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

Kyrgyz Republic
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 95 Steady (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest75 (April-May 2018)
Lowest201 (March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 137 Increase 14 (20 August 2019)[2]
Highest136 (January 2019)
Lowest178 (February 2013)
First international
 Uzbekistan 3–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 23 August 1992)[3]
Biggest win
 Kyrgyzstan 6–0 Maldives 
(Tehran, Iran; 13 June 1997)
Biggest defeat
 Iran 7–0 Kyrgyzstan 
(Damascus, Syria; 4 June 1997)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultRound of 16 (2019)

Contents

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 Was part of   USSR
  1994 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 GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
 1956 Was part of   Soviet Union Did not enter
 1960
 1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980
  1984
  1988
  1992
  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
  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

Central Asian ChampionshipEdit

Host nation(s) / year Round Pld W D* L GS GA Dif Pts
  2018 - - - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - - -

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-Final   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

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

2020Edit

Coaching staffEdit

As of 10 January 2019[6]
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

The 35-man provisional squad was announced on 3 December 2018.[7] The final squad was announced on 27 December 2018.[8] Viktor Maier was replaced by Pavel Sidorenko on 2 January 2019 due to injury.[9]
Competition: 2019 AFC Asian Cup
Caps and goals updated as of 16 January 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Pavel Matyash (1987-07-11)11 July 1987 (aged 31) 38 0   Dordoi Bishkek
12 1GK Kutman Kadyrbekov (1997-06-13)13 June 1997 (aged 21) 2 0   Ala-Too Naryn
16 1GK Valery Kashuba (1984-09-14)14 September 1984 (aged 34) 23 0   Dordoi Bishkek

2 2DF Valery Kichin (1992-10-12)12 October 1992 (aged 26) 28 1   Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
3 2DF Tamirlan Kozubaev (1994-07-01)1 July 1994 (aged 24) 19 1   PKNS
4 2DF Mustafa Iusupov (1995-07-01)1 July 1995 (aged 23) 7 0   Dordoi Bishkek
5 2DF Aizar Akmatov (1998-08-24)24 August 1998 (aged 20) 4 0   Alga Bishkek
17 2DF Daniel Tagoe (1986-03-03)3 March 1986 (aged 32) 21 0   Abahani Limited

6 3MF Pavel Sidorenko (1987-03-26)26 March 1987 (aged 31) 28 0   Dordoi Bishkek
7 3MF Tursunali Rustamov (1990-01-31)31 January 1990 (aged 28) 13 2   Alga Bishkek
8 3MF Aziz Sydykov (1992-06-23)23 June 1992 (aged 26) 27 1   Sanat Naft
9 3MF Edgar Bernhardt (1986-03-30)30 March 1986 (aged 32) 31 1   Kedah FA
11 3MF Bekzhan Sagynbaev (1994-09-11)11 September 1994 (aged 24) 12 3   Dordoi Bishkek
12 3MF Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (1996-03-18)18 March 1996 (aged 22) 8 0   Alay
13 3MF Murolimzhon Akhmedov (1992-01-05)5 January 1992 (aged 27) 7 0   Andijon
18 3MF Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu (1993-06-13)13 June 1993 (aged 25) 34 2   Dordoi Bishkek
20 3MF Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov (1995-06-03)3 June 1995 (aged 23) 25 1   Bashundhara Kings
21 3MF Farhat Musabekov (1994-01-03)3 January 1994 (aged 25) 29 0   Dordoi Bishkek
22 3MF Anton Zemlianukhin (1988-12-11)11 December 1988 (aged 30) 29 13   Ilbirs Bishkek
23 3MF Akhlidin Israilov (1994-09-16)16 September 1994 (aged 24) 26 3   Andijon

10 4FW Mirlan Murzaev (1990-03-29)29 March 1990 (aged 28) 40 8   Dordoi Bishkek
14 4FW Ernist Batyrkanov (1998-02-21)21 February 1998 (aged 20) 6 0   Dordoi Bishkek
19 4FW Vitalij Lux (1989-02-27)27 February 1989 (aged 29) 25 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 Viktor Maier (1990-05-16)16 May 1990 (aged 28) 18 1   Wiedenbrück 2019 AFC Asian Cup INJ
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 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
MF Alimardon Shukurov (1999-09-28)28 September 1999 (aged 19) 2 0   Abdysh-Ata Kant 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 27 March 2018
# Name Career Goals Caps Avg/game
1 Anton Zemlianukhin 2007– 12 25 0.46
2 Mirlan Murzaev 2009– 7 31 0.2
3 Vitalij Lux 2015– 5 20 0.25
4 Azamat Baymatov 2010– 4 31 0.13
5 Zamirbek Zhumagulov 1992–2003 3 18 0.17
Farhat Haitbaev 1994–2000 3 17 0.18
Sergey Kutsov 1996–2001 3 16 0.19
Sergey Chikishev 2003–2010 3 12 0.25
Vadim Kharchenko 2003–2015 3 51 0.06
Ruslan Jamshidov 2006– 3 28 0.11
Cholponbek Esenkul Uulu 2007– 3 9 0.33
David Tetteh 2013– 3 13 0.23

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

  1. ^ On 24 November 2017, the AFC announced that the match will be played on 22 March 2018 at a neutral venue, with the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic covering all the costs of the Myanmar team and of the match organisation, including airfares and accommodation.[4] The two Member Associations will be requested to agree on the neutral venue, and if they fail to reach a consensus the AFC will make the appointment.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hyung-Jin, Yoon (30 April 2006). "Kyrgyzstan International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  4. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee decisions". AFC. 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ Ooi Kin Fai (10 June 2018). "Malaysia line up 6 friendlies in lead up to AFF Championship". Sporting News. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  6. ^ Национальная сборная (in Russian). Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ Состав Национальной сборной КР на УТС в Катаре. FFKR (in Russian). 3 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Here are the 23 players selected to represent Kyrgyz Republic at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019". FFKR. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. ^ Виктор Майер не сыграет на Кубке Азии – 2019 из-за травмы. FFKR (in Russian). 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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