin. They lost their next three games before ending the qualifying with a goalless home draw against Austria. They ended in the last place with 4 points, three behind Azerbaijan.[circular reference]
Following recent unimpressive qualifying campaigns, Kazakhstan was once again in the last drawing pot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Their campaign in Group C started with two defeats before getting their first point in a goalless home draw against Austria on 12 October 2012. Losses to Austria and twice to Germany were followed by their first and only win of the qualification by 2–1 against Faroe Islands on 6 September 2013. They still got a fifth point in a 1–1 away drawn against the same opponents. Kazakhstan finished in 5th place, ahead only of the Faroese.
The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying had Kazakhstan once more in the last drawing pot. Their first match was a home 0–0 draw against Latvia on 9 September 2014, followed by six consecutive losses before another goalless draw, away from home, against Iceland. After their seventh defeat of the qualifying, Kazakhstan ended the campaign with a 1–0 away win against Latvia on 13 October 2015. The goal scored by Islambek Kuat got the Kazakhs the 5th place, tied in points with the Latvians, but with a better head-to-head record.
Once again in the last drawing pot, Kazakhstan had an unimpressive 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, failing to win a single match. After two home draws against Poland and Romania in their first three matches, Kazakhstan lost their following six matches, ending the qualifying with a 1–1 home draw against Armenia and finishing last in Group E.
For the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, Kazakhstan was in Pot 3 of League D, the fourth and lowest division of the UEFA Nations League. Drawn in Group 1 with Georgia, Latvia and Andorra, their campaign started with a 2–0 home loss against group winners Georgia. Away draws against Andorra and Latvia had Georgia with 9 points after the three first matches, with all the other teams tied with 2 points. Kazakhstan defeated Andorra by 4–0 on 16 October, but the Georgia win against Latvia got the Georgians promoted to League C with two matches still to be played. Their sixth and last point came in a 1–1 home draw against Latvia, before being defeated by Georgia in the last group match and finishing in the second place of the group.
The UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying for Kazakhstan once again was unsuccessful, with the team continued to fail in the qualification due to being inferior to Russia and Belgium. However, Kazakhstan won ten points in the qualification, its best performance up to date in any Euro qualifications, including a shock 3–0 home win over Scotland, and a 1–1 away draw over Cyprus, though they still finished fifth at the end.
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||12||5||3||4||22||21|
|2022||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-|
UEFA European Championship recordEdit
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960 to 1992||Was part of Soviet Union (UEFA member)|
|1996||Not a member of UEFA|
|2000 to 2004||Candidate member of UEFA[n 1]|
|2008||Did not qualify||14||2||4||8||11||21|
|2024||To be determined||-||-||-||-||-||-|
UEFA Nations League recordEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||C||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification record|
|1956 to 1992||Was part of Soviet Union (UEFA member)|
|1996||Did not qualify||4||1||0||3||1||6|
|2004||Not a member of AFC|
Asian Games recordEdit
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not exist|
|1994||Did not enter|
|2002–present||See Kazakhstan national under-23 football team|
- As of match played 14 October 2020
|Head Coach||Michal Bílek|
|Assistant Coaches|| Michal Hipp |
|Goalkeeping Coach||Nikolay Rodionov|
|Fitness Coach||Marat Yeslyamov|
|Team Manager||Maksim Shaubert|
Results and fixturesEdit
|16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||San Marino||1–3||Kazakhstan||Serravalle, San Marino|
||Report||Stadium: San Marino Stadium|
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
|19 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Scotland||3–1||Kazakhstan||Glasgow, Scotland|
||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
|4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Lithuania||0–2||Kazakhstan||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Zaynutdinov 4'
|Stadium: LFF Stadium|
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
|7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Kazakhstan||1–2||Belarus||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
||Report||Stadium: Central Stadium|
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
|11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Kazakhstan||0–0||Albania||Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|19:00 UTC+6||Report||Stadium: Central Stadium|
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)
|14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Belarus||2–0||Kazakhstan||Minsk, Belarus|
|00:45 UTC+6||Report||Stadium: Dinamo Stadium|
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
|15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Albania||v||Kazakhstan||Tirana, Albania|
|23:00 UTC+6||Stadium: Arena Kombëtare|
The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Albania on 11 October and against Belarus on 14 October 2020.
Caps and goals are correct as of 14 October 2020, after the game against Belarus.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Stas Pokatilov||8 December 1992||19||0||Kairat|
|12||GK||Dmytro Nepohodov||17 February 1988||11||0||Astana|
|15||GK||Vladimir Plotnikov||3 April 1986||2||0||Ordabasy|
|2||DF||Serhiy Malyi||5 June 1990||44||0||Tobol|
|21||DF||Abzal Beisebekov||30 November 1992||30||0||Astana|
|4||DF||Temirlan Erlanov||9 July 1993||9||1||Ordabasy|
|23||DF||Marat Bystrov||19 June 1992||3||0||Akhmat Grozny|
|13||DF||Olzhas Kerimzhanov||16 May 1989||3||0||Zhetysu|
|3||DF||Sultan Abilgazy||22 February 1997||0||0||Tobol|
|5||MF||Islambek Kuat||12 January 1993||35||5||Khimki|
|8||MF||Askhat Tagybergen||9 August 1990||25||0||Kaisar|
|19||MF||Baktiyar Zaynutdinov||2 April 1998||16||7||CSKA Moscow|
|6||MF||Aybol Abiken||1 June 1996||8||0||Kairat|
|7||MF||Timur Dosmagambetov||1 May 1989||6||0||Ordabasy|
|10||MF||Duman Narzildaev||6 September 1993||1||0||Kaisar|
|24||MF||Vladislav Vasiliev||10 April 1997||1||0||Rukh Brest|
|17||FW||Abat Aimbetov||7 August 1995||10||1||Kairat|
|25||FW||Aybar Zhaksylykov||24 July 1997||2||0||Zhetysu|
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||Danil Ustimenko||8 August 2000||0||0||Kairat||v. Belarus, 7 September 2020|
|GK||Igor Shatskiy||11 May 1989||1||0||Shakhter Karagandy||v. Lithuania, 4 September 2020 INJ|
|DF||Yuriy Logvinenko||22 July 1988||51||5||Astana||v. Scotland, 19 November 2019|
|DF||Dmitri Shomko||19 March 1990||45||2||Astana||v. Lithuania, 4 September 2020 PRE|
|DF||Gafurzhan Suyumbayev||19 August 1990||37||4||Kairat||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 SUS|
|DF||Viktor Dmitrenko||4 April 1991||19||1||Ordabasy||v. Belgium, 13 October 2019|
|DF||Yan Vorogovskiy||7 September 1996||12||1||Beerschot||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 WD|
|DF||Aleksandr Marochkin||14 July 1990||10||0||Kaisar||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ|
|DF||Dmitri Miroshnichenko||26 February 1992||10||0||Tobol||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ|
|DF||Nuraly Alip||22 December 1999||3||0||Kairat||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 WD|
|MF||Bauyrzhan Islamkhan||23 February 1993||46||3||Al-Ain||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ|
|MF||Yuriy Pertsukh||13 May 1996||15||1||Astana||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ|
|MF||Georgy Zhukov||19 November 1994||15||0||Wisła Kraków||v. Scotland, 19 November 2019|
|FW||Sergei Khizhnichenko||17 July 1991||49||8||Ordabasy||v. Belarus, 7 September 2020|
|FW||Aleksey Shchotkin||21 May 1991||31||3||Astana||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ|
|FW||Maxim Fedin||8 June 1996||15||1||Tobol||v. Albania, 11 October 2020 WD|
PRE Preliminary squad.
Head to head recordsEdit
As of 14 October 2020.
|Republic of Ireland||2||0||0||2|
|United Arab Emirates||3||1||0||2|
- As of match played 14 October 2020. Players in bold are still active at international level.
Though currently an UEFA member, Kazakhstan's best rivalries are mostly with fellow AFC members from Central Asia's Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan; two most important are against Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, dated back from early USSR rule. This has remained in interests for many Kazakhs, due to its inferiority in the UEFA qualification stages contrast to their previous strong image in the AFC competitions.
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