Kyrgyzstan national football team

The Kyrgyzstan national football team (Kyrgyz: Кыргыз Республикасынын улуттук курама командасы (Qyrğyz Respublikasynyn uluttuq qurama komandasy); Russian: Сборная Кыргызской Республики по футболу (Sbornaya Kirgizskoi Respubliki po Futbolu)), officially recognised by FIFA and AFC as Kyrgyz Republic, represents Kyrgyzstan in international football and is controlled by the Kyrgyz Football Union, a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Central Asian Football Association.

Kyrgyzstan
Nickname(s)Ак шумкарлар
(The White Falcons)
AssociationKyrgyz Football Union
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachAleksandr Krestinin
CaptainValery Kichin
Most capsVadim Kharchenko (51)
Top scorerMirlan Murzaev
Anton Zemlianukhin (13)
Home stadiumDolen Omurzakov Stadium
FIFA codeKGZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 99 Decrease 1 (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest75 (April-May 2018)
Lowest201 (March 2013)
First international
 Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)[2]
Biggest win
 Kyrgyzstan 7–0 Myanmar 
(Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 10 October 2019)
 Myanmar 1–8 Kyrgyzstan 
(Osaka, Japan; 11 June 2021)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)
WAFF Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup stage (1 times)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultThird place (2006)

HistoryEdit

1992 to 2010: Rough unfoldingEdit

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, Kyrgyz Republic 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.[2]

Kyrgyzstan continues to struggle, due to little interest in developing football in the Republic. In a span of 20 years, the national team had got no more than 38 matches, with a win rate 26,3%. Lack of basic developments when comparing to its Central Asian neighbors made Kyrgyzstan remain backward behind Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Despite this, Kyrgyzstan still managed to achieve some significant results, such as winning bronze in the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup.

Since 2010s: The dawnEdit

With the arrival of Sergey Dvoryankov, the team had witnessed a surge. Dvoryankov made change 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 and German 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 team 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 was grouped with South Korea, China and the Philippines, all have better head-to-head records against theirs. The underdog's 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, despite facing the host UAE, Kyrgyzstan played with full fighting spirit only to lose 2–3 after 120'.

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.

Recent fixtures and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

7 June 2021 (2021-06-07) 2022 FWCQ R2 Kyrgyzstan   0–1   Mongolia Osaka, Japan
13:00 UTC+6 Report
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Referee: Yu Ming Hsun (Chinese Taipei)
11 June 2021 (2021-06-11) 2022 FWCQ R2 Myanmar   1–8   Kyrgyzstan Osaka, Japan
16:00 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Referee: Hussein Abou Yehya (Lebanon)
15 June 2021 (2021-06-15) 2022 FWCQ R2 Japan   5–1   Kyrgyzstan Suita, Japan
19:25 UTC+9
Report
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium
Referee: Omar Al-Yaqoubi (Oman)

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

Coaching historyEdit

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 41 16 7 18 039.02
Total 110 32 14 64 029.09

a Accurate up to and including 6 December 2017.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Mongolia, Myanmar and Japan on 7, 11 and 15 June 2021 respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2021 after the match against Japan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pavel Matyash (1987-07-11) 11 July 1987 (age 33) 44 0   Alga Bishkek
1GK Valery Kashuba (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 36) 23 0   Dordoi Bishkek
1GK Kutman Kadyrbekov (1997-06-13) 13 June 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Dordoi Bishkek
1GK Erzhan Tokotaev (2000-07-17) 17 July 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Alga Bishkek

2 2DF Almazbek Malikov (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Alay Osh
3 2DF Tamirlan Kozubaev (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 26) 29 2   Shinnik Yaroslavl
4 2DF Mustafa Iusupov (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 25) 11 0   Dordoi Bishkek
5 2DF Aizar Akmatov (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 22) 7 0   Alga Bishkek
6 2DF Aleksandr Mishchenko (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 23) 6 0   Dordoi Bishkek
2DF Valery Kichin (1992-10-12) 12 October 1992 (age 28) 33 2   Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2DF Avazbek Otkeev (1993-12-04) 4 December 1993 (age 27) 5 0   Dordoi Bishkek

9 3MF Edgar Bernhardt (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 35) 40 4   Andijon
12 3MF Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 25) 14 0   Bunyodkor
15 3MF Murolimzhon Akhmedov (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 29) 13 0   Bangladesh Police
17 3MF Gulzhigit Alykulov (2000-11-25) 25 November 2000 (age 20) 9 3   Kairat
18 3MF Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 28) 43 2   Dordoi Bishkek
19 3MF Eldar Moldozhunusov (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 25) 3 0   Alay Osh
20 3MF Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov (1995-06-03) 3 June 1995 (age 26) 31 1   Sheikh Russel KC
21 3MF Farhat Musabekov (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 27) 38 2   Dordoi Bishkek
22 3MF Alimardon Shukurov (1999-09-28) 28 September 1999 (age 21) 11 3   Neman Grodno
23 3MF Akhlidin Israilov (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 26) 27 2   Alay Osh
3MF Bekzhan Sagynbaev (1994-09-11) 11 September 1994 (age 26) 19 4   Dordoi Bishkek

7 4FW Tursunali Rustamov (1990-01-31) 31 January 1990 (age 31) 21 5   Dordoi Bishkek
8 4FW Abay Bokoleyev (1996-02-03) 3 February 1996 (age 25) 3 1   Dordoi Bishkek
10 4FW Mirlan Murzaev (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 31) 48 14   Dordoi Bishkek
14 4FW Ernist Batyrkanov (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Kyzylzhar

Recent call upsEdit

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



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

RecordsEdit

As of match played 11 June 2021[5]
Players in bold are still active with Kyrgyzstan.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 8 3 1 4 19 12
      2026 To de determined To be determined
Total 0/23 39 15 6 19 57 61

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)Edit

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 to   1988 Part of   Soviet Union Part of   Soviet Union
  1992 Not a AFC member Not a AFC member
  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
  2015 2012 & 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
  2019 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 14 8 3 3 26 17
  2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/17 15th 4 1 0 3 6 7 23 10 3 10 35 37

AFC Challenge CupEdit

West Asian ChampionshipEdit

Year Round Pld W D L GS GA
  2000 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 8
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 Pld W D* L GF GA
2006 Semi-finals   5 2 1 2 11 8

*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b Hyung-Jin, Yoon (30 April 2006). "Kyrgyzstan International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 June 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  4. ^ Национальная сборная (in Russian). Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Kyrgyzstan - Record International Players". RSSSF.

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