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.

Kazakhstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Қаршығалар (The Hawks)
AssociationKazakhstan Football Federation (KFF)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMichal Bílek
CaptainBauyrzhan Islamkhan
Most capsSamat Smakov (76)
Top scorerRuslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadiumAstana Arena
FIFA codeKAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 119 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest83 (September 2016)
Lowest166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 114 Increase 3 (22 October 2020)[2]
Highest70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest136 (September 2005)
First international
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan 
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan 
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)
WAFF Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup stage (1 times)

HistoryEdit

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.[3]

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,[4] being placed in Group 2 alongside Turkey, Denmark, future UEFA Euro 2004 winners Greece, Ukraine, Georgia and Albania.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] They started the campaign with a 3–0 home win against Andorra on 20 August 2008.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11][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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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,[15] and a 1–1 away draw over Cyprus, though they still finished fifth at the end.[16]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

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
  1994 Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 12 5 3 4 22 21
    2002 6 4 2 0 20 2
  2006 12 0 1 11 6 29
  2010 10 2 0 8 11 29
  2014 10 1 2 7 6 21
  2018 10 0 3 7 6 26
  2022 To be determined - - - - - -
      2026 - - - - - -
Total 0/21 - 60 12 11 37 71 128

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W 1 D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  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
    2012 10 1 1 8 6 24
  2016 10 1 2 7 7 18
  2020 10 3 1 6 13 17
  2024 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 0/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 44 7 8 29 37 80
  1. ^ In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

UEFA Nations League recordEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 D Group stage
Promoted
2nd 6 1 3 2 8 7
2020–21 C To be determined
Total Group stage
League C
1/1 6 1 3 2 8 7

AFC Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  1956 to   1992 Was part of   Soviet Union (UEFA member)
  1996 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 1 6
  2000 4 3 0 1 8 3
  2004 Not a member of AFC
Total 0/12 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4 0 4 9 9

Asian Games recordEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
  1951 Did not exist
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  1994 Did not enter
  1998 10th place 5 2 1 2 8 6
2002–present See Kazakhstan national under-23 football team
Total 1/13 5 2 1 2 8 6

CoachesEdit

As of match played 14 October 2020
Manager Nat. Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Bakhtiyar Baiseitov   1992 7 4 3 0 057.14
Bauyrzhan Baimukhammedov   1994 4 1 2 1 025.00
Serik Berdalin   1995–1997 20 6 4 10 030.00
Sergei Gorokhovadatskiy   1998 5 2 1 2 040.00
Vait Talgayev   2000 9 5 0 4 055.56
Vladimir Fomichyov   2000 1 0 0 1 000.00
Vakhid Masudov   2001–2002 9 4 4 1 044.44
Leonid Pakhomov   2003–2004 9 0 2 7 000.00
Sergey Timofeev   2004–2005 13 0 1 12 000.00
Arno Pijpers   2006–2008 36 7 11 18 019.44
Bernd Storck   2008–2010 9 2 0 7 022.22
Miroslav Beránek   2011–2013 24 5 6 13 020.83
Yuri Krasnozhan   2014–2015 11 2 4 5 018.18
Talgat Baysufinov   2016–2017 8 2 3 3 025.00
Aleksandr Borodyuk   2017–2018 7 0 1 6 000.00
Stanimir Stoilov   2018 9 3 3 3 033.33
Michal Bílek   2019– 14 4 2 8 028.57

Coaching staffEdit

Currently approved:

Position Name
Head Coach   Michal Bílek
Assistant Coaches   Michal Hipp
  Kairat Nurdauletov
Goalkeeping Coach   Nikolay Rodionov
Fitness Coach   Marat Yeslyamov
Observer   Timur Kusainov
Physiotherapist   Tadeush Perekhod
Team Manager   Maksim Shaubert

Results and fixturesEdit

2019Edit

19 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 QualificationScotland  3–1  KazakhstanGlasgow, Scotland
19:45 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Hampden Park
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)

2020Edit

30 March 2020 FriendlyKazakhstan  Cancelled  LithuaniaKazakhstan
Report
30 March 2020 FriendlyKazakhstan  Cancelled  ArmeniaKazakhstan
Report
4 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueLithuania  0–2  KazakhstanVilnius, Lithuania
21:45 UTC+3 Report Zaynutdinov   4'
Kuat   86'
Stadium: LFF Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueKazakhstan  1–2  BelarusAlmaty, Kazakhstan
20:00 UTC+6
Report
Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (Georgia)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations LeagueKazakhstan  0–0  AlbaniaAlmaty, Kazakhstan
19:00 UTC+6 Report Stadium: Central Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (Moldova)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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 1GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 27) 19 0   Kairat
12 1GK Dmytro Nepohodov (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 32) 11 0   Astana
15 1GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 34) 2 0   Ordabasy

2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 30) 44 0   Tobol
21 2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 27) 30 0   Astana
4 2DF Temirlan Erlanov (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 27) 9 1   Ordabasy
23 2DF Marat Bystrov (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 28) 3 0   Akhmat Grozny
13 2DF Olzhas Kerimzhanov (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 31) 3 0   Zhetysu
3 2DF Sultan Abilgazy (1997-02-22) 22 February 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Tobol

5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 27) 35 5   Khimki
8 3MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 30) 25 0   Kaisar
19 3MF Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 22) 16 7   CSKA Moscow
6 3MF Aybol Abiken (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 24) 8 0   Kairat
7 3MF Timur Dosmagambetov (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 31) 6 0   Ordabasy
10 3MF Duman Narzildaev (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 27) 1 0   Kaisar
24 3MF Vladislav Vasiliev (1997-04-10) 10 April 1997 (age 23) 1 0   Rukh Brest

17 4FW Abat Aimbetov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 25) 10 1   Kairat
25 4FW Aybar Zhaksylykov (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Zhetysu

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (2000-08-08) 8 August 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Kairat v.   Belarus, 7 September 2020
GK Igor Shatskiy (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 31) 1 0   Shakhter Karagandy v.   Lithuania, 4 September 2020 INJ

DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 32) 51 5   Astana v.   Scotland, 19 November 2019
DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 30) 45 2   Astana v.   Lithuania, 4 September 2020 PRE
DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 30) 37 4   Kairat v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 SUS
DF Viktor Dmitrenko (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 29) 19 1   Ordabasy v.   Belgium, 13 October 2019
DF Yan Vorogovskiy (1996-09-07) 7 September 1996 (age 24) 12 1   Beerschot v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 WD
DF Aleksandr Marochkin (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 30) 10 0   Kaisar v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ
DF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 28) 10 0   Tobol v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ
DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 20) 3 0   Kairat v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 WD

MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 27) 46 3   Al-Ain v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ
MF Yuriy Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 24) 15 1   Astana v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ
MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 25) 15 0   Wisła Kraków v.   Scotland, 19 November 2019

FW Sergei Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 (age 29) 49 8   Ordabasy v.   Belarus, 7 September 2020
FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 29) 31 3   Astana v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 INJ
FW Maxim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 24) 15 1   Tobol v.   Albania, 11 October 2020 WD

PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
SUS Suspended for the next match.
WD Player was withdrawn from the roster for non-injury related reasons.
RET Retired from the national team.

Head to head recordsEdit

As of 14 October 2020.

StatisticsEdit

As of match played 14 October 2020. Players in bold are still active at international level.
Most capped players
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Samat Smakov 2000–2017 76 2
2 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 73 13
3 Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 58 7
4 Andrei Karpovich 2001–2014 55 3
5 Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 51 5
6 Sergey Khizhnichenko 2009–present 49 8
7 Bauyrzhan Islamkhan 2012–present 46 3
David Loria 2000–2019 46 0
9 Dmitri Shomko 2011–present 45 2
10 Serhiy Malyi 2014–present 44 0
Top goalscorers
Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 13 73 0.18
2 Viktor Zubarev 1997–2002 12 18 0.67
3 Dmitriy Byakov 2000–2008 8 33 0.24
Sergei Khizhnichenko 2009–present 8 49 0.16
5 Baktiyar Zaynutdinov 2017–present 7 16 0.44
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 7 58 0.12
7 Igor Avdeyev 1996–2005 6 27 0.22
Oleg Litvinenko 1996–2006 6 28 0.21
Sergei Ostapenko 2007–2014 6 42 0.14
10 Andrei Finonchenko 2003–2014 5 21 0.24
Islambek Kuat 2015–present 5 35 0.14
Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 5 35 0.14
Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 5 51 0.10

KitsEdit

Kit suppliersEdit

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996   Adidas
1996–1998   Puma
1998–1999   Grand Sport
1999–2000   Adidas
2000–2002   Nike
2002–2003   Umbro
2003–2004   Nike
2004–2005   Puma
2005–2008   Diadora
2008–2012   Umbro
2012–present   Adidas

Source: FootballShirtsVoltage.com[17]

RivalryEdit

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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