Uzbekistan national football team
The Uzbekistan national football team (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston milliy futbol terma jamoasi) represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Milliy Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Vadim Abramov.
|Association||Uzbekistan Football Association (UFA)|
|Sub-confederation||CAFA (Central Asia)|
|Head coach||Vadim Abramov|
|Most caps||Server Djeparov (126)|
|Top scorer||Maksim Shatskikh (34)|
|Home stadium||Milliy Stadium|
|Current||88 4 (19 September 2019)|
|Highest||45 (November 2006–January 2007)|
|Lowest||119 (November 1996)|
|Current||58 1 (10 October 2019)|
|Highest||43 (November 2016)|
|Lowest||95 (February 2001)|
| Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan |
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
| Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia |
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; 5 December 1998)
| Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan |
(Sidon, Lebanon; 17 October 2000)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Fourth place (2011)|
Uzbekistan is the most successful national team from Central Asia. Although it has never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, the team has qualified to every AFC Asian Cup since its declaration of independence; while its youth teams even achieved more honorable records by qualifying to FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA U-17 World Cup. In the Asian Cup in 2011, the Uzbekistan national team reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Uzbekistan won the Gold Medal in the football tournament at the Asian Games 1994 in Japan, and was runner-up in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995.
- 1 History
- 2 Competitive record
- 3 Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations
- 4 Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Current coaching staff
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Home Stadium
- 9 Individual all-time records
- 10 Nicknames
- 11 Rivalries
- 12 Kit
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The year of birth of football in Uzbekistan is 1912 (read more in this article), since it was then that football teams were created in Kokand, a little later in Ferghana, Andijan, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Urganch, between which began to be held long-distance matches. The first championship of Ferghana valley was held in 1914, the Championship of the Uzbekistan SSR began to be played since 1926, and the drawing of the Uzbekistan SSR Cup began to be carried out since 1939. From 1924 to 1991 Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Union (USSR) as the Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic (UzSSR).
In 1928, the national team of Uzbekistan was created for the first time, which took part in the Spartakiade, which included representatives of some European countries. At this tournament, the national team of Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic held its first international match against team of jobs Switzerland and won with a score of 8:4. Until mid-1991, Uzbekistan was part of the USSR and had its own national team as well as the rest of the Union republics, which mostly played matches within teams and teams of the USSR, in particular in football tournaments of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR. The national team of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in all draws of the football tournament of the Spartakiad of Peoples of the USSR, and in the 1986 tournament reached the final, lost to the Ukrainian SSR (modern Ukraine) team with a score of 0–1, thereby winning the silver medal of the tournament. Throughout the history of Soviet Union, Uzbekistan was one of three main center of football development in the country, alongside Ukraine and Russia.
The most powerful football clubs, as well as semi-professional and professional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the USSR Football League (Higher League, First League, Second League and Second League B) and USSR Cup. Nonprofessional clubs of the Uzbekistan SSR participated in the Uzbekistan SSR Championship and the Uzbekistan SSR Cup.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Uzbekistan gained independence, the national team of Uzbekistan of the new convocation was organized. The national team held its first matches in 1992. The first game of the national team of Uzbekistan was a match against Tajikistan, in the framework of the Central Asian Cup 1992 (the tournament was held once) initiated by FIFA. These matches are officially registered by FIFA on the basis of the fact that the national team of Uzbekistan has been allowed since 1992 to participate in tournaments held under the auspices of FIFA. At the drawing of this tournament in the format of the league, the national team of Uzbekistan was the second after the national team of Kazakhstan. In the first year of existence, the national team of Uzbekistan held matches only with the teams of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In 1993, the team has not played a single match.
Most of the former Soviet republics became members of UEFA (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan), and Uzbekistan also wanted to become a member of UEFA. But like the rest of the republics of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan), chose AFC. In 2002, Kazakhstan became a member of UEFA for better development of its football, but Uzbekistan chose to remain in the AFC. Anyway, there are many supporters of Uzbekistan's membership in UEFA. Since they believe that Uzbekistan shows European football, and Soviet Uzbekistan, which was part of the USSR, has long been a member of UEFA.
In 1994, the Uzbekistan Football Federation was officially adopted by the AFC and FIFA. In the same year Uzbekistan won in the international tournament the Cup of Independence of Uzbekistan, and at the end of the year the national team won in the ending the national team of China with the score 4:2, became the winner of football tournament of the Asian Games of 1994 which took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
1994 Asian GamesEdit
|1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on 16 October 1994, in Hiroshima, (Japan).|
Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.
2004 AFC Asian CupEdit
2006 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
That performance was followed by victory over Iraq in the second qualifying round for World Cup 2006 in Germany, with goals from Maksim Shatskikh and Alexander Geynrikh sending them through to the last eight.
They were knocked out in the final stage of the Asian qualification to the 2006 World Cup after losing on the away goals rule to Bahrain. The result was subject to controversy as actually three games were played; the first, a 1–0 win for Uzbekistan, was wiped out after FIFA declared the result void after a mistake by Toshimitsu Yoshida, a Japanese referee. The replay ended 1–1, and after the return finished 0–0, Uzbekistan were eliminated.
2007 AFC Asian CupEdit
In the 2007 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–0 and China PR 3–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.
2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
After having three foreign coaches (German Hans-Jürgen Gede, Englishman Bob Houghton and Russian Valeri Nepomniachi) in three years, Uzbekistan turned to former Uzbekistan Olympic team coach Rauf Inileev. In the qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their first four matches, but finished last in Group A of the final round behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.
2011 AFC Asian CupEdit
Four years later, in the 2011 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarter-finals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 in their semi-final game. Some days later, they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
In the qualifying series for the 2014 World Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of the Asian qualifiers after winning their group in the third round over perennial favorites Japan. Uzbekistan finished with 16 points (five wins and one draw), which was more than any other team in the third round, including an impressive 1–0 away win against Japan.
In the fourth round of the qualifiers, Uzbekistan finished third in Group A behind Iran and South Korea. Uzbekistan had the same number of points as South Korea (14 points), who had a better goal difference by one goal.
The two teams who finished third in the fourth round groups (Jordan and Uzbekistan) played each other in the fifth round to determine the AFC participant in the intercontinental play-off. The games took place on 6 and 10 September 2013. With the two teams still evenly matched at full-time in the second leg, Jordan eventually progressed to the intercontinental play-off after winning 9–8 on penalties.
2015 AFC Asian CupEdit
In the 2015 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan advanced to the quarter-finals after finishing as runners-up in the tough Group B, which was won by China, while Saudi Arabia and North Korea were eliminated. However, the team was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals after losing 2–0 in extra time to South Korea.
2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
Uzbekistan continued their quest to head to the World Cup during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification in Russia, but their campaign had been shattered with a humiliating 2–4 defeat to North Korea. However, the Uzbeks soon bounced back and won the last remaining matches to top the group and qualified to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup as well as last round. Once again, Uzbekistan in the last round, missed opportunity when they finished fourth, behind Iran, South Korea and Syria, when Uzbekistan could only manage a 0–0 draw to the South Koreans last match.
2019 AFC Asian CupEdit
Uzbekistan started their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 2–1 win over Oman and continued with a 4–0 win over neighbor Turkmenistan, which guaranteed Uzbekistan to progress from the group stage for the fifth consecutive times, despite Uzbekistan ended with a 1–2 defeat to Japan in the last match. However, they had to face Australia, then-champions of Asia. Despite playing well, Uzbekistan could not break the deadlock as it ended 0–0 after 120 minutes. On the penalty shootout, Australia prevailed with a 4–2 win, thus Uzbekistan's dream was crashed out on the round of sixteen.
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1990||Was part of Soviet Union||Was part of Soviet Union|
|1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||14||6||4||4||33||21|
|2022||To be determined||Ongoing (2nd round – Group D)|
|/ / 2026||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup recordEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification record|
|Hosts / Year||Result||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GS||GA||Pld||W||D||L||GS||GA|
|1956 to 1992||Was part of Soviet Union||Did not enter|
|/ / / 2007||Quarter-finals||7th||4||2||0||2||10||4||6||3||2||1||14||4|
|2019||Round of 16||10th||4||2||1||1||7||3||8||7||0||1||20||7|
|2023||To be determined||Ongoing (2nd round – Group D)|
Asian Games recordEdit
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|1951 to 1990||Was part of USSR||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2002–present||See Uzbekistan national under-23 football team|
FIFA ranking historyEdit
Uzbekistan all-time record against other nationsEdit
- As of 10 October 2019
|Nations||P||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Winning %||Confederation||Best win||Worst loss|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||1||1||0||2||1||+1||50.00||UEFA||2–1||X|
|United Arab Emirates||16||3||4||9||17||24||−7||18.75||AFC||4–0||1–4|
Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit
|9 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Uzbekistan||2–1||Oman||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+4||Ahmedov 34'
|Report||Mu. Al-Ghassani 72'||Stadium: Sharjah Stadium|
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
|13 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Turkmenistan||0–4||Uzbekistan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Report||Sidikov 17'
Shomurodov 24', 42'
|Stadium: Rashid Stadium|
Referee: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (United Arab Emirates)
|17 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Japan||2–1||Uzbekistan||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+4||Muto 43'
|Report||Shomurodov 40'||Stadium: Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|21 January 2019 2019 AFC Asian Cup||Australia||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|Uzbekistan||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|18:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|22 March 2019 2019 China Cup||Uzbekistan||0–3||Uruguay||Nanning, China|
|19:35 UTC+8||Report||Pereiro 5'
Stuani 23', 82'
|Stadium: Guangxi Sports Center|
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|25 March 2019 2019 China Cup||China PR||0–1||Uzbekistan||Nanning, China|
||Stadium: Guangxi Sports Center|
Referee: Mohammed Al-Shammari (Qatar)
|2 June 2019 Friendly||Turkey||2–0||Uzbekistan||Alanya, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Alanya Stadium|
Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia)
|7 June 2019 Friendly||Uzbekistan||4–0||North Korea||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|21:00 UTC+6||Report||Stadium: Milliy Stadium|
Referee: Çarymyrat Kurbanow (Turkmenistan)
|11 June 2019 Friendly||Uzbekistan||2–0||Syria||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
||Report||Stadium: Milliy Stadium|
Referee: Rysbek Shekerbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
|5 September 2019 2022 WCQ - AFC 2nd Round||Palestine||2–0||Uzbekistan||Al-Ram, Palestine|
|17:00 UTC+3||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium|
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
|10 September 2019 Friendly||Uzbekistan||0–0||Iraq||Amman, Jordan|
|21:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
|10 October 2019 2022 WCQ - AFC 2nd Round||Uzbekistan||5–0||Yemen||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|17:00 UTC+5||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Pakhtakor Stadium|
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
|15 October 2019 2022 WCQ - AFC 2nd Round||Singapore||v||Uzbekistan||Kallang, Singapore|
|Stadium: National Stadium|
Caps and goals correct as of: 10 October 2019, after the match against Yemen.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Eldorbek Suyunov||12 April 1991||19||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|12||GK||Sanjar Kuvvatov||8 January 1990||5||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|16||GK||Abdumavlon Abdujalilov||22 September 1994||0||0||Bunyodkor|
|20||DF||Islom Tukhtakhodjaev||30 October 1989||66||2||Lokomotiv Tashkent|
|15||DF||Egor Krimets||27 January 1992||35||2||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|4||DF||Farrukh Sayfiev||17 January 1991||23||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|3||DF||Khojiakbar Alijonov||19 April 1997||2||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|2||DF||Sharof Mukhiddinov||14 April 1997||0||0||FC Nasaf|
|DF||Umar Eshmurodov||30 November 1992||0||0||FC Nasaf|
|DF||Dilshodbek Axmadaliev||2 November 1994||0||0||Bunyodkor|
|5||DF||Rustam Ashurmatov||7 July 1997||6||0||Gwangju FC|
|19||DF||Akbar Ismatullaev||10 January 1991||5||0||Metallurg|
|9||MF||Odil Ahmedov (captain)||25 November 1987||100||19||Shanghai SIPG|
|17||MF||Dostonbek Khamdamov||24 July 1996||16||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|10||MF||Jaloliddin Masharipov||1 September 1993||25||2||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|8||MF||Ikromjon Alibaev||9 January 1994||19||0||FC Seoul|
|MF||Odiljon Hamrobekov||13 February 1996||15||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|MF||Oston Urunov||19 September 2000||4||0||Lokomotiv Tashkent|
|6||DF||Azizjon Ganiev||22 February 1998||4||0||FC Nasaf|
|7||MF||Otabek Shukurov||22 June 1996||28||2||Sharjah|
|23||MF||Khursid Giyosov||13 April 1995||4||0||Bunyodkor|
|18||MF||Sardor Mirzaev||21 March 1991||9||1||Lokomotiv Tashkent|
|MF||Lutfulla Turaev||30 March 1988||19||0||Bunyodkor|
|22||MF||Jamshid Iskanderov||23 October 1993||21||2||Lokomotiv Tashkent|
|MF||Jasurbek Yakhshiboev||24 June 1997||2||0||AGMK|
|13||MF||Sanjar Qodirqulov||27 May 1997||1||1||Bunyodkor|
|21||FW||Igor Sergeev||30 April 1993||47||13||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|14||FW||Eldor Shomurodov||29 June 1995||39||14||Rostov|
|11||FW||Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov||25 September 1991||12||2||Khor Fakkan|
The following players have been called for the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up
|GK||Botirali Ergashev||25 June 1995||1||0||Dinamo Samarqand||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|GK||Javokhir Iliyosov||2 June 1994||0||0||Lokomotiv Tashkent||v. Syria, 11 June 2019|
|GK||Akbar Turaev||27 August 1989||2||0||AGMK||2019 China Cup|
|GK||Ignatiy Nesterov||20 June 1983||106||0||Ohod||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|GK||Utkir Yusupov||4 January 1991||1||0||Navbahor Namangan||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|GK||Roman Abdulov||10 May 1987||0||0||AGMK||v. Qatar, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Dostonbek Tursunov||13 June 1995||5||1||Renofa Yamaguchi||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|DF||Davron Khashimov||24 November 1992||27||0||Lokomotiv Tashkent||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|DF||Anzur Ismailov RET||21 April 1985||104||3||Lokomotiv Tashkent||v. Palestine, 5 September 2019|
|DF||Oleg Zoteev||5 July 1989||22||1||Lokomotiv Tashkent||v. Syria, 11 June 2019|
|DF||Akramjon Komilov||14 March 1996||8||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent||v. North Korea, 7 June 2019|
|DF||Akmal Shorakhmedov||10 May 1986||34||0||AGMK||2019 China Cup|
|DF||Vladimir Kozak||12 June 1993||7||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent||v. South Korea, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Vitaliy Denisov||24 February 1987||72||1||Rubin Kazan||v. Iran, 11 September 2018|
|DF||Sanat Shikhov||28 December 1989||2||0||AGMK||v. Iran, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Sanjar Shaakhmedov||23 September 1990||4||0||Terengganu FC||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|MF||Kuvondik Ruziev||6 October 1994||5||0||Kokand 1912||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|MF||Doston Ibragimov||23 January 1997||4||0||Qizilqum Zarafshon||v. Iraq, 9 September 2019|
|MF||Fozil Musaev||2 January 1989||26||0||Júbilo Iwata||v. Syria, 11 June 2019|
|MF||Azizbek Turgunboev||1 October 1994||6||0||Navbahor Namangan||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|MF||Javokhir Sidikov||8 December 1996||13||1||Pakhtakor Tashkent||2019 China Cup|
|MF||Azizbek Haydarov RET||8 July 1985||86||1||Lokomotiv Tashkent||v. Qatar, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Sanzhar Tursunov||29 December 1986||49||5||Bunyodkor||v. Iran, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Shohrux Gadoyev||31 December 1991||14||1||Bunyodkor||v. Iran, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Sardor Sabirkhodjaev||6 November 1994||3||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent||v. Iran, 11 September 2018|
|MF||Jovlon Ibrokhimov||10 December 1990||9||0||Suwon||v. Syria, 6 September 2018|
|FW||Marat Bikmaev||1 January 1986||55||9||Pakhtakor Tashkent||2019 China Cup|
|FW||Sardor Rashidov||14 June 1991||47||13||Qatar SC||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
|FW||Husniddin Gafurov||29 July 1994||6||0||Pakhtakor Tashkent||v. South Korea, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Ivan Nagaev||3 July 1989||15||0||Sogdiana Jizzakh||v. North Korea, 13 October 2018|
SUS Player suspended.
Current coaching staffEdit
In September 2019.
|Head coach||Vadim Abramov|
|Assistant coach||Timur Kapadze|
|fitness coach||Mirko Jeličić|
|Goalkeeper coach||Denis Ivankov|
As of 23 September 2019
|Rustam Akramov||June 1992 — October 1994||18||13||3||2||72%|
|Alexander Ivankov||July 1995 — November 1995||4||0||1||3||0%|
|Rustam Mirsadiqov||May 1997 — October 1997||12||5||3||4||42%|
|Ubirajara Veiga da Silva||October 1997 — December 1998||11||5||4||2||45%|
|Mahmud Rahimov||July 1999 — November 1999||7||6||0||1||86%|
|Viktor Borisov||February 2000||1||1||0||0||100%|
|Pavel Sadyrin||April 2000 — May 2000||1||0||0||1||0%|
|Yuriy Sarkisyan||July 2000 — October 2000||6||1||1||4||17%|
|Vladimir Salkov||December 2000 — October 2001||21||12||3||6||57%|
|Leonid Ostroushko||October 2001||1||1||0||1||100%|
|Ravshan Haydarov||January 2002 — November 2004
|Hans-Jürgen Gede||February 2005 — April 2005||3||0||1||2||0%|
|Bobby Houghton||July 2005 — December 2005||4||2||2||0||50%|
|Valery Nepomnyashchy||January 2006 — December 2006||6||3||2||1||50%|
|Rauf Inileev||January 2007 — September 2008||27||13||4||10||46%|
|Mirjalal Qasimov||September 2008 — April 2010||15||4||3||8||27%|
|Vadim Abramov||April 2010 — June 2012||28||11||5||12||39%|
|Mirjalal Qasimov||June 2012– June 2015||40||19||9||12||48%|
|Samvel Babayan||June 2015 — September 2017||24||16||1||7||66%|
|Ruziqul Berdyev||October 2017||1||0||0||1||0%|
|Timur Kapadze||February 2018 — June 2018||4||0||1||3||0%|
|Héctor Cúper||August 2018 — September 2019||17||7||4||6||40%|
|Vadim Abramov||September 2019 —||1||1||0||0||100%|
From the moment of its formation (1992) until the end of 2012, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national football team was the Pakhtakor Central Stadium in Tashkent, built and opened in 1956. This stadium is also the venue for home matches of Pakhtakor Football Club. During the USSR, this stadium was home for the Uzbekistan SSR national team. Was reconstructed in 1996, 2008 and 2012 and currently holds 35,000 spectators (before this capacity was 55,000 spectators). For today's time the national team of Uzbekistan holds only some of the matches at Pakhtakor Stadium.
From 2013 to the present, the main home stadium of the Uzbekistan national team is the Milliy Stadium (until 2018 was named Bunyodkor Stadium), built in 2008-2012 and accommodating 34,000 spectators. This stadium is also a home for the Bunyodkor Football Club.
The national team of Uzbekistan in different years held their home matches also in other cities and stadiums of Uzbekistan. So, at the MHSK Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 1996 and 5 matches in 2008), at the NBU Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2000), at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent (1 match in 2012 and 1 match in 2014), at the Dinamo Stadium in Samarkand (2 matches in 1999), at the Markaziy Stadium in Qarshi (1 match in 2007), at the Metallurg Stadium in Almalyk (1 match in 2014).
Individual all-time recordsEdit
- As of 10 October 2019
Most capped playersEdit
|#||Player||Date of birth||Matches||Goals||First match||Last match|
|1||Server Djeparov||3 October 1982||126||25||14 May 2002||5 September 2017|
|2||Timur Kapadze||5 September 1981||119||10||14 May 2002||22 January 2015|
|3||Ignatiy Nesterov||20 June 1983||106||0||21 August 2002||21 January 2019|
|4||Anzur Ismailov||21 April 1985||104||3||2 July 2007||5 September 2019|
|5||Odil Ahmedov||25 November 1987||101||19||13 October 2007||10 October 2019|
|6||Alexander Geynrikh||6 October 1984||98||32||14 May 2002||5 September 2017|
|7||Aziz Haydarov||8 July 1985||85||1||2 July 2007||13 October 2018|
|8||Vitaliy Denisov||23 February 1987||72||1||22 February 2006||11 September 2018|
|9||Mirjalol Qosimov||17 September 1970||66||30||17 June 1992||12 October 2005|
|Islom Tukhtakhodjaev||30 October 1989||66||1||28 January 2009||10 October 2019|
|11||Nikolay Shirshov||22 June 1974||64||13||19 November 1996||17 August 2005|
|12||Andrei Fyodorov||10 April 1971||63||6||11 April 1994||15 November 2006|
|13||Asror Aliqulov||12 October 1978||61||0||11 April 1994||1 July 2008|
|#||Player||Date of birth||Goals||Matches||First match||Last match|
|1||Maxim Shatskikh||30 August 1978||34||60||18 August 1999||29 May 2014|
|2||Alexander Geynrikh||6 October 1984||32||98||14 May 2002||5 September 2017|
|3||Mirjalol Qosimov||17 September 1970||30||66||17 June 1992||12 October 2005|
|4||Server Djeparov||3 October 1982||25||126||14 May 2002||5 September 2019|
|5||Igor Shkvyrin||29 April 1963||20||31||17 June 1992||17 October 2000|
|6||Odil Ahmedov||25 November 1987||19||101||13 October 2007||10 October 2019|
|7||Jafar Irismetov||23 August 1976||15||36||25 May 1997||21 November 2007|
|8||Eldor Shomurodov||29 June 1995||14||38||3 September 2015||10 October 2019|
|Ulugbek Bakayev||28 November 1978||14||52||25 April 2001||29 May 2014|
|10||Sardor Rashidov||14 June 1991||13||47||15 October 2013||17 January 2019|
|Nikolay Shirshov||22 June 1974||13||64||19 November 1996||17 August 2005|
|Current team players|
The Uzbekistan national team has received several nicknames by supporters and media. The most common one used is "The White Wolwes" (Uzbek Oq boʻrilar / Оқ бўрилар; Russian Белые волки / Beliye volki). The wolf is a revered animal of the Turkic peoples. The main part of the population of Uzbekistan belongs to the Turkic peoples. Also in the country live Iranian peoples, Russian and others. White color refers to the basic form of the Uzbekistan national team.
Also, the Uzbekistan national football team is called "Asian Italy" (Uzbek Osiyo Italiyasi / Осиё Италияси; Russian Азиатская Италия / Aziatskaya Italiya). This is due to the similarity of colors (white and blue) clothing teams of Italy and Uzbekistan, as well as similar tactics (defensive football) of these teams. The Uzbekistan Super League is often considered to be similar to Italian Serie A. Also, the history of Uzbekistan is as rich and ancient as the history of Italy.
Also the team of Uzbekistan is called "Huma birds" (Uzbek Humo qushlari / Ҳумо қушлари; Russian Птицы Хума / Ptitsi Khuma). The mythical Huma bird is the national bird of Uzbekistan, and is depicted on the state emblem of Uzbekistan. The Huma bird is depicted on the emblem of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Sometimes the Uzbekistan national football is called "Turanians" (Uzbek Turonliklar / Туронликлар; Russian Туранцы / Turantsi), because the current country of Uzbekistan is located in the center of this ancient region Turan, and all the ancient and major cities of this region are located in this country, and therefore Uzbekistan is considered by some to be the successor of the Turan.
The main rivals of the Uzbekistan national team are the countries of Central Asia, the national teams of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. The main and most important rival of the national team of Uzbekistan are the national teams of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. The matches between the countries of Central Asia have always aroused great interest among fans of Central Asia, in spite of Uzbekistan's superiority since the fall of USSR. Football is one of the instruments of rivalry between the states of Central Asia. This rivalry comes from Soviet times.
Also in recent years, Uzbekistan has been competing with the Iran ("Rivalry between Iran and Turan" in Shahnameh), China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia national football teams. The Uzbekistan national football team also has rivalry with other countries of the former USSR, for example with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Uzbekistan national team has a lot of fans, not only in Uzbekistan itself, but also in other countries of Central Asia and in other countries of the former Soviet Union (Post-Soviet states). For example, Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian fans always support Uzbekistan national team in Asian Cups and in other tournaments. There are also a lot of fans of the national team of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and in Afghanistan.
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