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Kyrgyzstan national football team

The Kyrgyzstan national football team (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Республикасынын улуттук курама командасы (Kırgız Respublikasının uluttuk kurama komandası); Russian: Сборная Киргизии по футболу (Sbornaya Kirgizii po Futbolu)) represents Kyrgyzstan in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic, a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Central Asian Football Association.

Kyrgyzstan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Ак шумкарлар
(The White Falcons)
AssociationFootball Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachAleksandr Krestinin
CaptainValery Kichin
Most capsVadim Kharchenko (51)
Top scorerAnton Zemlianukhin (12)
Home stadiumDolen Omurzakov Stadium
FIFA codeKGZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 94 Increase 3 (24 October 2019)[1]
Highest75 (April-May 2018)
Lowest201 (March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 137 Increase 9 (18 October 2019)[2]
Highest136 (January 2019)
Lowest178 (February 2013)
First international
 Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)[3]
Biggest win
 Kyrgyzstan 7–0 Myanmar 
(Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 10 October 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)

HistoryEdit

1992 to 2010: struggleEdit

After the breakup of the Soviet Union and declaration of its independence, Kyrgyzstan became a fully recognized FIFA and AFC member. They played their first match away in Tashkent, against Uzbekistan on 23 August 1992 in the Central Asia Tournament, losing 3–0.

In June 1993, Kyrgyzstan travelled to Tehran, Iran for the 1993 ECO Cup. They lost 3–2 on 6 June to Azerbaijan and then drew 1–1 two days later against Tajikistan.

In April 1994, Kyrgyzstan played other Central Asian teams in a tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On 13 April they lost 5–1 to Turkmenistan, then on 15 April 1–0 to Tajikistan. On 17 April they drew 0–0 against Kazakhstan before losing 3–0 to the hosts two days later.[3]

Kyrgyzstan continued to struggle, due to little interests of developing football in Kyrgyzstan. The national team often lacked basic developments to develop the national team, comparing to its Central Asian neighbors, making Kyrgyzstan remained backward behind Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the latter being the strongest team in the region. Despite this, Kyrgyzstan still managed to achieve some significant results, such as winning bronze in the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup.

Since 2010s: Rise of Kyrgyz footballEdit

With the arrival of Sergey Dvoryankov, the team had witnessed a significant resurgence. Dvoryankov had made a significant progress by calling and naturalizing a number of foreign players into the national team of Kyrgyzstan such as Ghana's David Tetteh, Elijah Ari and Daniel Tagoe; Cameroon's Claude Maka Kum; Germany's Viktor Maier, Vitalij Lux, Viktor Kelm and Edgar Bernhardt; as well as calling more Kyrgyz-born Russian players to play for the team. As for the result, Kyrgyzstan's football dramatically improved. The White Falcons had made up significantly good result during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, when Kyrgyzstan managed to defeat its long time neighbor-rival, Tajikistan, or defeating Jordan, which is regarded as a strong team who had also beaten Australia before, as well as managed to play well against Asian champions Australia despite losing both matches.

Under another Russian manager, Aleksandr Krestinin, Kyrgyzstan is heading to qualify for its first ever AFC Asian Cup since independence, when they placed themselves against India, Myanmar and Macau. On 22 March 2018, after thrashing Myanmar 5–1, Kyrgyzstan had finally qualified for their first ever AFC Asian Cup in the history.

2019 AFC Asian CupEdit

Kyrgyzstan participated in their first ever Asian Cup edition, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Prior to the tournament, Kyrgyzstan was considered as an underdog, being grouped with South Korea, China and the Philippines, both have better head-to-head records against Kyrgyzstan. In spite of these hardship, Kyrgyzstan made an outstanding performance, losing to China and South Korea both by just one goal margin, before cruising against the Philippines 3–1 to progress as one of the best third-place team in their maiden debut. In the knockout stage, Kyrgyzstan faced host UAE, and despite facing the host, Kyrgyzstan performed with full fighting spirit, only to lose 2–3 after 120'.

RecordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1990 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 5 3 0 2 12 11
    2002 6 1 1 4 3 9
  2006 8 3 1 4 11 12
  2010 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2014 2 0 0 2 0 7
  2018 8 4 2 2 10 8
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/23 31 12 5 15 38 49

Asian Cup recordEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1992 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1996 Did not qualify 4 1 0 3 3 7
  2000 3 0 0 3 3 11
  2004 2 1 0 1 3 2
     2007 Did not enter Did not enter
  2011 Did not qualify 2008 & 2010 AFC Challenge Cup was used to determine
qualification for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
  2015 2012 & 2014 AFC Challenge Cup are used to determine
qualification for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
  2019 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 14 8 3 3 26 17
Total 1/17 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 23 10 3 10 35 37

Asian GamesEdit

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 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1954 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1958 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1962 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1966 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1970 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1974 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1982 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1986 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1990 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1994 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1998 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–present See Kyrgyzstan national under-23 football team
Total 0/13 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC Challenge Cup recordEdit

West Asian ChampionshipEdit

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D L GS GA
  2000 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
  2002 Did not enter
  2004
  2007
  2008
  2010
  2012
  2014
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 0 8

ELF CupEdit

In 2006, Kyrgyzstan took part in the inaugural ELF Cup in Northern Cyprus. This competition was originally intended to be for teams that were not members of FIFA; however, the organisers extended invitations to both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, who were both represented by their national futsal teams.

Year Round Position Matches Wins Draws* Losses Goals Scored Goals Against
2006 Semi-finals   5 2 1 2 11 8

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup
2   Jordan 8 5 1 2 21 7 +14 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round
3   Kyrgyzstan 8 4 2 2 10 8 +2 14
4   Tajikistan 8 1 2 5 9 20 −11 5 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
5   Bangladesh 8 0 1 7 2 32 −30 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent fixtures and resultsEdit

2019Edit

2020Edit

31 March 2020 2022 FWCQ R2Myanmar  v  KyrgyzstanTBA, Myanmar

Coaching staffEdit

As of 10 January 2019[4]
Head coach   Aleksandr Krestinin
Assistant coach   Nikolai Yuzhanin
  Vladimir Salo
  Igor Kudrenko
  Talant Samsaliev
Goalkeeping coach   Zakir Jalilov
Fitness coach   Dmitry Gureev
Executive director   Yevgeniy Frolov
Administrator   Azamat Alykulov
Medical   Nurbek Ismailov

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

9 November 2019 Friendly Match Uzbekistan Match date: 14 & 19 November 2019 Opposition: Japan & Tajikistan
Competition: 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pavel Matyash (1987-07-11)11 July 1987 (aged 32) 39 0   Dordoi Bishkek
13 1GK Kutman Kadyrbekov (1997-06-13)13 June 1997 (aged 22) 3 0   Dordoi Bishkek
16 1GK Valery Kashuba (1984-09-14)14 September 1984 (aged 35) 21 0   Dordoi Bishkek

2 2DF Valery Kichin (1992-10-12)12 October 1992 (aged 27) 30 2   Dinamo Minsk
3 2DF Tamirlan Kozubaev (1994-07-01)1 July 1994 (aged 25) 24 1   PKNS
4 2DF Mustafa Iusupov (1995-07-01)1 July 1995 (aged 24) 8 0   Dordoi Bishkek
5 2DF Aizar Akmatov (1998-08-24)24 August 1998 (aged 21) 4 0   Alga Bishkek
6 2DF Viktor Maier (1990-05-16)16 May 1990 (aged 29) 19 1   Wiedenbrück
2DF Azamat Baimatov (1989-12-03)3 December 1989 (aged 29) 30 0   Dordoi Bishkek
2DF Aleksandr Mishchenko (1997-07-30)30 July 1997 (aged 22) 1 0   Dordoi Bishkek
17 2DF Akram Umarov (1994-02-07)7 February 1994 (aged 25) 2 0   Alay Osh

8 3MF Gulzhigit Alykulov (2000-11-25)25 November 2000 (aged 18) 3 2   Neman Grodno
9 3MF Edgar Bernhardt (1986-03-30)30 March 1986 (aged 33) 32 4   Kedah FA
11 3MF Bekzhan Sagynbaev (1994-09-11)11 September 1994 (aged 25) 16 4   Dordoi Bishkek
12 3MF Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (1996-03-18)18 March 1996 (aged 23) 10 0   Alay
15 3MF Murolimzhon Akhmedov (1992-01-05)5 January 1992 (aged 27) 10 0   Dordoi Bishkek
18 3MF Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu (1993-06-13)13 June 1993 (aged 26) 36 2   Dordoi Bishkek
20 3MF Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov (1995-06-03)3 June 1995 (aged 24) 28 1   Bashundhara Kings
21 3MF Farhat Musabekov (1994-01-03)3 January 1994 (aged 25) 34 0   Dordoi Bishkek
22 3MF Alimardon Shukurov (1999-09-28)28 September 1999 (aged 20) 6 2   Boluspor
23 3MF Akhlidin Israilov (1994-09-16)16 September 1994 (aged 25) 25 2 Free agent

10 4FW Mirlan Murzaev (1990-03-29)29 March 1990 (aged 29) 42 10   Dordoi Bishkek
19 4FW Vitalij Lux (1989-02-27)27 February 1989 (aged 30) 29 8   SSV Ulm


Recent call upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kalysbek Akimaliev (1992-11-16)16 November 1992 (aged 26) 1 0   Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
GK Arstan Kudaiberdiev (1999-12-15)15 December 1999 (aged 19) 0 0   Ilbirs Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

DF Avazbek Otkeev (1993-12-04)4 December 1993 (aged 25) 5 0   Dordoi Bishkek v.   Mongolia, 15 October 2019
DF Veniamin Shumeyko (1989-02-02)2 February 1989 (aged 29) 16 0   Becamex Bình Dương 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Avazbek Otkeev (1993-12-04)4 December 1993 (aged 25) 5 0   Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Amanbek Manybekov (1995-08-06)6 August 1995 (aged 23) 4 0   Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Askarbek Saliev (1995-05-25)25 May 1995 (aged 23) 0 0   Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Kamolidin Tashiev (2000-02-09)9 February 2000 (aged 18) 0 0   Abdysh-Ata Kant 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

MF Tursunali Rustamov (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 (aged 29) 16 4   Alga Bishkek v.   Mongolia, 15 October 2019
MF Islam Shamshiev (1991-03-01)1 March 1991 (aged 27) 19 1   Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
MF Sherzod Shakirov (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 (aged 28) 14 0   Sogdiana Jizzakh 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

FW Kadyrbek Shaarbekov (1998-02-02)2 February 1998 (aged 20) 1 0   Dordoi Bishkek 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squadsEdit

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

 
Vadim Kharchenko is the most capped player in the history of Kyrgyzstan with 51 caps.
As of match played 22 March 2018, the 10 players with the most caps:
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Vadim Kharchenko 2003–2015 51 3
2 Ruslan Sydykov 1997–2013 43 1
3 Vyacheslav Amin 2000–2009 38 1
4 Davron Askarov 2006– 37 0
Ildar Amirov 2006– 37 2
6 Talant Samsaliev 2003–2015 35 1
7 Vladimir Salo 1994–2004 30 0
Mirlan Murzaev 2009– 30 6
Azamat Baymatov 2010– 30 4
10 Pavel Matyash 2009– 29 0

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

 
Anton Zemlianukhin is the top scorer in the history of Kyrgyzstan with 12 goals

Top goalscorersEdit

As of match played 10 October 2019
# Name Career Goals Caps Avg/game
1 Anton Zemlianukhin 2007– 12 25 0.46
2 Mirlan Murzaev 2009– 10 41 0.22
3 Vitalij Lux 2015– 8 28 0.29
4 Azamat Baymatov 2010– 4 32 0.13
Edgar Bernhardt 2014– 4 31 0.13
Tursunali Rustamov 2012– 4 15 0.27
Bekzhan Sagynbaev 2018– 4 15 0.27
8 Zamirbek Zhumagulov 1992–2003 3 18 0.17
Farhat Haitbaev 1994–2000 3 17 0.18
Sergey Kutsov 1996–2001 3 16 0.19
Ruslan Jamshidov 1999–2011 3 28 0.11
Sergey Chikishev 2003–2010 3 12 0.25
Vadim Kharchenko 2003–2015 3 51 0.06
Cholponbek Esenkul Uulu 2007– 3 9 0.33
David Tetteh 2013– 3 14 0.21

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

CoachesEdit

Manager From To Record
G W D L Win %
  Meklis Koshaliyev August 1992 February 1996 15 1 3 11 006.67
  Yevgeniy Novikov June 1997 February 2001 19 4 1 14 021.05
  Nematjan Zakirov March 2003 March 2006 12 4 2 6 033.33
  Boris Podkorytov March 2006 December 2006 6 3 0 3 050.00
  Nematjan Zakirov January 2007 December 2008 12 4 0 8 033.33
  Anarbek Ormonbekov January 2009 May 2011 13 3 3 7 023.08
  Murat Jumakeev May 2011 September 2012 3 0 0 3 000.00
  Sergey Dvoryankov September 2012 May 2014 6 3 1 2 050.00
  Mirlan Eshenov (Caretaker) May 2014 October 2014 3 0 0 3 000.00
  Aleksandr Krestinin October 2014 Presenta 23 11 4 8 047.83
Total 110 32 14 64 029.09

a Accurate up to and including 6 December 2017.

RivalriesEdit

The principal rival of the Kyrgyzstan national football team is the culturally, as well as the northern geographical neighbor of Kyrgyzstan — Kazakhstan national football team. The matches between these two teams are of great importance for the fans of both teams, and the matches with the participation of these teams turn into a full house among the fans. Also, the matches with the Tajikistan national football team — with the southern neighbor of Kyrgyzstan, as well as with other Central Asian teams (national teams of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) have some principle.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hyung-Jin, Yoon (30 April 2006). "Kyrgyzstan International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ Национальная сборная (in Russian). Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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