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Pakhtakor Tashkent FK

Pakhtakor Tashkent
Nickname(s) Sherlar (The Lions)
Founded 1956
Ground Pakhtakor Stadium
Ground Capacity 35,000
Owner Abduqahhor Tuhtaev
Manager Numon Khasanov
League Uzbek League
2014 1st
Website Club home page

Pakhtakor Tashkent FK (Uzbek: Paxtakor Toshkent futbol klubi, Russian: Футбольный клуб Пахтакор Ташкент) is an Uzbek professional football club, based in the capital Tashkent. Pakhtakor literally means "cotton-grower" in English.

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek club to play in the top-level Soviet football league and was the only Central Asian club to appear in a Soviet Cup final. Playing in the Uzbek League since 1992, the club has been the undisputed powerhouse in Uzbekistan since the fall of the Soviet Union, winning ten Uzbek League titles, including six in a row from 2002–2007.[1] Pakhtakor also won seven consecutive domestic cups between 2001–2007, winning eleven cups in total.[2] Players for the club have won Uzbek footballer of the Year honours eight times, and Pakhtakor teammates swept the top three spots in 2002. Club managers have been named Uzbek coach of the year twice.[3]

The team is also a perennial competitor in the AFC Champions League, having reached the semi-finals of the competition twice in 2003 and 2004. Pakhtakor currently holds record in number of consecutive participations in AFC Champions League, participating in 2002 to 2013 tournaments.


  • History 1
    • The early Soviet period 1.1
    • Aircrash 1979 1.2
    • The lean years: 1984–1990 1.3
    • Modern period, since 1992 1.4
  • Uzbek El Clasico 2
  • Stadium 3
  • In popular culture 4
  • League and cup history 5
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
    • Out on loan 6.2
    • Youth squad 6.3
    • Former players 6.4
  • Personnel 7
    • Current technical staff 7.1
  • Management 8
  • Honours 9
    • Domestic 9.1
    • International 9.2
  • Performance in AFC competitions 10
  • Managerial history 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


The early Soviet period

Pakhtakor's first official match was on 8 April 1956, and is considered to be the club's "birthday". Its first match was played against a team from the city of Perm, Russia (then called Molotov city), presumably FC Zvezda Perm. The first goal in Pakhtakor history was scored by Laziz Maksudov on a penalty shot and Maksudov's goal was the only and game-winning strike.[4]

The team was formed in three months, and the government invited the senior trainer Valentin Bekhtenev from Moscow to recruit the best Tashkent players for the new Pakhtakor. At the time, the club was to represent Uzbekistan in Soviet football.[5]

In 1959, the club was promoted to the Soviet Top League for the first time. During the 1960s, Pakhtakor's squad was anchored by the striker Gennadiy Krasnitskiy, who led it to a 6th-place finish in 1962. After periods back and forth between the Top League and the Soviet First League, the club reached the final of the Soviet Cup competition in 1968 – the only Central Asian club to reach a Soviet Cup final – losing to FC Torpedo Moscow 1–0.[4][5]

In 1971, Pakhtakor again departed into the First League, but was not long detained in the lower division as it gained promotion the following year.[4]

Pakhtakor was the only Uzbek side to appear in the history of the USSR Championship during the Soviet era, appearing the highest echelon 22 times, and recording 212 wins, 211 draws, and 299 loses. Their best league finish was 6th place, which they achieved twice, in 1962 and 1982.

Aircrash 1979

Pakhtakor-79 monument in Tashkent
Pakhtakor-79 monument

In August 1979, Pakhtakor made it back to the Soviet Top League, but shortly thereafter disaster struck the club and Soviet football. During a flight to play Dinamo Minsk, Pakhtakor's plane was involved in a mid-air collision over Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukraine.[6] All 178 people aboard both planes involved died.[7]

Seventeen Pakhtakor players and staff members died in the crash:[8]

  • Idgay Borisovich Tazetdinov (Trainer), (13.01.1933)
  • Mikhail Ivanovich An (Half-back), (19.11.1952)
  • Vladimir Ivanovich Fedorov (Forward), (05.01.1956)
  • Alim Masalievich Ashirov (Defender), (25.01.1955)
  • Ravil Rustamovich Agishev (Defender), (14.03.1959)
  • Constantine Alexandrovich Bakanov (Half-back), (25.05.1954)
  • Yuri Timofeevich Zagumennykh (Defender), (07.06.1947)
  • Alexander Ivanovich Korchenov (Half-back), (04.05.1949)
  • Nikolai Borisovich Kulikov (Defender), (25.04.1953)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Makarov (Half-back), (09.03.1947)
  • Sergey Constantinovich Pokatilov (Goalkeeper), (20.12.1950)
  • Victor Nikolayevich Churkin (Forward), (25.01.1952)
  • Sirozhiddin Akhmedovich Bazarov (Forward), (10.08.1961)
  • Shukhrat Musinovich Ishbutaev (Forward), (08.02.1959)
  • Vladimir Valievich Sabirov (Forward), (14.01.1958)
  • Vladimir Vasilyevich Chumaks (Manager), (08.12.1932)
  • Mansur Inamdzhanovich Talibdzhanov (Club administrator), (04.04.1944)

Annually, in August, the club sponsors a youth tournament in memory of the lives lost in the disaster.[9]

Following the tragedy in 1979 and spurred on by its prolific goalscorer Andrei Yakubik a few years later, Pakhtakor had its best record in 1982, finishing sixth and in front of several Russian and Ukrainian football powerhouses such as Zenit Saint Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, and Shakhtar Donetsk amongst the few. Pakhtakor had a point deducted that season due to exceeding the allowed limit for the games tied (drawn), but it did not influence the club's final standings.[7]

The lean years: 1984–1990

After leading Pakhtakor to its best finish, age finally caught up with Yakubik and he moved back to his hometown of Moscow to continue his football career.[10] With the departure of their great forward, the club struggled and spent six years in the Soviet First League. Although the discontent of their fans grew, Pakhtakor's reemergence as a major footballing force followed fast upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union.[4]

Modern period, since 1992

After the USSR collapsed, a new page began in the club's history. 1992 saw Pakhtakor participate in the first season of the Uzbek Oliy League. Since 1992 Pakhtakor have become the most successful Uzbek club with 10 Uzbek League titles, and 11 Uzbek Cups. Until 2014 the club is the only team to have participated in all seasons of the AFC Champions League since its inauguration in 2002. Since 2002 the club participated 11 times in AFC Champions League.

The participation in the AFC Champions League season 2011 was not successful. On 4 May 2011 in match against Al Nassr Pakhtakor lost and finished its Asian campaign. In that match, because of many injured players, Pakhtakor's coach Ravshan Khaydarov formed starting squad from youth team players and club made record in the AFC Champions League history as the youngest team of the tournament with average players age of 21,8. The average age of club players for season 2011 was 23,3.[11]

Uzbek El Clasico

The match between Pakhtakor and Neftchi Farg'ona is held since 1992. The first match between the two clubs was played on 25 May 1992 in Tashkent.


Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium was built in 1956 with capacity of 55.000 spectators. Stadium renovated in 1996. In July 2007 club management announced next renovation of stadium. Reconstruction works were finished in 2009, the amount of capacity was reduced to 35.000 and stadium became all-seater stadium. In January 2010, the stadium was chosen as best sporting facility 2009 of Uzbekistan.[12][13]

In popular culture

The famous Uzbek singers Shahzoda, Rustam Gaipov, groups "Parvoz"(ex), "Quartet", "Bojalar" and "Ummon" dedicated their songs to Pakhtakor Football Club.[14][15]

League and cup history

^ 1999 Uzbekistan Cup did not take place


Current squad

As of 19 February 2015[16]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Nikita Ribkin
2 DF Egor Krimets
3 DF Nodir Yuldashev
4 DF Adnan Orahovac
5 DF Akbar Ismatullaev
6 DF Murod Khalmukhamedov
7 MF Kakhi Makharadze (captain)
8 MF Sherzod Karimov
9 DF Jaloliddin Masharipov
10 MF Jamshid Iskanderov
11 FW Igor Sergeev
12 GK Alexander Lobanov
13 DF Iskander Shaykulov
14 DF Jamshid Boltaboev
15 MF Javokhir Sokhibov
No. Position Player
16 FW Navruzbek Olimov
18 FW Bahodir Pardaev
20 FW Anvarjon Soliev
21 DF Kamoliddin Tajiev
22 MF Sukhrob Nurullaev
23 DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov
24 DF Davron Khashimov
26 DF Ibrokhim Abdullaev
28 MF Stanislav Andreev
29 DF Vladimir Kozak
30 GK Abdumavlon Abduljalilov
31 FW Jamshid Yusupov
32 MF Doston Ibrokhimov
33 FW Timur Khakimov
34 MF Saidjamol Davlatjonov

Out on loan

Youth squad

The following players are listed as reserve players to play in 2014 Uzbek Youth League. They are registered for 2014 Uzbek League and are eligible to play for the first team.[16]

As of 17 March 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Shokhruh Raimov
DF Abbos Otakhonov
DF Viktor Grigoriev
DF Khumoyun Azamov
MF Javokhir Siddiqov
MF Izzatilla Abdullaev
No. Position Player
MF Alisher Mirzaev
MF Abdurasul Komilov
MF Ravshan Khursanov
FW Abdurakhman Abdulkhakov
FW Islom Karimov
FW Andrey Sidorov

Former players


Current technical staff

As of March 2014
Position Name
Manager Numon Khasanov
Assistant coach Grigoriy Kolosovskiy
Consultant coach Viktor Djalilov
Goalkeeping coach Anvar Rashidov
Doctor Barat Elmuratov
Fitness coach Andrey Shipilov
Masseur Anvar Biserov
Masseur Pavel Davidov
Administrator Davron Saidov
Team manager Ravshan Salimov


Office Name
President Botir Rakhimov
Manager Samvel Babayan
General director Rustam Kupaysinov
Reserve team director Asqar Tolibjonov
Reserve team assistant director Oybek Qosimov
Sport director Grigoriy Tseytlin
Head of the Youth Department Dilshod Nuraliev
Head of the department media service Nodir Abdukodirov
Head of the International Relations Fakhriddin Isamukhamedov



Winners (10): 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014
Winners (11): 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Runners-up (2): 1996, 2008
Winners (1): 1972
Runners-up: 1968


Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2008
Winners (1): 1993
4th place: 2002–03
Semi-Final: 2004

Performance in AFC competitions

Managerial history


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  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2008-03-19). "Uzbekistan Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  3. ^ Yusupov, Sardorbek (2008-05-16). "Uzbekistan – Footballer and Coach of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Generations (Founded 1956)" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b (Russian)История Ф.К. Пахтакор (Узбекистан), 30.03.2008 .
  6. ^ Yuldashev, Mavlyan (2004-08-11). "(Twenty Five Years Have Passed Since the Deadly Air Disaster Involving Pakhtakor Tashkent)"Двадцать пять лет назад в авиакатастрофе погибли футболисты ташкентской команды "Пахтакор" (in Russian).  
  7. ^ a b Hogstrom, Erik (2008-07-06). "A soccer movie idea to pitch".  
  8. ^ "Pakhtakor '79: The Wings of Memory" (in Russian). Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Memorial Tournament Will Be Played 6–10 August". Pakhtakor Tashkent Official Website. 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Andrei A. Yakubik" (in Russian). 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ (Uzbek) «Пахтакор» ОЧЛ рекордини ўрнатди, 05.05.2011 .
  12. ^ "Стадион "Пахтакор" признан лучшим спортивным сооружением Узбекистана". CA-News. 2010-01-19. 
  13. ^ "Стадион "Пахтакор" признан лучшим спортивным сооружением Узбекистана". Sportportal. 2010-01-19. 
  14. ^ "Shahzoda – Pakhtakor". Youtube. 
  15. ^ "Bojalar – Pakhtakor". Youtube. 
  16. ^ a b "Players list of Pakhtakor for the AFC Champions League 2015". FC Pakhtakor. 2014-02-19. 

External links

  • Official website (Uzbek) (Russian) (English)
  • KLISFClub statistics at
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