Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov (Uzbek: Mirjalol Qoʻshoqovich Qosimov, Russian: Мирджалол Кушакович Касымов; in English also: Mirdjalal Kasimov or Kasymov) (born 17 September 1970) is a former head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team. He also played for the national team as a playmaker. Qosimov is currently the manager of AGMK.
|Full name||Mirjalol Kushakovich Qosimov|
|Date of birth||17 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8+1⁄2 in)|
|2000–2001||Krylia Sovetov Samara||48||(7)|
|1986–1987||Soviet Union U18||31||(3)|
|1990–1991||Soviet Union (olimpic)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Qosimov finished his career in 2005 with FK Mash'al Mubarek, which plays in Uzbek League (Uzbek: O'zbekiston Oliy Ligasi). He played a vital role in Mash'al becoming runners-up during the 2005 Uzbek national football club championship, which was the club's best ever finish. 2005 he decided to finish his career. Kasimov previously starred for Pakhtakor and Alania Vladikavkaz in Russia. With 210 goals in his playing career he is a member of Club 200 of Berador Abduraimov and Gennadi Krasnitsky club. He is one of the most successful and famous players of Uzbek football of the modern period.
Qosimov was the first Uzbekistani and the second Asian player after South Korean Cha Bum-Kun to have scored in UEFA competitions, UEFA Cup. On 12 September 1995, in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup, he scored for Alania against Liverpool.
In 1987, Qosimov got his first international experience as a member of the Soviet U-17 football team and won with the national USSR team the FIFA U-16 championship in Canada, becoming one of the rising stars of the tournament. One year later, 1988 Mirdjalol with USSR U-18 won the European U-18 Football championship title
In 1994 Uzbekistan won the Asian Games and he was selected as the best midfield player in Asia; in 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2004 he was named the best football player in Uzbekistan. Kasimov captained the Uzbek national team for a long time in the 2000s. His last international match in the national team was against the Bahrain national football team in the World Cup 2006 qualifiers in Tashkent.
He played his final match in professional football on 2 June 2007 at MHSK Stadium in Tashkent against a combined team of European and Asian stars. The match brought together famous players such as Iranian Ali Daei, his counterpart Alireza Mansurian, and ex-Qatar international Mubarak Mustapha, his former trainer from Alania, Valeri Gazzaev, Russian footballers Viktor Onopko and Andrei Karyaka. It was the last match in his bright career that lasted more than 20 years and 67 appearances in the uniform of the national team and 31 goals.
He started his trainer career as coach of Mash'al Mubarek, his last player station, where he retired as player. In 2006, he became co-trainer to Rauf Inileev of the Uzbekistan national and Uzbekistan Olympic football team. In December 2007 Kasymov was appointed as coach of Bunyodkor. In 2008, he managed to bring his club to the semi-final of the AFC Champions League in the club's first appearance in this tournament, which is considered to be the best international performance of Bunyodkor's history actually. Bunyodkor won in quarterfinal of tournament in two leg matches Saipa. On 25 September 2008 Brazilian legend, Zico was appointed as the new coach of Bunyodkor, Kasimov remained adviser-coach at club side.
On 16 September 2008, he became head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team for the qualification stage of the 2010 World cup. On 6 April 2010 he was replaced by Vadim Abramov as national team trainer. After Luiz Felipe Scolari left Bunyodkor in May 2010, Qosimov was named coach of the club again.
On 4 June 2012, Qosimov was appointed as the new head coach of the Uzbekistan national football team for the second time after Vadim Abramov resigned from his post (lost 0-1 against Iran at home).
On 3 January 2013, IFFHS published its list of The World's best National Coach 2012 and Qosimov ranked 14th in the list among 17 coaches with 6 points, followed by Oleg Blokhin and the current coach of Switzerland, Ottmar Hitzfeld. In monthly survey Coach of the Month by Football Federation over the 2012 Kasymov was named best coach 6 times. UFF named Kasymov Coach of the Year on 21 January 2013.
On 22 December 2018 Qosimov was appointed as head coach of AGMK to prepare team for upcoming 2019 Uzbekistan Super League and qualification matches of 2019 AFC Champions League. On 12 February 2019 in 2nd preliminary round of 2019 AFC Champions League AGMK won Istiklol by 4:0. But in next play-off round one leg match on 19 February 2019 lost to Al-Nassr 0:4 und failed to qualify to group stage tournament.
- Russian Premier League (1): 1995
- Russian Premier League runner-up (2): 1992, 1996
- Uzbekistan Super League (3): 1998, 2002, 2003
- Uzbekistan Super League runner-up (2): 1993, 2005
- Uzbek Cup (4): 1993, 1997, 2002, 2003
- Uzbekistan Footballer of the Year (4): 1993, 1998, 2001, 2004
- Uzbek League Topscorer: 1998 (22 goals)
- Uzbekistan Super League (3): 2010, 2011, 2013
- Uzbekistan Super League runner-up: 2012
- Uzbek Cup (3): 2010, 2012, 2013
- AFC Champions League semi-final (2): 2008, 2012
- Uzbekistan Coach of the Year (1): 2012
Mirjalol Qosimov as Alania Vladikavkaz player performed 3 international appearances in UEFA tournaments. In the UEFA Cup season 1995–96 Kasymov played twice in a match against FC Liverpool won by albion team with 2–1 and scored an only goal of his team. In UEFA Champions League season 1996–97 qualifying round he played in a match against Rangers F.C. on 7 August 1996 won by Rangers with 3–1.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||CL and UEFA Cup||Total|
- This match was annulled by FIFA as a World Cup Qualifier (and later replayed) but counts as a friendly for the Uzbek FA.
- "1995-96 UEFA CUP, Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz - Liverpool. www.lfcineurope.com
- "Canada 1987: USSR best by far"
- Soviets savour U18 success
- Прощальный матч Мирджалола Касымова, 4 June 2007 (in Russian) Archived 25 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Mirdzhalal Kushakovich Kasymov - Goals in International Matches.
- "Касымов – тренер "Курувчи" , 05.12.2007 (in Russian).
- "Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Bunyodkor coach". UzDaily.com. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Goal.com's Asian Best XI for May". Goal.com. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Archived copy" Мирджалол Касымов возглавил национальную сборную Узбекистана (in Russian). the-uff.com. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Vadim Abramov resigns as Uzbekistan coach" (in Russian). UzDaily.com. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "IFFHS: The Worlds best National Coach 2012". IFFHS. 3 January 2013.
- "Миржалол Касымов – в списке лучших тренеров мира". gazeta.uz. 4 January 2013.
- Санджар Турсунов и Мирджалол Касымов названы лучшими в 2012 году (in Russian). gazeta.uz. 21 January 2013.
- "Mirjalal Kasimov resigns as Bunyodkor head coach". UzDaily.com. 5 April 2014.
- "UEFA 1995/96 Spartak (Alania) Vladikavkaz - Liverpool FC". YouTube.
- "Rangers - Alania Vladikavkaz -3:1, 7 August 1996". YouTube.
- "Mirjalol Kasymov Profile and Statistics" (in Russian). Sport Express.
- Mirjalol Qosimov Player info at uzfootball.uz
- Mirdzhalal Kushakovich Kasymov - Goals in International Matches
- Mirjalol Qosimov at National-Football-Teams.com