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.
(The White Falcons)
|Association||Kyrgyz Football Union|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Aleksandr Krestinin|
|Most caps||Vadim Kharchenko (51)|
|Top scorer||Mirlan Murzaev|
Anton Zemlianukhin (13)
|Home stadium||Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|Current||99 1 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||75 (April-May 2018)|
|Lowest||201 (March 2013)|
| Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan |
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)
| Kyrgyzstan 7–0 Myanmar |
(Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 10 October 2019)
Myanmar 1–8 Kyrgyzstan
(Osaka, Japan; 11 June 2021)
| Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan |
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2019)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2019)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Group stage (1 times)|
|AFC Challenge Cup|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2006)|
|Best result||Third place (2006)|
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 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.
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'.
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 2022 FWCQ R2||Kyrgyzstan||0–1||Mongolia||Osaka, Japan|
||Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai|
Referee: Yu Ming Hsun (Chinese Taipei)
|11 June 2021 2022 FWCQ R2||Myanmar||1–8||Kyrgyzstan||Osaka, Japan|
||Report||Stadium: Yanmar Stadium Nagai|
Referee: Hussein Abou Yehya (Lebanon)
- As of 10 January 2019
|Head coach||Aleksandr Krestinin|
|Assistant coach|| Nikolai Yuzhanin |
|Goalkeeping coach||Zakir Jalilov|
|Fitness coach||Dmitry Gureev|
|Executive director||Yevgeniy Frolov|
|Meklis Koshaliyev||August 1992||February 1996||15||1||3||11||6.67|
|Yevgeniy Novikov||June 1997||February 2001||19||4||1||14||21.05|
|Nematjan Zakirov||March 2003||March 2006||12||4||2||6||33.33|
|Boris Podkorytov||March 2006||December 2006||6||3||0||3||50.00|
|Nematjan Zakirov||January 2007||December 2008||12||4||0||8||33.33|
|Anarbek Ormonbekov||January 2009||May 2011||13||3||3||7||23.08|
|Murat Jumakeev||May 2011||September 2012||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Sergey Dvoryankov||September 2012||May 2014||6||3||1||2||50.00|
|Mirlan Eshenov (Caretaker)||May 2014||October 2014||3||0||0||3||0.00|
|Aleksandr Krestinin||October 2014||Presenta||41||16||7||18||39.02|
a Accurate up to and including 6 December 2017.
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.
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.
- As of match played 11 June 2021
- Players in bold are still active with Kyrgyzstan.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup qualification|
|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|
|2026||To de determined||To be determined|
2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)Edit
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|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|
|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|
AFC Challenge CupEdit
West Asian ChampionshipEdit
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.
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
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