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The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы, Qazaqstan Ulttyq Fýtbol Kuramasy) represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by 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 112 Increase 2 (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest83 (September 2016)
Lowest166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 108 Increase 8 (20 August 2019)[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 Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)

Contents

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 January 25, 2002.

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]

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 USSR (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 To be determined 1 1 0 0 3 0
  2024 - - - - - -
Total 0/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 5 7 23 27 63
  1. ^ In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

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 USSR (UEFA member) - - - - - -
  1996 Did not qualify - - - - - - 4 1 0 3 1 6
  2000 Did not qualify - - - - - - 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 24 March 2019
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– 2 1 0 1 050.00

Coaching staffEdit

Currently approved:

Head coach   Michal Bílek
Coach   Michal Hipp
Coach   Talgat Baysufinov
Goalkeeping coach   Nikolay Rodionov

Results and fixturesEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for Euro 2020 qualifying games against Belgium on 8 June and against San Marino on 11 June 2019.
Caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2019, after the game against San Marino.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 15 0   Kairat
12 1GK Dmytro Nepohodov (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 31) 5 0   Ordabasy
22 1GK Igor Shatskiy (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Shakhter Karagandy

18 2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 29) 41 2   Astana
2 2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 29) 34 0   Ordabasy
16 2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 29) 29 3   Kairat
21 2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 26) 25 0   Astana
6 2DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 29) 16 0   Kairat
7 2DF Timur Dosmagambetov (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 30) 5 0   Ordabasy
4 2DF Temirlan Erlanov (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Ordabasy
23 2DF Aleksandr Marochkin (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 29) 1 0   Kaisar
13 2DF Olzhas Kerimzhanov (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 30) 0 0   Zhetysu

9 3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 (age 26) 37 3   Kairat
5 3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 26) 27 4   Kairat
8 3MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 29) 20 0   Kaisar
10 3MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 24) 12 0   Kairat
11 3MF Yan Vorogovskiy (1996-09-07) 7 September 1996 (age 22) 6 1   Beerschot
20 3MF Maxim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 23) 6 1   Tobol

15 4FW Bauyrzhan Turysbek (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 (age 27) 12 3   Tobol
14 4FW Yuriy Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 23) 7 1   Astana
3 4FW Toktar Zhangylyshbay (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Ordabasy
17 4FW Abat Aimbetov (1995-08-07) 7 August 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Aktobe

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 Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 (age 33) 2 0   Kairat v.   Georgia, 19 November 2018
GK Nenad Erić RET (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 (age 37) 8 0   Astana v.   Latvia, 15 November 2018

DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 (age 31) 50 5   Astana v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 (age 19) 1 0   Kairat v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
DF Yevgeny Postnikov RET (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 33) 8 0   Astana v.   Scotland, 21 March 2019
DF Aybol Abiken (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 23) 0 0   Kairat v.   Andorra, 10 September 2018
DF Stanislav Lunin INJ (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Irtysh Pavlodar v.   Georgia, 6 September 2018 WD

MF Azat Nurgaliev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 33) 40 3   Tobol v.   Belgium, 8 June 2019 INJ
MF Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 21) 10 4   Rostov v.   Belgium, 8 June 2019 INJ
MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30) 22 1   Astana v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
MF Alexander Merkel (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Heracles Almelo v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
MF Duman Narzildayev (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Kaisar v.   Georgia, 19 November 2018
MF Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 24) 10 1   Ordabasy v.   Latvia, 15 November 2018
MF Magomed Paragulgov (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Irtysh Pavlodar v.   Andorra, 16 October 2018

FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 28) 27 1   Ordabasy v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 25) 22 3   Astana v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
FW Yerkebulan Seydakhmet (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 19) 6 2   Kairat v.   Russia, 24 March 2019
FW Oralkhan Omirtayev (1998-07-16) 16 July 1998 (age 21) 2 2   Shakhter Karagandy v.   Moldova, 2 February 2019

PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Head to head recordsEdit

As of 5 June 2018.

StatisticsEdit

As of 11 June 2019. 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 8
4 Andrei Karpovich 2001–2014 55 3
5 Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 50 5
6 Sergey Khizhnichenko 2009–present 47 8
7 David Loria 2000–present 46 0
8 Sergei Ostapenko 2007–2014 42 6
9 Azat Nurgaliev 2009–present 40 3
Dmitri Shomko 2011–present 40 2
Top goalscorers
Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 13 73 0.17
2 Viktor Zubarev 1997–2002 12 18 0.66
3 Dmitriy Byakov 2000–2008 8 33 0.24
Sergei Khizhnichenko 2009–present 8 47 0.17
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 8 58 0.15
6 Igor Avdeyev 1996–2005 6 27 0.22
Oleg Litvinenko 1996–2006 6 28 0.21
Sergei Ostapenko 2007–2014 6 42 0.18
9 Kairat Nurdauletov 2003–2013 5 35 0.14
Andrei Finonchenko 2003–2014 5 21 0.24
Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 5 50 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[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Kazakhstan - List of International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). web.archive.org. 7 April 2005.
  5. ^ FIFA.com. "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany ™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  6. ^ "World Cup 2006 Qualifying". www.rsssf.com.
  7. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA EURO 2008 - History - Standings". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "TheFA.com - Qualifying fixtures agreed". archive.vn. 13 May 2008.
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  10. ^ FIFA.com. "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  11. ^ UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group A
  12. ^ uefa.com. "UEFA EURO 2016 - History - Standings". UEFA.com.
  13. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Qualifiers - Europe". FIFA.com.
  14. ^ UEFA.com. "UEFA Nations League - Standings". UEFA.com.
  15. ^ "Kazakhstan National Football Team Kit". FootballShirtsVoltage.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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