Odil Ahmedov (Uzbek Cyrillic: Одил Аҳмедов; born 25 November 1987) is an Uzbek international footballer, who plays for Shanghai SIPG. He usually plays as a central midfielder, but also played as a centre back during the 2011 Asian Cup, because of some injured defenders.
Ahmedov with FC Krasnodar in 2015
|Full name||Odil Alimzhanovich Ahmedov|
|Date of birth||25 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Namangan, Uzbek SSR, USSR|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019
It was revealed by Pakhtakor that Odil Ahmedov had received offers from foreign clubs such as the Russian Premier League members Krylia Sovetov Samara and FC Dynamo Moscow. But Pakhtakor officials believed that Odil Ahmedov deserves a better offer referring to the top European clubs such as the ones from England, Spain, Germany, Italy, and France.
After his stunning performance at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, a lot of clubs showed interest in him, for example the Russian teams such as Rubin Kazan, Anzhi Makhachkala, and Lokomotiv Moscow, Spanish side Málaga CF, English side Bolton Wanderers, French side AS Monaco, Saudi side Al-Ittihad, Ukrainian sides Dynamo Kiev and Metalist Kharkiv, and the Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K.. The highest prices were from the Saudi side Al-Shabab who have offered 8 million euros, and the Qatari side Al-Gharafa offering 12 million euros.
Since the European transfer window closed on 31 January, Odil Akhmedov could not play in a European club till the summer transfer window opens. He still have had the offer from Al-Shabab for 8 million euros, and Al-Gharafa for 12 million euros, he needed to make his decision before the clubs canceled their offer, or else he might be left at his current club Pakhtakor.
There were rumours that Odil Akhmedov was seen in front of the Jeonbuk's office.
On 4 February 2011 U.F.F. revealed that Odil Akhmedov moved to Russia where he would play his next season, but the name of the club was not revealed. According to unknown source Odil Akhmedov was going to play at Anzhi Makhachkala. Anzhi coach Gadzhi Gadzhiev revealed that the club didn't sign Odil Akhmedov. He went to Belek, Turkey, with his current team Pakhtakor Tashkent, and this is the same place where Anzhi Makhachkala is training. According to Pakhtakor, real offers only came from Al-Shabab and Anzhi, and rest was just rumours being spread. Pakhtakor also announced that Odil Akhmedov had been loaned to Anzhi Makhachkala for one year.
On 13 February 2011 Ahmedov scored his first goal in his first match for Anzhi in friendly match against Obolon (Ukraine) with 1–0 win. He made his official debut in Russia in 2010–11 Russian Cup Round of 16 match against Zenit Saint Petersburg on 1 March 2011.
On 29 December 2011 Anzhi Makhachkala official website announced Ahmedov was named as the best player of the club over season 2011. The winner was determined with the survey conducted among official website visitors and finally by club managers and coaches. He collected more points than Samuel Eto'o and Yuri Zhirkov.
On 28 June 2014, he scored first goal on his debut match in friendly against Qarabağ FK in Austria. The game ended with 1–0 victory of Krasnodar. On 3 July 2014 he scored his second goal on his second appearance for FC Krasnodar to equalize against Scottish football giants Celtic F.C., due to an awful defending error they made. Unfortunately, the game ended 3–1, with FC Krasnodar losing.
Ahmedov scored his first official goal for Krasnodar on 1 August 2014 in 2014–15 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match against Hungarian outfit Diosgyori VTK. Krasnodar won the match by 5–1, with Ahmedov scoring the team's second goal in the first half.
On 17 August 2014, Odil Ahmedov scored his first official league goal for Krasnodar against FC Rostov in a 2–0 win. He scored the second goal of Krasnodar against Rostov in second half, assisted with a cross by Vladimir Bystrov. On 6 March 2015, UFF announced results of pool conducted among journalists for Best Footballers of the Year award and Ahmedov was named Uzbekistan Footballer of the Year for the third time.
Ahmedov was named Best Player of FC Krasnodar in 2014–15 season on 9 June 2015 after survey conducted on club official website. On 4 March 2016 he was named the Best Football Player 2015 in Uzbekistan for the 4th time as Football Federation announced the results of the survey.
On 30 December 2016, Ahmedov transferred to Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League. He made his official debut on 7 February 2017 in a 3–0 win over Thai club Sukhothai in the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off.
He is known for his tough tackling style and thunderbolt shots. It is said that he 'releases the Kraken' almost like John Arne Riise and it may be true as he scored the goal and possibly goal of the tournament of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
|Pakhtakor Tashkent||2006||Uzbek League||2||0||–||–||0||0|
|Anzhi Makhachkala||2011–12||Russian Premier League||43||1||3||1||–||–||46||2|
|Krasnodar||2014–15||Russian Premier League||26||2||1||0||9||1||–||36||3|
|Shanghai SIPG||2017||Chinese Super League||20||3||6||1||13||1||–||39||5|
- As of 15 October 2019
|Uzbekistan national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played 5 September 2019
- Scores and results list Uzbekistan's goal tally first.
|1.||6 February 2008||Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon||Lebanon||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||14 June 2008||MHSK Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Lebanon||1–0||3–0|
|4.||12 October 2010||Al Ahli Stadium, Manama, Bahrain||Bahrain||3–1||4–2||Friendly|
|5.||7 January 2011||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||1–0||2–0||2011 AFC Asian Cup|
|6.||16 January 2011||Thani bin Jassim Stadium, Doha, Qatar||China PR||1–1||2–2|
|7.||15 November 2011||Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Tajikistan||2–0||3–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||18 June 2013||Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Qatar||4–1||5–1|
|9.||19 November 2013||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||2–0||2–0||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|10.||7 September 2014||Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||New Zealand||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|12.||14 January 2015||Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, Australia||China PR||1–0||1–2||2015 AFC Asian Cup|
|13.||8 September 2015||Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue, Philippines||Philippines||1–0||5–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14.||8 October 2015||Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain||Bahrain||2–0||4–0|
|15.||12 November 2015||Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||North Korea||3–1||3–1|
|16.||28 March 2017||Bunyadkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Qatar||1–0||1–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17.||16 October 2018||Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Qatar||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|18.||9 January 2019||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates||Oman||1–0||2–1||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|19.||7 June 2019||Milliy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan||North Korea||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|20.||15 October 2019||National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore||Singapore||1–0||3–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Shanghai SIPG
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