Kazakhstan national football team

Kazakhstan
Nickname(s) Қаршығалар (The Hawks)
Association Kazakhstan Football Federation (KFF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Stanimir Stoilov
Captain Bauyrzhan Islamkhan
Most caps Samat Smakov (76)
Top scorer Ruslan Baltiev (13)
Home stadium Astana Arena
FIFA code KAZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 116 1 (16 August 2018)
Highest 83 (September 2016)
Lowest 166 (May 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 116 4 (20 August 2018)
Highest 70 (18 October 1997)
Lowest 136 (September 2005)
First international
Kazakhstan 1–0 Turkmenistan 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 1, 1992)
Biggest win
 Pakistan 0–7 Kazakhstan
(Lahore, Pakistan; June 11, 1997)
Biggest defeat
Kazakhstan 0–6 Turkey 
(Almaty, Kazakhstan; June 8, 2005)
 Russia 6–0 Kazakhstan
(Moscow, Russia; May 23, 2008)

The Kazakhstan national football team (Kazakh: Қазақстан Ұлттық футбол құрамасы) represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.

History

AFC Member (1992–2002)

The country of Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union on December 16, 1991. Its national team then split from the Soviet Union national football team (a UEFA member) and joined the Asian Football Confederation. At the time, they were one of strongest teams in Central Asia, and one of the most improving teams in Asia.

The team played their first match against another former-Soviet debutant, Turkmenistan, on June 1, 1992, as part of a Central Asian tournament. Kazakhstan won 1–0. The tournament also saw the footballing debuts of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. After beating Libya in a friendly in North Korea on July 3, Kazakhstan played the remainder of its Central Asian fixtures and avoided defeat in all of them. They beat Uzbekistan 1–0 at home on July 16, then drew 1–1 away in Turkmenistan on September 14, in Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and Uzbekistan on October 14. The final match was a 2–0 home victory over Kyrgyzstan on October 25.[1]

Kazakhstan entered qualification for the first time, in the attempt to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the first round they were placed in Group 9 alongside Pakistan and Iraq. Kazakhstan's first qualifying match was won 3–0 at home in Almaty on May 11, 1997, against Pakistan. On June 6 they travelled to Baghdad to face Iraq and won 2–1, then five days later won an away match against Pakistan, 7–0 in Lahore. The result in Lahore remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained the 100% start to World Cup football by beating Iraq at home 3–1 on June 29.

In the second and final round of qualification, Kazakhstan came last in the group. Their only victory was on October 18, 1997, when they beat the United Arab Emirates 3–0 at home. Kazakhstan drew three other games – all at home (versus Uzbekistan, Japan and South Korea).

In the first round of Asian qualifying, Kazakhstan were placed in Group 6 alongside Iraq, Nepal and Macau. All games in the group were to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after Nepal failed to organise matches in Kathmandu in March 2001. After an Iraqi protest, the first three games for each team were moved to Baghdad, Iraq.

Kazakhstan started off well in Baghdad by beating Nepal 6–0 with two goals by Oleg Litvinenko on April 12, and Macau 3–0 two days later. On April 16 they held Iraq to a 1–1 draw in front of 50,000. Ruslan Baltiev put the Kazakhs in front in the 6th minute and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail equalised with a penalty in the 31st.

In Almaty Central Stadium, Kazakhstan beat Nepal 3–0 with two goals by Maksim Igorevich Shevchenko on April 21. Two days later they beat Macau 5–0, Dmitriy Byakov and Igor Avdeyev scored two each after a goalless first half. The final game on April 25 saw a 1–1 draw against Iraq in front of 25,000. Litvinenko put Kazakhstan ahead in the 32nd but Iraq equalised ten minutes later. Despite being level on points, Iraq advanced on goal difference mainly due to a 9–1 victory over Nepal.

UEFA Member (2002–present)

Kazakhstan joined UEFA in 2002. They had to wait until the 2002 FIFA World Cup finished on June 30 before making the switch, as they had entered the tournament as an AFC member. Kazakhstan therefore could not enter qualification for UEFA Euro 2004, as the draw had been made on January 25, 2002.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1990 Part of  Soviet Union------
1994 Did not enter------
1998 Did not qualify125342221
2002 6420202
2006 120111629
2010 102081129
2014 10127621
2018 10037626
2022 To be determined------
2026 ------
Total 0/21 - 60 12 11 37 71 128

UEFA European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)------
1996 Not a member of UEFA------
2000 to 2004 Candidate member of UEFA[n 1]------
2008 Did not qualify142481121
201210118624
201610127718
2020 To be determined000000
Total 0/15000000 3447232463
  1. In 2000, the Football Federation of Kazakhstan became a candidate member of UEFA and obtained its full membership a couple of years later.

AFC Asian Cup record

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
1956 to 1992 Was part of USSR (UEFA member)------
1996Did not qualify------ 410316
2000Did not qualify------ 430183
2004 Not a member of AFC------
Total0/12000000 840499

Asian Games record

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1951Did not exist
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994Did not enter
199810th place521286
2002–present See Kazakhstan national under-23 football team
Total1/13521286

Coaches

As of 8 October 2017
Manager Nat. Period Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
Bakhtiyar Baiseitov 1992 7 4 3 0 057.14
Bauyrzhan Baimukhammedov 1994 4 1 2 1 025.00
Serik Berdalin 1995–1997 20 6 4 10 030.00
Sergei Gorokhovadatskiy 1998 5 2 1 2 040.00
Vait Talgayev 2000 9 5 0 4 055.56
Vladimir Fomichyov 2000 1 0 0 1 000.00
Vakhid Masudov 2001–2002 9 4 4 1 044.44
Leonid Pakhomov 2003–2004 9 0 2 7 000.00
Sergey Timofeev 2004–2005 13 0 1 12 000.00
Arno Pijpers 2006–2008 36 7 11 18 019.44
Bernd Storck 2008–2010 9 2 0 7 022.22
Miroslav Beránek 2011–2013 24 5 6 13 020.83
Yuri Krasnozhan 2014–2015 11 2 4 5 018.18
Talgat Baysufinov 2016–2017 8 2 3 3 025.00
Aleksandr Borodyuk 2017–2018 7 0 1 6 000.00
Stanimir Stoilov 2018– 3 2 0 1 066.67

Results and fixtures

2017

2018

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Georgia and Andorra on 6 September and 10 September 2018.[2]
Caps and goals are correct as of 5 June 2018, after the game against Azerbaijan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Nenad Erić (1982-05-26) 26 May 1982 3 0 Astana
1GK Vladimir Plotnikov (1986-04-03) 3 April 1986 2 0 Kairat
1GK Dmytro Nepohodov (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 0 0 Tobol

2DF Yuriy Logvinenko (1988-07-22) 22 July 1988 45 4 Astana
2DF Dmitri Shomko (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 36 2 Astana
2DF Serhiy Malyi (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 26 0 Astana
2DF Gafurzhan Suyumbayev (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 23 1 Kairat
2DF Abzal Beisebekov (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 18 0 Astana
2DF Dmitri Miroshnichenko (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 8 0 Tobol
2DF Yevgeny Postnikov (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 3 0 Astana
2DF Aybol Abiken (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 0 0 Kairat

3MF Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (1993-02-23) 23 February 1993 31 2 Kairat
3MF Islambek Kuat (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 19 3 Kairat
3MF Serikzhan Muzhikov (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 16 1 Astana
3MF Georgy Zhukov (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 6 0 Kairat
3MF Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 3 2 Astana
3MF Yan Vorogovskiy (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 2 0 Kairat
3MF Duman Narzildayev (1993-09-06) 6 September 1993 0 0 Kaysar

4FW Aleksey Shchotkin (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 22 2 Astana
4FW Roman Murtazayev (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 13 2 Astana
4FW Yerkebulan Tungyshbayev (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 8 1 Ordabasy
4FW Bauyrzhan Turysbek (1991-10-15) 15 October 1991 4 2 Tobol
4FW Yerkebulan Seidakhmet (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 2 1 Ufa

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Kazakhstan's squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Stas Pokatilov (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 15 0 Kairat v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
GK Aleksandr Mokin (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 20 0 Astana v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018
GK David Loria (1981-10-31) 31 October 1981 46 0 Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
GK Igor Shatsky (1989-05-11) 11 May 1989 0 0 Shakhter Karagandy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017

DF Stanislav Lunin INJ (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 2 0 Kairat v.  Georgia, 6 September 2018 WD
DF Nuraly Alip (1999-12-22) 22 December 1999 1 0 Kairat v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
DF Yeldos Akhmetov (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 14 0 Kairat v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018
DF Viktor Dmitrenko (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 19 1 Tobol v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
DF Aleksandr Marochkin (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 0 0 Okzhetpes v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
DF Temirlan Erlanov (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 0 0 Ordabasy v.  Poland, 4 September 2017

MF Magomed Paragulgov INJ (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 2 0 Kairat v.  Georgia, 6 September 2018 WD
MF Azat Nurgaliev (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 39 3 Ordabasy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Maksat Baizhanov (1984-08-06) 6 August 1984 31 1 Kaysar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Askhat Tagybergen (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 18 0 Astana v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017
MF Aslan Darabayev (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 6 0 Irtysh Pavlodar v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017

FW Maxim Fedin (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 0 0 Tobol v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
FW Vyacheslav Shvyrev (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 0 0 Kairat v.  Azerbaijan, 5 June 2018
FW Sergei Khizhnichenko (1991-07-17) 17 July 1991 47 8 Ordabasy v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018
FW Yuriy Pertsukh (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 2 0 Astana v.  Bulgaria, 26 March 2018
FW Tanat Nusserbayev (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 28 3 Ordabasy v.  Armenia, 8 October 2017

PRE Preliminary squad.
INJ Injured after call up squad.
RET Retired from the national team.

Head to head records

As of 5 June 2018.

Top 10 most capped players

As of June 5, 2018. Players in bold are still active at international level.

# Player Career Caps Goals
1 Samat Smakov 2000–2017 76 2
2 Ruslan Baltiev 1997–2009 73 13
3 Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev 2001–2014 58 8
4 Andrei Karpovich 2001–2014 55 3
5 Sergey Khizhnichenko 2009–present 47 8
6 David Loria 2000–present 46 0
7 Yuriy Logvinenko 2008–present 45 4
8 Sergei Ostapenko 2007–2014 42 6
9 Azat Nurgaliev 2009–present 39 3
10 Alexandr Kuchma 2005–2008 37 2

Top scorers

Players listed in bold are still active at international level.

Rank Name Period Goals Caps Average
1Ruslan Baltiev1997–200913730.17
2Viktor Zubarev1997–200212180.66
3Dmitriy Byakov2000–20088330.24
Sergei Khizhnichenko2009–present8470.18
Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev2001–20148580.15
6Igor Avdeyev1996–20056270.22
Oleg Litvinenko1996–20066280.21
Sergei Ostapenko2007–20146420.18
9Kairat Nurdauletov2003–20135350.14
Andrei Finonchenko2003–20145210.23

Kits

Kit suppliers

Period Kit Provider
1994–1996 Adidas
1996–1998 Puma
1998–1999 Grand Sport
1999–2000 Adidas
2000–2002 Nike
2002–2003 Umbro
2003–2004 Nike
2004–2005 Puma
2005–2008 Diadora
2008–2012 Umbro
2012–present Adidas

Source: FootballShirtsVoltage.com[3]

See also

References

  1. "Kazakhstan - List of International Matches". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. "Changes in the squad of the Kazakhstan national team". Kazakhstan Football Federation (KFF). 22 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. "Kazakhstan National Football Team Kit". FootballShirtsVoltage.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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