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Uzbekistan national football team

Uzbekistan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oq Boʻrilar/Oқ бўpилap
(White Wolves)
Association Uzbekistan Football Federation (UFF)
Sub-confederation CAFF (Central Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Samvel Babayan
Captain Odil Akhmedov
Most caps Timur Kapadze (119)
Top scorer Maksim Shatskikh (34)
FIFA code UZB
FIFA ranking
Current 74 Increase 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 45 (November 2006)
Lowest 119 (November 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 61 (June 2015)
Highest 45 (12 December 2012)
Lowest 95 (February 2001)
First international
Tajikistan 2–2 Uzbekistan
(Dushanbe, Tajikistan; 17 June 1992)
Biggest win
Uzbekistan 15–0 Mongolia 
(Chiang Mai, Thailand; December 5, 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 8–1 Uzbekistan
(Saida, Lebanon; October 17, 2000)
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Fourth place; 2011

The Uzbekistan national football team represents Uzbekistan in association football and is controlled by the Uzbekistan Football Federation, the governing body for football in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's home ground is Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent and their current head coach is Samvel Babayan. Uzbekistan have never qualified to the final stages of the World Cup, but they had been in AFC Asian Cup since the independence.

Contents

  • History 1
    • 1994 Asian Games 1.1
    • 2004 AFC Asian Cup 1.2
    • 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification 1.3
    • 2007 AFC Asian Cup 1.4
    • 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification 1.5
    • 2011 AFC Asian Cup 1.6
    • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying and 2015 AFC Asian Cup 1.7
    • 2015 and beyond 1.8
  • Competitive record 2
    • FIFA World Cup record 2.1
    • AFC Asian Cup record 2.2
    • Asian Games record 2.3
  • Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations 3
  • Recent results and upcoming fixtures 4
  • Players 5
    • Current squad 5.1
    • Recent call-ups 5.2
  • Coaches 6
  • Individual all-time records 7
    • Most capped players 7.1
    • Top goalscorers 7.2
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

History

After the split from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Tajikistan on June 17, 1992. Uzbekistan have consistently been the strongest team out of the new Central Asian nations (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan). Some medias, especially from Russia, Croatia and the Balkans, referred to them as "Croatia of Asia" due to their skills and tactics with so many talent players and managers same like Croatia.

1994 Asian Games

1994 Asian Games Final starting lineup on October 16, 1994, in Hiroshima, Japan).

Uzbekistan won the 1994 Asian Games tournament as debutants.

2004 AFC Asian Cup

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

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

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 Asian qualification to the 2006 FIFA 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 Cup

In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Uzbekistan was able to get past the group stage by beating Malaysia 5–1 and China PR 4–0. However, Uzbekistan was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals stage by losing to Saudi Arabia 2–1.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

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 FIFA World Cup Uzbekistan advanced to the fourth round of Asian qualifying after winning their first four matches, but in the final round of qualifying finished last in Group A behind favorites Australia, Japan, Bahrain and Qatar, with four points from eight matches.

2011 AFC Asian Cup

Uzbekistan national football team in 2011.

Four years later, in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Uzbekistan ended in fourth place, their best result in the tournament so far. After getting past the group stage and quarterfinals, the Uzbek team lost what it might have been their first Asian Cup final when Australia thrashed the team 0–6 their semifinal game. Some days later they were defeated again by South Korea in the third place playoff.[1]

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying and 2015 AFC Asian Cup

2015 and beyond

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1990 Was part of USSR - - - - - - -
1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
1998 to 2014 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total - 0/0 - - - - - -

AFC Asian Cup record

Uzbekistan all-time record against other nations

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against  Bahrain on 8 October 2015[2]

Caps and goals as of 8 October 2015, after the game against  Bahrain
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eldorbek Suyunov (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 11 0 Nasaf Qarshi
12 1GK Ignatiy Nesterov (1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 92 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent
21 1GK Aleksandr Lobanov (1986-01-04) 4 January 1986 3 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent
2 2DF Egor Krimets (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 12 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent
3 2DF Shavkat Mullajanov (1986-01-19) 19 January 1986 39 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent
5 2DF Anzur Ismailov (1985-04-21) 21 April 1985 71 1 Changchun Yatai
13 2DF Davron Khashimov (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 5 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent
19 2DF Vitaliy Denisov (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 59 1 Lokomotiv Moscow
20 2DF Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (1989-10-30) 30 October 1989 45 1 Lokomotiv Tashkent
4 2DF Shukhrat Mukhammadiev (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989 12 0 Nasaf Qarshi
6 3MF Jasur Hasanov (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 45 2 Lokomotiv Tashkent
7 3MF Azizbek Haydarov (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 71 0 Al-Shabab
8 3MF Server Djeparov (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 110 23 Ulsan Hyundai
9 3MF Odil Ahmedov (Captain) (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 73 14 FC Krasnodar
10 3MF Sardor Rashidov (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991 27 10 El-Jaish
14 3MF Javokhir Sokhibov (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 3 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent
16 3MF Stanislav Andreev (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 30 1 Pakhtakor Tashkent
17 3MF Sanzhar Tursunov (1986-12-29) 29 December 1986 48 5 Vorskla Poltava
18 3MF Fozil Musaev (1989-01-02) 2 January 1989 20 0 Sepahan
22 3MF Sanjar Shaakhmedov (1990-09-23) 23 September 1990 0 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent
11 4FW Igor Sergeev (1993-04-30) 30 April 1993 22 9 Pakhtakor Tashkent
23 4FW Eldor Shomurodov (1995-06-29) 29 June 1995 2 1 Bunyodkor
15 4FW Marat Bikmaev (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 32 2 Tashkent

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called for the last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Akbar Turaev (1989-08-27) 27 August 1989 2 0 Bunyodkor v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
GK Abdukarim Mukhamedov (1994-01-11) 11 January 1994 0 0 Bunyodkor v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Vladimir Kozak (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 3 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Philippines, 8 September 2015
DF Akmal Shorakhmedov (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 24 0 Bunyodkor v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
DF Artyom Filiposyan (1988-01-06) 6 January 1988 13 0 Bunyodkor v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Aleksandr Merzlyakov (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 4 0 Pakhtakor Tashkent v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
DF Boburbek Yuldashov (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 6 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
DF Salim Mustafoev (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 7 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Dilshod Juraev (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 2 1 Bunyodkor v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
DF Sherzod Fayziev (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 0 0 Mashʼal Mubarek v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014
MF Lutfulla Turaev (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 18 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Shohruh Gadoev (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 14 1 Nasaf Qarshi v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Farrukh Sayfiev (1991-01-17) 17 January 1991 13 0 Nasaf Qarshi v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Ikram Alibaev (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 2 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
MF Vokhid Shodiev (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 14 3 Bunyodkor v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Shavkat Salomov (1985-11-13) 13 November 1985 12 1 Olmaliq v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Sardor Mirzayev (1991-03-21) 21 March 1991 2 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
MF Timur Kapadze (1981-09-05) 5 September 1981 119 10 Lokomotiv Tashkent 2015 AFC Asian Cup
MF Jamshid Iskanderov (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 17 1 Pakhtakor Tashkent 2015 AFC Asian Cup
MF Jovlon Ibrokhimov (1990-12-10) 10 December 1990 8 0 Bunyodkor v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
FW Alexander Geynrikh (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 85 29 Ordabasy Shymkent v.  Philippines, 8 September 2015
FW Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 1 0 Lokomotiv Tashkent v.  Philippines, 8 September 2015
FW Bahodir Nasimov (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 20 5 Unattached v.  North Korea, 16 June 2015
FW Zokhir Kuziboyev (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 3 1 Mashʼal Mubarek v.  Iran, 12 June 2015
FW Shahzodbek Nurmatov (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 3 0 Metallurg Bekabad v.  Japan, 31 March 2015
FW Navruzbek Olimov (1992-03-21) 21 March 1992 11 2 Qizilqum Zarafshon v.  Iraq, 28 December 2014
FW Farhod Tadjiyev (1986-04-09) 9 April 1986 20 7 T–Team v.  United Arab Emirates, 14 October 2014

Coaches

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%
Bakhodir Ibragimov 1996 8 2 0 6 25%
Rustam Mirsodiqov May 1997– October 1997 12 5 3 4 42%
Ubirajara Veiga da Silva October 1997– December 1998 11 5 4 2 45%
Makhmud Rakhimov 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 Ostorushko October 2001 1 1 0 1 100%
Ravshan Khaydarov 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%
Valeri Nepomniachi January 2006– December 2006 6 3 2 1 50%
Rauf Inileev January 2007– September 2008 27 13 4 10 46%
Mirjalol Qosimov September 2008– April 2010 15 4 3 8 27%
Vadim Abramov April 2010– June 2012 28 11 5 12 39%
Mirjalol Qosimov June 2012–June 2015 40 19 9 12 48%
Samvel Babayan June 2015– 3 3 0 0 100%
  • Coach statistics. Last update: 8 September 2015

Individual all-time records

Most capped players

The list of the 10 players with the most caps for Uzbekistan.

Alexander Geynrikh
As of 8 October 2015
# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Timur Kapadze 2002–present 119 10
2 Server Djeparov 2002–present 110 23
3 Ignatiy Nesterov 2002–present 92 0
4 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 85 29
5 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 73 14
6 Azizbek Haydarov 2007-present 71 0
Anzur Ismailov 2007-present 71 1
8 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 67 31
9 Andrey Fyodorov 1994–2006 65 7
10 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 64 13

Top goalscorers

Maksim Shatskikh
As of 8 October 2015, the twelve highest scorers are:
# Player Career Goals Caps
1 Maksim Shatskikh 1999–2014 34 61
2 Mirjalol Qosimov 1992–2005 31 67
3 Alexander Geynrikh 2002–present 29 85
4 Server Djeparov 2002–present 23 110
5 Igor Shkvyrin 1992–2000 20 31
6 Jafar Irismetov 1997–2007 15 36
7 Ulugbek Bakayev 2001–2014 14 53
8 Odil Ahmedov 2007–present 14 73
9 Nikolay Shirshov 1996–2005 13 64
10 Shukhrat Maqsudov 1992–1997 11 21
Azamat Abduraimov 1992–1997 11 22
Vladimir Shishelov 2000–2012 11 28

See also

References

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External links

  • Uzbekistan Football Federation
  • FIFA profile: Uzbekistan / Results / Fixtures
  • AFC profile: Uzbekistan
  • Uzbekistan International matches
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