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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.

Uzbekistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)White Wolves
Turanians
Asian Italy
Huma birds
AssociationUzbekistan Football Association (UFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationCAFA (Central Asia)
Head coachVadim Abramov
CaptainOdil Ahmedov
Most capsServer Djeparov (126)
Top scorerMaksim Shatskikh (34)
Home stadiumMilliy Stadium
Pakhtakor Stadium
FIFA codeUZB
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Decrease 4 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest45 (November 2006–January 2007)
Lowest119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 58 Increase 1 (10 October 2019)[2]
Highest43 (November 2016)
Lowest95 (February 2001)
First international
Tajikistan Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia 
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; 5 December 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
(Sidon, Lebanon; 17 October 2000)
Asian Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultFourth place (2011)
Uzbekistan in the 2019 Asian Cup

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

In 1992, Uzbekistan was also a member of the CIS national football team, which existed for one year and replaced the USSR national football team and instead participated in the Euro 1992.

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

Uzbekistan failed to make further impact on the continental stage until they reached the last eight of the 2004 Asian Cup, where they were beaten by Bahrain after a penalty shoot-out.

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.[3] 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

 
Supporters of national team during qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Japan, at Pakhtakor Stadium, in Tashkent

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

 
Uzbekistan national football team in 2011.

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  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
 /  2002 14 7 3 4 33 19
  2006 14 6 5 3 24 15
  2010 16 8 1 7 33 26
  2014 18 11 4 3 28 9
  2018 18 11 1 6 26 14
  2022 To be determined Ongoing (2nd round – Group D)
 / /  2026 To be determined
Total - 0/7 - - - - - - 94 49 18 27 177 124

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
  1996 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6 2 1 0 1 5 4
  2000 Group Stage 12th 3 0 1 2 2 14 4 4 0 0 16 2
  2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 1 0 5 2 6 4 1 1 13 6
 / / /  2007 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 10 4 6 3 2 1 14 4
  2011 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 1 2 10 13 4 3 0 1 7 3
  2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 5 5 6 3 2 1 10 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)
Total 7/17 4th 28 12 4 11 42 47 36 25 5 6 85 30

Asian Games recordEdit

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1951 to 1990 Was part of USSR - - - - - -
1994 Champions 7 7 0 0 23 7
1998 Quarter-finals 6 3 2 1 25 8
2002–present See Uzbekistan national under-23 football team
Total 2/13 13 10 2 1 48 15

FIFA ranking historyEdit

 

Uzbekistan all-time record against other nationsEdit

 
Uzbekistan national football team opponents. 55 teams.
As of 10 October 2019
Nations P W D L GF GA GD Winning % Confederation Best win Worst loss
  Albania 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 UEFA X 0–1
  Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 000.00 UEFA X 1–3
  Australia 4 0 1 3 0 9 −9 000.00 AFC X 0–6
  Azerbaijan 9 2 3 4 10 11 −1 022.22 UEFA 5–1 1–3
  Bahrain 11 4 5 2 15 8 +7 036.36 AFC 4–0 0–1
  Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15 100.00 AFC 6–0 X
  Belarus 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 000.00 UEFA X 1–2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00 UEFA 2–1 X
  Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 CAF 1–0 X
  Cambodia 2 2 0 0 10 1 +9 100.00 AFC 6–0 X
  Canada 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00 CONCACAF X 1–2
  China PR 13 7 1 5 19 14 +5 053.85 AFC 3–0 1–3
  Chinese Taipei 7 7 0 0 30 1 +29 100.00 AFC 9–0 X
  Estonia 2 0 2 0 3 3 +0 000.00 UEFA X X
  Georgia 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00 UEFA X X
  Hong Kong 7 4 3 0 10 3 +7 057.14 AFC 4–1 X
  India 5 4 1 0 11 3 +8 080.00 AFC 4–0 X
  Indonesia 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 050.00 AFC 3–0 X
  Iran 11 1 1 9 2 14 −12 009.09 AFC 1–0 0–4
  Iraq 9 5 3 1 9 5 +4 055.56 AFC 2–0 0–2
  Israel 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00 UEFA X 0–2
  Japan 11 1 3 7 10 30 −20 009.09 AFC 1–0 1–8
  Jordan 12 6 5 1 19 12 +7 050.00 AFC 4–1 0–2
  Kazakhstan 6 2 3 1 8 4 +4 033.33 AFC/UEFA 4–0 0–1
  Kuwait 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 050.00 AFC 3–0 1–2
  Kyrgyzstan 6 6 0 0 25 2 +23 100.00 AFC 6–0 X
  Latvia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00 UEFA 3–0 X
  Lebanon 6 4 2 0 8 1 +7 066.67 AFC 3–0 X
  Malaysia 5 5 0 0 19 2 +17 100.00 AFC 5–0 X
  Mongolia 2 2 0 0 23 1 +22 100.00 AFC 15–0 X
  Montenegro 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 UEFA X 0–1
  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00 CAF X 0–2
  New Zealand 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00 OFC 3–1 X
  Nigeria 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00 CAF X 2–3
  North Korea 10 7 2 1 20 7 +13 070.00 AFC 4–0 2–4
  Oman 6 2 0 4 9 9 +0 033.33 AFC 5–0 2–4
  Palestine 4 3 0 1 7 2 +5 075.00 AFC 3–0 0–2
  Philippines 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00 AFC 5–1 X
  Qatar 14 9 2 3 24 13 +11 064.29 AFC 5–1 0–3
  Saudi Arabia 10 4 1 5 13 21 −8 040.00 AFC 4–1 0–5
  Senegal 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00 CAF X X
  Singapore 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 100.00 AFC 7–3 X
  Slovakia 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 000.00 UEFA X 1–4
  South Korea 16 1 4 11 14 34 −20 006.25 AFC 1–0 1–5
  Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 100.00 AFC 6–0 X
  Syria 5 2 1 2 5 4 +1 040.00 AFC 2–0 1–2
  Tajikistan 8 4 3 1 16 8 +8 050.00 AFC 5–0 0–4
  Thailand 8 3 0 5 15 18 −3 037.50 AFC 3–0 1–4
  Turkey 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00 UEFA X 0–2
  Turkmenistan 10 8 1 1 24 5 +19 080.00 AFC 4–0 0–1
  Ukraine 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 000.00 UEFA X 0–2
  United Arab Emirates 16 3 4 9 17 24 −7 018.75 AFC 4–0 1–4
  Uruguay 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 000.00 CONMEBOL X 0–3
  Vietnam 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00 AFC 3–0 X
  Yemen 5 5 0 0 15 2 +13 100.00 AFC 5–0 X
Total 285 134 58 93 490 325 +165 047.02

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2019Edit

2020Edit

23–31 March 2020 Friendly in FIFA daysUzbekistan  vTBDTBD
14 June 2020 Kirin Cup Soccer 2020Uzbekistan  vTBDJapan
19 June 2020 Kirin Cup Soccer 2020Uzbekistan  vTBDJapan

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

Squad selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Match against Yemen on 10 October 2019 and Singapore on 15 October 2019.


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 1GK Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 28) 19 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
12 1GK Sanjar Kuvvatov (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
16 1GK Abdumavlon Abdujalilov (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Bunyodkor

20 2DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 29) 66 2   Lokomotiv Tashkent
15 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 27) 35 2   Pakhtakor Tashkent
4 2DF Farrukh Sayfiev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 (age 28) 23 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
3 2DF Khojiakbar Alijonov (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
2 2DF Sharof Mukhiddinov (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 22) 0 0   FC Nasaf
2DF Umar Eshmurodov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0   FC Nasaf
2DF Dilshodbek Axmadaliev (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Bunyodkor
5 2DF Rustam Ashurmatov (1997-07-07) 7 July 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Gwangju FC
19 2DF Akbar Ismatullaev (1991-01-10) 10 January 1991 (age 28) 5 0   Metallurg

9 3MF Odil Ahmedov (captain) (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 100 19   Shanghai SIPG
17 3MF Dostonbek Khamdamov (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 23) 16 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
10 3MF Jaloliddin Masharipov (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 26) 25 2   Pakhtakor Tashkent
8 3MF Ikromjon Alibaev (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 25) 19 0   FC Seoul
3MF Odiljon Hamrobekov (1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 (age 23) 15 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent
3MF Oston Urunov (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Lokomotiv Tashkent
6 2DF Azizjon Ganiev (1998-02-22) 22 February 1998 (age 21) 4 0   FC Nasaf
7 3MF Otabek Shukurov (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 23) 28 2   Sharjah
23 3MF Khursid Giyosov (1995-04-13) 13 April 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Bunyodkor
18 3MF Sardor Mirzaev (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 (age 28) 9 1   Lokomotiv Tashkent
3MF Lutfulla Turaev (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 31) 19 0   Bunyodkor
22 3MF Jamshid Iskanderov (1993-10-23) 23 October 1993 (age 25) 21 2   Lokomotiv Tashkent
3MF Jasurbek Yakhshiboev (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 22) 2 0   AGMK
13 3MF Sanjar Qodirqulov (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 22) 1 1   Bunyodkor

21 4FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 (age 26) 47 13   Pakhtakor Tashkent
14 4FW Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 24) 39 14   Rostov
11 4FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 28) 12 2   Khor Fakkan

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1995-06-25) 25 June 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Dinamo Samarqand v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
GK Javokhir Iliyosov (1994-06-02) 2 June 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Lokomotiv Tashkent v.   Syria, 11 June 2019
GK Akbar Turaev (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 (age 30) 2 0   AGMK 2019 China Cup
GK Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 36) 106 0   Ohod 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Utkir Yusupov (1991-01-04) 4 January 1991 (age 28) 1 0   Navbahor Namangan 2019 AFC Asian Cup
GK Roman Abdulov (1987-05-10) 10 May 1987 (age 32) 0 0   AGMK v.   Qatar, 16 October 2018

DF Dostonbek Tursunov (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 24) 5 1   Renofa Yamaguchi v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
DF Davron Khashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 (age 26) 27 0   Lokomotiv Tashkent v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
DF Anzur Ismailov RET (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 34) 104 3   Lokomotiv Tashkent v.   Palestine, 5 September 2019
DF Oleg Zoteev (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 30) 22 1   Lokomotiv Tashkent v.   Syria, 11 June 2019
DF Akramjon Komilov (1996-03-14) 14 March 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent v.   North Korea, 7 June 2019
DF Akmal Shorakhmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 33) 34 0   AGMK 2019 China Cup
DF Vladimir Kozak (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 26) 7 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent v.   South Korea, 20 November 2018
DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 32) 72 1   Rubin Kazan v.   Iran, 11 September 2018
DF Sanat Shikhov (1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 29) 2 0   AGMK v.   Iran, 11 September 2018

MF Sanjar Shaakhmedov (1990-09-23) 23 September 1990 (age 29) 4 0   Terengganu FC v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
MF Kuvondik Ruziev (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Kokand 1912 v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
MF Doston Ibragimov (1997-01-23) 23 January 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Qizilqum Zarafshon v.   Iraq, 9 September 2019
MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 (age 30) 26 0   Júbilo Iwata v.   Syria, 11 June 2019
MF Azizbek Turgunboev (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 25) 6 0   Navbahor Namangan 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Javokhir Sidikov (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 22) 13 1   Pakhtakor Tashkent 2019 China Cup
MF Azizbek Haydarov RET (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 34) 86 1   Lokomotiv Tashkent v.   Qatar, 16 October 2018
MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 (age 32) 49 5   Bunyodkor v.   Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Shohrux Gadoyev (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 27) 14 1   Bunyodkor v.   Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Sardor Sabirkhodjaev (1994-11-06) 6 November 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent v.   Iran, 11 September 2018
MF Jovlon Ibrokhimov (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 (age 28) 9 0   Suwon v.   Syria, 6 September 2018

FW Marat Bikmaev (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 33) 55 9   Pakhtakor Tashkent 2019 China Cup
FW Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 28) 47 13   Qatar SC 2019 AFC Asian Cup
FW Husniddin Gafurov (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 25) 6 0   Pakhtakor Tashkent v.   South Korea, 20 November 2018
FW Ivan Nagaev (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 30) 15 0   Sogdiana Jizzakh v.   North Korea, 13 October 2018

SUS Player suspended.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
RET Retired from the national team.
WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Current coaching staffEdit

In September 2019.

 
Coach in 2019– Vadim Abramov
Position Name
Head coach   Vadim Abramov
Assistant coach   Timur Kapadze
Coach   Azizbek Haydarov
fitness coach   Mirko Jeličić
Goalkeeper coach   Denis Ivankov

CoachesEdit

 
Coach in 2015—2017: Samvel Babayan
 
Coach in 2018–2019 Héctor Cúper

As of 23 September 2019

Name Nat Period Matches Wins Draws Losses Win%
Rustam Akramov   June 1992 — October 1994 18 13 3 2 72%
Alexander Ivankov   July 1995 — November 1995 4 0 1 3 0%
Bahadir Ibrahimov   1996 8 2 0 6 25%
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
June—July 2005
25 13 6 6 52%
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%

Home StadiumEdit

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

 
Server Djeparov
# Player Date of birth Matches Goals First match Last match
1 Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 37) 126 25 14 May 2002 5 September 2017
2 Timur Kapadze (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 (age 38) 119 10 14 May 2002 22 January 2015
3 Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 36) 106 0 21 August 2002 21 January 2019
4 Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 (age 34) 104 3 2 July 2007 5 September 2019
5 Odil Ahmedov (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 101 19 13 October 2007 10 October 2019
6 Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 35) 98 32 14 May 2002 5 September 2017
7 Aziz Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 34) 85 1 2 July 2007 13 October 2018
8 Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-23) 23 February 1987 (age 32) 72 1 22 February 2006 11 September 2018
9 Mirjalol Qosimov (1970-09-17) 17 September 1970 (age 49) 66 30 17 June 1992 12 October 2005
Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 (age 29) 66 1 28 January 2009 10 October 2019
11 Nikolay Shirshov (1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 45) 64 13 19 November 1996 17 August 2005
12 Andrei Fyodorov (1971-04-10) 10 April 1971 (age 48) 63 6 11 April 1994 15 November 2006
13 Asror Aliqulov (1978-10-12) 12 October 1978 (age 41) 61 0 11 April 1994 1 July 2008

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Maxim Shatskikh
# Player Date of birth Goals Matches First match Last match
1 Maxim Shatskikh (1978-08-30) 30 August 1978 (age 41) 34 60 18 August 1999 29 May 2014
2 Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 (age 35) 32 98 14 May 2002 5 September 2017
3 Mirjalol Qosimov (1970-09-17) 17 September 1970 (age 49) 30 66 17 June 1992 12 October 2005
4 Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 37) 25 126 14 May 2002 5 September 2019
5 Igor Shkvyrin (1963-04-29) 29 April 1963 (age 56) 20 31 17 June 1992 17 October 2000
6 Odil Ahmedov (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 31) 19 101 13 October 2007 10 October 2019
7 Jafar Irismetov (1976-08-23) 23 August 1976 (age 43) 15 36 25 May 1997 21 November 2007
8 Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 (age 24) 14 38 3 September 2015 10 October 2019
Ulugbek Bakayev (1978-11-28) 28 November 1978 (age 40) 14 52 25 April 2001 29 May 2014
10 Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 (age 28) 13 47 15 October 2013 17 January 2019
Nikolay Shirshov (1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 45) 13 64 19 November 1996 17 August 2005

P.S.

Current team players

NicknamesEdit

 
Uzbekistan vs. Bahrain. Pakhtakor Central Stadium, 2009.

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).[6][7][8][9] 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"[10] (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.[11] 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.[12]

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"[13] (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.[14][15]

RivalriesEdit

 
Uzbekistani fans in the 2019 Asian Cup in UAE

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.[16] There are also a lot of fans of the national team of Uzbekistan in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and in Afghanistan.

KitEdit

Years Suppliers[17][18]
1992—1997   Adidas
1998
  Admiral
1999
  Grand Sport
2000
  Adidas
2001—2002   Hummel
2003
  Umbro
2004—2012   Puma
2013—2018   Joma
2018   Adidas
2019—present   Jako

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ Marko PoloNational Encyclopedia of Uzbekistan, 2000—2005
  13. ^ "Кубок Азии – 2019. Группа F. Сборная Узбекистана. Белые волки Турана". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  14. ^ TuronNational Encyclopedia of Uzbekistan, 2000—2005
  15. ^ Бартольд В. В. Работы по истории и филологии тюркских и монгольских народов / В. В. Бартольд; — Перепеч. с изд. 1968 г. — М. — ISBN 9785020183391 (в пер.)
  16. ^ "Блогеры Трибуны написали лучший гайд по Кубку Азии. Здесь Липпи, Сон, Купер и сборная Сирии". sports.ru. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  17. ^ sports.ru — Узбекская кухня: Swag. Хипстеры. Adidas. Модный показ сборной Узбекистана
  18. ^ stadion.uz — Терма жамоаларимизда либос масаласи

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